PESHAWAR: (APS)Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has for the first time got two female Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs).They are expected to play a role in maintaining law and order in a province that has remained in the frontline in the war against terrorism.
The normally conservative province would get a couple of female Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) after the meeting of the promotion board for inspectors in the coming days. Moreover, 29 woman ASIs will be recruited through the Public Service Commission in a few weeks.
Dr Anoosh Masood Chaudhry is the first female ASP to have landed in the KP, followed by Sonia Shamroz. Both were recruited through the Central Superior Services and they chose the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) on priority.
“I am from the 40th Common Training Programme (CTP) of the PSP while Sonia Shamroz is from the 41st CTP,” Dr Anoosh, an ASP under training posted in Abbottabad, told media. Having an MBBS degree, Dr Anoosh was serving in Punjab till recently before being posted in KP to join her family in scenic Abbottabad.
“Sonia, the second female ASP who is to report to KP, is currently going through her training in the National Police Academy in Islamabad,” Syed Fida Hussain Shah, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Establishment at the Central Police Office in Peshawar, told media.
Dr Anoosh was among the four female ASPs to have been recruited in the PSPs in 40th CTP. A total of 16 female officers were enlisted in PSP till the 40th CTP that completed training last year.
The first female cop recruited through the PSP was Helena Rizwan Tareen, belonging to the 23rd CTP. It was 12 years after Helena that another female, Maria Mahmood, joined the PSP. She was from 35th CTP. There were two female ASPs recruited from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Syeda Zahida Bukhari of the 36th CTP and Irum Abbasi of 37th CTP. However, they are serving in other parts of the country.
The supervisor officer of the first senior lady cop in KP appreciated her commitment. “Dr Anoosh did not join the police on quota but it was her first choice as she wanted to be in the police force,” Mohammad Ali Gandapur, the district police officer Abbottabad, told media.
There are around 5 female inspectors of the KP Police who are being considered for promotion as DSPs in coming week. “Five or six female inspectors are among 50 cops to be considered in the coming promotion board meeting to fill 15 vacant seats of DSPs. A couple of women may get a chance to get promoted as DSPs,” said Fida Hussain Shah.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would also recruit 29 female assistant sub inspectors through the Public Service Commission to strengthen the women police force in the province.
Also, both the male and female constables and head constables have been given equal opportunity to compete for 324 positions of the ASIs to be selected from within the in-service cops. Nine minority members from the either sex will also be given the opportunity to compete for the posts of the ASIs.
Though hundreds of policewomen are serving in Peshawar and other districts of the province at the junior level, they are not effectively performing the operational duties and are being used only in raids and occasional VIP duties.
The women police stations in Peshawar and Abbottabad have almost become deadwood. Both are yet to lodge a single FIR since being established decades ago. “What is the use of a women police station in the barricaded police lines? This should be shifted outside so that women can easily come there and file complaints,” said a senior police officer.
He added that the recently established female desks at most of the police stations got a good response and need to be further strengthened and facilitated, especially those set up in the remote police stations.
Note to readers:
This report has been published on women empowerment regarding women’s role in the development of Pakistan.
However, it is reported two months ago