Meet Shamim Akhtar – Pakistan’s first female truck driving instructor who gives driving lessons to aspiring men drivers for tractors, trailers and trucks.
Begum Shamim not only can drive heavy trucks for living but also cleared the tough driving test for Metro Bus service. She enjoys the honor of being the country’s first woman to possess a public service vehicle (PSV) license.
Her tale is that of courage and determination as she never gave up in the face of financial difficulties and learnt how to drive heavy vehicles after the retirement of her husband as a gardener in the ministry of industries and production in 2013.
Begum Akhtar has also succeeded in providing basic education to her three daughters before bearing all expenses of their weddings.She is currently running a low-key driving school in the federal capital and finding it difficult to make both ends meet. She has demanded of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to provide her a job where she can apply her skills.Begum Akhtar gives a lot of credit for her achievements to Islamabad Traffic Police department.