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Not the first women paratroopers

Not the first women paratroopers

Not the first women paratroopers

IT was heartening to read the news story about the Pakistan Army’s 24 women paratroopers (July 15).

However, a matter of concern in this news story was the use of the phrase ‘First-ever female paratroopers of Pakistan’.

As far as my memory works (later I also cross-checked it from the media archives available on the internet), Flt-Lt Bisma Naseem and Flt-Lt Fatima Khalil of Pakistan Air Force had the honour of being the country’s first-ever female paratroopers, after they made a history by successfully accomplishing paratroop training at the PAF Academy, Risalpur, on April 17, 2006, setting a record among air force women cadets in Asia.

The event was widely covered by national print and electronic media.

Fatima’s distinction of being the first-ever woman paratrooper of not only Pakistan but also Asia was a moment of great pride for the whole nation.

MONA MALIK
Lahore

DAWN

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