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The first Kashmiri and youngest woman from downtown Srinagar to fly an aircraft


Iram Habib, a 30-year-old resident of Srinagar, has become the first and youngest woman from Srinagar to fly an aircraft. After completing her flying training in the US in 2016, she is now set to fly the aircraft of GoAir and IndiGo. Iram pursued a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Dehradun and a post-graduation in forestry from the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir.


Despite facing discouragement from her relatives and friends who believed that a girl from Kashmir would never get a job as a pilot, Iram pursued her dream with the support of her father. She had 260 hours of flying experience from the US and obtained a commercial pilot license in the US and Canada on the basis of her flying hours.


Iram also received training in Bahrain and Dubai in the Airbus 320. During her training and exams, Iram said everyone was surprised to see a woman from Kashmir as a pilot, but there was no discrimination. “I worked hard and got a job offer,” she said.


Her accomplishment is particularly significant in a society where women are often discouraged from pursuing careers in male-dominated fields. Iram's achievement sends a message of hope and inspiration to women across the country who may face similar challenges.

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