14 Pakistani women who help us hold our heads up high

Published: March 8, 2015

A woman is not just a mother, wife, sister or daughter but she is a bountiful entity who can bear enormous pressure and still remain poised and graceful.

Pakistan is in the grips of political turmoil, rampant corruption, fuel shortages and the threat of terrorism, yet the resilience and courage of its women are nothing short of remarkable and awe-inspiring.  

On International Women’s Day, I felt it was appropriate to commemorate these inspirational women who, despite adversity and hardship, strive hard to shine a positive light on Pakistan’s splintered image. They make Pakistani men and women proud and, in turn, teach us all how to stand tall in the face of troubles and strife.

Starting from bottom to top, my 10 most inspirational Pakistan women from 2014-15 are:

14) Ainy Jaffri

Photo: Twitter

The green-eyed beauty who graced our TV screens in 2010 with her stunning presence, is not only beautiful to look at but is also the voiceover for the Burka Avenger, a televised cartoon series that airs on Nickelodeon Pakistan. The show centres on a superhero, draped in a burka, who avenges those who commit criminal activities; a character who doesn’t take any nonsense despite being covered from head to toe.

In February 2015, the program was nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award, a huge accolade and one that no other Pakistan-based programme has been nominated before. Ainy looked stunning in a Sana Safinaz gown when she attended the ceremony and, despite missing out on the award, shone the light for Pakistan and its creative talent.

13) Shaheena Waqar

Born in Risalpur, Shaheena Waqar established an organisation known as the Women Aid Trust, along with two other friends, in 1997. Through this organisation, she has been able to help women in prisons by teaching them different skills and educating them so they may be able to sustain themselves once they return to the real world.

She believes that this exercise helps build a sense of community amongst these women, who have been convicted for some petty crime, thrown away in prison and now feel dejected and lost. By providing them computer classes, sewing centres and recreational institutes, Waqar is able to produce in them the motivation they need to rebuild their lives.

Photo: Shaheena Waqar

Her cause is not only noble, but effective as well and we all should be proud of having people like her in our midst.

12) Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan (L) and Shahrukh Khan

Just as it seemed as if the dust had settled on the Humsafar craze in Pakistan, our neighbours also became fanatics for the drama serial and it skyrocketed Mahira’s fame beyond our borders. After a highly publicised PR event in India, news emerged that Mahira would be starring opposite the maestro of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, in a movie titled Raees.

It seems that her popularity has seeped through into India and we will be seeing a lot more of the starlet in the future. She will shine the beacon of light for Pakistan within India’s bustling entertainment industry.

11) Naila Jamall Aladin

Naila Jamall Aladin is known for her tireless work to establish The Learning Tree School, which found its roots in 2000. What is unique about this school is that it incorporates diversity – it doesn’t just focus on education, it helps children groom themselves for what’s coming ahead. The school caters for all students, including those who have special needs, and helps them understand their strengths and weaknesses so they may fare better.

Photo: Naila Jamall Aladin

This school instills in its students the idea of giving back, helping the community and benefiting more than just oneself, and all these traits are much needed for every individual in Pakistan today. Though just a drop right now, Aladin and her school are working towards creating substantial waves and they should be supported and appreciated.

10) Farahnaz Zahidi

Becoming a shining emblem for Pakistani female journalists, Farahnaz Zahidi was nominated by Women Deliver, a global organisation that works for women’s rights, as one of the 15 most powerful female journalists around the world, for her features on women’s rights. She is the only Pakistani woman to have made it to this list

Farahnaz has been able to bring pressing issues regarding women’s emancipation and health in the limelight and was able to inspire her co-workers and readers alike to strive for a better tomorrow  for everyone, especially women.

