Meet Saira Amin; PAF Sword of Honor Winner

Posted on September 22, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, People, Women
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Adil Najam

This news item from today’s Daily Times (23 September, 2006) needs no explanation. Saira Amin needs our words of congratulations, and maybe a crisp salute.

The coveted Sword of Honour for best all-round performance was claimed by Aviation Cadet Saira Amin, who made history by being the first woman pilot to have won the Sword of Honour in any defence academy of Pakistan. The passing out parade of the 117th GD (P) course, which includes the second batch of three women pilots, was held at the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy, Risalpur Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, PAF chief of air staff, was the chief guest. The trophy for best performance in general service training and the Chief of Air Staff Trophy for best performance in flying were lifted by Aviation Cadet Squadron Under Officer Nadir Ali. The Asghar Hussain Trophy for best performance in academics was achieved by Aviation Cadet Saira Amin. Squadron No 3 received the Quaid-e-Azam Banner for being the champion squadron.

I had always thought that Inayat Hussain Bhatti’s 1965 song, jang khed nai zananian di (‘war is not the sport of women’) was a ratehr silly song. I guess Ms. Amin is also not a fan of that song. I wish her the very best, although I do also wish that neither she nor anyone else – man or woman – has to actually go to war to demonstrate the silliness of Mr. Bhatti’s histrionics.

The courage of Mukhtaran Mai, the skill of Urooj Mumtaz Khan, the determination of Saira Amin, and the sheer resiliance of all the other 80 million women in Pakistan. You make us proud.

105 responses to “Meet Saira Amin; PAF Sword of Honor Winner”

  1. Athar Ahmed says:

    I have same comments as I mentioned earlier in July 2008 and wish brave daughter of Pakistan Saira Amin the best in her career.

    Well done and keep it up.

  2. According to the think of mine that a lady can not be stands equels with the shoulders of a man…..
    because HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) says that a woman could not be make your commondar…
    so Ms Saira Amin don’t be over, as you know there is no lady in Pakistan’s Army which have NISHAAN-E-HAIDAR…….
    Major Mansoor Sindhi..

  3. furqan says:

    i slute saira amin and proud of her i always pray for her


  4. I am prud of such women.
    I solute to saira amin

  5. Abdul Salam Asif says:

    Like all others , I was also an airforce dreamer in my teens.
    I congratulate you on your sucess & Salute you for your determination.
    Keep it up!
    You are a beacon of light for others who wants to follow!
    A respectful salute to your parents who gave you this courage!

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