26 amazing Pakistanis who have made us proud!

Published: December 31, 2013
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Pakistan has some unsung heroes who are appreciated as much as they should be. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan, a land that has become synonymous with ‘versatile’ crime, crude jokes about Talibanisation in the West and a euphemism for all that is dark and grey. There are always two sides to a coin; the first side is seldom the accurate or the complete picture.

There are plenty of problems in this country, yet somehow I always get the impression that the media outlets in Pakistan do tend to overemphasise the negative aspects over the positives. I am sure this statement would fetch many comments that can be classified as nefarious by any linguistic measure. But, please, do try to understand the point of all this.

The point is that the country is in transition- it is a volatile transition wherein we all must play a role to change the social standards and norms of Pakistan. In this blog post, I will go over a list of people of Pakistani descent, from diverse backgrounds, who are working diligently to promote a pro-Pakistan image abroad.

Their efforts combined with individual efforts from all of us would ultimately determine both the pace and the quality of the social change that we all so desire to manifest in Pakistan. I draw my inspiration from these people, I hope you do too.

Source: MIT

 1. Dr Umar Saif

An Associate Professor of Science and Engineering at the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has named him one of the top 35 innovators of the world (TR35).  The list is compiled by MIT annually.

Source: Ourfutureworld.org

2. Naila Alam and Yasmeen Durrani

These two Pakistani women have been honoured by the White House for their humanitarian work. The Honour of Hope Award recipients manage a philanthropic venture called ‘Express Care’ which focuses on providing daily essentials, such as food and medicine, to low income individuals. The organisation also helps with employment.

Photo: Reuters

3. Ayesha Farooq

Ayesha is Pakistan’s first ever female war-ready fighter pilot. The 26-year-old fighter, hailing from Bahawalpur, is one of the 19 women who have achieved the ranks of 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 combat.

Source: Twitter

4. Faizan Buzdar

Acknowledged by the US President Barack Obama, Buzdar’s startup ‘Convo’ has successfully launched a social network for global organisations. His innovation has led to five million dollars in funding from venture capitalists in the US, including Morgenthaler Ventures which has significant holdings in tech giants such as Apple.

Buzdar is a graduate of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) of Engineering Sciences and Technology.

Source: Harvard.edu

5. Professor Asim Khawaja

He is the first professor of Pakistani descent that has been hired by the prestigious Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. His research has received coverage from numerous media outlets including The EconomistNew York TimesWashington PostInternational Herald TribuneAljazeeraCNN and BBC.

Photo: AFP

6. Dr Arjumand Hashmi

Pakistani-born mayor of a town called Paris, in Texas, USA.

What’s his claim to fame?

He has successfully created a community and inculcated a pro-Pakistani image in the Southern state that has been a hotbed of anti-Pakistan sentiments, especially during the tenure of President George W Bush Jr. He is an accomplished cardiologist and continues to run his practice as well.

Photo: AFP

7. Ali Moeen Nawazish

He is most notably famous for setting a record of acing 23 subjects in the Cambridge O-Level examinations. He is also the recipient of Pride of Performance award and his contributions to the field of education are immense. He continues to work tirelessly and has founded an organisation called ‘StepUP Pakistan’, where they aim to train teachers and improve education in the impoverished areas of the country; a noble effort by an equally noble youngster.

He truly deserves a standing ovation.

Photo: FILE

8. Naiza Khan

A visual artist and the recipient of the 2013 Prince Claus award. The Prince Claus award deliberates the honour to those individuals whose efforts have a positive impact in their respective societies. The fact that she is a Pakistani is indeed an honour for all of us.

She has successfully managed to promote a positive image of Pakistan with her work for all in the world to see.

Photo: FILE

9. Karamat Ali

Karamat is the Executive Director of The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER). He is the recipient of South Asia Peace and Justice Award in India.

Source: Vimeo

10. Saba Gul

She is the Founder and CEO of Popinjay, a social enterprise that empowers marginalised underprivileged girls in Pakistan with education and provides them with employment opportunities by selling their goods (embroidered handbags currently) to a high-end market.

11. Syed Fahad Ali

The Founder of the Aghaz School. This school is a non-political and independent organisation focusing on providing free education to underprivileged children living in the slums of Karachi. This is also a side project of the Pakistan Youth Forum.

Photo: AFP

12. Mehak Gul

Gul started playing chess at the early age of six. She is now 13-year-old and is creating a pro-Pakistan image by being an internationally acclaimed chess player.

Photo: FILE

13. Rafiullah Kakar

At 23 years of age and hailing from Balochistan, the young gentleman is the 2013 Rhodes Scholar for Pakistan. The Rhodes scholarship is awarded to one Pakistani annually to study at Oxford University, UK. Hailing from one of the most volatile regions in the world, securing such a prestigious scholarship is a testament to this gentleman’s dedication and sincerity. Indeed, he will go on to earn massive accolades globally and, in the process, create a better image of Pakistan on a global stage.

I wish him the best of success in all his endeavours.

Photo: FILE

14. Maria Toorpakai Wazir

Maria, born in South Waziristan, is a professional squash player who has won international acclaims for Pakistan. She is currently ranked 54th in the world rank. She is a prolific speaker against extremism in society and has spoken at events such as TedxTeen.

Source:Dutchedu

15. Faisal Mirza

A recipient of the ECHO Awards in 2008; the ECHO Awards recognise the contribution of immigrants of ‘non-western’ descent on the basis of their talent in higher education. Mirza received a scholarship for a summer course at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he chose to study English and Public Policy.

Photo: AFP

16. Namira Salim

Salim is the first Pakistani to travel into space. She has officially been recognised as the ‘First Pakistani Astronaut’ by the government of Pakistan in 2006. She is also a peace activist and was conferred with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2011.

Source: CNN

17. Ali Rehan

He is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs; a tech start-up by Pakistani students that developed a mobile application so innovative that it was even featured on CNN and other global media.

Source: Calagary.edu

18. Dr Naweed I Syed

Dr Syed is a globally acclaimed scientist of Pakistani origin and head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Canada. He is the first scientist to ‘connect brain cells to a silicon chip’. This is indeed a great honour for Pakistan.

Connecting brain cells to electronic chips opens up the potential to take artificial intelligence computing to the next stage and Dr Syed plays a leading role in this quest.

Photo: Shafiq Malik

19. Sabia Abbat

Abbat, originally from the Hazara division, is the winner of the National Cycling Championship. She is an emerging talent and her skills have been recognised nationally. She hopes to foster change and represent Pakistan in the South Asian games next year. She is an inspiration to all the young women out there who want to pursue their goals and, in the process, bring about positive change in the society.

Photo: AFP

20. Sarmad Tariq

Tariq has been an inspiration for people with physical disabilities. He is a motivational speaker and a corporate evangelist. He represented Pakistan in the ING New York City Marathon in 2005 and finished with a medal. Sarmad hopes to bring about positive change in the attitude of Pakistanis all over with his life coaching talks on various platforms.

Source: Newsline

21. Rosheen Khan

Khan is Pakistan’s first female master scuba diver and the only Nitrox diving instructor in Pakistan. She aims to introduce positive social changes with her efforts.

Photo: FILE

22. Parveen Saeed

Saeed, the owner of Khana Ghar, started her business to provide hot meals for three rupees to low income individuals. It has become a lifeline for hundreds of poor men and women who are unable to make ends meet.

The motivated people of Pakistan achieved what the government failed to deliver. This is precisely why I keep on insisting that it is crucial to look at Pakistan beyond how the media portrays it. The civil society in Pakistan is working tirelessly to enrich the lives of Pakistanis and improve society. With such people in our midst, the only way Project Pakistan can fail is if we let it.

Hats off to Ms Parveen Saeed for such an honourable venture.

23. Sameen Shahid

Shahid is a recipient of the OFID scholarship of 2009 to study at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. The Public Administration degree that she pursues can help redefine the values and customs of governance for the Pakistan of the future.

Photo: FILE

24. Mir Zafar Ali

Ali is an Oscar winner movie visual effects curator. He has given life to characters such as Venom in Spider Man 3 as well as several other Hollywood flicks such as X-MenThe Mummy. He won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2007 for the movie The Golden Compass.

Source: Business Insider

25. Waqas Ali

Ali is an entrepreneur and founder of an online shoe store called Hometown Shoes, where they sell locally manufactured leather shoes and accessories.

Photo: FILE

26. Bilal Masood

Maqsood is a student of Crossing Border Global Studies in Denmark and is also a certified trainer of the School of Leadership (SOL), Karachi. He has represented Pakistan as its youth ambassador on various platforms and is keen to bring about positive social change.

This is not the end of the trail. There are countless other Pakistanis working either as individuals or in teams that are bringing a positive image of Pakistan into the lime light and are laying the framework for positive social chance.

Pakistani civil society continues to unite during events of mass gravity. For example, recall how the civil society formed human chains to protest against the church bombings in Peshawar.

The civil society is abhorred at the gruesome and vile acts of terrorism that have become nomenclature for anything Pakistani globally. The same civil society also manages to come together and unite Pakistanis irrespective of their cultural or religious affiliation. When we label a society as a failure, it is not only the economic variables and the governance infrastructure that must be looked at. We must also inspect the level of empathy that the society, as a whole, shows for their fellow citizens.

Time and again, Pakistanis have proven their mettle by staying united when faced with disasters of mass calamity. The earthquakes and the 2010 Pakistan floods are another reminder of how the nation came together despite all odds.

Social changes such as those that Pakistan needs are never delivered overnight. They are a part of an evolutionary process that has multiple triggers with seemingly divergent paths leading to destination change. These Pakistanis from various shades of life and professions are keen for Pakistan to change for the better.

We must all follow suit.

Why does Pakistan continue to lag behind in most fields?

Why is it there an everlasting wave of terrorism that seems to grow stronger and more vile and viral?

Why is there perpetual lapse between what we say and what we do?

Why is there an utter disregard for ethics and moral in this society?

Why have standards from education to entertainment degraded?

The answers to all these questions are complex. However, steps are being taken in individual capacities by many and their efforts must be acknowledged and acclaimed.

Too often we assume that the rut that we are stuck in is a vicious cycle. This thought is a natural consequence for not being presented the brighter side of the picture. Once we start to appreciate the positives, along with acknowledging the negatives, we should be able to understand that the vicious cycle of misery, poverty, injustice and lawlessness has indeed been broken. It is a slow road to success and we are making a steady move towards destination progress.

The vehement tides of fate may turn around for the better. All Pakistan demands is commitment, dedication and sincere motivation, which people like these and many others like them have exhibited.

This New Year I hope we learn to smile at the positives, ponder over the negatives and learn from those making a difference.

Happy New Year, Pakistan!

Rafay Bin Ali

Rafay Bin Ali

A software developer working with financial clients from Toronto. He is currently doing his MBA from IBA, Karachi, and is planning an entrepreneurial set-up in Pakistan. He tweets as @rafayali (twitter.com/rafayali)

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

  • Bilal Hamza

    Should have had Malala Yousufzai in there. But interesting list.Recommend

  • Nouman Ahmed

    Feeling so glad after reading this :) Seriously, Pakistan is full of talent. May Allah bless you all.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ali

    MashallahRecommend

  • abk

    Proud to be a Pakistani !!!
    All these honorable people should be appreciated by our media instead of our TV’s clownsRecommend

  • Talat Haque

    puts a smile on your face!Recommend

  • Umar

    Awesome article
    Salute to all of themRecommend

  • Asjad Ahmad

    sorry but couldn’t we produce any good people in the recent times? all we have left to celebrate is Ali Moeen & Dr. Umer Saif??Recommend

  • Moiz Omar

    Pakistan is a nation of very creative and talented people. Proud to be a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Rafay Bin Ali

    Thanks for your comment Bilal. The criteria was people who are
    relatively unheard of but should be more familiar to us all relative to
    their achievements and the praises that their work has brought for this
    country.Recommend

  • Farid khan

    Alhamd allah that malala name is not there. Love u pakistaniooooRecommend

  • Malik

    Sitara Brooj Akbar should have been there tooRecommend

  • Najaf Khokhar

    wheree is arfa??Recommend

  • Shahsawar Muhammad

    I am honored for being your friend Waqas Ali. Keep it up bro.Recommend

  • Say What?

