Fly Beyond the Sky – Defence Day 2018

The Great Day has arrived once again! Defence Day, Youm-e-Difaa’, or the day-when-our-defences-proved-to-be-unshakable, is significant for us as an individual as well as a nation because we could not have survived had we not become one solid body alongside our army. Pakistan Army is cherished by us all and is doing a very efficient job of protecting our borders. But they have a more unorthodox and bold aspect that should be commemorated more often; the women aviators of Pakistan Air Force. Not only have they given women empowerment a new vision, they also have given a new meaning to the phrase “The sky is the limit”.

Ayesha Farooq:
31 year-old Ayesha qualified in her training for a fighter pilot in 2013 and became the first war-ready female fighter pilot assigned to one of the front line dogfighting squadrons. She took part in the mission Zarb-e-Azb and is an example of a selfless heroine.

Marium Mukhtiar:
Marium Mukhtiar graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force in 2014 and was on her way to become a full-fledged fighter pilot but embraced martyrdom after a Pakistan Air Force aircraft crashed near Kundian in 2015. She is the first female combat pilot of Pakistan to die in a crash on duty.

Sharista Baig:
Sharista Baig is the first GD fighter pilot from Gilgit Baltistan. She was an aviation cadet in 2008 and became official in 2014.

Saba Khan, Nadia Gul, Marium Khalil, Saira Batool:
Saba Khan, Nadia Gul, Mariam Khalil and Saira Batool were among 36 aviation cadets who received their wings after three and a half years of intensive training from Air Force’s elite training institute in Risalpur in 2006. The four women are the first women pilots in the 58-year-history of the Pakistan air force.

A bonus entry to pay tribute to the brave women of Gilgit Baltistan:

Aimen Amir:
Aimen Amir is the first Pakistani female pilot from Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan to obtain a license for flying private jets, at the age of 20. She is the first woman from Skardu and third from Gilgit-Baltistan to get a flying license.

Be proud, be patriotic and be Pakistani this Defence Day. Long live Pakistan!

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