Shireen Mazari calls Major General Nigar Johar Khan symbol of women empowerment

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ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari on Tuesday called Major General Nigar Johar Khan a symbol of women empowerment.

In 2017, Major General Nigar Johar Khan become the third woman in the country’s history to hold the rank of a major general in the Pakistan Army.

Mazari shared a picture of Maj Gen Nigar Khan, adding the caption: "Respect. #womenempowerment".

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According to Wajiha Qamar, a member of the National Assembly, Maj Gen Nigar Johar Khan hails "from a Pashtun family of Sawabi".

"She is a two-star general in Pak Army’s Medical Corps. Apart from being a doc, she is a sharp shooter too," Qamar explained.

"Pak has shown that, it is committed to gender equality and women empowerment. Gender specific jobs assigned by the ancient patriarchy are now adapting to the realities of 21st century," she added.

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Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Major General Nigar Johar has recently been promoted to the rank of Major General