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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Pakistan Army gets minority woman brigadier in historic first

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Helen Mary Roberts, who has been serving in the Pakistan Army for the last 26 years, on her promotion as Brigadier.

In Short

  • Brigadier Dr Helen serving in Pakistan Army since 1998
  • First among Christians or minorities to become brigadier
  • PM Shehbaz Sharif congratulates Helen for her promotion

Dr Helen Mary Roberts, serving in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps, has made history by becoming the first woman from the Christian and minority community to achieve the rank of brigadier in the Muslim-majority country.

Roberts was among Pakistan Army officers promoted as brigadiers and full colonels by the Selection Board, The News reported on Sunday.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Helen on her promotion as Brigadier, saying the whole nation was proud of her and thousands of hardworking women like her from minority communities who are serving the country with distinction.

“I myself and the nation congratulate Brig Helen Mary Roberts on getting the honour of the first female from minority to be promoted as Brigadier in the Pakistan Army”, he said.

Brigadier Dr Helen is a senior pathologist and has been serving in the Pakistan Army for the last 26 years.

During a Christmas celebration at Christ Church in Rawalpindi last year, Pakistan Army chief General Asim Munir had commended the role played by the minority community in the country’s development.

According to data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in 2021, there are 96.47 per cent Muslims in the country, followed by 2.14 per cent Hindus, 1.27 per cent Christians, 0.09 per cent Ahmadi Muslims and 0.02 per cent others.

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