Pakistan not only possesses beautiful landscapes such as hills, mountains, valleys, deserts, and barren terrains. Pakistan is also a home to talented and inspiring people. Many Pakistanis have done great things and marked their name around the globe in every field.
Listed below are some amazing Pakistanis, who gave us plenty to be proud of, this May 2016.
1. Shairoze Akram
The first person to make us a proud Pakistani this May 2016 is Shairoze Akram. He is the first Irish Pakistani-born player to win an All-Ireland medal. He became the winner by helping Mayo to secure a hard-earned, five-points victory over Cork in a football match.
2. Sadiq Khan
The son of a bus driver from Pakistan, Sadiq Khan, became the first Muslim mayor of London in May. To Pakistanis at home, Sadiq Khan’s mayoral victory is indeed a moment of national pride. He is a former human rights lawyer and is also a Member of Parliament since 2005 from Tooting, East London. Indeed, that’s what one can call a real democracy.
3. Fawad Khan
Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, making a mark in Bollywood has beaten all Bollywood stars including King Khans Shahrukh and Salman on Bollywood rating index of Times Celebex. He has topped the list with 18 points for his splendid popularity among fans and several other reasons. Celebrex is India’s monthly rating index. It is measured on the parameters, including the box office performance, popularity among fans and ability of the actor to stay in news across all mediums.
4. Tabassum Adnan
Tabassum Adnan, a Pakistani activist, has won the prestigious Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia. She is a women rights activist from Swat, KhyberPakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Having such influential people in Pakistan, who are working for the betterment of other people on the grassroots level, surely makes us proud to be a Pakistani.
5. Fawzia Mirza
Fawzia Mirza, a Pakistani-American, has been awarded by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change’. She is a hidden Pakistani talent who is not only an actor but also a writer and producer. She has written and produced many short films, theatre, documentaries, etc.
6. Students of NUST
The Pakistani youth, are working hard to make this country reach the heights of success. Pakistanis should be proud of this group of NUST (National University of Science and Technology) students who have made Pakistan’s first Formula Electric Car. The car is selected for participation in the Formula SAE Lincoln-2016, USA and is the only car representing the entire region of Asia. The developed car runs on lithium ion polymer batteries. The car weighs 275kg, and it can achieve the speed of 110km/h in 4.8 seconds with 0-75km acceleration.
7. Hamza Yousaf
He is surely a source of inspiration and motivation for us. A Scottish parliamentarian of Pakistani origin, Hamza Yousaf, took oath as a Member of Scottish Parliament in the Urdu language. Hamza proudly paid homage to his roots with taking oath in Urdu, wearing a sherwani jacket with traditional Scottish kilt.
8. Sara Saeed
A Pakistani female doctor Sara Saeed has been announced the winner of distinguished HRH the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize by the University of Cambridge and Unilever. Dr. Sara Saeed is a co-founder of doctHERS, a digital platform which connects needy communities in Pakistan to high-quality healthcare.
9. Ahsan Shah
Pakistani artists are trying their best to make quality movies bringing Pakistanis back to the cinemas, speeding on the road to the revival of the film industry. Ahsan Shah, a filmmaker from Lyari, Karachi also made a short film titled “Jaawar”. He made us proud by winning the Bahrain’s International Youth Creativity Award for his film.
10. Dr. Mark Humayun
Pakistani-American doctor Mark Humayun received the National Medal of Technology in the United States by U.S President Barack Obama. He invented and developed bioelectronics in medicine. He also developed a retinal prosthesis for restoring vision to the blind. Dr. Humayun’s grandfather Colonel Ilahi Bakhsh was the personal physician of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
11. Dr. Saeed Bajwa
A renowned neurosurgeon from Pakistan, Dr. Saeed Bajwa, has been bestowed with “ICNA Relief USA Award of Appreciation”. The honor was given to him for his considerable involvement in community services. He is one of the leading physicians in the World making us proud of being a Pakistani.
12. Neha Shahid
A Pakistani girl, Neha Shahid, who is a student at the University of the West of England has created a walking stick to increase mobility for Parkinson’s patients. She hopes that the product will benefit hundreds of thousands of patients all over the world. The sensors on the stick can detect when a person’s limbs get freezed. The stick vibrates to get them out of the freezing state and walk again.
13. Anum Shehzad
Anum Shahzad represented Pakistan at the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship arranged by the United Nations at the United Nations Headquarters. She is a dedicated activist from Lahore. She is a mentor at US-Pakistan Youth Councils in Lahore. She is working on providing students with educational experience, focusing on creativity and critical thinking through workshops and tech camps.
14. Shahmir Khan Niazi
15 years old student of Beaconhouse School System, Lahore, Shahmir Khan Niazi, won the fourth prize for his project at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). He won the prize for his project “A New Spin on Renewable Energy in the Physics” in the Energy category of ISEF 2016 organized in Phoenix, USA. Shahmir’s idea is to combine a wind turbine or any turbine’s eco-friendly system and use it to utilize the ocean currents, the most reliable renewable source of energy. ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition.
15. Haris Aziz
Pakistani Researcher, Haris Aziz, has solved one of the most significant Mathematics problems of the 20th century. He has graduated from Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. He made Pakistanis proud by adding his name to the list of “AI’s 10 to Watch” this year published by the IEEE. He has made us proud by solving one of the most significant problems of 20th-century mathematics i.e. how to slice a cake so that each person ends up with a just share for any number of individuals.
16. Minhal Sohail
Minhal Sohail, the 22-year old from Karachi, will become the first female shooter in Pakistan to represent the country in Rio Olympics 2016. She launched her sporting career in 2012 and has won many accolades. She is hopeful to clinch the gold medal for her country in Olympics this year. She has also won the 10-metre Air Rifle event in the National Shooting Championship at PNS Karsaz.
17. Yasmeen Lari
Yasmeen Lari, renowned Pakistani architect, has won the prestigious Japanese Fukuoka Prize. She has won this award for the category of Arts and Culture this year. The award was founded by the Fukuoka city of Japan, in 1990. They are presented every year to honour the outstanding work of individual and teams. Yasmeen Lari is the third Pakistani receiver of the Fukuoka Prize. The first two Pakistani recipients of this accolade were qawwali maestro, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Dr. Uxi Muft, the social scientist.
Pakistan is the land of diversity and purity, where each day the sun rises with a new hope, giving Pakistani people a chance to make a better and prosper Pakistan.