Zahida Kazmi is the first female taxi driver of Pakistan.
Zahida decided to become a taxi driver when her husband passed away in 1992.
She was 33 at that time and a mother of 6 children. But it wasn’t that easy for her to adopt this profession as she had to face the resistance by her own mother in this venture.
As there were children to look after so she decided to go against her mother’s will.
Zahida bought a new taxi from a scheme run by government in those times.
As there were children to look after so she decided to go against her mother’s will. For her own protection, in the beginning,
Zahida used to take a gun with her. She also used to wear Burqa (Islam Clothing for Women) to avoid any unusual happening.
Later on, as per her saying, she realised that she would have scared off the passengers if she had continued like that.
So she started to take things easier as the time went. Now she wears a “Dupatta” to cover her head.
A number of travellers have complete belief in Zahida & prefer her on other taxi drivers while travelling.
As to why, she is still active after so many years, here is what she had to say,
“If you fall behind, Never give up, Never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” Zahida Kazmi
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