9) Aamina Jahangir

While beginning with just her A-levels security-deposit money as initial capital, Aamina Jahangir was able to establish the fact that Pakistani women can be great entrepreneurs too, if only they use their skills and resources smartly. Running her deliciously sweet business venture, aptly named The Cakery (since she specialises in baked items and cakes), Jahangir has been able to introduce herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Photo: Facebook

The entrepreneur has a diploma in law and she manages her venture by assistance from different companies who sponsor her delicacies – Proctor & Gamble being one of them.

The Cakery is making new waves for culinary minds to persevere and realise their own dreams, which is motivational as well as exceptional.

8) Salma Habib

Working with children who belong to the more destitute, slum areas of Karachi, Salma Habib has been a positive force in helping children and harnessing their artistic skills. She works with them by providing the resources, stationary and place for these children to draw and showcase their talent.

Photo: Facebook

By helping these children express through art, Habib is able to create a sense of individuality and self-esteem in them, which is often lacking in street children. Every week, she focuses on a band of children and assists them in addressing their qualities, which is inspirational to say the least. More people like Habib need to be present in our society, so that these children may be able to find some colour in their perpetually grey lives.

7) Shabina Mustafa

Shabina Mustafa is one of those people who aim towards a goal and do everything in their power to achieve it. While chasing her dream to disseminate education, Mustafa started a school in her own garage, which was later dubbed as The Garage School, where she helped underprivileged children receiving education. This school was formed in 1999 and she has been persevering with it ever since.

Today, even after so many years, the school still operates from a rented building in Neelum Colony, Karachi, and has helped hundreds of students over the years.

Photo: The Garage School website

6)  Ayesha Farooq

Pakistan’s first female fighter pilot is not a woman to be messed around with. Like a scene out of Top Gun, Ayesha dons her military attire and olive green hijab with aplomb and ease, even though she works in such a testosterone-fuelled profession.

Photo: Reuters

Ayesha has been involved in purging Waziristan off Taliban strongholds and is thus a hero in her own right for risking her life for the security and safety of Pakistan. She still maintains close links with her faith and culture yet is breaking taboos and cultural norms by pursuing this profession.

5) Reham Khan

Photo: RehamKhanOfficial.com

This was a difficult choice for me because Reham Khan has been shrouded in controversy since her advent into the public eye. Imran Khan’s choice of marriage partner was bound to be just as questionable as his political choices, especially since Reham was a divorcee with three children and a BBC news presenter who wore controversial attire when she lived in Britain.

To add to this drama, it seemed that Imran Khan’s family were wholly against the nuptial and Reham’s former-husband even denied the domestic violence allegations made against him wholeheartedly.

I chose Reham because she remained poised and graceful despite all the ridiculously cruel comments made about her character. She continued to smile and remained very polite in her dealings with the media.

In a society which regards divorced women as tainted, it was very refreshing to see a single mother remarrying in a conservative society like Pakistan. It gave divorced women hope and Reham also set a high benchmark of how to behave when people make all kinds of libellous allegations against a divorcee.

A truly graceful lady!

4) Muniba Mazari

Photo: Twitter

I first came across Muniba on Instagram and was blown away by her encapsulating smile and positive energy which would often pale her wheelchair into insignificance. In a society which regards disability as some kind of curse, Muniba has risen as a phoenix amongst the ashes to become the face of dignity and refined determination. Not only is she an accomplished artist but she is often seen shedding light on the greyer areas of Pakistani society with elegance and grace.

She became a paraplegic following a tragic road traffic accident but instead of wallowing in perpetual grief, she showcases her paintings on her blog, Muniba’s Canvas and stands tall. She also visited the survivors of the APS tragedy in various hospitals and is a strong advocate of children’s rights and education.

I am expecting greater accolades from Muniba in the years to come and wish her success in her endeavours.

3) Baroness Syeda Warsi

Photo: AFP

Although Baroness Warsi was born and resides in the UK, she still shines the light for Pakistanis based overseas. Her name is mentioned here not because of her political or lawyerly prowess but the stance she took on Israel’s bombardment of Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Warsi sent a strongly-worded letter to David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, about how she could no longer partake in mainstream British politics because of the UK’s “morally indefensible” stance on Gaza. This was a slap in the face of quiet servitude within politics and proved that Pakistani women remain strong-willed.

