Pakistan’s got heroes (not just terrorists)

Published: March 19, 2012

Moin Khan, who travelled half the globe on his motorbike, as part of his campaign called 'A different agenda.' PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Pakistan is an interesting country to say the least. We have probably as many (if not more) news channels here than entertainment channels. Unfortunately, where other countries use their media to benefit their people and show case talent from within it, we use ours mostly to spread fear and loathing for ourselves.

I was recently browsing the internet to see if we had success stories of our own, for motivating our people, when I found out about so many gifted people in our country about whom we hardly hear anything. The media shows one interesting story about these people and then goes back to how Pakistan is going to the dogs.

Unlike what our own media shows, we are not terrorists begging America to love us and show us their mercy – that’s just our government. The nation, on the other hand, is a bunch of highly gifted individuals with the potential to do great things, inspire others and perhaps be the future think tanks of the world. Here are some examples of the  individuals from Pakistan that I was able to come up with in a matter of 20 minutes on Google.

  • 70-year old Mushtaq Ahmed Siyan (PhD student): This amazing person is from the small town of Gujranwala and a poor man, but one that can speak, write and read English and did his MPhil in 2010 and is currently doing his PhD in Education. Why did he do this? Only to show the world that he can, not for employment but just because.

  • Two brothers make a gas powered fan: The first time they made a gas powered fan was in 1970 and now they have perfected the design. The fan runs for up to four hours and only consumers one rupee of gas!

  • Pakistan’s First Fuel Efficient Car: Made by 12 Pakistani students from NED, the car can travel 80km in a single liter. The last report on these individuals indicated that they were trying to secure sponsorship to take their car for a world competition back in 2010, whatever happened to them, is still unknown. I’m sure we can use such cars inPakistan nowadays, but unfortunately no one from the government has tried to turn this project into a reality.
  • Ali Nawazish: He took 23 subjects in his A’levels and scored 21A’s, 1B and a C. He didn’t require any tuition, just a lot of hard work and energy drinks. He’s currently enrolled in the Cambridge University.
  • Car + Power Generator – A Pakistani invention: Necessity is truly the mother of all inventions and we, in Pakistan, therefore have a lot of great inventors. A generator that can power your house can also be used to run a car. The person who made this invention isn’t even a college graduate. This speaks wonders for our people and yet no one from the government cares.

  • Moin Khan travels the world on a motorbike: Moin Khan travelled half the globe, from America to Lahore, on his motorbike as part of his campaign called ‘A different agenda’. He too realized that Pakistan wasn’t presented in the best of ways and wanted to do something to change that. His story is one to be shared and learned from. He was able to change the minds of many regarding Pakistan and its people during his six month trip. He can easily be used as a good will ambassador by our country for youth across the world, but then again, that would require the government to give a hoot about its people and the image of the country, which it currently does not.

With so much talent present in our country, why doesn’t our government invest in education, vocational training and infrastructure development? We need to fix our problems ourselves and not rely on the so called friendships of other nations.

We have all the potential we need, all we require now is for the government to listen and act.


Adeel.Ansari

Adeel Ansari

Adeel Ansari moonlighted as an RJ on Cityfm89 (as Jellyman) but now works at Henkel after completing his MBA-Marketing from Lahore School of Economics and is currently settled in Dubai. He tweets as @Adeel_Ansari (twitter.com/Adeel_Ansari)

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  • Fahad Raza

    Glad you pointed out the positive aspect of Pakistan mate. “Zara nam ho to yeh mitti bari zarkhez hey saqi…” IqbalRecommend

  • http://www.zaidzamanhamid.wordpress.com Zaid Hamid

    Oh.. I read the headlines as:

    Pakistan got terrorists as Heroes..Recommend

  • omair shahid

    excellent article our country is full of talent it a shame our government has no interest in these talented people Recommend

  • SPERLAY

    i would like to comment on Moin Khan , i followed him on his FB page and on you tube his purpose was to TAKE ON THE GENERALIZED VIEWS ABOUT PAKISTANIS AND PROVE IT WRONG TO THE WORLD AND IN ADDITION PROJECT, SOFTER SIDE OF PAK …i listened to his interview with ayeshah tammy haq on pvt TV channel …he stunned me with his comments once he said that on reaching Quetta THERE WERE FEW BEARDED GUYS, LOOK ALIKE TALIBAAN, WITH TURBANS ON THEIR HEADS SPEAKING BALUCHI OR PUSHTO WERE INTERESTED IN A LOOK AT MY BIKE…. he came all along from US to Pakistan by road just to change the views of others but sadly couldn’t get his head cleared…. MR Moin stereotyping shall be avoided… YOU HAVE KILLED THE SOUL OF YOUR WHOLE TRIP… PEACERecommend

