Islamabad: A 12-year-old girl suffering from thalassemia was made pilot of the Pakistan Army’s aviation wing for a day after she wrote to the Army Chief about her dream of serving as an aviator.

Naima Gul, a class four student from Mingora in the militancy-hit Swat valley, wrote about her wish to Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, who approved her induction as the first lady pilot of 9 Squadron of the aviation wing.

"I don't know how long I will live but today is a dream come true day for me," soft-spoken Niama Gul said. "In whatever capacity my beloved country needs my services, I'm ready to perform despite suffering from a killer disease," she said.
Kayani’s decision helped fulfill her dreams and gave her immense courage to fight against the deadly disease.

She also spoke of her desire to set up a foundation to provide free medicines to others suffering from thalassemia.
Naima’s induction ceremony at an aviation base was followed by a demonstration flight of Llama helicopter that simulated evacuation of an injured person.

She was presented an enrollment letter, a flying badge and an aviation jacket. Naima's father Zabatullah Sohail, mother Shabana Anjum and her younger sister Roqia Manal attended the ceremony.

(Agencies)