The term “Male Dominated Society” is neither for nothing nor does it alone mean, against the common misconception, of subjugating the women to physical violence or even biases towards them, comes a chance to attest and exhibit supremacy in any form. Even a demeaning nod at the idea of an achievement by the opposite gender is as derogatory as the worst form of it may be. One doesn’t have to advocate “feminism” or “masculism” to believe in the gender equality, which on the contrary, is the only crucial reason to give birth to sexism.
I deemed it necessary to reiterate and lay out straight my strong advocacy of gender equivalence for two reasons – Generally to mortify the pseudo literal literati liberal brigade and primarily, to express my utmost detestation of anyone exploiting the said idea in blackmailing for their (not so) ulterior motives. One such extortionist would be ex air force officer Fatima Shafi. Hiding behind the mask of “feminism”, equipped with nothing but utter lies, opportunists like her do more harm to the real cause of feminism than any misogynist ever did.
In an article on US based airline ExpressJet’s official website, Andrea Feminella writes about, and quotes Miss Fatima Shafi, first officer at ExpressJet.
Fatima Shafi was once commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in short service commission in the engineering branch for a contract period of 10 years’ service. After having completed her initial training at the air force academy, Miss Shafi was posted to the flight lines of a Mirage fighter squadron completing her tenure in which she was then posted to an F-16 fighter squadron as the engineering officer, something officers in engineering branch take pride in, and rightly so. During her tenure as the engineering officer at the F-16 squadron, she expressed her “earnest desire” to fly the fighter jets in air force and was denied as the “change of branch” was against the policy. Come the end of her official contract of 10 years, Fatima opted not to extend her commission and retired from the service, some 6 years ago and ended up at ExpressJet. Fatima appeared in the Nobel Prize Ceremony held in Norway in the honour of Malala Yousafzai and well, thought Pakistan-bashing earns laurels and some limelight, something she has been fantasizing since her days in service in the air force where merit unfortunately for her is the only criteria to progress.
It is now that Miss Shafi in a recent spree off her inaptitude has started to malign Pakistan in general and the air force in particular. I reckon it my obligation to paint a true picture for the people who might have come across her venom spewing low self-esteemed conscience through her baseless article and to cure her “selective amnesia”.
Time to set a few facts straight before we advance.
Fatima Shafi in her LinkedIn profile states:
Well ma’am, let me align your true North here for you. Pakistan is one of the very few countries of the world and the only Muslim country to have had appointed a woman a General, General Shahida Badshah.
She further states at one point in her profile:
I’ve yet to see on god’s earth, a more otiose and futile argument than that. Really? I mean you royalty, were commissioned in the “Engineering Branch” of the air force and you could not have flown the fighter jets in your another 8 lives for the air force policy clearly only validates officers of “Flying Branch” to be flying, and well I just cited the policy, not a case of inaptitude at your end, you can thank me later.
Let me walk you through the unraveled history Miss Shafi, you once upon a time somewhere down the line volunteered for a basic para jump course at Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur under Special Services Wing, failing to qualify for which after several attempts, you were taken off from it for your meagre physical standards. More than 30 women in Pakistan Air Force are qualified as paratroopers, something that has nothing to do with the gender bias but surely with physical standards.
Fatima Shafi in no situational awareness denunciates Pakistani culture for women quoting humiliatingly as: “Where I’m from, education for girls is a pastime, not a necessity. You only went to school so your mind wouldn’t wander. Your brain needed to be occupied until it was time for you to get married.”
Let’s just trust practically successful Pakistani women who believe in the merit Miss Fatima, unlike you, to answer that:
ExpressJet quotes Fatima Shafi in utmost obliviousness on its official article as: “Girls weren’t even allowed to visit fighter squadrons,” said Fatima. “For me to be assigned there was unheard of, so I just did my job.”
Ah the devious duchess speaks fib as she speaks, it right here is an embarrassment in itself to be even clarifying the stance of the air force as women are flying fighter jets and are continuingly inducted as flyers, and one of them even has earned the most coveted “Sword of Honour” too, something that has all in the world to do with aptitude and excellence, something you Miss Shafi are oblivious of.
Miss Fatima, if you had done only a diminutive homework, Pakistan does have distinguished and renowned flying clubs in Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad and Karachi. Opting for Florida could only have been your personal choice as Pakistan has women flying commercial jets too here.
Just to remind you Miss Shafi, Pakistan is one of the fewest countries to have had a woman Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a woman Speaker of the National Assembly Fehmida Mirza. Conqueror of the highest mountain of the world Mount Everest, Samina Baig also hails from Pakistan.
We here in the Air Force, Fatima, do never keep gender prejudices. We fly on each other’s wings, that’s trusting each other with each other’s lives which makes your every argument invalid and null and void. Guess I showed your groundless unsupported baseless article to the women flying with us here in Air Force and well, they laughed out heartily at the lack of sagacity in your accusing assertions.
Speaking on the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Norway might have been a dream come true for you Miss Shafi, but paradoxically it takes more than just Pakistan bashing and maligning and a “photo-Op” to have an asteroid named after you.