A 29-year-old woman in Pakistan has become the first ever female to join the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU). Rafia Qaseem Baig, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has joined the team in her own province, which sees a lot of terror attacks.

Baig joined the police force as a constable seven years ago. Now, she has been selected for a 15-day training to become a member of the BDU team by the Nowshera’s School of Explosive Handling. There are 31 other male members along with her in the training school and they will all learn about different kinds of bombs and ways to defuse them.

She said she had been inspired to join the police force after that a bomb blast near a sessions court. She added that the police force is not just a profession. “It’s a passion and inspiration for those who have a spirit of devotion for the country.”

Rafia comes from a highly educated family. She herself has two Master’s degrees, one in International Relations and another in Economics. She has also worked with the International Rescue Committee, which inspired her to pursue law and now she is studying LLB.

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The Pakistan police force has about 600 women working for them in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area, which is known to be the most dangerous for frequent bombing attacks in the entire North West Frontier.

As a police official, she has spent her time working in areas like Adezai, Michni and Salman Khel in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

She was also the only woman to be a part of the team investigating the 2010 abduction case of Lady Reading Hospital’s physician Dr Intikhab Alam.


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