In A First, Female Police Officer Does AIG At KP
Ayesha Gul made history by becoming the first female police officer to be promoted to Deputy Inspector General of Police (AIG) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
A native of Swabi, Gul is the first female provincial police to reach the rank of number two. She would serve in Peshawar as AIG Gender Equality, working to protect the rights of women, children and the transgender community. She will also oversee a helpdesk that has been set up to respond to gender-related issues at the Central Police Bureau.
Gul was appointed by Inspector General of Police KP Moazzam Jahan Ansari. Previously, Ayesha served in the Islamabad Traffic Police and was promoted to Superintendent of Police in January due to her performance in this role.
In January 2021, the first woman was appointed as a District Police Officer (DPO) at KP. Sonia Samroz has been appointed DPD for Lower Chitral, having also served as the first female director of the Manshera Police Training Centre. Before working in the police, Samroz obtained a Chevening scholarship in the United Kingdom.
Female police officers make up around 1.8% of the entire police force in Pakistan, and even fewer in superintendent positions, despite the government’s quota of 10% women in the police force. Female police officers are often assigned to roles targeting victims of domestic violence and other gender-related issues, with the aim of encouraging women to report these crimes to the police.