ISLAMABAD: Third death anniversary of the female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar was observed today.
She was the first female pilot of Pakistan Air Force who sacrificed her life in the line of duty and attained Shahadat. She was on a mission when her trainer jet crashed near Kundian area of district Mianwali two years ago. She was on a mission on an FT-7PG aircraft and encountered a “serious in-flight emergency” during the final stages, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a statement when her trainer jet crashed near Kundian area of district Mianwali 3 years ago, a private news channel reported.
Born on May 18, 1992, in Karachi, Mariam Mukhtiar hailed from a family having a military background. Her father, Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh was a retired colonel of the Pakistan Army, who inspired her to join the armed forces. Marium after receiving her initial education from Karachi graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 2007 with seven other female Pakistanis who also graduated as pilot officers. On 6th May 2011, she joined the Pakistan Air Force in 132 GD Pilot course. The government of Pakistan posthumously honored Marium Mukhtiar with Tamgha-e-Basalat on 23rd March 2016.
A relevant piece published earlier: