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Female Commandos Protect Pakistan

As Pakistan struggles with extremism and terrorism, a growing number of women are joining the country's security forces. Photographer Sa'adia Khan recently spent some time with the female police commandos in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. During months of intense exercises, these Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) commandos acquire essential skills in survival, hostage rescue, counterterrorism operations, and policing protests.
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A female commando contemplating the day ahead. "When the city is on high alert we can work around the clock."
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A female commando contemplating the day ahead. "When the city is on high alert we can work around the clock."

Ayesha is one of eight children. She originally joined the police force and moved on to being a commando.
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Ayesha is one of eight children. She originally joined the police force and moved on to being a commando.

Ayesha is one of eight children. She first joined the police force but later moved on to being a commando.
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Ayesha is one of eight children. She first joined the police force but later moved on to being a commando.

Female commandos heading out to swap duties with colleagues.
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Female commandos heading out to swap duties with colleagues.

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