Pakistan's women police fight criminals, militants and scorn

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It is some of the most dangerous real estate in the world. -- north east Pakistan-- a Taliban strong hold.

It's not where you would expect find female police officers.

When Inspector Shazadi Gillani wanted to join the force she had to defy her father, forgo marriage and pay for her own basic training.

(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) THE HIGHEST RANKING FEMALE POLICE OFFICER IN PAKISTAN'S MOST CONSERVATIVE KPK PROVINCE, SHAHZADI GILLANI, SAYING:

"As soon as I earned my Bachelor of Science, I told my father I wanted to join the police. I begged and pleaded and refused to eat anything for a whole week. Finally I was allowed to join the police."

Her father gave in--but with conditions. He said be brave. Marry your job. Bring a friend. So she recruited Rizwana Zafar, who had been brought up as a boy after becoming her frustrated father's ninth daughter.

(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) POLICE WOMAN, RIZWANA ZAFAR, SAYING:

"As far as my clothes are concerned, I have never worn

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