KP’s Lady Police Officer Rafia Qaseem Baig join Bomb Disposal Unit
A 29-year-old woman from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has become the first Pakistani female to join the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) in the restive province that frequently witnesses terror attacks.
Rafia Qaseem Baig, who joined police force as a constable seven years ago, will work in BDU after completing her 15-day training along with 31 other male members at Nowshera’s School of Explosive Handling.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), however, a young woman is defying stereotypes by training to become the country’s first ever female member of the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU). Rafia Qaseem Baig has volunteered for the daring feat because she had never seen a Pakistani or Asian woman member of the BDU.
Rafia wants to send a message about the bravery of KP’s men and women.
“If KP’s women are so daring, [imagine] what level [of courage] male soldiers will possess,” she says.
She recalls that on the day she first joined the police, a blast had occurred near a sessions court. The explosion seven years ago was what drove her join the force and she hasn’t looked back since.