    So where is Malala?Recommend

  • Dr Sammar

    Excellent article. ….I felt so proud when reading it and in turn became motivated too….actually the influence our media; be it news channels or newspapers puts on us is devastating…it makes us depressed which loses our interest in progressing…so we need to tell and announce publicly that what come may we are a nation and we will progress irrespective of all bad influences…
    Recommend

  • HamzaYounas94

    Farhan Masood ko bhol gy?Recommend

  • Parvez

    ……and there are many, many more. Excellent little piece to end the year with.
    Happy New Year to all.Recommend

  • socko

    This list is incomplete without Malala Yousufzai… She is the the best pro-pakistani figure even when compared to everyone in the list put togetherRecommend

  • Maheen

    Thank you so much for posting this. Please encourage Pakistanis in Pakistan and abroad to share this on their Facebook walls and other places so we can show that our nation is not one to be seen through the prism of terrorism, savagery, and backwardness.Recommend

  • lymnaea

    What a great effort and vision. Needed this ray of hope on the land of promise and Allah’s blessing. May Allah give you reward for your efforts and bless Pakistan with more amazing people who will drag this boat out of the stormy waters.Recommend

  • Queen

    Proud to be a Pakistani. There is so much potential in our country Masha Allah. We just need to realize it and use it in the right direction.Recommend

  • Ayesha Anam

    you missed Farhan Masood of SoloMetricsRecommend

  • Ali Rahman

    You people missed out Ghalib KhalilRecommend

  • Joanna

    Up vote if you stopped at 7.Recommend

  • Hasan

    You did not mention Hakeemullah Mehsud. I am disappointed. :)Recommend

  • gp65

    Interesting that most of these people’s achievements relate to their work in US, Canada, UK etc. do you not have people you can be proud of in Pakistan (difficult to believe) or is it simply that you fail to recognize their achievements unless and until a foreigner does so?Recommend

  • farrukh

    should include Bilal Lashari for WAARRecommend

  • Omar

    How can you miss Malala yousaf Zai with so much under her belt? Please edit and put her in the list.Recommend

  • Proletarian

    Why do people have this stupid urge to ‘be made proud’. All pride is false pride. Cast aside your petty ego and be one with humanity.Recommend

  • Qarib Kazmi

    One notable omission is Ashar Aziz the Founder of FireEye
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FireEye,_Inc.Recommend

  • Guruprasad Bhat

    Great! Keep it up. A peaceful and happy Pakistan is good for the world. What about that young girl who narrowly missed the Nobel and now lives in UK – is she not the pride of Pakistan? I am surprised! BTW, her name is Malala Yousafzai….Recommend

  • FN

    loved reading it.Recommend

  • Syed Fahad Ali

    Salam , Thank You for mentioning my name at your blog :) just wanted to make little correction that Aghaaz school is currently karachi based at the moment :)

    Jazak-Allah khairRecommend

  • Zaigham

    Relatively unheard of??? Ali Moeen Nawzish has been constantly thrown at our faces for I dont know how longRecommend

  • raj

    the list lack one name from Aga Khan University, Karachi. She is head of Pediatrics division and has got $2-3 million for research work in Pakistan. That is hug thingRecommend

  • raj

    malala got recognition for what has not been done entirely by her. You can call it some kind of bravery but the list is not for bravery or something fight against terror.. its for common man who achieved high standardsRecommend

  • raj

    the list is not for pro pak or some bravery… and i would like to mention your word “Pro-Pakistan”. If you think realistically, international media calls here Malala, the girl who was shot in Pak and then moved to UK to get a safer place. Now how on earth can you think its giving a good image to pakistan. the line clearly shows around the world that pak is not a safe place where as the truth is the place where malala is from i.e., Swat is a much better place for girls to study nowRecommend

  • raj

    and what has she doneRecommend

  • raj

    she might be but i don’t consider her as the international media highlights her name in bold, the girl shot in pakistan and flew to UK.. its giving an image in outer world that pak is not a safe place to liveRecommend

  • Salman

    AlhamdulilahRecommend

  • faisalmirza

    Thank you for the mention although i really don’t feel i should be on this list.Recommend

  • Ammad

    Ali Nawazish: got a bunch of A’s years ago and has not done anything notable after that.

