Pride of Pakistan – Women Pilots

by on May 29, 2010
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Women pilots of Pakistan

The Pride of Pakistan is a humble attempt to pay tributes to the prodigal sons and daughters of Pakistan who brought honor to the country. Here we also aim at introducing these long forgotten heroes to our new generation. We are open to suggestions and your ideas, advice and comments are most welcome.

Shukriya Khanum: First Woman Pilot

In the West and thanks to some religious bigots, Pakistan is thought to be a country of extremists where the caveman mentality prevails. The rightful place of women is thought to be the kitchen – where they spend a large part of their lives -, barefoot and pregnant. Contrary to this belief, women are quite liberated now and enjoyed freedom back in 1947 when Pakistan was born. Women have played an active role in the creation of Pakistan as well.

On the 12th of July 1959, Shukriya Khanum wrote history when she was awarded the commercial pilot license (CPL) and thus became the first woman pilot of Pakistan. Although she did not serve the PIA as a pilot, she was a ground instructor in the national carrier’s Flying Academy where she taught the future pilots the CPL ground subjects. It is not clear whether Ms. Shukriya Khanum actually flew a plane or not or maneuvered a plane as a part of the training.

Women Pilots of PIA

In 1990, two female pilots joined PIA; they were Ms. Ayesha Rabia and Ms. Maliha Sami. Ms. Sami recorded her name in history when she became the first female ever to fly a Fokker plane from Karachi to Gawadar via Panjgur and Turbat.

On 25th January 2006, Pakistani women pilots made history when a full female crew flew a Fokker plane from Islamabad to Multan via Lahore. Ms. Ayesha Rabia was the pilot and she was assisted by co-pilot Sadia Aziz.

Besides flying in the capacity of commercial pilots, women have also made inroads in the all men field when four women pilots joined the Pakistan Air Force as trainee fighter pilots. Saba Khan, Marium Hilal, Nadia Gul and Saira Batool graduated as fighter pilots after rigorous training.

Author MairaS:
Webpreneur. CEO ContentCreatorZ Pakistan. Managing Partner Media Marketing Services.


9 Responses to “Pride of Pakistan – Women Pilots”
  1. arfa khurshid says:

    Sir,i need to apply for commercial pilot but i have no idea when to apply for it .I would be very thankful if you let me know about it and what you need for it.

  2. arfa khurshid says:

    Miss,i need to ask that is it really necessary to have maths in your A-levels?

    • MairaS says:

      Hi Arfa
      The best way would be to ask the institutes which offer training to women pilots. Which institute you want to apply to? Contact them through phone, or visit their offices. That will help you clarify your doubts.

  3. somoni says:

    hi there

    i am doing my masters in plant sciences and i have one more year to go. i always wanted to become a commercial pilot but got severly dissappointed when i heard they didnt allow feamle pilots in pakistan.(though later on it ended up being a false news). anyway till then the time had gone and i couldnt aply anymore. is there any way i can apply in a flying skool now?? plus how much does this whole training thingy cost??
    thanx a bunch for whoever can help me in this regard

  4. Khuram says:

    I want to become a pilot but I have no idea which institute should I join plz helppp!

  5. raja ali says:

    hi mein mba kr raha hoon i want to become com, poilt so u can guide me what i do for that?i live in isb

  6. maryam says:

    hey guyz if u al want 2 be a pilot join superior university lahore..admision in BS AVIATION MAMAGEMENT….itz 4 year degree program 2 years 4 study n 2 years training..tottal cost 22 lac rupees..m student pilot from lahore thanx

  7. Aizaz Moin says:

    I am an expatriate Pakistani. It brought tears to my eyes looking at all you aspiring professionals. How proud you are to serve your country as sadly in my day resources were limited. You have your lives in front of you and By God you will make the motherland proud of you. With love and all my prayers

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