2) Tahira Qazi

Photo: Online

Most principals throughout schools are known for their emphasis on discipline and decorum but Ms Tahira Qazi will always go down in the history of school leaders as being the bravest principal ever.

Her strong motherly instincts came into play on that heinous day when APS Peshawar was attacked and innocent lives were lost. Instead of absconding, Ms Qazi remained with her students whom she saw as her “children” and she made sure they reached safety and then she faced the sheer evil of the terrorists.

They prodded her for information about where the children were hidden but she remained stoic and said that she was the mother of those children. She lost her life protecting countless students and will always be revered for her heroic stance on that disastrous day.

Ms Qazi was a beautiful soul who once again showed how selfless and unselfish a mother’s love is.

1) The mothers of APS’ murdered children

When I think about that horrific day the epitome of innocence was shattered, it still raises a huge lump in my throat and tears well up in my eyes. The day that no Pakistani must ever forget: December 16, 2014. The day 145 innocent souls departed this world. It is unfathomable for any mother throughout the world to send her child to school only to find they have been brutally murdered in such a chilling and cold-blooded manner.

Those mothers who lost their sons on that tragic day are the true definition of resilience and bravery as they face the prospect of waking each day without being able to hug their children. Their children were taken from them by a war which had absolutely nothing to do with them and these mothers are now making the ultimate sacrifice; trying to move on.

While the rest of the country now tries to return to some form of normalcy, these mothers will always carry the gravest of burdens and heaviest of hearts. While they should be running their fingers through their sons’ hair to reassure them, they will be left wanting and wondering “what if” my son was alive today. The pain will never dissipate but remain like a dull ache forever.

These women are to be revered and respected for the tremendous loss they bear each and every day and they truly encapsulate everything about Women’s Day.

A woman is not just a mother, wife, sister or daughter but she is a bountiful entity who can bear enormous pressure and still remain poised and graceful. The women listed above are a testimony of that.

Happy Women’s Day!

Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • islooboy

    You forgot Ushna Suhail(tennis),Iman Qureshi(tennis) ,Maria Toor Pakai(squash) ,Mathira Mohammad(model) , Sana Mir(cricketer) ,Bapsi Sidhwa (writer) , Rachel Vicaaji (singer) , Sumeaira Pasha (model turn sports analyst) the list just goes on and on but than again media likes to portrays Pakistani women as damsels in distressRecommend

  • islooboy

    hey et you ate my commentRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    pretty good.Recommend

  • p r sharma

    wonder, Malala does not figure in aspirational girl/ women of Pakistan for the year 2014-15 though she is the recipient ( jointly) of Nobel prize.Recommend

  • Qadir

    Glad to see malala is not in the list.

    Sad to see Aafia siddique missing as well.Recommend

  • Sadaf Khan

    the showbiz girls were quite not supposed to be in the list but yeah the rest were truly the reason we have our heads high!! Specially the last 2Recommend

  • Parvez

    ……and you forgot Malala ?Recommend

  • saeed

    Look up Pakistani pediatrician Anita Zaidi.Recommend

  • Saqib

    So much proud of them, especially, last two made me emotional!Recommend

  • Saqib

    So much proud of them, especially, last two made me emotional!Recommend

  • Atique Waghani

    How could you forget Bilquis Edhi?Recommend

  • SamSal

    And what exactly has the terrorist afia done for the country?!!Recommend

  • SamSal

    Also, Samina Baig (Mountaineer)Recommend

  • Ali Rahman

    Taking time out to appreciate another just put Faiza Iqbal in my list! Indeed something we have forgotten and need to do more often. Just a little feedback:

    1. Those commenting who made it on the list and who didn’t, make your own. No one is stopping any one :)

    2. Faiza (on a lighter note), your list of top 10 most inspirational women, starting from the bottom, starts from 14.

    3. Number 1! Speechless… No comments. Only prayers and prayers.

    Bless you Faiza for putting this together.Recommend

  • Skeptical

    Mahira Khan for getting an opportunity to work in Bollywood with ShahRukh Khan? Really?? Is this really an achievement? Enlighten me if I am missing on the importance hereRecommend

  • saira

    arfa kareem???Recommend

  • sensible

    Where’s sanam bloch.Recommend

  • Aqsa Mumtaz

    First of all, Mahira Khan’s name shouldn’t be there because getting a movie in bollywood is not such a biggie and it doesn’t make anybody proud. Secondly, Reham Khan’s name should also be omitted because there are a number of women in Pakistan who step out of their homes and do jobs. They also get accused of certein allegations on their characters when they get divorced. Moreover, marrying a famous politician doesn’t make you worthy of being ranked among inspirational women of Pakistan, so making her an emblem of sacrifice won’t do.
    Benazir Bhutto and Bilquis Edhi should be included in the above list.
    Otherwise, It has impressed me to see all these glittery women in this list. Happy Women’s Day! Recommend

  • Anam

    What a pathetic list! Missing so many of our REAL icons and naming a girl like Aaminah Jehangir !!! Really! There are soooo many other women entrepreneurs who have done so much more who come from humble backgrounds and have struggled and made it big. Anyone from the elite family background can venture into business. They have the financial stabilty even if they fall. Blahhhh to you! Recommend

  • Robina Niaz

    Thank you Faiza for writing this blog and shining light on the great women of Pakistan. Of course it is not possible to include each and every name in a blog and many of them are unsung heroes but it’s a start. Thanks!Recommend

  • sofia

    Yeah that’s right. …Aafia isn’t here..Recommend

  • sofia

    Malala??? Lalalalal LoLzzZzz…what she has done? ??? Shaking her hand with frnrZz … it’s not a big deal …Recommend

  • Muid

    Arfa?Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE

    Afia represents the injustice meted out to a Pakistani woman.Recommend

  • Munis raza

    By not mentioning malala here it shows that how much writer is biased. Recommend

  • kiran

    Malala doesn’t deserve to be in this list she is a traitor who ran away from her country just to please America and give shameful statements about her own country, these women they are living in this country and then struggling to change it. Not like that coward who ran away…Recommend

  • kiran

    Yeh she is, as all noble prize winners are the ones whom America is pleased with. What is this noble prize…. Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Afia? The terrorist? The one who was caught with bomb making material in Afghanistan? The one whose husband says that she is like a devil? The one who abandoned her children? The one who facilitated hundreds of murders? That one or another one?Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    They must be really hungry. Usually they only take little nibbles out of mine. But a while comment? Someone needs to order McDonalds or perhaps KFC.Recommend

  • SamSal

    She is an education activist. Please read about her. Search for Malala Fund. Please!! A little research is not going to do any harm to you!Recommend

  • SamSal

    No, she represents what should be done to the terrorists.
    Go visit any village of your choice – there you will find stories about “injustice meted out to a Pakistani woman”Recommend

  • SamSal

    Come on, stop hating and do some research on the work she is been doing!Recommend

  • SamSal

    And can you please quote 1 shameful statement she’s given about the country?!Recommend

  • Sahir

    Overall, I agree with the list. However I do agree with other folks here that there should be Malala on the list. No matter what you think of her, she earned a Nobel prize. Is there anything more worth-mentioning than that?

    Besides, What has Rahim Khan achieved? She married IK and faced criticism. What’s the big deal? Every celebrity in our country faces it. Is that an acievement now? Please don’t mention her with these accomplished women.Recommend

  • http://publicawaz.blogspot.com/ Andleeb

    Over all thumbs up for bringing this up… Nice post… Thank you Faiza Iqbal for giving me a chance to know many amazing women of Pakistan.

