First Pakistani women paratroopers make history
On July 14, 2013, the first ever group of Pakistani female paratroopers completed their training and wrote a new history.
It was only after a three weeks of strenuous training session at Parachute Training School where the 24 paratroopers underwent the basic Para jumping course of exit, flight and landing techniques and learnt how to control the parachutes while descending and carry out emergency measures such as untwisting the rigging lines, taking the necessary action upon collision with another parachutist and landing in water that enabled them to complete their first jump and receive “wings” by their commander.
Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch of 24, while Captain Sadia became the first woman officer to jump from a MI-17 helicopter.
The military hailed the occasion as a “landmark achievement” for Pakistan and Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani congratulated all the lady officers, thus further boosting their morale.
Pakistan has seen an increasing number of women joining its armed forces in recent years. Seven women broke into one of Pakistan’s most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots in 2006— perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military.