Pakistani woman joins US Air Force to avoid marrying cousin

07:00 PM | 12 Dec, 2023
Pakistani woman joins US Air Force to avoid marrying cousin
Caption: Hamna Zafar
Source: Senior Airman Karissa Dick/U.S. Air Force

Hamna Zafar, a Pakistani-American woman, joined the US Air Force to avoid marrying her cousin.

According to the international media portals, the interesting story of Zafar shook everyone. Zafar made an important decision of her life at the age of 19, resisting family and cultural pressure and struggling to achieve her dreams.

Zafar knew she would lose her family if she went against her parents' wishes by refusing marry her cousin in Pakistan, yet, the iron-willed woman rebelled and was determined to make her dreams come true.

Back when Zafar came to Pakistan with her family in 2019, she found out that the family flew back home not just to meet their relatives but also to set Zafar's engagement with her cousin.

This revelation left Zafar completely shocked and upset as she was being pressured to get engaged to a man she did not know or choose prior to the big decision.

Stuck in a dilemma, Zafar had to choose between her parents' traditions and her own desires, the American military official refused to sacrifice her independence, and paved her life by making a daring plan. Zafar later sought asylum and stayed with a college friend's family for some time.

Zafar was sheltered in a home by a woman named Claudia Barrera and provided the support she needed to complete her associate's degree, which is why she now calls Barrera 'mother'.

In 2022, Zafar took another bold step and joined the US Air Force where she is now serving as a security defender.

Narrating her story, the 23-year-old woman reportedly said, “I always thought about my parents, sisters and family, but the night I left home I only thought about myself.”

“I thought that my family would have come out of the stereotypical thinking, but I never thought that they would force me to marry their choice like this,” she shared.

According to media portals, Zafar revealed that she had no other choice to start over after her family refused to adopt her after her decision.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
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 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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