Suhai Aziz Talpur broke internet yesterday along with her team and became the first female police officer to lead an operation against terrorists. She very bravely thwarted the attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi.
ASP Talpur was the first to rush to the location earlier yesterday when gunshots were heard around Chinese consulate in Clifton, Karachi. In the ongoing operation two police officers lost their lives. The great thing about the operation is that all three terrorists were killed before they could cause further damage.
The praise she gathered
ASP Talpur gathered lot of praise for her gallantry. Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah said.
“Suhai Aziz, you have set an example of bravery. These are the women who are ahead of everyone,”
IG Sindh Dr Kaleem Imam suggested her name for the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal for her bravery.
Bilawal Bhutto tweeted:
“The reprehensible terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, was thwarted by the courageous fight put up by our Sindh Police led by the courageous ASP Suhai Aziz. I salute the brave officers who were martyred courageously protecting our friends. We honour them,”
Who is Suhai Aziz Talpur?
Her story is like that of any other Pakistani women whose life is full of hurdles. She hails from lower Sindh where education for female children is not appreciated at all.
This is what led her middle class family to leave their village and move to the town for her education. Her family here deserves a huge round of applause for the courage it showed in these circumstances. Normally traditional families succumb to societal pressures but her family stood its ground.
How she ended up doing CSS?
Her family wanted her to go for accounting but she chose CSS and cleared it in the first attempt. Suhai Aziz Talpur was all for DMG but her merit landed her in Police Service and this made her the first woman from lower Sindh to join Police Service.
Suhai Aziz Talpur believes that the credit for her success goes to her father Aziz Talpur who is a writer and an activist.
The dismal state of women percentage in National Police Force
Right now according to United Nations 20 percent of the police force of a country should comprise women. Pakistan lags far behind in this case as women makes only 0.89 percent of the nation police force. Pakistan still needs to do a lot to make police service more inclusive.
The statistics in federal capital are a bit encouraging as the percentage is 2.5. Inspector General of Islamabad Police Dr Sultan Azam Temuri said about women in an event celebrating International Women’s Day:
“She achieves all these roles through her sheer determination. And let me tell you that there is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”
Breaking the stereotypes
One of the biggest obstacles is the internalized thinking that women are home makers. They are encouraged to go for jobs where they do not have to commute a lot or meet new people every day.
Most of the people think that women should opt for teaching and medicine as these are the most respectable professions. This does not mean that they should be confined to only these two professions.
Women can play a number of diversified roles: they can be police officers, fire fighters, bomb disposal officers… they can do anything a man can. The need of the hour is a lot of encouragement and changing of perception towards this sexist stereotype.
Pakistani women have time and again proved that they are no less than men and this time it is ASP Suhai Aziz Talpur.