In a surprising turn of events, Pakistani TikTok sensation Sundal Khattak has officially stepped into the realm of politics. The TikToker, known for her association with social media personality Hareem Shah, filed nomination papers for a women’s reserved seat from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the deadline for candidate submissions approached its Sunday closure.
Aiming to Tackle Hometown Woes
Sundal Khattak, whose real name is Sundal Shamim, expressed her motivation for entering politics, citing the dire issues prevalent in her hometown. These issues range from a scarcity of basic utilities such as gas, electricity, and water to subpar road infrastructure.
Her political agenda, in her own words, revolves around the pivotal goal of empowering women in her community.
The Mystery of Political Affiliation
When questioned about her political affiliation, Sundal remained enigmatic, revealing that she has received offers from various political parties. However, she refrained from disclosing any specific party names, emphasizing the sensitivity of the matter at this juncture.
Rise to Fame and Controversies
Sundal Khattak gained prominence through her association with Hareem Shah, but her notoriety escalated due to an alleged involvement in a controversy surrounding a leaked video featuring Hareem Shah. Despite facing legal consequences, Sundal was granted bail in June, with her lawyer asserting her innocence.
Legal Proceedings and Acquittal
The legal battle centered on allegations related to a leaked video. Sundal’s lawyer argued successfully that no evidence linking her to the video was found during the investigation. Moreover, he emphasized that TikTok rules prohibit the uploading of immoral videos without consent, asserting that Hareem Shah was a willing participant in the video.
Sundal’s Court Appearance
Sundal Khattak appeared before the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Court Judge Azam Khan, where her post-arrest bail was approved. The absence of evidence and the adherence to TikTok guidelines played a crucial role in her legal defense.