    Umer Saif may have good academic pedigree and some good grants but has very mediocre profile as a research scientist. Talented researchers are known by peer review, citations, publications etc. and Umer Saif has yet to establish himself on all those grounds.

    A bunch of people on this list are people who got scholarships (some of which are allotted to some Pakistanis in any case)

    As a nation we need to raise our standards if we truly want world class accomplishments.Recommend

  • smsulari
  • artsy

    usman riaz should’ve totally been on this list!Recommend

  • Omair Shahid

    excellent blog we need more blogs like this our media never show positive things all they do is show negative things hope you i can except more blogs like these in the futureRecommend

  • indian

    Pak is surely full of talent. My best wishes to the neighbour for new yearRecommend

  • Muhammed Ibrahim

    OF COURSE PAKISTAN IS A GREAT NATION THAT PRODUCES TALENT AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE,BUT MY QUESTION IS VERY SIMPLE……THAT WHY NOT EVEN ONE OF THEM IS A LEADER OF EVEN A SMALL TOWN IN PAKISTAN
    WHY PEOPLE DONT CARE IN KARACHI WHEN 20 PEOPLE DIE EVERYDAY.
    WHY THE MOST EDUCATED PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN ARE WORKING ABROAD AND NOT TAKING PART IN ACTIVITIES INSIDE PAKISTAN.
    WHY THERE IS STILL A FEUDALISM THERE.
    WHY CANT HAVE CRIME AND HATRED REDUCERS
    WHY THE ENGLISH PEOPLE OR ANYONE FROM THE WORLD DONOT WANT TO TRAVEL FOR PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Omair

    There are atleast 2600 of such people known Pakistanis internationally. But it is good at-least few of them are written here.Recommend

  • Rafay Bin Ali

    That is a very good and valid concern that you have raised. The international criteria was used to highlight the fact that there are wonderful Pakistanis working diligently to promote a pro-Pakistan image globally. A global appreciation of Pakistan is the need of the hour and that was one of the “intents” of this blog post.

    I have not failed to recognize achievements of Pakistanis without international credentials. On the contrary, I realize that there would literally be thousands and thousands of Pakistanis working for Pakistan day in and day out. And I salute their work.Recommend

  • YA

    how many of them are residents of Pakistan?Recommend

  • zoro

    sharmeen obaid chinoy,, oscar and livingston award winner and Emmy winner for her documentary,Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010Recommend

  • Talha Rizvi

    Don’t you have some work to do rather then compulsively commenting on every article? Bye the way you once accused me of spewing venom against India please tell me Have I gloated over incidents of Terrorism in India? Have I wished doom for it’s citizens? Have I poked fun at your religious beliefs? Have I called it as a failed state? Then how can you call me a bigot? By the way have you ever condemned people like Rasgullah, Leela, Hari Om, hafiz( Who actually applauds every time a suicide bombing occurs) and the moron who comments by the name of PakiMujahid, Pakionkimaa–, lol, raj etc. who pass extremely venomous remarks? I have always provided a rebuttal to my jingoistic countrymen but it’s sad that you who claim to be open minded remain mum over these sick specimens of Humanity who think it’s really fun to troll online and gloat over people dying and making of other’s religious beliefs.
    ET Please allow and gp65 kindly provide an actual concise answer without flaring up.
    @ Guruprasad bhatt: In case you forgot to read the author’s clarification he didn’t include Malala because she was well-known. Kindly stop seeing conspiracies every where.Recommend

  • chief

    I believe Edhi should be top of the list.Recommend

  • Siddiqui, Taha R

    Its not that the people did something for the country they are working in or entirely because of the money, but they had passion to do so and that they were provided a platform. Their potential were recognized by experienced heads which are hardly found in Pakistan.Recommend

  • ahmed
  • Danial Tariq

    thank you for adding our knowledge! good source of inspiration.Recommend

  • http://wondersofpakistan.com/ Nayyar Hashmey

    Its a beautiful piece but I wonder why you missed such great sons and daughter of Pakistan like the boy who worked at a tandoor and earned distinction in his inter exam. Then there s no mention of the two great daughters of Pakistani motherland i.e. Malala Yousufzai and Samina Baig who is the first lady from Pakistan to have conquered the mighty Mount Everest in Nepal.

