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
(Women's Rights Activist, World's Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate)

Malala Yousafzai
86
Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mingora, 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.

Benazir Bhutto
26
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
(Actress)

Mahira Khan
8
Birthdate: December 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
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 4 
Mawra Hocane
(Actress)

Mawra Hocane
5
Birthdate: September 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 5 
Bushra Maneka
(Imran Khan's Wife)

Bushra Maneka
26
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.

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Sajal Ali
(Model, Actor)

Sajal Ali
7
Birthdate: January 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore

 7 
Saba Qamar
(Actress)

Saba Qamar
13
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.
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 8 
Noor Jehan
(Singer and Actress)

Noor Jehan
21
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
(Singer, Guitarist)

Nazia Hassan
2
Birthdate: April 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: August 13, 2000

 10 
Veena Malik
(Model, Actor)

Veena Malik
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rawalpindi

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Geeta Bali
(Actor)

Geeta Bali
1
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Sargodha, Pakistan
Died: January 21, 1965

Ayeza Khan
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Zeba Bakhtiar
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Sara Loren
(Actress)

Sara Loren
3
Birthdate: December 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Sanam Saeed
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Hina Rabbani Khar
(Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist)

Hina Rabbani Khar
1
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Multan

Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani politician who became the first woman and the youngest person to serve as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan; she was in the office from 2011 to 2013. Prior to serving as the Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar also became the first female politician to present the national budget in 2009 while serving as the Minister of Finance of Pakistan.   

 17 
Fatima Jinnah
(Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

Fatima Jinnah
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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. 

 18 
Yumna Zaidi
(Actress)

Yumna Zaidi
0
Birthdate: July 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 19 
Nadia Ali
(Singer-songwriter)

Nadia Ali
1
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya

Humaima Malik
2
Birthdate: November 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Quetta

Sanam Baloch
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 22 
Abida Parveen
(Ghazal Singer)

Abida Parveen
13
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.

 23 
Arfa Karim
(Computer scientist)

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

Arfa Karim was a Pakistani computer prodigy. She became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in 2004 and held the title until 2008. She represented Pakistan on various international forums and received Pakistan's highest literary award, the Presidential Pride of Performance, in 2005. The bright young girl suffered from ill health and died at the age of just 16. 

 24 
Meesha Shafi
(Role of Laxmi in action thriller film Waar)

Meesha Shafi
0
Birthdate: December 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 25 
Ayesha Omer
(Actress)

Ayesha Omer
1
Birthdate: October 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Neelam Muneer
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Qandeel Baloch
6
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.

 28 
Maryam Nawaz
(Politician)

Maryam Nawaz
8
Birthdate: October 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lahore

 29 
Ushna Shah
(Actress)

Ushna Shah
1
Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Hareem Farooq
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Sanam Jung
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 32 

Sohai Ali Abro
0
Birthdate: May 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore

 33 
Fatima Bhutto
(Journalist, Writer, Poet)

Fatima Bhutto
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kabul

Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani writer and journalist. She is the daughter of politician Murtaza Bhutto and a granddaughter of former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She studied at the University of London. As a journalist, she has written for The News and The Guardian among other publications. She is multilingual. 

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Mehwish Hayat
5
Birthdate: January 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 35 

Reshma
0
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Bikaner
Died: November 3, 2013

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Yasmine Yousaf
3
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 37 
Somy Ali
(Actress)

Somy Ali
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Salma Agha
2
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Iman Ali
(Actress)

Iman Ali
0
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Momal Sheikh
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Saba Hameed
1
Birthdate: June 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore

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Tehmina Durrani
0
Birthdate: February 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Tehmina Durrani is a Pakistani author and artist. She is also a well-known activist for women's and children's rights. She came to prominence after writing a book about being abused by her famous politician husband, Ghulam Mustafa Khar, who she divorced. She actively supports the social rehabilitation of women. She later married politician Shahbaz Sharif. 

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Bushra Ansari
(Singer, Actor)

Bushra Ansari
1
Birthdate: February 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi

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Hania Aamir
(Actress)

Hania Aamir
4
Birthdate: February 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

 45 
Shabnam
(Actress)

Shabnam
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

 46 
Reema Khan
(Actor, Film producer, Film director, Model)

Reema Khan
0
Birthdate: October 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lahore

Syra Yousuf
1
Birthdate: April 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 48 
Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
(Pakistani Politician)

Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif
0
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Lahore

Sonya Jehan
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Pakistan

 50 

Mansha Pasha
0
Birthdate: October 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi