Three Pakistani sisters were among eleven women who joined the 24-police commandos’ force of bomb disposal unit, after completing training in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The training for all the commandos was held at Nowshera’s Police School of Explosive Handling. Proper commando training for female workforce started after 29-year-old Rafia Qaseem Baig became first women to join the bomb disposal unit.
Parveen Gul, Rukhsana and Samina were among 11 passed out who completed their training, belonging to a poor family with physically disabled father based in Karak district. While talking to a local publication, they revealed that the training which they had to go through was based on light and heavy weaponry apart from learning the essentials of bomb disposal training.
The eldest among all, Parveen Gul, stated:
“My father equipped all of us with proper education and reared us well despite his poor financial condition.
“I got attracted to the police force when I would see cops in mobile vans in my village. I did not know that one day I will become part of the police force.”
The other female officers who graduated the course belonged to Nowshera, Abbottabad, Hangu, Charsadda, Mardan, Buner and Bannu.
Chief Instructor of the course Shafiq Khattak stated that the lady commandos were enrolled after the order was issued directly through the courtesy of Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police department is the first in the country to introduce women in major roles and ranks. It has more than 600 women, serving in different categories from junior clerk to deputy superintendent.