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International Women’s Day 2020: Remembering First Female Martyred Pilot Maryam Mukhtiar

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Mar, 2020. 12:28 pm
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A head of this International Women’s Day lets remember sacrifice of Pakistani Flying Officer Maryam Mukhtiar who embraced martyrdom during a training mission.

International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day  2020 celebrated on March 8 every year.

International Women’s Day 2020 dedicated to honour the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe.

It is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.

She became the first female Air Force Pilot to embraced martyrdom.

Women in different roles in society as mothers sisters daughters etc. always think about others before themselves and Maryam also showed this spirit in discharging her duty and embraced martyrdom while saving the lives of on ground community.


Pakistani Flying Officer Maryam Mukhtiar flying a training mission on an FT 7PG aircraft with Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi encountered a serious in flight emergency on November 24 2015.

In result an ill fated accident took place in Kundian, Mianwali district about 175 kilometers (109 miles) southwest of Islamabad.

Real aspect of life is with great power comes the great responsibility and Pilot officer Maryam Mukhtar admiring the nature of life fights back at her best.

Who was Maryam Mukhtiar?

Marium, after receiving her initial education from Karachi, graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 2007.

On May 6, 2011, she joined the Pakistan Air Force in 132 GD Pilot course.


Marium Mukhtiar graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force in 2014, along with six other women in 132 GD(P) course.

Before joining PAF,she was enrolled in Electrical Engineering at NED University.

Early Life of Maryam Mukhtiar

Marium Mukhtiar Shaikh was the daughter of Col. R. Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh, and her ancestors hailed from Sindh.

She spent her early life in Karachi and chose to join the armed forces, the profession of her father, despite having previously pursued civil engineering and despite the fact that her pursuit was unprecedented.


Awards for Maryam Mukhtiar

The Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence (SSCD) recommended Marium Mukhtiar for a state award.

She was awarded the military award Tamgha-e-Basalat by the Government of Pakistan.


Maryam Mukhtiar Film

Ek Thi Marium also aired as tribute to Maryam Mukhtiar that features Sanam Baloch in the lead role of Marium along with Hina Khawaja Bayat and Behroze Sabzwari.

Colours of Life Faded Away

After Maryam Mukhtiar’s martyrdom her mother said in an interview,  “For us, the colours of life have faded away,” says Rehana Mukhtiar, the bereaved mother,

“Everything now seems black and white. There is no charm or purpose. Nothing holds meaning anymore.”


Mukhtiar Sheikh, her father, doesn’t remember a time when his daughter wanted to do anything besides pilot a combat jet.

“When she had to move from operational conversion to fighter conversion, there was some talk about her marriage,” he tells in an interview “So, I told her that it would be better if she was grounded or transferred to slow flying. But she said, ‘No papa, I only want to be a fighter pilot.” And that was that. Thereon he never questioned her ambitions.

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