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Criticize if I fail, Zala Zazai tells her critics

Criticize if I fail, Zala Zazai tells her critics

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Jun 09, 2020 - 18:15

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Newly appointed female crime branch police chief for southeastern Khost province, Zala Zazai, says the dearth of womeninfo-icon in the security sector and her own interest obliged her to serve in the force.

Zazai, 21, from Zazi Aryub district of Paktia province, currently lives in Kabulinfo-icon with her family. She assumed her office today as chief of the crime branch at the police headquarters in Khost City.

She completed her primary studies in Kabul and later the Ministry of Interior sent her for higher military studies to Turkey.

During an interview, she said that a small number of females served in the military sector, especially in the crime departments.

2nd Lt. Zazai said the current circumstances were not suitable for females to work but if they were encouraged and supported, they could serve the societyinfo-icon alongside men.

“Women should be encouraged and appointed in areas where they are needed. With support of the government, we can develop situation for ourselves. When my security is ensured and circumstances are created, I can work,” she said.

Some social media activist criticized the appointment of Zala Zazai and wondered how could a female deal with diehard criminals.

Zazai, however, said that male-dominance in Afghan society was at its peak, something manifested in his appointment.

She said: “It is very disappointing, people should cooperate with me. I dared and accepted my appointment at a far-flung province where not a large number of women are serving. They should have encouraged me, not criticized.”

She said every woman of the country had the ability to work along-side men in the military sector.

Zazai believed her appointment would encourage other females to work in the military or police.

“I expect the people will not discourage me. It is true my age is small, but I have studied and I can perform this job. If I fail, then you can criticize and I hope the government will support me,” said Zazai.

“A woman cannot reveal everything especially personal things to a man, therefore I believe it is important that a female serve in this capacity as well,” she said.

Zazai thanked local government officials, including the governor, police chief and other 

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