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Syeda Ghazala Parveen

Sindh’s first female SHO & Inspector of Police

Sindh's First woman SHO Inspector Syeda Ghazala Parveen is one of the few female police inspectors in Pakistan. She is in charge of an all-male team policing the central commercial district of Karachi, the country's biggest city. Inspector Ghazala accepted the challenge of commanding one of the city’s 103 police stations when the police force was fighting the war on terror across Karachi, aided by a Rangers-led targeted operation. “My bosses asked me to reach on the crime scene and I just rushed,” “That was a historic day. Previously, women had only been appointed as SHOs in women police stations,” she recalled. Though Clifton was not an easy place, Ghazala’s next assignment was even tougher. After serving less than two years, she was transferred as SHO of Mithadar Police Station in the old city, where traders routinely received extortion calls. Upon her appointment, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) gave Ghazala the task of arresting absconding criminals who were facing cases in the city’s anti-terrorism courts.

The woman cop, who has attended several training courses in the country as well as abroad, including one in Australia.