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Pak sisters become 1st women to head regular police station

world Updated: Aug 05, 2009 14:50 IST
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Pakistani sisters Rukhsana and Sanam Leghari have become the first women police officers to be appointed chiefs of regular police stations in the country.

In the past, women officers served as Station House Officers or chiefs only in all-women police stations.

Rukhsana and Sanam Leghari, who were serving as sub-inspectors in Sindh police, were recently posted as SHOs in Benazirabad and Hyderabad districts respectively.

The Leghari sisters will head predominantly male police stations.

Their father, Gul Hassan Leghari, is director of campus in the Sindh Agriculture University.

Their another sister, Samina, is also serving in the Sindh police force.

Rukhsana, who has been made SHO of the airport police station in Benazirabad, holds a master's in science and a bachelor's degree in law. She topped examinations for the post of sub-inspector.

She told the Dawn newspaper that women should not be underestimated because they are "strong and capable of carrying out the toughest of jobs".

"Times are changing and women are facing the challenges bravely," she added.