In a very rare coincidence, a couple hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district was posted in the same district. The real-life power couple has since then drawn a lot of attention on social media.
Dr. Zahidullah was posted as the District Police Officer in Mardan, the same district where his wife, Gul Bano has already been serving as an Assistant Commissioner for the past eight months.
The posting of the couple in the same district, which is a rare feat in-district-level administrative matters, has drawn a lot of attention on social media. The decision quickly earned the admiration of Twitter and Facebook users.
The locals now paise the couple as they serve the area. While the wife will handle other administrative matters, her spouse will look after law and order.
The husband-wife duo have also earned praise for their services in other districts before
The newly posted DPO of Mardan, Zahidullah, and his wife Gul Bano who is an Assistant Comissioner, both hail from the southern district of Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
But this is not the first time they have earned praise on social media — the couple have managed to be in the limelight multiple times before as they previously served in the Hazara division.
Dr. Zahidullah has served as District Police Officer in Dera Ismail Khan and Nowshera as well as AIG Establishment of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
His wife Gul Bano, on the other hand, came in limelight when she held khuli katchery (open court) for women in Kohat for the first time in the history of Khyber Pakhtunwa. She is is also the first woman in the 50-year history of District Mardan to hold office as an Assistant Commissioner.
Locals from her native village are proud of Gul Bano and titled her as ‘Fakhr-e-Bannu’
After Gul Bano cleared her CSS, she now by the local community has been dubbed ‘Fakhr-e-Bannu’.
While talking to Independent Urdu, Gul Bano said, “After CSS, I was worried about what would the villagers think as I hold office. But to my surpise, they feel proud of me and after seeing my photos on social media, they call me ‘Fakhr e Bannu’.”
“They also encourage their children to study and ask them to prepare for the CSS exam ” she further added.
Born to a middle class family in Bannu, Gul has achieved it all through sheer brilliance in a society where women rarely get opportunities for higher roles. Hats off to her husband who supported her throughout her career — she is now a trail-blazer for other aspiring women who want to achieve their dream career.
Numerous Pashtun women have been making us proud lately as they progress with positivity and show that they are as capable as other women around the world.
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