Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy

Published: December 13, 2017
20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. PHOTO:REUTERS

20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. PHOTO:REUTERS

NEW DELHI: From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India.

They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the south Indian city of Chennai, which has been training men from the country’s military for several years.

The women receive weapons training and learn tactics and logistical and navigational skills at the academy, the only military training establishment in India for both men and women.

This week they were taught how to use an AK-47 and given classroom training in ambush situations.

The three-week crash course ends on December 24 and is reported to be a pilot for a full training scheme being planned for next year as part of the Afghan National Army’s efforts to recruit more women.

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Afghanistan has said it wants women to make up 10 percent of the armed forces, an ambitious goal given the current figure is barely three per cent. As well as the dangers of fighting in their war-plagued homeland, those who sign up say they face criticism for their choice.

Niloofar Rahmani was hailed as a role model for Afghan women after becoming the first female fixed-wing pilot in the Afghan air force. But last year she sought asylum in the US saying she had received death threats from insurgents and faced contempt from some of her colleagues.

Under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 regime, girls were banned from education and women were not allowed outside unless wearing a burqa and accompanied by a man.

More than 15 years after the fall of the regime gender equality remains a distant dream, in spite of official promises.

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  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 13, 2017 - 6:04PM

    @James Kapoor: Yes, and they will get their first taste of blood and ‘baptism under fire’ fighting off the legions of Indian rapists slithering in and around the academy they are attending in Chennai.Recommend

  • Abrar R
    Dec 13, 2017 - 7:47PM

    Allah kher karay, wife swapping is rampant in bharti army and now they r requesting women from Afghanistan in the guise of training. Pakistan army would now have to rescue these women as well. Recommend

  • bronco
    Dec 13, 2017 - 9:58PM

    @ Jahi Atiya, Abrar R. Not sure how defaming India has anything to do with brave Afghan women training to defend their country. I suppose that cheap shots against India, USA and others have become the norm and promoted by the moderators. Recommend

  • Nimantran
    Dec 13, 2017 - 11:50PM

    @Abrar R:
    Rescue.. You know only surrender.. Send PM to US to negotiate a compromise in 1999 when your country was in the verge of collapse.. Do you want more validation?? Recommend

  • Anjum
    Dec 14, 2017 - 9:02AM

    Hope to hear on holding & educating 03 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

  • Komal S
    Dec 14, 2017 - 9:33AM

    Afghan women officers training in India is a good thing. Why so many people are getting worked up?Recommend

  • PakPukudenguta
    Dec 15, 2017 - 12:18AM

    Funny how Tribune moderated and allowed some vulgar comments. I think Pakistanis look at all women as objects of vulgar, that includes all women folk in their houses. If that was not true, there wouldn’t be any vulgar comments appearing here. Recommend

  • Ketan
    Dec 15, 2017 - 12:43PM

    Your answer is indicative of your sick mentality. These women will train in anti militant warfare and will make Afghanistan more livable.Recommend

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