NOWSHERA: Twenty nine year old police constable Rafia Qaseem Baig is going to become Pakistan’s first female bomb disposal officer.

She was the only woman among 31 police officials selected for an elementary course, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), in Nowshera — a programme centred on handling and defusing explosives.

During the two-week course, the trainees will learn all about explosives and the mechanism behind defusing them.

“I am extremely happy to be part of the training,” she said, adding that her eyes were on a long-term goal — to serve the country by saving precious lives.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) has defused over 6,000 bombs since 2009. The bomb disposal officers have an extremely tricky job on their hands. A minor error can be fatal.

A constable of KP police, Rafia has not one, but two Masters degrees — in economics and international relations. Currently, she is enrolled in a Bachelors of Law programme.

In a message to militants, she proudly said “I am not only representing women or the police force. I am representing the Pakistani nation.”

“I never imagined that I was going to end up making history on such a scale,” she said.


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