Pakistan is home to many brave sons and daughters who feel blessed to be able to give back to their homeland in the form of duty. One such Pakistani who proudly wears her uniform is Zarqoon Mughal – a female patrol officer at the National Highway.
We received an opportunity to interview the officer and got to know her a little better. Without further ado, we’d like for you to meet officer Zarqoon Mughal.
Zarqoon Mughal – Female Patrol Officer at National Highway
WOW360: You have a very unique name, is there a story behind it?
ZM: My father named me Zarqoon as he found it to be unique. I was born 3 years after their marriage so he gifted me with the most beautiful name, I am a daddy’s girl!
WOW360: Tell us a bit about your background.
ZM: I’ve done my Masters in English Literature, and am the eldest and only daughter, I have 4 younger brothers.
My father is a retired government servant and my mother is a housewife. I was always a tomboy kind of girl.
Zarqoon Mughal – A Future CSS Officer
WOW360: How did you decide to be a patrol officer? Did your family support you?
ZM: I aspire to be a CSS officer, uniform is my passion. I always wanted to be a part of the force, my entire family remained supportive of my decision and journey, especially my father.
When this opportunity was announced, my father encouraged me to take the exam, his support is unmatched. In fact, seeing me in uniform was his dream.
WOW360: As a female officer, what issues doSeeingis line of work?
ZM: Being a female I face quite a lot of issues, for instance, the beat where I am posted is about 1.5 to 2 hours away, so apart from the 8 hours of duty, I have to manage 3 hours of extra traveling that too in local vehicles.
Sometimes, stereotypical males deny being challenged by a female officer as they consider it their humiliation, so their counseling takes effort and time.
WOW360: You’re breaking barriers, which male figures have supported you on this journey?
ZM: I’d like to mention here that asides from my father who has remained my biggest motivator and support, my field colleague Saeedullah Khoso has also shown unmatched support.
I call him Ustad-e-Mohtaram. He has taught me from alpha to omega about the field, how to deal with people, handle issues managing them, and not take all of that back home with me.
WOW360: What comes next for you?
ZM: Still, I’ve got a long way to go, InshaAllah, I’ll fulfill my father’s dream to see me as a CSP. I am passionate about writing too so I am hoping to excel in the field of poetry too.
Zarqoon Mughal’s Message to Women of Pakistan
WOW360: What message would you like to give all the examples in Pakistan who want to follow in similar footsteps as you?
ZM: I would like to tell all those girls out there to keep hustling, the sky is the limit. No matter how hard the situation is, you can always deal with patience and perseverance.
If you are determined enough to ace your goal, then you can turn all your dreams into realities, and those who are against you today will favour tomorrow.
Just believe in yourself, fall, crawl, and deject, but don’t stop. Get up, keep trying, and keep going.
Kudos to Zarqoon Mughal for her endless inspiration and efforts.
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