ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a “landmark achievement” for the country.

Captain Kiran Ashraf was declared the best paratrooper of the batch of 24, the military said in a statement, while Captain Sadia, referred to by one name, became the first woman officer to jump from a MI-17 helicopter.

Women have limited opportunities in Pakistan's highly traditional, patriarchal society. The United Nations says only 40 per cent of adult women are literate, and they are frequently the victims of violence and abuse.

But in 2006 seven women broke into one of Pakistan's most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots -- perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military and for six decades closed to the fairer sex.

After three weeks' basic airborne training, which included exit, flight and landing techniques, the new paratroopers completed their first jump on Sunday and were given their “wings” by the commander of Special Services Group, Major General Abid Rafique, the military said.

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Ali Hassan
July 14, 2013 5:15 pm

God bless these women in uniform. Her male fauji counterparts are proud of her too.

Thank you for your service to Pakistani Nation

God bless our Military

anwar khushab
July 14, 2013 5:20 pm

Absolutely terrific!

July 14, 2013 5:35 pm

First women paratroopers were from PAF who carried out their jumps more than 5 years ago and it also got widespread publicity at that time. Please verify your facts Mr Reporter.

July 14, 2013 6:26 pm


July 14, 2013 6:28 pm

Being a "five jump commando" does NOT make you a Paratrooper! Get it right..

Agha Ata
July 14, 2013 7:24 pm

I am not impressed with these achievements of women. Not at all :( You know why? Because in my view they are capable of doing things 1,000 times better. and many things better than men. And mind you, they are going to prove it, all over the world. Men spread themselves too thin on many subjects; women concentrate on the needs of the time. Wives have been proving it for thousands of years. . . Yes, I am a male feminist!

Amjad Wyne
July 14, 2013 7:48 pm

@Ahmad: I believe you meant, "the first women to jump". Please remember that not all that are required to jump as part of their military training are paratroopers.

July 14, 2013 8:03 pm

Couldn't have been a better news today . Salute to them

July 14, 2013 8:03 pm

@Ali Hassan: Is it not anti-islamic as per Pakistani culture........ ?

Atiq Shah
July 14, 2013 8:31 pm

@Ahmad: Paratrooper jumping is different from fighter pilot para jumping. Paratroopers have a different role and the training is not the same as that of pilots. So this is rightly called the first batch of female paratroopers.

syed baqar ahsan
July 14, 2013 10:53 pm

These jumping proud girls AIRBORNE for Pakistan, deserve well done.Don't worry about rogue TTP Ehsan ullah Ehsan and of there type, they will be sorted in the near future.

July 14, 2013 11:01 pm

need goggles!!!

July 15, 2013 12:36 am

will they fight taliban?

Manzoor Ahmad
July 15, 2013 12:50 am

Well Congratulation BRAVE LADIES ''' The nation is proud of you, God bless you and keep it up ,,these kind of things makes us proud ,otherwise we in a mess.

Omair Rahman
July 15, 2013 1:14 am


July 15, 2013 1:18 am

All Pakistanis are proud of our sisters in their achievements!

Amjad Wyne
July 15, 2013 2:08 am

They make us (the entire nation) proud of itself - No one said it was easy on them but women like these can change the course of this nation. Thank you again.

July 15, 2013 2:50 am

@Ahmad: Airforce personnel are not para troopers, these are army officers clearly using a parachute does not make you a para trooper. The facts are correct .

July 15, 2013 5:17 am

No doubt Pakistan woman are strongest and talented . But we have to appreciate all the people including politician , policy makers and epically there families who breaking these barrier.

July 15, 2013 5:55 am

Kitchen on air

Malik Nawaz
July 15, 2013 7:27 am

I only hope that our women do better job then our men.....................!!!!!!!

July 15, 2013 7:32 am

Mr Report, please explain what do you mean by "perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military and for six decades closed to the fairer sex" Fairer sex? Explain!!!!

July 15, 2013 9:50 am

i totally disagree with this whole act.... Woman should never in fighting in the first place except for few professions like teaching , paramedic, cook etc. As per science says men are less emotional and think more logically and vice versa for women. So when time will come where you have take decision , women most likely to choose herself over the country...... as she will think of her family, friends etc and will not sacrifice ......

July 15, 2013 9:57 am

I'd really love to know who are the people thumbing down the positive comments? Mullahs don't read dawn, do they?

July 15, 2013 10:33 am

thumbs up.

July 15, 2013 10:35 am

thumbs up !!

July 15, 2013 11:00 am

Women have limited opportunities in Pakistan's highly traditional, patriarchal society. The United Nations says only 40 per cent of adult women are literate, and they are frequently the victims of violence and abuse.

Seriously?? Learn to localize the copy.

July 15, 2013 11:02 am

Would love to see them para dropped in India. Will welcome with flower garlands.....

Prakash Rao
July 15, 2013 11:35 am

Congratulations. Now you must aim at Sky diving.

July 15, 2013 11:52 am

You girls in uniform look awesome. Allah bless Pakistan.

July 15, 2013 1:42 pm

I hope now Shirmeen Chinoy makes a movie on this as well. The image of Pakistan is being portrayed as if all the men are throwing acid on women's face and all the men are shooting little school going girls in their heads. However, we never tell the world that we have the most capable and most talented women who have made their mark on the global arena. This is also Pakistan!

July 15, 2013 2:55 pm

@Ali Hassan: "God bless our military" ---- for having done the most harm to our country. Wake up Mr. Hasan

July 15, 2013 7:22 pm

Its a great step forward. Pakistan is torn between progressive and regressive changes...hope the progressive win in the end.

July 15, 2013 8:40 pm

Bravo! Keep going girls !!

Desi from Lahore
July 16, 2013 4:07 am

@Paki: Think about this,who gave you birth? I wish she had changed her mind about giving you birth.Women have the right to do anything they desire,just like the men.You are just afraid that a woman can and will do better then you,I think thats great.There is a reason why GOD didn't put the heaven under the man's feet or give us the ability to give birth,he knew we would mess it all up lol.I would like to tell each and every one of these young ladies whether a paratrooper or a GD pilot how happy and proud I am.Its not an easy task,thousands of boys fail even trying to get into the academies much less become one.BRAVO.

AR Khan
July 16, 2013 11:07 am

@Pakistan: Frankly, as I suspect, these lady officers are most probably employed on office work only. So far they are not entrusted for field duties. Moreover, this is an adventure course with little or no relevance in subsequent employment in Army's elite special service group.

July 16, 2013 12:06 pm

gr8 job

July 16, 2013 2:04 pm

God Bless YOU you all, made us proud really proud , keep up the good work

Iftikhar Shah Gilani
July 17, 2013 2:13 am

All the best to our 1st Women Paratrooper badge of 24. This important and memorable jump must have recorded and suggested to released to general public for motivation to other citizens of Pakistan.

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