Shamim Akhtar: Pakistan's First Female Truck Driver

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Akhtar, 53, decided to step out of Pakistan’s traditional domestic rule which requires women to stay home.

An inspiration for many, she was issued a public service vehicle license, a first for a Pakistani woman — allowing her to pull trailers, drive trucks and tractors.

“Whatever I am today, it is because of the Islamabad Traffic Police training course,” Akhtar said humbly.

Further, while most Pakistani male drivers lack formal driving lessons for heavy vehicles, Akhtar seems to have an edge over the men which she uses to teach a novice.