People who devote their lives to defend or protect their political or religious beliefs are the asset of a nation. They fight against enemies and they win or become a martyr. These brave people are the life of a nation and the blood of a martyr is proud of his family and for the whole nation.
Like men, women also contribute to different military designations. They play a big role to put the name of their country high in the world. Marium Mukhtiar is one of the Pakistani Flying Officers. Her name will always remember among the brave fighter pilots.
Biography of Marium Mukhtiar
Marium Mukhtiar was born on May 18, 1992, in Karachi, Pakistan. Her zodiac sign was Taurus. Her father’s name is Dr. Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh, who is an assistant professor at QUEST Nawabshah. Marium’s mother’s name is Rehana Mukhtiar. Marium had two siblings named Shahrukh Mukhtiar and Marvi Mukhtiar.
Marium occupied Pakistani Nationality and kept Shaikh Ethnicity. Her religion was Islam. She was died on November 24, 2015, due to an air crash.
Education and Career
Marium enrolled in Army Public school. After matriculation she got admission in APSACS at Malir Cantt Karachi and completed her intermediate there. During her student life, she also shown her interest in sports thus she participated in the National Women Football Championship and played football for Baluchistan United. She did graduation from NED University Karachi. In 2014, she passed 132 GD course as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force and started her career as a Flying Officer in Pakistan Army.
BBC News published her interview where she shared her brilliant views. The video is also available at YouTube.
- Marium Mukhtar was nominated for a State Award by the Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence (SSCD).
- She has been awarded the Military Award named Tamgha-e-Basalt. President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain presented this award on 23rd March 2016.
Cause of Death
Marium Mukhtar died on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. The cause of death was the crash of an airplane when she was on her routine training mission in FT-7PG along with Squadron leader named Saqib Abbasi. The plane crashed near Kundian, Mianwali district, Punjab. Both pilots decided to take the plane out of the populated areas that’s why Marium faced delay in ejection from the cockpit and caused martyrdom. Her death news was published at different sites.
At the time of death, she was just 22 years old. She was the first and youngest female pilot of Pakistan to die on duty. Her funeral reached to Karachi’s Faisal Base in C-130. Several PAF officials attended her funeral prayer. She is buried in Malir Cantonment Graveyard.
Did Marium also participate in Social Activities?
Marium was a confident and talkative extrovert lady. She kept a soft corner in the heart for the poor needy people. That’s why she often involved herself in charity work. Before her death, she was supporting a school for poor children who were unable to afford education.
Importance of Martyr in Islam
Hadith: It has been narrated on the authority of Masruq R.A who said: We asked ‘Abdullah bin Masood about the Quranic verse:
“Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they are alive, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord…” (Chapter 3: Verse 169).
He said: We asked the meaning of the verse from the Holy Prophet P.B.U.H who said:
The souls of the martyrs live in the bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung from the throne of the Almighty. They eat the fruits of Paradise from wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers.
Once their Lord cast a glance at them and said: Do you want anything? They said: What more shall we desire? We eat the fruit of Paradise from wherever we like. Their Lord asked them the same question thrice. When they saw that they will continue to be asked and not left (without answering the question). They said: O Lord, we wish that Thou mayest return our souls to our bodies so that we may be slain in the way once again. When He (Allah) saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in heaven).
Sahih Muslim, Hadith 4885
The Prophet P.B.U.H said, Nobody who enters Paradise likes to go back to the world even if he got everything on the earth, except a Martyr, who wishes to return to the world so that he may be martyred ten times because of the dignity he receives (from ALLAH).
Telefilm on the Life of Marium
On 21 October 2016, the Pakistani television film industry released a telefilm named, “EK THI MARIUM”.
The writer of this film is the Pakistan’s famous and most popular personality, Umera Ahmad. Sarmad Sultan Khoosat is the director of the film. This film depicts the life of fighter pilot Marium Mukhtar. Pakistan actress Sanam Baloch has played the role of Marium in this film. This film was premiered on Defence Day at Urdu1 channel. People appreciated the film a lot and the acting of Sanam also received critical acclaim.
According to tribune.com.pk, the army chief, General Raheel Shareef paid tribute to the flying officer and her sacrifice and said in his condolence message:
“She was indeed a role model for women and pride of Pakistan,”