  • Farheen

    What is the point of cavorting around the globe on a motorbike like an idiot? How can that possibly make ppl take him seriously?!Recommend

  • http://www.giki.edu.pk/hammerhead/?page_id=5 Ovais

    We team hammer head are going for a 1000 km per litre check our website for details

    http://www.giki.edu.pk/hammerhead/?page_id=5Recommend

  • Dante

    {Pakistan’s First Fuel Efficient Car: Made by 12 Pakistani students from NED, the car can travel 80km in a single liter. The last report on these individuals indicated that they were trying to secure sponsorship to take their car for a world competition back in 2010, whatever happened to them, is still unknown. I’m sure we can use such cars inPakistan nowadays, but unfortunately no one from the government has tried to turn this project into a reality.}

    You actually think it’d be THAT easy to “realize” this “dream”? It took a massive effort by a company of dimensions as massive as Toyota to advertise their Hybrid car into mainstream acceptance, and even then it’s the gasoline-requiring traditional cars that are mainstream, and they are never as fuel efficient as to run 80Km in one litre. No wonder they didn’t get any sponsorship. It wasn’t worth it.

    So please don’t blame the Pakistani government for apparently something that’s just a fancy dream.

    {Car + Power Generator – A Pakistani invention: Necessity is truly the mother of all inventions and we, in Pakistan, therefore have a lot of great inventors. A generator that can power your house can also be used to run a car. The person who made this invention isn’t even a college graduate. This speaks wonders for our people and yet no one from the government cares.}

    Ahahaha, I laughed when I read that. Who’s going to carry that generator in their cars to power it up? Maybe hook it up to the top, or backseat? It’s really nothing special if you see how every electrician in our country can conveniently make a regular generator by themselves.

    And please stop blaming everything on the government.Recommend

  • omer malik

    @SPERLAY:

    dont take him out of context.. he said “upon reaching Quetta i saw bearded men with turbans exactly like the taliban we see on TV however these guys were really friendly and came to check out my bike and asked me questions about the long ride and how fast the motorcycle could go” he said something like this.. and personally i think he did a great job.. Pakistan was in the media for once with a positive picture..

    Well done moeen khanRecommend

  • ….

    I always imagine Pakistan as this really geeky and kind hearted kid who always gets picked on by the big bullies. Pakistan tries to act strong but gets thrown to the ground always with everyone ganging up to laugh about him/her ( i imagine it as a her). She wipes off her tears, gets up and continues her life.

    I only wish someone would notice her talent and strength of character.
    I can only wish..until then we need to keep on reminding ourselves that we are no less :)Recommend

  • Alam Khurshid

    What about great scientists like AQ Khan? And patriotic Muslims like Aafia? Or martyrs like Qadri?Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com/ Anoop

    This reminds me of the states in my Country- Bihar and Uttarpradesh.

    They both have a lot of success stories. Bihar, for instance, sends one of the highest number of people into IITs. But, that doesn’t matter in the larger scheme of things. Ultimately, Bihar is comparatively less well-governed than other states. To point out the successes only masks the 1000-pound gorilla hiding in your closet. Recommend

  • AllahRukha

    @Zaid Hamid:
    *Oh.. I read the headlines as:

    Pakistan got terrorists as Heroes..*

    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If you are bound to see hate, what else can one do?Recommend

  • http://latestnews.com.pk latest news

    Yes i am 100% agree with you that Pakistan have lot of potential in all field.Pakistan is a Atomic power but media display only negative things .Recommend

  • TMohsin

    Ali Moeen Nawazish is back from Cambridge and is currently working for Jang group..and he is often seen on TV as well..but the rest of the people I admit I did’nt know about.Recommend

  • http://www.halaltamweel.com Haroon abbasi

    awesome work, author is a true loving pakistani. good work adeel ansari saabRecommend

  • citiman

    very good work, please keep it upRecommend

  • Nandita.

    @Anoop:

    To point out the successes only masks the 1000-pound gorilla hiding in your closet.

    I disagree. To point out successes means giving people hope and encouragement to work towards a better future and not lose faith.Isn’t that better than brooding over failures ?
    There may be loads of issues within any society, are you saying that people should only wallow up in self pity or misery ? Is there anything wrong if people take pride in the success stories of their countries/states ?
    Forget Pakistan,bihar and UP for a minute, doesn’t karnataka have issues of its own ? Does that stop us from gloating about Rahul Dravid’s success on the cricket pitch. It doesn’t, does it ?
    That’s what life is about Anoop ; Clinging onto hope in the face of abject misery.

    @ Author – Very well written. I wish Pakistan a great future.Recommend

  • Amna

    What a heading Pakistan’s got heroes (not just terrorists)

    Like Pakistanis are terrorists? Recommend