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Jannat Gul _ Pakistan’s first female inter-city bus driver shares her exciting and challenging story

Jannat Gul said she drives her bus at the speed of 130-kms an hour and reaches her destination (Lahore-Bannu) in less than five hours and same is the travel time while commuting from Bannu to Lahore.

ISLAMABAD: Story of Jannat Gul, a brave, hardworking and beautiful young girl from Bannu, is a lesson for everyone to face the socio-economic challenges in the society. Bannu is a city in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa where the society is very conservative towards women. However, this young girl, Jannat Gul, is driving an inter-city bus to and from Bannu-Lahore-Bannu for years.

Famous and talented YouTuber Syed Basit Ali has discovered this brave daughter of Pakistan and interviewed her to inform the people how a woman was driving an inter-city big bus and what prompted her to take this most daunting challenge of her life. At first glance, Jannat Gul looks like a model to passengers, but when she starts driving, passengers appreciate her skill and courage of being a female bus driver.

this feature is based on her interview to famous YouTuber Syed Basit Ali. Jannat Gul said that her father was driving this bus for years. She said her father suddenly fell sick and that was the time for her to accept the challenge of driving an inter-city commercial bus which changed her life and enabled her to support her family.

Jannat Gul, who is earning more than 300,000 rupees in a month by driving a big Lahore-Bannu-Lahore inter-city bus, said that she was happy and doing this work amid all challenges which women often face when they confront the society and men. She is very beautiful and attractive person as well and looks well-dressed and in her best make-up when she starts her new journey on the road. By earning more than 300,000 rupees in a month, undoubtedly, Jannat Gul is among few million Pakistanis, especially females whose monthly income is around this level that too through this odd and hard work of driving a bus on road whether it is a day or night.

Her story is very impressing as she said that if women can fly fighter jets, commercial aircrafts, cars, trains, why women cannot drive big bus. Gul said she drives her bus at the speed of 130-kms per hour and reaches her destination (Bannu from Lahore) in less than five hours and same is the travel time while commuting from Lahore to Bannu.

In the past, a female became Pakistan’s first female cab driver when she started working as a taxi-driver at the age of 60 years while another lady became a truck driver.

However, story of Jannat Gul seems to be most interesting as she belongs to Bannu, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the society does not allow women to go out like Gul. No doubt, Jannat Gul is a brave, talented, and a hard-working daughter of Pakistan, who has established her name and fame as the first female inter-city commercial bus driver on Lahore-Bannu route.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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  1. addiel sabir

    December 29, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    An inspiring story no doubt. Kudos for highlighting the story

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