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15 December 2017 Last updated 21 minutes ago

Second death anniversary of first female martyred pilot Marium Mukhtiar

Marium Mukhtiar File photo Marium Mukhtiar

The nation is observing second death anniversary of Pakistan’s first female martyred flying officer Marium Mukhtiar On November 24.

Speaking on the occasion, Marium’s parents said that they are proud of their daughter who sacrificed her life for the country. They also offered Fateha on her grave at Malir Cantonment Graveyard.

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On November 24, 2015, Mariam Mukhtiar and Squadron leader Saqib Abbasi were on their routine operational training mission when their plane FT-7PG crashed near Kundian, Panjab. Both occupants ejected from the cockpit and the plane crash-landed.Abbasi suffered minor injuries in the accident, however Mukhtiar died of her injuries in a military hospital.

Mukhtiar’s death was declared a martyrdom or shahadat by the PAF, which said both pilots “handled the serious emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the ill-fated aircraft until the very last minute.

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The Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence (SSCD) recommended Marium Mukhtiar for a state award.She has been awarded with the military award Tamgha-e-Basalat by the Government of Pakistan