For the first time in history, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to induct female police commandos, currently being trained to fight militancy in the province.

Some 35 female police commandos are undergoing training at the Nowshera police training centre. Officials said that K-P Inspector General Police Nasir Durrani felt that female police commandos needed to be included in the force and decided to impart special training to the female police.

“Some 35 female police commandos have voluntarily offered their services to join the group and will be imparted five months of training at par with the elite force male members,” Momin Baig, a commandant at the Nowshera police training center told The Express Tribune.

“After the training, female commandos will be capable of using all kinds of modern weapons,” he added.

They will be provided the same training imparted to elite force male members in the province and will be ready to confront all kinds of challenges, including the fight against militants.

Baig further said more female commandos will be trained for K-P police once the first batch joins the police.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Musarrat Bibi, a commando under training said, “I wanted to join the group because I wanted to tell the world that women in K-P could also obtain commando training and fight terrorism.”