(Urdu: مریم مختار)
|Born||January 1, 1992|
|Died||November 24, 2015 (aged 23)|
Kundian, Mianwali District,Punjab, Pakistan
|Occupation||Flight Lieutenant, Pilot officer|
|Known for||Pakistan's first war ready female pilot|
Mariam Mukhtar (Sindhi: مريم مختيار; January 1, 1992 – November 24, 2015) was a Pakistani fighter pilot. She was Pakistan's first female fighter pilot to die in the line of duty.
Maryam Mukhtiar Shaikh was the daughter of Col. R. Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh, and her ancestors were from Pano Akil,Sindh.she spent her early life in Karachi. Later on, she chose to join forces, despite she had been selected for civil engineering
Mariam graduated as a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in 2007 with seven other female Pakistanis who also graduated as pilot officers.
On 24 November 2015, Mariam Mukhtiar Shaikh and her co-pilot squadron leader Saqib Abbasi were on their routine operational training mission when their PAF FT-7PG aircraft plane crashed near Kundian, Panjab