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Pakistan’s only woman fighter pilot is now trained and ready for war

With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet,Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being

Written by Reuters | Mushaf Air Base | Published: June 14, 2013 1:05 am

With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet,Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.

Farooq,from Punjab province,is one of 19 women who have become pilots over the last decade but none are combat-ready.

“I don’t feel any different. We do the same activities,the same precision bombing,” the soft-spoken 26-year-old said of her male colleagues.

“Due to terrorism and our geographical location,it’s very important that we stay on our toes,” she said.

Farooq was at loggerheads with her widowed and uneducated mother seven years ago when she said she wanted to join the air force. “In our society,most girls don’t even think about doing such things as flying an aircraft,” she said.

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