Pakistan Army: First female paratroopers make history

Published: July 14, 2013

A total of 24 lady officers successfully completed the course at Parachute Training School, Peshawar. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a “landmark achievement.”

A total of 24 lady officers of Pakistan Army successfully completed the course at Parachute Training School, Peshawar.

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani congratulated all the lady officers and their training staff on successful completion of the course.

Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch, the military said in a statement, while Captain Sadia, referred to by one name, became the first woman officer to jump from a MI-17 helicopter.

After three weeks’ basic airborne training, which included exit, flight and landing techniques, the new paratroopers completed their first jump on Sunday and were given their “wings” by the commander of Special Services Group, Major General Abid Rafique, the military said.

In 2006, seven women broke into one of Pakistan’s most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots – perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military and for six decades closed to the fairer sex.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Ali Abul Hassan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Bravo! Proud of the soil of Pakistan and its gallantry people..!

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  • bharatvarsh
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:25PM

    True Islam ki beti. Pakistanis should be proud of you.

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  • Cane
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:34PM

    Calling women “ladies” and referring to the “fairer” sex is rather paradoxical given their achievements – when will we jettison this archaic Victorian language with its intrinsic patriarchal biases?

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  • rashad
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:37PM

    proud to be a pakistani women.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Mashallah, Jazakallah….

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  • Parvez
    Jul 14, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Small progress ………… but progress all the same………….well done.

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  • bilal
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:02PM

    way to go Pakistani Lionesses. Mashallah

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  • Mala yousuf Zai
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:22PM

    Congratulation to all officer,s who completed their training,,, Women of pakistan are very brave, I slaute them….Long Live Pakistan

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  • C_Dose
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:43PM

    The tactic of our army is simple. If they don’t get thumbs up while fighting the terrorist and bringing the security, they make headlines like this

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  • ishrat salim
    Jul 14, 2013 - 3:44PM

    Small step but a giant leap….keep it up….! Qaum ki betian…shabash…..

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  • Suqraat
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:25PM

    Congrats to all ladies. A very good step on the part of Army,Recommend

  • Sadia
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:30PM

    Way to go ladies.

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  • Wajeeha Khan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Yet again the Pakistani women prove that given fair and equal opportunities they can truly overcome all obstacles and achieve greatly so as to leave those who criticise them for being the weaker sex are left baffled… way to go for Pakistani women.. and bravo girls for you have opened another door for the generations to come.. no small feat in any way so hats off to you all…. t

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Good news regarding equality of opportunities to all. Have a good time serving your country. Rab rakha

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  • Baby Ka Husband
    Jul 14, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Really innovative strategy here. If dropped behind enemy lines the Indian army is likely to start chasing them instead of fighting Pakistan Army head on. That would be stroke of genius in the annals of military strategy. Why didn’t Von Manstein or Heinz Guderian think of it??Recommend

  • Noman
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Pakistan woman must work hard for completed with Man Congratulation

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  • khalid durrani
    Jul 14, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Mashallah well done jazba ho to fatah asan hota ha Keep it up shbash

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  • Someone
    Jul 14, 2013 - 6:05PM

    @Baby Ka Husband: What makes you think it can’t be the other way around?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 14, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Beginning is always welcomed and congratulated but its the End which is creating confusion. Hope, when these women retire they don’t call their achievement against Islam and culture. Ask any retired high ranking officer, his thoughts would be different about these women.

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  • naeem Khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Hey, Taliban eat your heart out. Congrats to all these officers.

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  • Quantum
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Now please use your newly acquired skill and drop yourself in FATA region and kill some TTP folks and bring about some women empowerment in this region.

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  • Heena Afridi
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:32PM

    @Ch. Allah Dead For once cannot your type of negative, down looking people just congratulate these courageous women why must people like you always try to rain on their parade?

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:37PM

    A very proud moment! Keep it up.

