• Monday, March 20, 2023


Pakistan’s 1st Hindu woman civil servant becomes Punjab assistant commissioner

A Pakistani national flag. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

A doctor who is said to be Pakistan’s first Hindu woman civil servant has been appointed as the assistant commissioner and administrator in Hassan Abdal city of the country’s Punjab province, according to media reports on Monday (13).

Sana Ramchand Gulwani, 27, who grew up in Sindh province’s Shikarpur city, graduated to become a doctor at her parents’ wishes, before enrolling for the Federal Public Service Commission, according to The Express Tribune.

She became the first woman from the Hindu community to join the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) after clearing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam in 2020.

She assumed charge as the assistant commissioner and administrator of Hassanabdal city in the Attock district last week, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Gulwani cleared the examination on her first attempt.

In 2016, she graduated from Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree as a urologist. She then started preparing for the CSS exam.

“I do not know if I am the first one, but (I) have never heard of someone (female) from my community even appearing for the exam,” she said.

Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan.

According to official estimates, 75 lakh (7.5 million) Hindus live in the country.

The majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with Muslim residents.


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