Daughter of Karachi traffic warden commissioned for GD pilot in PAF

07:16 PM | 5 Feb, 2021
Daughter of Karachi traffic warden commissioned for GD pilot in PAF

KARACHI – The daughter of a traffic warden in Karachi has been selected for general duty pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Nashrah Shakir, daughter of Shakir Ahmed Malik, studied at the Meritorious Defence Chapter Tuition Centre that shared her picture on their social media account and congratulated her on her success and prayed for her future as well. Shakir Ahmed Malik is a traffic warden in Clifton, Karachi.

Female pilots are rare in Pakistan and truly inspirational, not only for their achievement, but also for breaking stereotypes and rising strong in a dangerous and overall tough profession. However, 2021 is not the year that the PAF finally let in women.

The first female fighter pilot in the history of PAF is Ayesha Farooq, who was commissioned in 2013. She was the 19th female pilot in PAF, but the only one ready for war. She now flies missions in a Chinese-made Chengdu J-7 fighter jet alongside her 24 male colleagues in Squadron 20.

Marium Mukhtiar, daughter of Col Ahmed Mukhtiar, was from Karachi as well. Marium was the first female pilot to lay down her life in the line of duty when her plane crashed near the village of Kundian in Mianwali District on November 24, 2015.

Sharista Baig, Col Mehmud Baig, was the first female GD pilot from Gilgit Baltistan.

Kainat Junaid, daughter of Squadron leader Ahmed Junaid is another inspirational female fighter pilot. Hailing from Balambat, Lower Dir, Kainat was the first female fighter pilot from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Speaking of inspirational women in the skies, we must remember Pakistan’s first commercial female pilot Shukriya Khanum. She qualified as a pilot in 1959, straight after graduating from the Lahore’s Government College. However, it took 30 years before another woman followed in her footsteps. Khanum died of cancer at the age of 82 in 2017.

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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