Independence Day Special: World honors for Pakistan

By Parvez Jamil

IoBM honors highlighted in this article

Pakistan’s potential truly reflects of its quiet youth, professionals, scientists and scholars humbly earning world laurels for them, their families, their institutions and their country. Whether from Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, KPK, FATA or the Federal capital, these promising Pakistanis continue to excel in their respective fields as noble, humble and gentle world high achievers for Pakistan.

BEHOLD eminent laureates of Pakistan bringing home world honors: Mr. Abdus Sattar Edhi, Founder Edhi Foundation, World’s greatest humanitarian; Dr. Syed Adeebul Hasan Rizvi, Head Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT); Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, nuclear physicist, founder, Kahuta Research Laboratories; Professor Atta-ur-Rahman, Pakistani scientist, Chairman, HEC (2002 to 2008), currently Chairman, UN Committee on Science and Technology; Prof Dr Javaid Qamar, Ex-director The Institute of Space and Planetary Astrophysics (ISPA); Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, cardiologist and CEO Indus Hospital Mr. Jehangir Khan, former World No. 1 squash player, won the British Open record ten times and won a record 555 consecutive games (1981 to 1986).

APPLAUD Pakistani origin Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, the second of five daughters born at Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1971, to Pakistani immigrants from Bewal, Gujar Khan, being Member, House of Lords, UK (October 2007 onwards); Chairman of Conservative Party (2010-2012); Minister of State for Faith and Communities (2012-2014); Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2012-2014). ATTRIBUTE Salma Zahid, a Pakistani educator from Islamabad turned Member of the Canadian Parliament since 2015 with roles as member Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations, Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, Canada-China Legislative Association, Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, Canada-Germany Inter-parliamentary Group, Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association, Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Salma Zahid holds a Masters in Educational Management and Administration from the University of London’s Institute of Education, and an MBA from Quaid e Azam University in Pakistan. She is Pakistani Canadian, mother of 2 and resides in Scarborough since 2000. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

WITNESS a brilliant, Fiza Farhan, CEO, Buksh Foundation and Director, Buksh Energy, who was among Forbes Magazine’s 30 Social Entrepreneurs in 2015. She was member at UN’s Women Economic Empowerment program, member World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. VISUALIZE Muniba Mazari from Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan’s only wheel chair-bound TV anchor, honored at UN as Pakistan’s first female Goodwill Ambassador while Forbes Magazine included her in “30 Under 30 list” for 2016. PONDER upon a Pakistani-American doctor, Dr. Rashid A. Chotani, who in December 2016 was awarded the “2016 NATO Scientific Achievement Award” for his research on medical countermeasures against biological agents. APPRECIATE the hard work of Pakistani Ph.D. scholar, Mr. Usman Haider, researcher at the University of Gavle, Sweden, who in June 2016 was awarded with Sweden’s “SKAPA Award” in Invention and Innovation for developing a device “PhaseX Hip Exoskeleton” that helps the elderly and persons with less mobility. GRASP the intellect of Dr. Naweed Syed, of Pakistani Canadian origin, the world’s first scientist to join human brain cells to a Silicon Chip, currently Professor at University of Calgary. Some of his global laurels include “Award for Outstanding Contributions to Biomedical Research” by Pakistan-Canada Association (2012).

AMAZING information shared by Dr. Humayun J. Chaudhry, President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards, USA, that Pakistan is the fourth biggest contributor of doctors to the US. DELVE into the success of Dr. Adil Haider, Pakistani – American trauma surgeon, Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Harvard Medical School, USA. He received the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2017)” and “Diversity Leadership Award” by Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2014. REALIZE how Nergis Mavalvala, a Pakistani-American astrophysicist from Karachi working at the MIT, US as Associate Head, Physics proving with fellow scientists in 2016 the existence of gravitational waves for the first time in history.RECOGNIZE the potential of a Pakistani professor when an Italy-based “The World Academy of Sciences” (TWAS) awarded Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhut​ta with the “The 2016 TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences” in November 2016.

Sharing how Noman Shaheer, graduate of IoBM, Karachi and currently a PhD (ABD) in international business (IB) at Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, was awarded with 2017 Alan M. Rugman most promising scholar/young scholar award by the most prestigious forum of international business scholars, Academy of International Business (AIB). It is for the first time a Pakistani citizen has been globally recognized through this prestigious award. Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Abdul Rauf Essa, CEO, Telemart, and an IoBM alumnus has achieved double milestones in his career. First, he has been honored by the CEO World Awards to become one of the 20 judges at the “CEO World Awards 2017” in San Francisco, USA on June 26, 2017. Mr. Essa also won “Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award at CEO World Award 2016” and “Acquisition Finance Magazine (ACQ) Global Award 2016 for Game Changer of the Year” while Telemart was awarded “ACQ Global Award 2016 for Online Retail Company of the Year” and “Emerging Brand of the Year Award 2015-16 for Online Shopping in Pakistan”. Mr. Ahmed Rauf Essa was a Bronze Stevie Winner in the Executive of the Year category of the International Business Awards (IBA) on the eve of our Independence Day. IoBM alumni always attribute their caring and sharing faculty and management for their success home and abroad.

