Punjab Appoints Amara Athar as Lahore’s First Female Chief Traffic Officer
In a move aimed at promoting women’s empowerment within the provincial police department, the Punjab government has designated Amara Athar as the first-ever female Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) of Lahore.
Amara Athar, a BS-19 police officer, is now the fourth female police officer assigned to duties in the provincial capital. Prior to this role, she served as the SP in Model Town Lahore.
This appointment follows the vacancy of the CTO position when Mustansar Feroz was appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Punjab Safe City Authority (PSCA).
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Despite several male officers being in contention for the top position in Lahore’s traffic police, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Usman Anwar opted for a female police officer, citing the noteworthy performance of another female officer, Aysha Butt. Ms. Butt has been serving as the CTO in Gujranwala and has demonstrated exceptional capabilities.
It’s worth mentioning that Gujranwala’s CTO, under Aysha Butt’s leadership, established Pakistan’s first traffic theme park. This park features a walk track with traffic signals on both sides, aiming to raise awareness among citizens about traffic laws.
Furthermore, the commendable performances of other female police officers, including Lahore Investigation SSP Dr. Anoosh Masood Chaudhry, Lahore Sadar Division SP Sidra Khan, Crime Record Office (CRO) SP Aqeela Naqvi, and Gulberg ASP Syeda Sheharbano, across Punjab, influenced the decision to entrust the role of CTO Lahore to a woman.