Source of Pride
Your interview with Namira Salim, Pakistan’s first astronaut was very enlightening. Very few Pakistanis con- sider space exploration as a possible profession and it is very heartening to see a Pakistani represent the country on such an international scale. Having already traveled to the North and South poles and becoming the first South Asian to skydive over Mount Everest, Salim is a symbol of pride for Pakistanis worldwide. While reading her interview, I was surprised that not many Pakistanis had heard of Salim’s achievements previously. Space exploration not only demands strict training, dedication and focus but also strong resolve and determination. To see a Pakistani woman rub shoulders with her international counterparts and become one of the founding members of Virgin Galactic, is tremendous! Pakistan’s younger generation is delving into unconventional professions and excelling at attaining their dreams. Icons like Namira Salim serve as inspirations for younger Pakistanis to follow their dreams and leave an impact, making their country swell with pride.
Abdul Rahman Islamabad, Pakistan