    I was so much wanting that there should be some piece on Pakistanis who have excelled in different fields. Yours is though not complete, but still is a great step in this direction.Recommend

  • Ala

    Pakistan Zindabad (Y) :)Recommend

  • Talha Rizvi

    Do you have to comment on every article? Can’t you mind your own business?Recommend

  • Sceptic

    Has Namira Salim actually flown on a space mission? The last time I checked, her name was on the list of 100 space tourists, who would pay to ride one of Richard Branson’s “space craft”, if and when such an enterprise materializes. So far Branson’s space travel is just a dream, and a means to obtain financing for proposed space travel. If and when that happens, tourists will be taken up in a sub-orbital rocket ship and then brought back without orbiting the earth. Such a flight will indeed provide several moments of weightlessness, a state that real astronauts live and work in. Branson’s project is on the drawing board, and it is the return to earth part that is still not clear, that is, if going up in a rocket-propelled craft may be called space flight. Good luck to Ms. Salim, she seems like a very talented person. She does not need false praise for being an astronaut, which she is not and will not be at the end of this so-called mission. By the way, Russians are actually taking paying travelers (US$ 20 million plus) into real space in real space craft. None of these people are considered astronauts.Recommend

  • Vickram

    Superb list ! I am sure there are many more !Recommend

  • Lookie

    “As a nation we need to raise our standards if we truly want world class accomplishments.”
    Ok. Lets start with you. What have you achieved in particular? It’s very easy to roll your eyes and shrug at these accomplished, exactly the mentality that prevails where every pakistani instead of appreciating even the little good he sees whines and pokes holes instead.

    The improvement towards said standards should start with you. Make it an aim to be more pleasant and optimistic this year and look for things to appreciate no matter how small and insignificant.
    With all the things going wrong in this country, this small list is a small inspiring light for the rest of usRecommend

  • Lookie

    Agreed.Recommend

  • Pappu

    All these achievers in the WEST were BY CHANCE born in Pakistan. All praise should be to the west and western institutes and their technology. Regards.Recommend

  • gp65

    Your compulsive hatred does not allow you to comprehend the comment. My comment implied that there must be many more people within Pakistan who are worthy of recognition but are ignored because some foreigner did not pay tribute to them.

    Separately, I fail to understand why you hold me accountable for comments of others. I have never ever expressed happiness at terrorism in Pakistan or shown disrespect for other people’s religion. If some Indians and Pakistanis do that, it is on their conscience not mine.

    The author understood the intent of my question and has responded accordingly.Recommend

  • gp65

    Thanks for the civil response. That makes sense.Recommend

  • gp65

    I am sure there are many such people who have accomplished a lot and make Pakistan proud.

    Personally I think hat the polio workers who continue to persevere despite knowing that they are putting their lives at risk are definitely people whose courage can make Pakistanis proud.Recommend

  • Talha

    What about Dr Abdus Salam?Recommend

  • Asjid Hussain

    Im a 22 year old Pakistani, and without any doubt i can say i am proud to be a Pakistani (for my own reasons), BUT i wanna know why you guys write these articles? what do you think your gonna achieve? before writing this don’t you think you should go out there and handle your media who portrays Pakistan in a way that every single person living outside of the country thinks you’re a terrorist? why don’t you do something about that?

    and what ever you write, a Pakistani would probably believe you but someone else won’t! the reason people won’t believe you is because of our OWN people. i moved to Canada 2 years ago so i could continue my studies here and theres one thing i realized, the actions and reactions of Pakistani people anywhere in the world are pathetic, i feel ashamed of saying that, stealing, never telling the truth, fighting, extremely vulgar language, even in a place like Canada people fighting over Shia-Sunni issues. WHAT THE HELL? its 2014, look at USA, CANADA, UK, GERMANY, Japan and many more countries, just look at them, look where theyv reached. can you ever even imagine of getting to a point where they are? so advanced, so clean, so honest, NOT racist, so civilized.

