Pakistan has witnessed many such personalities who have given a lot to the nation and it’s people. Those Pakistanis have surely made their name within the country, but there are some individuals who have made Pakistan proud internationally.
The youngest Muslim woman to climb the Mount Everest, Samina Baig is the only Pakistani woman to have conquered the seven highest mountain peaks of the world – Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Vinson and Mount Everest.
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Not just in Pakistan, but this name is familiar across the globe. A simple, down to earth personality, Abdul Sattar Edhi is founder and head of the Edhi foundation; a non-profit social welfare organization in Pakistan which runs its own set of ambulance services across the nation. He prominently received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan in 1985 and was also voted as person of the year in 2013 by readers of the Express Tribune among many other accolades.
Pakistan’s first ever combat ready fighter pilot, Ayesha, just 26 years old, is a pioneer for the likes of people in the patriotic fight for the country. She is currently one of 19 women who have enrolled to become a pilot in the last decade.
Acknowledged by the US President Barack Obama, Buzdar’s startup ‘Convo’ has successfully launched a social network for global organizations. 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.
Namira is the first Pakistani to travel into space. She has officially been recognized 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.