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Published on 13 Jun 2013 | over 3 years ago

Pakistan's first female fighter pilot helps break the glass ceiling for women.

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Through the ages - the military life has traditionally been a man's world.

But one woman in Pakistan has broken through the glass ceiling, and her career is really taking off.

Meet Pakistan's first female fighter pilot, 26 year old Ayesha Farooq. She's one of five female fighter pilots in Pakistan, but is the first to have passed the test qualifying her for combat.

When it comes to her role as a fighter pilot, she says she's treated just the same as her male peers.

[Ayesha Farooq, Fighter Pilot]:
"I don't feel any difference. We have the same activities. My colleagues are very cooperative. We take challenges, like who will do more precise bombing and everything. So I don't feel like there is any difference."

It's been a long time coming... although women have served in Pakistan's armed forces since 1947, they have largely been confined to desk jobs and medical work.

But attitudes towards women are changing. Over the past decade women have become sky marshals, and a select few are serving in anti-terrorist forces.

[Naseem Abbas, Wing Commander]:
"So, for me, its good whether I have female pilots or male pilots. As far as they are able to fight, they are able to fly."

Pakistan now has 316 women in the air force compared to around 105 years ago - a remarkable rise in this conservative country where many women are expected to stay grounded in traditional roles..

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