    I know 99% of you people are gonna say “dekho ye larka canada ja k kaise pakistan k khilaf ho gaya hey” but the fact of the fucking matter is deep inside your heart you know we haven’t done anything, we still aren’t doing anything but i hope the new generation gets a knock on the head and they realize that its about time we stand up and do something before we lose any respect that probably might exist somewhere or even our country. don’t give me the crap and start asking me what I’m doing for Pakistan, what do you expect me to do I’m just 22, but i still try to be honest, i try to give the white people an impression that were not terrorists and were not that bad but the stereotype is so strong i don’t think anybody believes me.

    i was recently pointed and told to my face that “we Pakistanis are the people who come to these countries and ruin it, we Pakistani are terrorists” that day i realized, that theres a time when you can convince people by telling them a few twisted stories and they actually believe u, but right now Pakistan is at a situation where taking crap all the time won’t work.

    I’m sorry for being so negative, i love Pakistan as i mentioned for my own reasons, and i pray to ALLAH that this new year brings every single person in Pakistan together, it brings peace, love, health, wealth and safety for not only Pakistan but everyone living in that beautiful God gifted country. :)Recommend

  • Asjid Hussain

    she’s just another wanna be, who took a chance and did what she did, otherwise she was living here studying and surviving, Americans chose one out of the thousands THEY kill everyday just to try and prove a point that Pakistan is a bad place. MALALA and the people who made her are all idiots.Recommend

  • Syed Owais Mukhtar

    At least you confirmed he was a “Pakistani”Recommend

  • tungi

    nup the genetic pool!thr r many bangladeshis too in the west, africans tooRecommend

  • tungi

    why isnt meera here for the multi million dollar project shafqat hospital!Recommend

  • Yousaf Khan

    Indeed well said its part of the inferiority complex most Pakistani’s have. If a white westerner says something all stand on their toes to be able to listen to him. When a fellow Pakistani or any other muslim says the same everyone turns a deaf ear…Recommend

  • Pappu

    Please google and you will find many achievers from all nationalities who are living in the paradise of west.Recommend

  • saira mahmood

    Wajahat ali? Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali

    There are lot of people who made us proud but one of the great Scientist Dr Abdus Salam is missing in this listRecommend

  • Rafay Bin Ali

    Thanks for your comments Nayyar . I agree there are “great sons and daughters of Pakistan” and I pay my sincere thanks to all of them. However, you must also understand that I cannot write about all and every single one of them in 1 blog post :)

    On another note, with reference to Samina Baig’s name, this list is not exhaustive one, as I am sure all readers would know. This is just a small list to show my token of appreciation to these noble men and women of Pakistan. If we were to try to even compile an exhaustive list it would be probably the size of a large encyclopedia :)

    So, if a name is not on the list that does not mean that the name was excluded based on some criteria, or the name is lesser deserving. With specific reference to Ms. Baig, she bravely scaled a peak that has been infamous for its notoriety to expeditioners and she deserves complete recognition of her accomplishment. I agree her name should have been on this list for 2013. I missed her name and I do apologize for this.

    However, please remember that this list is not exhaustive and there are hundreds or even thousands more, and all of them deserve our appreciation and acknowledgement of their work/achievements.

    What this blog post should lead toward is a more organized effort to FORMALLY recognize the contribution of such Pakistanis via some type of national award – sponsored by the government and key stakeholders of the society, media, etc.

    This is a blog, not a formal acknowledgment by of services by the government. As such, I missed some names, some names i did not include, and there would be others whom I have never heard of. And, this is precisely why it is time to start to recognize such individuals on a formal level – government and national so we can continue to keep on insipring and motivating people.

    Hope this answered your question.Recommend

  • Rafay Bin Ali

    I don’t think a blog post by me can do justice to the humanitarian services rendered by Mr. Edhi. He is an asset – a treasure – the worth of which cannot be described by my limited vocabulary. And, hence his name was not on my blog post.

    The magnitude of his services is too immense and the social debt that we all have to Mr. Edhi for the countless number of philanthropic services that he runs and administers can never be satisfied with a paragraph long dedication in a blog post.