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  • BP
    Jul 14, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Its indicates there are major weekness in country’s men’s army, they don’t believe on men’s army after OBL nodus.
    Its very shameful that pakistan men’s armies are so incapable that now they are going to depend on womens.

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  • Azim
    Jul 14, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Looking back into history and what men have achieved, leting our our women take control and contribute is our best chance – Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 14, 2013 - 10:00PM

    @ Heena Afridi, Can you explain what courage these young women have shown?. What they did is a very normal activity for women throughout world. Women of other Nations have gone to space and we are congratulationg them for doing a very normal thing. They did not fight for this opportunity, instead it was given to them. Women who fight for their rights and achieve something are real achievers.

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  • SAL
    Jul 14, 2013 - 10:01PM

    Yet another achievement for Pakistan. Pakistan Jindabad!

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  • Heena Afridi
    Jul 14, 2013 - 10:44PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad Can you explain your typical male chauvinistic side demand that these women require some courage to be mentioned. It’s typical of men like you that are determined to under mention any new strides by Pakistani women. For your limited information Pakistani women do not have the same opportunities as enjoyed by women in other countries so for you to even imagine we had the same opportunists shows your ignorance to Pakistani women.
    Even in America women were just allowed in combat positions after years of fighting a male dominated society similar to Pskistan. It’s only these ladies, Malala, Sharmeen Chinoy have broken the glass ceiling after years of suppression by males like you.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 15, 2013 - 1:56AM

    This is the beginning of equal participation of Pakistani men and women.

    The entire nation is proud of daughters of Pakistan.

    May Al-Mighty Allah save them from evil forces.

    AMEEN.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 15, 2013 - 4:20AM

    Paratroopers from the Helicopter? They are usualy classifie as show jumping; one does not require a parashoot to jump from a helicopter ?

    Rex Minor

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  • Soldier Boy
    Jul 15, 2013 - 12:45PM

    @Rex Minor:
    I agree, normally this is done from a C-130 cargo aircraft but due to limited number of jumpers they used MI-17 helicopters to economize. If u r in a heli, u can drop the soldiers by hovering 3 to 4 feet above ground, don’t require parachutes to jump from helis !!

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  • sawera
    Jul 16, 2013 - 2:20AM

    13 April 2006…. First Female Paratroopers in the history of Pakistan… “Bismah Nasim” and ” Fatima Khalil” of Pakistan Airforce made five successful jumps from C-130… Yes the above army girls can be called First female Paratroopers of army bot not of Pakistan….

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  • Rabya
    Jul 16, 2013 - 4:21PM

    @Baby Ka Husband: lol..

    good to see! Pakistani women are going places…

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  • Hania
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:45PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad

    FIP, officers have been waiting for last 7 years for this opportunity. Pl if you are unaware of these things, must not speak as it create confusion. These officers have proved their mettle in their respective branches, then they were given this chance. Hope you are not one of the man, who discourageous women excelling in field. Less being jealous, appreciate them… Goodluck.. and buck up Heena Afridi.

    @Sawera, pl read the heading again, it says Pak Army, its first batch of paratrooper, who passed out from SSG, hope you the level of our commandos.. Stop creating quarrels among sister forces, pl..

    Long Live Pak, long live Pak Armed Forces.

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  • sofia
    Aug 23, 2013 - 11:50PM

    GOOD KEEP IT UP

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  • gud
    Sep 7, 2013 - 4:50PM

    good saadia Khalid we are proud of you

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  • Zia Zee
    Sep 8, 2013 - 10:39AM

    Congrates Capt Kiran nd Capt Alvina. . .Best of luckRecommend

  • Zia Zee
    Sep 8, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Congrates Capt Kiran nd Capt Alvina. . . best of LuckRecommend

  • Zzia Zee
    Sep 8, 2013 - 10:48AM

    well done Capt Alvina EME 505 WKSPRecommend

  • Zia Zee
    Sep 8, 2013 - 10:52AM

    well Done Capt Kiran EME 505 wksp

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