Hilal For Her

To Making History and Paving Ways

From the pen of ASP FERYAL FAREED - The First Female in POLICE SERVICE OF PAKISTAN to receive SWORD OF  HONOR

I can never forget the mix of feelings I had when I was receiving the Sword of Honor from the Minister of State for Interior. All the hard work I had done throughout my life and that my parents had done in raising me had borne fruit. These were some of the most magical moments of my life. All the times my father had told me that I was meant for something bigger made sense.


I was always asked by the people around me how I was going to make it as a lady police officer, since it is a really tough job and even men are unable to strike a balance between work and family life in this profession. However, I trusted my abilities and confidently took on the challenge.


I had all the motivation and opportunities one needed to have in order to excel, but there was always in my mind, a voice that since I was a girl, I won’t be able to go very far in life. Therefore, being a member of a patriarchal society, I knew that I would always have to strive hard to prove myself. I knew that being a female I would have to go an extra mile to prove my mettle. Be it academics or physical training, we as females need to make ourselves believe that we can do it in order to make it happen. 



Although I was shy and an introvert since childhood, I had my goals set. I had always planned on appearing in the CSS Exam and I did. After successfully clearing the exam and interview, I was allocated the Police Service of Pakistan in 2016. Joining civil services was always a top priority. Hence, when I entered the university, all my efforts were directly


Being a female I would have to go an extra mile to prove my mettle. Be it academics or physical training, we as females need to make ourselves believe that we can do it in order to make it happen. 


and indirectly related to this competitive exam. I believe that Civil Services are the best platform to serve the masses. When I joined the Police Service of Pakistan, I knew that I was going to have ample opportunities to serve the people in distress, especially women who make almost half of the population.
I was always asked by the people around me how I was going to make it as a lady police officer, since it is a really tough job and even men are unable to strike a balance between work and family life in this profession. However, I trusted my abilities and confidently took on the challenge.
The training at the Civil Services Academy, Lahore was a kind of introduction to the Police Service. The Specialized Training Program at the premium police training institute of Pakistan, National Police Academy (NPA) gave the real taste of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP). The specialized training program comprised of physical training, parade, firing, academics, riding and other activities like musketry. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of training at the NPA. I would like to mention that all the authorities and staff at NPA were very encouraging and supportive towards the lady officers. There were seven lady officers in the batch of 29 and we always got equal opportunities, and sometimes more opportunities, than our male colleagues. The environment at the academy was very conducive. The life at the academy not only inculcated in me the spirit of hard work but also the strength to perform my duty at par with my male colleagues. I always worked hard during the training programs. This resulted in history being made in the Police Service of Pakistan and at National Police Academy, when I was declared All Round Best Probationer and was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honor


Dream big and work sincerely to fulfil your dreams. You are stronger than you believe, and you have all the abilities to achieve more than anybody else.


Family is the support system and greatly contributes in what we aim and achieve. I have always seen love, support and encouragement at my home. My parents don’t have a son but they never had any regrets about this and always supported my sisters and I. My parents have raised us in the best possible manner and today we all are at the stage where we can contribute positively towards our family, particularly and towards society, generally. When I got allocated PSP and received the Sword of Honor, people all around realized it doesn’t really make a difference what gender a child belongs to as long as they work hard and achieve something in life. 
My message to all females is: Believe in the Almighty and in yourselves. Work hard, put all your efforts and leave the results to Him. Dream big and work sincerely to fulfil your dreams. You are stronger than you believe, and you have all the abilities to achieve more than anybody else. Help all those who are in need because your little help can change somebody’s life. HH


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