Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Remembering Maryam Mukhtiar

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Maryam Mukhtar

Maryam Mukhtar is Pakistan's first female fighter pilot of Pakistan to die in the line of duty. She also held the honor of being part of the first batch of the war-ready female pilots in Pakistan army. Born in a military family on May 18,1992, Maryam has the zeal to do something different and live a life breaking the social stereotypes. She was daughter of Col. (R) Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh who hailed from Pano Akil, Sindh.

Maryam Mukhtar graduated from Pakistan Airforce academy along with seven other lady officers in 2007. Maryam was known to be a great football player and had the honor of representing Baluchistan province in National Football Championship in 2007. She was confident, charismatic, and a helping personality.

Crashed Jet
On 24 November 2015, Maryam was on a routine training mission with Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi. During the flight, the PAF FT-7 jet encountered a serious in-flight emergency. According to PAF spokesperson, both pilots had the opportunity to eject and save their lives but they chose to maneuver the jet away from the populated area. Both pilots ejected before the crash but the it was a bit too late for Maryam and she succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident.

Reaction poured out all over Pakistan from all segments of the society. Her sacrifice was acknowledged in all circles of the society and nation shared the grief and the honor too. The Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif said;

           "She was indeed a role model for women and pride of Pakistan."

Similar responses poured in from Pakistan Air Chief, Pakistani Politicians, and the general public. She was laid to rest in Karachi with full military honor. A large number of army, air force, and rangers officials attended the funeral.

May her soul rest in peace. Aameen.

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