    Many here are complaining that Arfa Kareem , Malala, are not here. I think they are not Women …. they are just kids so how the write can mention them…. But Maira khan… I am shocked…. This is not any remarkable thing I guess. Correct me if I am wrong.

    After reading this I am thinking about a women who was victim of gang rape and stood against it … I do not remember her name now…. She was also a courageous lady.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    I think thats because she represents what women should NEVER do, or for that matter what HUMANS should never do. operating terror camps and facilitating terror attacks, pretty awesome resume if you are going for the worst woman in history.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    injustice? she went to Afghanistan, was caught red handed, her husband was afraid of her, her children were afraid that she was gonna kill them. She made destroyed her home and her actions caused hundreds of deaths.
    The only injustice is that she was not hungRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    oh really? she ran away? what is your opinion about the years she spent here while there was taliban regime in her hometown?
    Have you ever, like EVER taken such a huge stand?
    Please link me to what you have written about the taliban and about the general injustice in our society. Totally biased unworthy human being that you are. What has Malala done that so irks you? that she stood up the taliban? that she took a BULLET to the head? next time you ever stand in the line of fire feel free to report back here so you can be praised.
    I can go on, but I wont, not worth my time to debate with someone who has done nothing, yet tries to deride one of the greatest daughters of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    And blah.booohaha to you too Mr unknown poster who insults people when they take time to write. You didn’t like the blog? Good for you. Go read something else. Is there something derogatory in the blog? No? Good then go someplace else. Pretty mean of you to berate someone just because they don’t include your favorite in the blog.
    BTW why aren’t you writing a blog? Recommend

  • Sara

    i fail to understand that Mhira Khan is the list for getting a movie with SRK??? Lamest think ive ever read printedRecommend

  • Sara

    i was looking forward to a very hefty list…no doubt all the women mentioned are power houses but mentioned for wrong reasons!
    Mahira has a lot on her own to be proud of …she is face of contemporary women of Pakistan.
    Secondly, rather than owing Reham Khan’s acheievments as a Pakistani making a anme in interntional media her wedding and clothes are discussed…these women are much more than who they married & what they wore! this piece is rather a disgrace for women…take it off the site! seems as if a kid has written it…Recommend

  • Queen

    What about Arfa Kareem, Bilquis Edhi, and Samina Baig?Recommend

  • Reddy

    WTH!!!, only woman/girl who put pakistan on the world map for something good for a change is missing from the list or is it a deliberately carved list to undermine her
    Reham khan-BBC news presenter?, she is a weather girl don’t over stretch it and got canned, she would say otherwise
    Mahira Khan- really,by that yardstick veena malik is much more popular face in india than any other pakistani

    Baroness Syeda Warsi: again she got canned for her views,apart from her rhetoric on israel she didn’t do any thing to integrate the isolated muslim population into the mainstream. this lady and your salma yakoob killed any oppurtunity for muslim leaders to partake in any mainstream political process
    apart from Aamina Jahangir(entrepreneur,never heard of her ) not a single one of them deserved to be in the list,it seems like she is the only one who is going against the tide doing something simple yet different and showing some modern touch to pakistan.Recommend

  • Tariq Saeed

    I am surprised that Mahira Khan for working with SRK is among the top ladies who make us proud while my wife laid her life protecting her students on 16th Dec 2014 at APS Peshawar. She was brutally mutilated and burned alive by the terrorists. While still burning and she kept shouting at the students to run and save their life. Is it some kind of a joke or comedy of errors? Faiza Iqbal you really surprise me.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Unbelievable, people like you are an enemy of your own future.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Anyone who hates US must be a hero for some. By this logic, you must have a very long list of heroes with Osama at the top of the list.Recommend

  • Prashant

    Took a bullet in her head at her age for standing upto Taliban rather than sitting in the drawing room and calling the Peshawar attack a conspiracy.Recommend