PORE OVER Asad Raza, student of NUST, Islamabad who won third position at the “Global Student Entrepreneur Award” (GSEA) 2017 held by the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, USA held in Germany in April 2017.

ACKNOWLEDGE Electrical Engineering graduates from NUST, Islamabad bringing accolades to Pakistan in March 2017 by winning Stanford University’s “Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge 2017”, in California, US. KNOW the efforts of 12 Pakistani undergraduate students excelling at the “International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) World Championship”, MIT, USA in October 2016. COMPREHEND visionary Mr. Wasif Farooq, scientist from Sargodha, and Assistant Professor at NUST, Islamabad, wining “Green Talents Award” by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Berlin in October 2016. LOOK how blossoming Pakistani children Muhammad Waqas, Ahmed Hasan and Muhammad Usman are when they created educational games for special children and won top laurels at the “Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) 2016” at Stanford University for the potential of their gaming platform.

IMAGINE computerized garden maintenance without human supervision by Baluchistan’s wonder boy Waleed Bashir. He is a grade 9 student of Khuzdar, studying at Quetta’s Pak-Turk School, winning Gold Medal for his project “Green Automation” at the “1st International Infomatrix Asia and Pacific Project Competition” in Kazakhstan. SEE our Sargodha jewel, Abu Hifs, shining in Australia. A student of Bhabra Higher Secondary Government School, Sargodha, won Gold Medal at the “International Mathematics Competition” held under the University of South Wales Australia in April 2016. He stood first among 16 other countries in this competition. DISCOVER 20-year-old Babar Iqbal, from D. I Khan, KPK. He became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at age 9 (2006), youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator at age 10 (2007), youngest Microsoft Student Partner at age 11 (2008) and youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist at age 12 (2009).

EXAMINE how Shahmir Khan Niazi, student of Beaconhouse School, Lahore won 4th prize for his project on utilizing ocean currents for producing energy titled: “A New Spin on Renewable Energy in the Physics: Energy category” at the “Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016” held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in May 2016. MEET a Pakistani kid from FATA attending the United World College on full scholarship. Born in 1997 in Khyber Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Zafar Ali’s passion to gain education led him to complete his intermediate from DJ Science College, Karachi and later to attend the United World College (UWC) in Bosnia. BELIEVE how Haris Khan, Pakistan’s youngest smartphone wizkid residing in Ireland developed and launched his first smartphone app “Super Soccer Kick” 3D, in 2014 on iTunes. THINK of promising Pakistani siblings, Shireen Zafar and Hasan Zafar, from a “Street School”, Karachi, educating underprivileged children, being awarded with “The Global Youth Award 2016” in Taiwan, organized by the Library of National Changhua Senior High School, Taiwan. ACCEPT visions of Sana Batool, Shazia Bibi and Iqra Irshad from the Daanish Girls School, Hasilpur, honored at “Intel International Science and Education Fair 2014”, Los Angeles, US for project on wind turbine with low air pressure.

CHERISH Pak students Talha Ahmed, Muhammad Arif, and Kamel Ali studying at the University of Sharjah, UAE receiving 1st prize in the “Think Science” competition for their “Micro Wind Turbine project in the Energy and Environmental Science category” organized by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development in June 2016. LOOK at the vision of Zymal Umer, 9-year-old social entrepreneur from Sargodha, selling newspaper bags to assist underprivileged children. She received Prince Abdul Aziz Award for “Children Pioneer Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2016)” and Gold Medal from Federal Secretary of Education, Pakistan (2016). REJOICE the honor bestowed upon Mona Mahtani from Hyderabad, Sindh, when in May 2016 she received the “2016 Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Education” in London.

CELEBRATE the success of Namira Saleem, the first Pakistani to reach North Pole (in 2007) and South Pole (in 2008). She is also the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest in 2008. PRAISE Ayesha Farooq’s resolve on becoming Pakistan and South Asia’s first female combat pilot in 2013. APPLAUD Pakistan’s contingent at “Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017” in Austria in March 2017 when it won 16 medals, including three gold, seven silver and six bronze medals. Over 3,000 athletes from 110 countries participated in these Special Olympics. TRUST in the valor of Samina Baig from Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, the only Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Pakistani woman to climb each of the highest mountains in the seven continents of the world. EXPLORE Zenith Irfan’s aspirations, the first Pakistani woman to travel through Kashmir and reach the Khunjerab Pass, bordering China on a motorcycle in 2016 at age 21. She embarked on this journey to reveal Pakistan’s beauty. VALUE the heart of Naseem Hameed, Pakistani track and field athlete, who at the age of 22, became the fastest South Asian woman by winning Gold in 100 meter race at the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka. THREE CHEERS for Pakistan at 2015 Special Olympics, in Los Angeles, USA courtesy Arif Qayyum from The Effort School for Special Kids, Karachi who won two Gold and one Silver Medals in Lawn Tennis and attributing sentimentally and patriotically his success and heart out for Pakistan.

These and many hidden talents, untapped assets and unsung heroes of Pakistan shining over the international horizon with flying colors and as world performers of class, caliber and charisma in their respective fields await from fellow countrymen hearts to feel, eyes to see, brains to visualize and words to wonder in letter and in spirit as they bring home from foreign lands magnanimous laurels, grace, dignity and honor for Pakistan; a land of purity, promise and potential.

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