Maryam Mujtaba, a resident of Muzaffarabad, has become the first female commercial pilot from Kashmir.
The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has promoted her as ‘first officer’ on Airbus-320 after she completed the requisite flying hours on domestic routes on an ATR.
The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan invited Maryam Mujtaba at Aiwan-i-Sadr along with her spouse Mujtaba Rathore Aga, deputy superintendent of the AJK police to praise and honour her.
According to Sardar Masood, Maryam is a role model for all women aiming to achieve excellence in apparently challenging fields of life.
“flying was my dream since childhood and PIA had given me chance to turn it in reality” said Maryam.
Moreover, Maryam is also a brand ambassador of the Pakistan army running telecom network in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
She was born to a family of Kashmiri migrants from Shopian in Indian occupied Kashmir and settled in Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi.
Mujtaba earned her commercial pilot license after undergoing initial aviation training in Pakistan’s twin cities and later in a US-based flight academy.