  • ali

    Dear this is on payment article.. people like muniba mazari and many others in the list are there just because of their high profile social contacts and money thingy; otherwise there are many other disable people living their life but just because they are not rich enough that is why they never got the chance to be on spot light. So don’t worry about it, coz these people paid for the article..Recommend

  • ali

    completely agree anam.. But this is on payment article.. Aaminah Jehangir and Muniba Mazari got nothing to do with the list. people like muniba mazari and Aaminah in the list are there just because of their high profile social
    contacts and money thingy; otherwise there are many other disable people
    living their life but just because they are not rich enough that is why
    they never got the chance to be on spot light. So don’t worry about it,
    coz these people paid for the article..Recommend

  • Mehr

    You forgot Malala and you included Ainy Jaffry. Seriously?Recommend

  • Ujala

    Faiza Iqbal dear. How can u. Forget bilquis Appa n saima Appa ,,,,,I think it’s a paid column,,,,,,,,highly disappointed to read mahira Khan,,, reham Khan ,,,n Annie Jeffrey name ,,,,,,after naming these women u can sure write next time about veena Malik n meera ,,,,,,we will expect these kinda stupid time wasting topics from u onwards ,,,,,,Recommend

  • Parvez

    Thank you for that Prashant…….it pains me to see how deluded narrow minded some people are…..and what’s worse, they are mostly Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Parvez

    When you read Sofia’s comment , it tells you that here is someone who has formed an opinion listening to others and really has little knowledge of whats-what.Recommend

  • Parvez

    ‘ Bollywood ‘ ( Indian film industry ) is the worlds biggest film industry…..getting a chance there and that too with the ‘ top dog ‘ ….is an achievement. Look at it for what it is and don’t let bias cloud your view.Recommend

  • [email protected]

    And Reham Khan because she married Imran Khan with nothing else to her credit? I have nothing against Reham Khan, but is that all it takes? And her former husband didn’t “even” deny abuse allegations against; he refuted and challenged them. This writer has refused to think critically and discredited herself.Recommend

  • KahnaKacha

    True.

    She was not charged for any act of terrorism, instead she was charged in a sealed criminal complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, with assault with a deadly weapon and with attempting to kill a United States Army Captain “while engaged in his official duties”.

    It is alleged that while in detention in Afghanistan she attempted (and succeeded) in snatching a (trained) soldier’s weapon. At the most it is a criminal act and not terrorism. But question is, how did she end up in Afghanistan, after being abducted (she was never formally arrested, because it was intelligence agencies and not police who took her) from Karachi. Could she one of the citizens, that Musharraf admitted selling to US, in his book.Recommend

  • Resh

    Not your fault Sofia. Pakistan may ganga ulta behti hy always.Recommend

  • Sid

    Wow…clearly a “my favorite list of women” rather than list of women who actually deserves recognition.Recommend

  • Sumble

    I agree. I thought they would give better reasons like making a name in the industry esp now she being single parent…Recommend

  • Sumble

    I agree. I thought they would give better reasons like making a name in the industry esp now she being single parent…Recommend

  • guest

    Malala is an inspiration for young girls, and why would you call her a traitor….she loves Pakistan.Recommend

  • Tayyaba Khan

    Majors Khan? Really? Then we have Mona Lisa (now Sara Lorain), Meera, Veena Malick, Umaima. They should be in the list too. Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    next time you take a bullet in the head, and STILL continue to defy your antagonists, you will have every right to make this kind of crass, imbecilic and mean comments. Until then it will be advisable, to go do some reading on what Malala has done, and even better option will be for you to try and do something for your country yourself.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    she was not kidnapped. She went willingly with her terrorist friends. And she did not “snatch” the rifle. She was detained for questioning and as she was a Pakistani she was given good treatment, which went to the degree that she was not even restrained, so when the two army personal arrived one of them placed his rifle near a door. the terrorist Afia was being held in the adjoining room and seeing her chance she grabbed the rifle while the captain was sitting and tried to open fire. But her bad luck that the gun did not fire at first and she was captured.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    What is this imbecilic conspiracy theory? America does not even award the nobel? It is not given on American ground and the USA does not even contribute to the funding. Welcome to the real world.Recommend

