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War-ready and raring to go: Ayesha Farooq the first woman fighter pilot of Pakistan

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  • Jun 13, 2013, 10:23 AM IST
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Islamabad:Ayesha Farooq broke all barriers to become the first war-ready fighter pilot in Pakistan's Air Force
 
Farooq joined the league of 19 other Pakistani women who are pilot in Pakistani air force, five of them are designated to fly the fighter aircrafts, but have not taken the final test, as yet.
 
Ayesha Farooq had to face stiff resistance from within the family and outside to pursue her dream of flying.
 
Ayesha sees herself as no less than any of her male colleagues. She says that they all do the same activities and are entrusted with equally challenging tasks.

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    She is well aware of the challenges in front of the nation. She says that Pakistan needs to be on its toes because of terrorism and its geographical nature.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, smiles during an interview with Reuters at Mushaf base in Sargodha.
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    Ayesha had hard time convincing her widowed and uneducated mother, when she decided that she will join the defence forces.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, shops at the market of Mushaf base in Sargodha.
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    Role of women in defence is still a taboo in Pakistan, though the perception is fast changing.
     
    In the picture, a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force takes off from Mushaf base in Sargodha.
     
     
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    Pakistan is not known for carrying a liberal attitude towards its womenfolk. The role of women is still ocnfined to the four walls of the house in a majority of houses. The northwestern regions of the nation are particulary infamous for their treatment of the women. Women are raped, mutilated and killed without impunity in these tribal controlled regions.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.
     
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    Ayesha is a part of Squadron 20, made up of 25 pilots, including Ayesha Farooq. She is assigned to fly Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jets.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, smiles during an interview with Reuters at Mushaf base in Sargodha.
     
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    Though things are changing, a large number of girls are coming forward and getting them enrolled in defence forces.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, talks with avionics engineer Anam Hassan, 24, at Mushaf base in Sargodha.
     
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    More than 4,000 women work in Pakistan's defence forces. But there role is largely confined to desk and medical services.
     
    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, looks up as she closes the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.
     
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    The number of women in Pakistan Air force has steadily increased. PAF has 316 women as compared to 100 five years ago.

     

    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, climbs up to a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

     

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    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, performs a pre-flight check on a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

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    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, gives the thumb-up sign from the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

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    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, walks with Wing Commander of Squadron 20 Nasim Abbas and her colleagues toward a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

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    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in a cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

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    In the picture, Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot, chats with her colleagues beside a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha.

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