Gul Nisa – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police’s female commando- has been selected as a member of United Nations’ peacekeeping force.
Gul Nisa hails from the remote district of Tank (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). She was once unable to come out of her home due to local cultural issues. Now, the Peacekeeping Mission of the United Nations in Sudan has selected her where she will perform peacekeeping role for one year. It is a big deal as UN’s program selected only 24 women out of 80 for the said task.
The female commando will shortly join fellow Pakistanis on UN peacekeeping missions.
Who is Gul Nisa?
Gul Nisa joined Elite Force of KP in 2012 and was serving under the elite commando force since then. It was difficult for her to join the elite force as she belongs to a conservative background. Her father, who worked in Wapda, wanted to educate her on modern lines. She had to get primary education in boys’ school due to unavailability of girls’ school in her village. Her luck shone a little when her father got transferred to a city where she got the opportunity of further education.
Gul Nisa faced the most difficult time of her life when her father died during duty due to electrocution. She was enrolled in F.sc at that time, but being the eldest in the siblings, it was her responsibility to support the family. Her family members gradually started deserting them due to financial problems. Instead of supporting her family, they were creating difficulties for them by imposing restrictions on them.
Despite all this, she joined the elite force and went through several hard training courses. She told a media outlet that she also continued her education and got Master’s degree to fulfill dream of her late father. She stated;
“I had the passion to join the Police Force, but I was confined to my home due to cultural issues. When my father died, I decided to join the forces to fulfill my passion and provide protection and support to my family”.
How Gul Nisa reached the UN peacekeeping force
Gul Nisa came to know from senior officers of the KP elite force a few days ago that the UN Mission needs women security personnel from Pakistan. Upon hearing this, she immediately applied for it. She cleared the first level of interview with the UN officials on KP level quite easily.
The second phase of selection was then held in Islamabad. UN female representatives had come from Jordan, Turkey, Sudan and Africa for interviews and exams. The exams included language, medical, driving and audio skills etc. 24 girls were selected for the Mission out of total 80, and Gul Nisa was one of them.
Gul Nisa will now go to Sudan for peacekeeping mission as a representative of Pakistani women. She has made her family extremely happy and proud of her. Women all over Pakistan are over-the-moon for her selection for the UN Mission.
Gul Nisa is a beacon of light for a Pakistani woman living in these times. She is living proof that women’s education and productivity is just as important, if not more, than a man’s. Even though Pakistani women, now more than ever, are doing their best to educate themselves, it is important that all women take this helm and struggle to achieve success rather than sitting at home and wasting their talent.
Gul Nisa tells everyone that;
“There is NO escape route. One has to fight it out to come out of difficulties in life as there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”
Pakistani women have achieved the best of both worlds. Women are now being recognized on an international level. Therefore, it is time that we started acknowledging the women near us too. As men, we should support them in all ways possible for all of us to be a better part of ourselves.