Source of Pride

Southasia - - 9 -

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

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