Famous Pakistani Women

In a country where gender subordination is widely rampant, expecting women to outshine or least equal men seems like a far-fetched dream, but Pakistani women have turned the notion down. While Pakistani women of today enjoy privileges, benefits and a status that is better than women of past, the country still ranks as the third worst country for women in the world. But even in such unpleasant circumstances, there have been umpteenth Pakistani women who have stood on their own, taken charge and resolved to change the status of women in society. They are strong; they are powerful and have an impressive list of credentials that follows them through. Be it Fatima Jinnah, sister of founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was instrumental in changing the status of women or Benazir Bhutto who became the first prime minister of Pakistan, Marvi Memon who has actively taken a bold stance on issues of national interest or Roshaneh Zafar who has actively worked as a social entrepreneur, Pakistani women have performed exceptionally well on all fronts. To know more about the life and works of some inspiring Pakistani women who have rose above and beyond the norms to show their country and its men that they are no less, read on.

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 1 Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mingora, Swat, Pakistan

Named to Time 100 thrice, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai exhibits phenomenal grit and inspires young girls everywhere. An assassination attempt by Islamic fundamentalists could not dampen her spirit, and she fought back with a bestselling memoir and won the Nobel Peace Prize as its youngest recipient, at 17.

 2 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 3 Mahira Khan

Mahira Khan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
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 4 Mawra Hocane

Mawra Hocane
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 5 Saba Qamar

Saba Qamar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan
With critically acclaimed hits such as the Pakistani road-comedy Lahore Se Aagey and the Bollywood drama Hindi Medium under her belt, Pakistani actor Saba Qamar remains one of the highest-paid celebrities of her country. She was once dragged into legal issues for filming a music video inside a mosque.

 6 Bushra Maneka

Bushra Maneka
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Famous As: Imran Khan's Wife
Birthdate: August 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dipalpur, Okara District

Bushra Maneka, popularly known as Bushra Bibi, is the current First Lady of Pakistan. She married Imran Khan six months prior to his ascendency as the prime minister of Pakistan. As First Lady, Bushra remains fairly inactive in political matters, but supports her husband's vision for Pakistan.

 7 Sajal Ali

Sajal Ali
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore
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 8 Noor Jehan

Noor Jehan
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Famous As: Singer and Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: December 23, 2000

Noor Jehan was a Pakistani actress and playback singer. In a career spanning over 60 years, she is estimated to have sung around 20,000 songs. One of the most important Pakistani singers of all time, Noor Jehan is also widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest South Asian singers of all time.

 9 Nazia Hassan

Nazia Hassan
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: August 13, 2000

 10 Sara Loren

Sara Loren
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait

 11 Geeta Bali

Geeta Bali
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Sargodha, Pakistan
Died: January 21, 1965

 12 Hina Rabbani Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Multan

 13 Fatima Jinnah

Fatima Jinnah
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Famous As: Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Birthdate: July 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: July 8, 1967

Fatima Jinnah was a Pakistani politician, stateswoman, and dental surgeon. She was the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Fatima worked closely with her elder brother, who often sought the advice of his sister. Fatima Jinnah is also credited with co-founding the All Pakistan Women's Association, which aims at promoting the welfare of Pakistani women. 

 14 Somy Ali

Somy Ali
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
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 15 Salma Agha

Salma Agha
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 16 Humaima Malik

Humaima Malik
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Birthdate: November 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quetta

 17 Nadia Ali

Nadia Ali
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

 18 Meesha Shafi

Meesha Shafi
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Famous As: Role of Laxmi in action thriller film Waar
Birthdate: December 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 19 Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dera Ghazi Khan District, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: July 15, 2016

While fans named her Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian, social-media celebrity Qandeel Baloch made headlines when she was strangled to death by her brother for bringing dishonor to her conservative Muslim family. Qandeel was known for her outrageous antics, such as promising a strip-tease if the Pakistani cricket team won against India.

 20 Yumna Zaidi

Yumna Zaidi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 21 Ayesha Omer

Ayesha Omer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 22 Ayeza Khan

Ayeza Khan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 23 Bushra Ansari

Bushra Ansari
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi

 24 Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen
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Famous As: Ghazal Singer
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Larkana
One of the highest-paid Pakistani singers, Abida Parveen has redefined the Sufi music genre with her soulful renditions of tracks such as Yaar ko Humne. Known for her powerful voice, Abida has made her signature flowing curls, her robes, and her ajrak scarves a style statement.

 25 Veena Malik

Veena Malik
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rawalpindi

 26 Sanam Saeed

Sanam Saeed
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 27 Maryam Nawaz

Maryam Nawaz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lahore

 28 Zeba Bakhtiar

Zeba Bakhtiar
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 29 Neelam Muneer

Neelam Muneer
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 30 Aafia Siddiqui

Aafia Siddiqui
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 31 Armeena Khan

Armeena Khan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 32 Sanam Jung

Sanam Jung
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 33 Yasmine Yousaf

Yasmine Yousaf
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 34 Sohai Ali Abro

Sohai Ali Abro
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore

 35 Hareem Farooq

Hareem Farooq
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 36 Mehwish Hayat

Mehwish Hayat
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 37 Ushna Shah

Ushna Shah
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

 38 Reshma

Reshma
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Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Bikaner
Died: November 3, 2013

 39 Iman Ali

Iman Ali
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

 40 Sanam Baloch

Sanam Baloch
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 41 Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Poet
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kabul

 42 Momal Sheikh

Momal Sheikh
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 43 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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Famous As: Journalist, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: November 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi

 44 Arfa Karim

Arfa Karim
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ram Diwali
Died: January 14, 2012

 45 Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi

 46 Shabnam

Shabnam
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 47 Reema Khan

Reema Khan
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Model
Birthdate: October 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lahore

 48 Mansha Pasha

Mansha Pasha
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi

 49 Sonya Jehan

Sonya Jehan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Pakistan

 50 Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif

Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
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Famous As: Pakistani Politician
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Lahore