We generally perceive women as physically weaker than men; this limits women to certain career paths, or most of the times, none. This perception has started to change with time, seeing women actively participating in different fields, competing with the classical norms of an ideal womanhood. Here are some women super heroes making history in Pak Army!
1. Major General Shahida Malik
First female to be appointed as the Major General in Pak Army in 2002. Moreover, she’s first commanding general officer of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps. It was during her house job in the hospital associated with Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore, when she discovered the lack of mannerism on part of the doctors and the unorganised means of running the hospital. Feeling disappointed at her experience, Shahida Malik decided to induct in the Army Hospital. The planning, organisation, and discipline here pulled her closer to the Army.
2. Major General Shahida Badshah
Major general Shahida Badshah is a top officer in the Pakistan Army. She has been awarded as a 3 star general, which makes her the first female to have become a Lieutenant-General. She was appointed as a Principal at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi. Coming from an army background, she joined the Army after completing MBBS from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar in 1977. And now after serving at several places including CMH Rawalpindi, Kharian and many more, Shahida Badshah is currently serving as a Major General.
3. Ayesha Farooq
First female fighter pilot! Ayesha has come a long way since her father’s demise at a very young age. Being brought up by a single mother, along with a sister, in a patriarchal environment has made Ayesha a tuff lady, breaking stereotypes.
With the constant support of her mother, not much of her relatives however, she is living her dream. We wish her all the best!
4. Mariam Mukhtar Shiekh
(May 18, 1992 – November 24, 2015)
Mariam Mukhtar was a Pakistani fighter pilot. She was on her routine operational mission with Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi when their aircraft, (PAF) FT-7PG, crashed near Kundian in Mianwali District in the northwest of Punjab on November 24, 2015. For her services, the Government of Pakistan has awarded her the military award ‘Tamgha-e-Basalat’.