Pakistan’s first female pilot Shukriya Khanum did the impossible back in 1959

Myra Khaled 11:21 PM | 8 Mar, 2018
Pakistan’s first female pilot Shukriya Khanum did the impossible back in 1959
Not many people know this but Shukriya Khanum was the first Pakistani woman to obtain a commercial pilot’s licence. She was qualified as a pilot in 1959, right after she graduated from Government College. Since then, it took 30 years before another woman followed in her footsteps.

When Shukriya Khanum joined Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), she accepted the job of flight instructor at PIA’s training centre - because female pilots were not allowed to fly commercial aircrafts.

She also took flying enthusiasts on joy rides at Karachi Flying Club.

In one of Shukriya Khanum’s famous photos, she is seen standing next to her an aircraft with Qaiser Ansari, who was working as a flight instructor at a flying club in Rawalpindi.

Ayesha Rabia and Maliha Sami, two other women with her, faced difficulties after taking the PIA pilot test in 1980 during the era of Gen Zia ul Haq. But right after Zia passed away in 1989, PIA summoned them and invited them to attend formal pilot training.

“For nine years I waited, because rules did not allow women to fly,” Ms Ayesha told BBC in an interview. Ms Maliha flew her first flight as 'first officer' in 1990, the day before Ms Ayesha flew her first. She accepted the job of flight instructor at PIA’s training centre.

In 2005, Ms Ayesha became the first female Pakistani captain of a commercial scheduled flight. In 2006, flew the first Pakistani flight with an all-female crew and made the women of Pakistan proud!

Ms Ayesha remembers the day in 1989 when she met Shukriya Khanum in Karachi.

She offered her some advice:

“Focus on professionalism and never let anybody think that because you are a woman you cannot do that”.

Shukriya Khanum was truly a woman of action who did what was impossible for a woman of that period in time. She passed away last year due to cancer in Lahore at the age of 82.

Myra Khaled
Myra Khaled

Sub-Editor, Lifestyle - Daily Pakistan


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs203,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,810.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs160,241 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 186,907.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 203,900 PKR 2,100


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