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PROPOSED VOLUNTARY STANDARD
FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
TTS 21 60 401-1985 has been
revised to align the
requirements with current
Assessment of garment
quality -- Requirements
TTS 625:20XX provides requirements
pertaining to the various constructional
features, nishing and presentation of
the following outerwear and underwear
a) Coats including jackets, jac-suits
tops, bush jackets;
c) Sleepwear including pajamas and
d) Shirts including blouses;
f) Trousers including, pants, shorts,
g) Foundation garments including
panties, bras, briefs, lingerie and
h) Swimwear; and
i) Crochet garments.
This proposed draft Trinidad
and Tobago Standard is a
revision of TTS 21 60
401-1985, Guide to the
assessment of garment quality
which is now obsolete and
will be withdrawn when this
standard is declared.
Parties that may be a ected by the proposed draft standard can submit their concerns and justi cations in writing to the:
Head, Standardization Division, Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards,
P.O. Box 467, P.O.S.
Or via email to: email@example.com
PROPOSED DRAFT SCOPE OF PROPOSED
In accordance with the Standards Act, No. 18 of 1997, the following proposed draft standard is being issued for public comment.
Copies of this draft standard will be available from the Bureau's Information Centre for consultation by interested parties.
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PROPOSED REVISED DRAFT STANDARD
With an olive green head scarf poking out from
her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin
when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready
female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pak-
Farooq, from Punjab province s historic city of
Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become
pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade.
There are five other female fighter pilots, but they
have yet to take the final tests to qualify for com-
"I don t feel any different. We do the same activities,
the same precision bombing," the soft-spoken 26-
year-old said of her male colleagues at Mushaf base
in north Pakistan, where neatly piled warheads sit
in sweltering 50 degree Celsius heat (122 F).
A growing number of women have joined Pakistan s
defense forces in recent years as attitudes towards
"Because of terrorism and our geographical location
it s very important that we stay on our toes," said
Farooq, referring to Taliban militancy and a sharp
rise in sectarian violence.
Deteriorating security in neighboring Afghanistan,
where US-led troops are preparing to leave by the
end of next year, and an uneasy relationship with
arch rival India to the east add to the mix.
Farooq, whose slim frame offers a study in contrast
with her burly male colleagues, was at loggerheads
with her widowed and uneducated mother seven
years ago when she said she wanted to join the air
"In our society most girls don t even think about
doing such things as flying an aircraft," she said.
Family pressure against the traditionally male
domain of the armed forces dissuaded other women
from taking the next step to become combat ready,
air force officials said. They fly slower aircraft instead,
ferrying troops and equipment around the nuclear-
armed country of 180 million.
Less of a Taboo
Centuries-old rule in the tribal belt area along the
border with Afghanistan, where rape, mutilation and
the killing of women are ordered to mete out justice,
underlines conservative Pakistan s failures in protecting
women s rights.
But women are becoming more aware of those
rights and signing up with the air force is about as
empowering as it gets.
"More and more ladies are joining now," said Nasim
Abbas, Wing Commander of Squadron 20, made up
of 25 pilots, including Farooq, who fly Chinese-made
F-7PG fighter jets.
"It s seen as less of a taboo. There s been a shift
in the nation s, the society s, way of thinking," Abbas
told Reuters on the base in Punjab s Sargodha district,
about 280 km (175 miles) east of the capital Islamabad,
home base to many jets in the 1965 and 1971 wars
There are now about 4,000 women in Pakistan s
armed forces, largely confined to desk jobs and medical
But over the last decade, women have became sky
marshals, defending Pakistan s commercial liners
against insurgent attacks, and a select few are serving
in the elite anti-terrorist force. Like most female sol-
diers in the world, Pakistani women are still banned
from ground combat.
Pakistan now has 316 women in the air force com-
pared to around 100 five years ago, Abbas said.
"In Pakistan, it s very important to defend our
front lines because of terrorism and it s very important
for everyone to be part of it," said avionics engineer
Anam Hassan, 24, as she set out for work on an F-
16 fighter aircraft, her thick black hair tucked under
a baseball cap.
Flying the unfriendly skies...
Pakistani top gun is a woman
Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan's only female war-ready fighter pilot.
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