Mariam Mukhtar, fighter pilot, Died at 23


Mariam Mukhtiar was born on January 1, 1992, and died on November 24, 2015.

She was a Pakistani fighter pilot. Mariam was Pakistan’s first female fighter pilot to die in the line of duty.

Mariam Mukhtiar Shaikh was the daughter of Col. R. Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh, and her ancestors were from Pano Akil, Sindh.

she spent her early life in Karachi.

Mukhtiar graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 2007 with seven other female Pakistanis who also graduated as pilot officers.

She spent the early days of her life in Karachi.

Later on, Mukhtiar chose to join forces, despite she was selected for civil engineering

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

24 November was a memorable day of her life when she stood at parade square of PAF Academy Risalpur with the passion for dying for the homeland.

Mukhtiar was about to register her name in the list of those adventurers of PAF who set inexhaustible myths of bravery in the wars of 1965 and 1971.

On 24 November 2015, Mukhtiar and her co-pilot squadron leader Saqib Abbasi were on their routine operational training mission in PAF F-7PG aircraft, but due to forgone reasons she had to eject from the craft.

In a very tough situation, Mukhtiar tried to save precious human lives on the ground and she also succeeded in her attempt, but lost her own life during the ejection process when plane crashed near Kundian, Panjab.

Mukhtiar got honoured to be the first martyr lady pilot of Pakistan Air Force.

Mukhtiar passed away at age 23 in November 2015, aviation accident.