    I just wanted to make it count and let it be known unless someone stirs up some controversy related to this.Recommend

  • Talha Rizvi

    The only one who shows compulsive hate are your country men. Once again you have dodged my question. By the way in case you have forgotten you defended Gujarat riots saying that muslims always had the upper hand and it’s about time they got their lesson. By the way tell me again how am I wrong? Online Indian trolls have no right to interfere in our matters.Recommend

  • PAKISTANI

    Hats off for projecting positive image of our dear home land.
    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!Recommend

  • KHZ

    I don’t see Malala anywhere;)Recommend

  • sonia mazari

    Missed out Muhammad Adnan Butt, a good friend of mine who started from scratch and is running the only award winning digital agency in Pakistan by facebook, Cannes Lions, Eurobest and winner of Shell live wire global hall of fame. He has been covered by you guys before too. Search Muhammad Adnan butt or walnut media . Nonetheless an amazing list to be really proud of! Love Pakistan!Recommend

  • Zahid Farooq

    Muhammad Abbas, the first Pakistani to reach Winter Olympics in 2010 is another notable absence. His home made wooden skis are on display in British Columbia’s Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver, Canada.Recommend

  • Noman Safdar

    I thought there would be at least one person who will bring up Munir Ahmed Khan, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan or Dr. Abdul Salam. It’s sad to say this but I believe our people have forgotten the real Pakistanis who made us proud. No offense to these 26 they are our pride too.Recommend

  • socko

    Rather than announcing that “what come may weare a nation and we will progress irrespective of all bad influences…”
    It would do at least a li’l bit, if not more, good if you can do it rather than announcing your wish….Recommend

  • socko

    Exactly, my pointRecommend

  • socko

    I disagree.. That is exactly how Pakistanis & its media calls malala as “the girl who was shot in Pak”… It is their consistent irrationality of Pakistanis who never miss to dislike anything or anybody good about Pakistan & Pakistanis… They always brag about the wrong stuff… The world sees Malala as the Brave girl who stood against terrorism, and inspired so-so-many chindren & grownups around the world to fight for education for all… I know, you may not understand… Recommend

  • socko

    I disagree… They never turn a deaf ear when an evil Pakistani or any other Muslim says something evil… They hail them and brag about them… I agree to the spirit of your point, though.Recommend

  • socko

    I am pretty sure there mighht even be 2601st person;… If the list stops at 2600, then thats a sad thing…Recommend

  • A

    where is Bilal Lashari name?Recommend

  • US CENTCOM

    Their achievements and hard work is making the nation proud. There is no doubt that Pakistan full of talented people.

    Ali KhanRecommend

  • N. Shekhani

    We should not forget Rayid Ghani, who helped Obama’s second win and he is expert in artificial intelligence. Rayid made the program to target voters, who will likely b=]vote Obama and Obama team went after them. Rayid Now, serves as faculty at University of Chicago, Illinois.Recommend

  • R Judd

    You missed Moiz Baig who won the World Youth Scrabble Championship in Dubai in 2013.Recommend

  • Farhan Maqbool

    Excellent article. Most of them r unsung heroes.
    One suggestion is to include M. Asif (Snooker Champion) who made us proud with his natural talent.Recommend

  • Muhammad

    Haha this Umar Saif guy was kicked out of MIT for lying on his resume and misrepresentation. The only thing he knows to do well is suck up. If he is your No 1 pick then it says something about the nation as a whole.Recommend

  • Gp65

    I answered your question very directly. If you think I dodged, it clearly you have comprehension problems. I challenge you to find a single post where I defended the Gujarat riots. You cannot find any because I have never done so. All I have said that Modi is not responsible for the riots. My basis for saying so is that he brought riots were brought under control in 3 If days flat and he has managed to keep Gujarat riots free for 11 years since then. He also was nt responsible for starting the riots since the riots were triggered by 58 Hindu pilgrims being burnt alive.Recommend

  • juni

    Feeling PROUD <3 lub you Pakistan <3Recommend

  • Saqib Javaid Toronto Canada

    Rafay Bin Ali, THANK YOU. Great Job, Please keep the good work up.Recommend

  • Behlim

    I am from Kuwait, and here we have lot of talented Pakistani’s who have established a lot in Kuwait, the only thing that we are lacking is hard work back at home. We could have a long listing of amazing Pakistani’s – Anything is Possible, it’s not going to come to us, we have to work to get it, it might be a rough road for us Pakistani’s but it’s worth it at the end.Recommend