October 9, 2004

AL QAEDA'S WINNING?:

Woman is first to vote in Afghan poll (Zeeshan Haider, 10/09/04, Reuters)

A 19-year-old Afghan woman living as a refugee in Pakistan has made history by casting the first vote in Afghanistan's first direct presidential election.

Moqadasa Sidiqi, a science student who fled Kabul with her family in 1992, cast her ballot at a polling station at a primary school, not in Afghanistan, but in Islamabad, capital of neighbouring Pakistan.

"I am very happy, I am very happy," Sidiqi, dressed in a pink and white traditional shalwar kameez and a white headscarf, told reporters after voting. "I can't explain...my feelings, because I am very excited," she said with a shy smile.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 9, 2004 12:00 AM
Comments

Too young, too female, right ?

Maybe she owns a poppy farm, that would certainly secure her right to vote.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at October 9, 2004 1:16 AM

Nice title

Posted by: cincysux at October 9, 2004 2:49 AM

Shalwar Kameez? Wasn't he the villian in an old Bogart movie?

Posted by: Twn at October 9, 2004 8:02 PM
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