After a ‘severe assault’ from the Taliban, a top female cop is on the run amid fears that the old government could return.
After being subjected to a “severe assault” by the Taliban, a top female cop has gone on the run amid fears that the old government has returned to Afghanistan.
Gulafroz Ebtekar became a well-known female figure in Afghanistan after becoming the first woman to earn a master’s degree from a police academy. She then rose through the ranks of Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry to become deputy head of criminal investigations. Ms Ebtekar, who is said to be 34 years old, was attacked by the Taliban during their control of the gates outside Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, where she had been staying for five nights in the hopes of catching an evacuation aircraft.
She described running after the beating and encountering three US soldiers who she thought would assist her, but she claimed they led her to a crowded area where a terrorist attack was taking on.
“We got to the refugee camp where the Americans were stationed,” Ms Ebtekar recalled.
“I exhaled when the American soldiers were already close by, thinking we were finally safe.
“I have a basic command of the English language. I stated that staying in Kabul was not secure for us. They looked over our papers. My identification, passport, and police certificates were all with me.
“They asked us, ‘Where do you want to go?'” ‘It doesn’t matter,’ I responded, referring to a safe country where there is a chance we might survive.
“They stared at me and said, obnoxiously, ‘Okay.’ They also asked one of the soldiers to lead us in the right direction. I expected them to accompany us to the plane or offer security.
“We refused to leave, but the soldier drew his firearm and said, ‘Get out of here.’ As a result, we took to the road. I didn’t want to live anymore at that point.”
Ms Ebtekar attempted to seek assistance from the Moscow consulate because she had completed a master’s degree at a Russian police academy, but she was denied because she had a Russian passport or residency.
“I had dreamed of altering things in Afghanistan,” she told the Russian publication Moskovsky Komsomolets. First and foremost, when it comes to female cops. And I was successful.
“When I returned to my motherland, I took a job with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, where I quickly rose through the ranks.
“I was promoted to Deputy.” Brinkwire Summary News