GILGIT: Social media on Thursday blew up with a picture of two female pilots, Captain Maryam Masood and First Officer Shumaila Mazhar, taken before the duo flew the national carrier all the way to Gilgit.
According to Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the flight to Gilgit is very challenging and requires a lot of precision and technique as the route not only flies above populated valleys and high peaks on the way.
This isn’t the first time Captain Maryam has given the nation a reason to be proud. In August 2016, she along with her sister Erum Masood made history by flying the coveted Boeing-777 aircraft to various local and international destinations.
By the looks of it, more and more Pakistani women seem to be making it as pilots, a male-dominated airline job in the country and people couldn’t be happier about it.
Support and praise also poured in from both parents and male members of society.
My daughter flew with this Captain and was full of praise for the smooth take-off, flight and landing.
— M Ali Chundrigar (@AliChundrigar) June 21, 2018
Fighting winds in the skies and misogyny on ground!
— Ahsaas Wasti (@Ahsaas_Wasti) June 21, 2018
Wow. Good job. Great to know that. Role of women is essential for a nation’s development.
— QA (@Qamar_110) June 21, 2018
Some people called out PIA on its lazy and shameful attitude.
Next time please promote such things before they go viral and you realize it’s worth getting on the bandwagon. These are your pilots and you never promoted them before. This isn’t even an official picture! Nevertheless, the ladies are inspirational! https://t.co/YsU9R9iJlG
— Khizra (@KhizM) June 21, 2018
Ashfaq did not use a single brain cell and tried to make it dirty for everyone.
اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان کا اللہ حافظ??
حدا اور اس کے رسول صلعم کی لعنت ہو بے حیائی پھیلانے والوں پر
— Ishfaq Ahmad (@IshfaqA56717852) June 21, 2018
However, common sense prevailed.
اس میں بے حیائی کہاں سے آ گئی جناب۔۔۔
— مدثر حسین سیال (@MUDASSAR_SYAL) June 21, 2018
Wowww thats cool. Way to go ladies ??✌
— Syeda Rida (@syedasyedaz) June 21, 2018