  • Unlike

    LOL why Reham Khan ? who is she anyways ? just because she is a Britisher and worked n BBC weather forecaster . comeon … you have to be fair dear writer .Recommend

  • Ali

    Standard of ET well expressed!Recommend

  • KahnaKacha

    Is this the best story you can come up with? Ever wonder why she was not charged for “Terrorism” . Could it be, because there was no proof of that. Just saying.Recommend

  • Birkh

    Well, if she is a true Pakistani AND a true advocate of girls’ education, then why doesn’t she come back to Pakistan? Why is she still in Britain? Annnd, ever since she was shot, what has she done for her people back home? I don’t think giving speeches and accepting awards and titles will help those girls’ education who are still living in those bad conditions where Malala continues to live rather lavishly in the U.K.Recommend

  • [email protected]

    Casting decisions aren’t always exactly transparent and competitive. Hopefully she’ll do great with the opportunity, but getting cast with SRK is not something that puts her in the same league as Shirmeen Obaid or some of these other women.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    she was caught with bomb making documents. enough proof for me. To be honest why would anyone go to these great lengths just to “kidnap” her? what importance did she have?
    She was of nill importance to anyone until she decided to become a terrorist.Recommend

  • Prashant

    I do not support Malala because she is a Pakistani and she brings shame to Pakistan, I think she shows another side of the Pakistan to the world. The world knew Taliban and its atrocities long before Malala arrived, it is the Taliban who have brought shame and not Malala.

    Also read “Irom Chanu Sharmila” and see how she is taking on the might of the Indian state for years now and the Indian leadership has not found a way yet to shut her mouth, if she had a gun in her hand, she would be history by now.

    Luckily, I have not seen an Indian yet who calls her a traitor, calling her a traitor would be putting Gandhi to shame.Recommend

  • meyna

    Mahira, wow you couldn’t find more deserving woman than her, she is an actress for heavens sakeRecommend

  • Parvez

    Isn’t taking a bullet to the head for simply asking for an education proof enough for you.
    Her life has been threatened by religious bigots….people who get encouragement from misguided persons like yourself.
    As for what she is doing for education in Pakistan please try read a bit more on the subject…..and one thing is for sure, its more than what people like you are doing.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Agree….but its also not reason to ‘ put her down ‘.Recommend

  • Parvez

    …..and who may you be, Sir ?Recommend

  • Gullu

    “why doesn’t she come back to Pakistan?”

    “she was shot”
    Ahem…Recommend

  • Prashant

    haha :)Recommend

  • Skeptical

    Parvez Sb. I am not putting her down in any way. “I feel” its not much of an achievement for this particular reason.You may differ with my point of view, I wrote down what I felt. She is a reputed star of our country, but this achievement considering the likes of other females in the list does not satisfy me.Recommend

  • 2Paisa (Khi)

    LOL @ Reham Khan being on there but not Malala! What exactly is Reham Khan’s verifiable achievement or contribution?Recommend

  • KahnaKacha

    Enough “proof” for you. I am glad you are not a Judge in US court system. Apparently there was not enough proof for the “real” prosecution and Judge, to go ahead with Terrorism charges against her.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    What you don’t know is that prosecutors go for the best bet. They had an ironclad case of attempted murder, therefore they went with that. Having bomb making materials in her possession may have allowed her lawyer to wiggle out of some legal loophole but with attempted murder it was a slam dunk.
    BTW her not being incarcerated for terrorism is proof that she did not do anything wrong? You still have to answer what value did she have? why would anyone want to harm her? she was nothing, just an ordinary woman who was of no value on any international scale.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    giving speeches wont help anyone? ok what do you expect a 16/17 year old kid to do? she has shown her determination which inspired millions, what more would you like her to do?Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Osama is pretty revered in some circles here, lal masjid type seminaries think he was like a demigod or something.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Why not….you are entitled to your view and its a good point that you make. I am just inclined to be a bit more liberal as this is the ‘ arts ‘ we are reffering to.Recommend

