Maryam Mujtaba becomes first Kashmiri woman pilot of Pakistan


SRINAGAR: A young woman from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) brought laurels to the region after Pakistan’s International Airline (PIA) introduced its first female pilot from the region on Thursday, Pakistan media reported.

A picture of Maryam Mujtaba in an airport runway in Pakistan, PIc: Facebook

Maryam Mujtaba was introduced by a video posted by Pakistan International Airline (PIA), today. Appreciating the support of PIA, in a 04:40 minutes video, Mujtaba said that PIA gave her “wings to fly”.  “Getting into this profession was a dream job for me, as I have been dreaming about this since I was a little baby,” Mujtaba said.

Mujtaba said that her parents were always aware of the fact that she wants to become a pilot, but neither her parents nor she bothered to reveal it to each other, “but once I showed them my will, my father took me to flying School and I joined,” she said.

Interestingly, the day Mujtaba got her Commercial Pilot License (CPL), an advertisement appeared in PIA and she applied for the job. “I cannot even share how happy I was when I saw my name in the list,” Mujtaba was quoted saying. She called flying “the best profession for girls”.

Maryam Mujtaba while taking a selfie in the cockpit, PIc: Facebook

While sharing the reaction of female passenger who came to know that the plane in which she is traveling is being run by a female pilot, Mujtaba said that she was really scared and then finally when they landed “she approached me, we shared a good time together, took a couple of pictures and then she gave me blessings too.”

Urging parents to motivate their daughters, she said they should motivate them to bring the best out of themselves.”

A picture of Maryam Mujtaba in the cockpit, Pic: Facebook

“Presenting the first female pilot from Kashmir – Maryam Mujtaba!  We had a chance to chat with the pride of our nation. Check out what all she has to say, you’re in for a surprise! #PIA #FlyPIA #PilotDiaries,” Pakistan International Airlines wrote on its official Twitter handle.

Mujtaba had joined PIA as a Cadet Pilot in 2011. She had acquired her experience while flying an ATR. Now she is flying as a First Officer Airbus A-320.