Pakistan’s girl cadets dream of taking power

In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Pakistani cadets parade at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP
 

MARDAN: At a revolutionary school in Pakistan, Durkhanay Banuri dreams of becoming military chief. 

Thirteen-year-old Durkhanay, a student at Pakistan’s first ever Girls’ Cadet College, established earlier this year in the deeply conservative northwest, brims with enthusiasm and confidence as she sketches out her life plan.

“I want to be the army chief,” she tells AFP. “Why not? When a woman can be prime minister, foreign minister and governor of the State Bank, she can also be chief of the army staff … I will make it possible and you will see.”

The dreams of many women in the region were once limited to merely leaving the house.

In this picture taken on October 25, 2017, Durkhanay Banuri, a Pakistani cadet, gives an interview to AFP at the Pakistan Army´s first Girls´ Cadet College in Mardan. Photo: AFP
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