  • KahnaKacha

    Up voting your own comments, Pretty Classy.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    oh yeah, a guy recently commented saying that it is like “pleasuring oneeself in the public”. I have been upvoting myself ever sinceRecommend

  • kiran

    Because she is….she was shot in head yet she survived and miraculously had no wounds on her head!!!wat rubishRecommend

  • kiran

    Which stand madam wat is she doing. Opening schools in Pakistan aur educating ppl there. Recommend

  • kiran

    I know wat work is she doing….I dnt need to know about her…. I would rather respect these women who are actually doing something!!! Recommend

  • kiran

    You be happy in your world. Everyone knows where noble prize comes from. As if Mr Obama deserved it too. As he has been dying to protect humanity. You ppl just know wat western media feeds you. Recommend

  • kiran

    Yeh she was caught at rawalpindi airport. Where she was flying back to her husband with her three kids. She wasn’t even in Afghanistan never went there. Yeh was obviously taken there when arrested with her three kids. Nd got raped by sooo called American soldiers. And yet she was sooo physically weak and being tortured she managed to try to kill a soldier with a gun. Huh and her kids two were sent back Nd one we dnt know where he is. You seriously need to have some searching to do. You seriously dnt understand how a lady feels who has never been touched by any male, gets raped by dogs like these feels. She was the most youngest female having sooo much honorary degrees. Youngest neurologist I guess. Go to google and see her pictures before and after her abduction. They speak for themselves. Recommend

  • kiran

    Where do you read this kind of crap. Her kids were afraid of her??? Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    “Which stand madam wat is she doing” please explain this collection of english words.

    “Opening schools in Pakistan aur educating ppl there”. Please explain this too,

    I don’t like to call things like these gibberish because you tried quite hard to write english but I am afraid the result is not right. Please try again to explain what you wanted to say.Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    and you know what the Jihadi mullah feeds you. At least the western media does not tell me that I should kill all non muslims. Btw what is the truth behind the nobel prize, I am dying to hear your enlightened viewsRecommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    ” she was caught at rawalpindi airport” Any proof of this statement?
    “She wasn’t even in Afghanistan never went there” Any proof?
    “got raped by sooo called American soldiers” Any proof?
    “a lady feels who has never been touched by any male, gets raped by dogs like these feels”. How does such a lady give birth to three children? Are you saying that no one touched her but she got pregnant and gave birth again and again?
    “She was the most youngest female having sooo much honorary degrees” Any proof? statistics show that she was not the youngest person to hold those degress but feel free to provide proof.
    “Youngest neurologist I guess” As far as I know this brilliant young woman holds that honour with great pride
    http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/06/05/youngest-md-sho-yano-21-to-enter-paediatric-neurology/

    So, give me SOME shred of evidence or Proof before making such claims.Recommend

  • Kiran Saleem

    hah, Jihad mullAh. Well said, you ppl dnt even know wat jihad means. Another pathetic example of wat Ur media feeds you. Let me tell you jihad means it means to struggle, struggle of a believer to free himself from sins. Sooo it’s better not to argue you dnt know about us. You dnt know what our religion iS. And about Nobel prize everyone knows that if you dnt know then it’s your fault may be you should try searching some other sources besides your western media. Recommend

  • SamSal

    If you actually knew, you wouldn’t be here with ‘I dont need to know’ attitude.
    Chill. Peace out!Recommend

  • Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Well please please tell me what proofs you have. Post some links if you can. Don’t try to circumvent the issue here. Pretty bad try at going for the red herring anyway. So let us see who says what you have pointed out. There MUST be someone else saying what you have just said. Or you are the only one saying this?Recommend

  • Sarah Uzair

    Please dude, the girl is an american puppy.Recommend