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Come to think of Pakistan and your mind will be swamped with images of nefarious crimes, political instability, Talibanism, corrupt elites and terrorism. But beyond all the hostile headlines and bad press, there exists another Pakistan — a country that boasts of unparalleled geographic beauty, mind-boggling architectural glories, unbelievable archaic bazaars and heart-warming people. That is right! Pakistanis beat many nationalities when it comes to their warm hospitality. But that is not the only good thing about India’s next-door neighbor. Besides being home to the highest mountain range, largest deep sea port, highest paved international road, highest polo ground, and largest irrigation system, Pakistan is the first Islamic nation to attain nuclear power. A minefield of inexhaustible talent and unlimited resources, Pakistan has given the world some exemplary figures like Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Malala Yousafzai, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and many other unsung heroes who have contributed to promote a pro-Pakistani image to the world. It is because of their individual efforts that today Pakistan is appreciated, however little. Let us draw inspiration from the lives of famous Pakistanis through their timeline, trivia and interesting facts covered in their biographies here.
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Malala Yousafzai
(Women's Rights Activist, World's Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate)
Malala Yousafzai
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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.

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Imran Khan
(22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Imran Khan
132
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Imran Khan is the former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was in office from 2018 to 2022. He is also the founder and chairman of the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Before making an entry into politics, Imran Khan was an extremely popular international cricketer who led Pakistan to its first ever Cricket World Cup title in 1992. As a philanthropist, he established Pakistan’s first cancer hospital in Lahore.

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Wasim Akram
(Cricketer)
Wasim Akram
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore

Wasim Akram is a Pakistani former cricketer, cricket commentator, and coach. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He is counted amongst the finest exponents of reverse swing bowling. He became a commentator and coach following his retirement as a player. He is a recipient of the Pakistan Government’s Hilal-e-Imtiaz award. 

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Abdul Sattar Edhi
(Humanitarian)
Abdul Sattar Edhi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bantva, Gujarat, India
Died: July 8, 2016

Abdul Sattar Edhi was a Pakistani ascetic, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is credited with founding the Edhi Foundation, which operates a volunteer ambulance network as well as several animal shelters, orphanages, homeless shelters, and rehabilitation centres across Pakistan. He was often nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize during his lifetime.

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Waqar Younis
(Former Cricket bowler)
Waqar Younis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vehari, Pakistan

Waqar Younis is a Pakistani former cricketer, commentator, and coach. During his playing career, he captained the Pakistan national cricket team. He played as a right-arm fast bowler and is still counted amongst the greatest bowlers to have played the game. He became a coach after his retirement and was once the head coach of the Pakistani cricket team. 

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Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(The Founder of Pakistan)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: September 11, 1948
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s Father of the Nation, was an All-India Muslim League leader who led to the formation of Pakistan in 1947. Educated in England, Jinnah was a barrister and had worked at the Bombay High Court. He had helped pass the 1916 Lucknow Pact, too.
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Gulzar
(Lyricist)
Gulzar
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Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

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Kumail Nanjiani
(Known for His Role in The HBO Comedy Series 'Silicon Valley')
Kumail Nanjiani
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Birthdate: May 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. In 2018, Kumail Nanjiani became the first screenwriter of Pakistani origin to be nominated for an Oscar under the Best Original Screenplay category; he received the nomination for the 2017 film The Big Sick. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

Benazir Bhutto
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: August 16, 1997
Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as the "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali," belonged to the Patiala “gharana” of classical music. He revolutionized Qawwali, even collaborating with Western artists and composing for Hollywood movies such as Dead Man Walking and The Last Temptation of Christ, and many Hindi movies, too.
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Mahira Khan
(One of the Highest-Paid Pakistani Actress Known for Her Role in the Drama 'Humsafar' and Film 'Raees')
Mahira Khan
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Birthdate: December 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
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Muhammad Iqbal
(One of the Most Important Figures in Urdu and Persian Literature)
Muhammad Iqbal
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Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sialkot, Pakistan
Died: April 21, 1938

Muhammad Iqbal was a Scholar, poet, and politician. Born in British India (present-day Pakistan), Iqbal's poetry in Persian and Urdu languages is regarded as one of the greatest of the modern era. Also an influential politician, Muhammad Iqbal's vision of an independent Muslim state helped inspire the creation of Pakistan where he is recognized as the national poet.

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K. L. Saigal
(First Superstar of Hindi Cinema Revered and Idolised for Both His Singing and Acting Styles)
K. L. Saigal
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashmir, India
Died: January 18, 1947
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Shahid Khan
(Business person)
Shahid Khan
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Punjab, Pakistan
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Babar Azam
(Cricketer)
Babar Azam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Babar Azam is a Pakistani international cricketer. Currently, he captains the Pakistan team in all formats. He is regarded as one of the best batsmen in contemporary world cricket. He holds the record for being the fastest to reach 2000 runs in T20Is. 

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Atif Aslam
(Pakistani Singer-Songwriter Known for His Vocal Belting Technique Who Has Had a Successful Career in Bollywood)
Atif Aslam
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wazirabad, Pakistan
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Fawad Khan
(Pakistani Actor Known for His Films 'Khuda Kay Liye', 'Khoobsurat' and the TV Series 'Humsafar')
Fawad Khan
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Birthdate: November 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Fawad Khan is a Pakistani actor, model, singer, screenwriter, and producer. A prominent actor known for his contribution to films and TV, Khan has received several prestigious awards, including a Filmfare Award and Lux Style Awards. A well-known philanthropist, Fawad Khan has helped raise funds for many charitable organizations across Pakistan.

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Shaheen Afridi
(Cricketer)
Shaheen Afridi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khyber Agency, FATA

Shaheen Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer and plays as a fast bowler. He represents the Pakistan national cricket team and also plays for franchise cricket teams like Dhaka Dynamites and Lahore Qalandars. He made his international debut in 2018

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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973-77))
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana, Pakistan
Died: April 4, 1979

Pakistani barrister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto served as the prime minister of Pakistan from 1973 to 1977. He had also been the president of Pakistan from 1971 to 1973. He founded and chaired the Pakistan People's Party. His reign witnessed the formation of Bangladesh and the signing of the Simla Agreement.

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Mawra Hocane
(Pakistani Actress and Model Known for Her TV Series 'Ek Tamanna Lahasil Si' and 'Aahista Aahista')
Mawra Hocane
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Birthdate: September 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Pervez Musharraf
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daryaganj, New Delhi

Pervez Musharraf is a former Pakistani President and army chief who overthrew his country’s elected government in a coup to assume power as its chief executive. Kargil infiltration, confrontation with India and a steep rise in Pakistan’s GDP marked the presidency of the now-retired four-star general. He was awarded capital punishment for treason, but the court order was annulled later.

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Bushra Maneka
(Imran Khan's Wife)
Bushra Maneka
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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
(Pakistani Televsion Actress)
Sajal Ali
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Birthdate: January 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore
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The Great Gama
(Amateur wrestler)
The Great Gama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: May 22, 1963

A world-renowned Indian pehlwan, or wrestler, Ghulam Mohammad Baksh Butt competed using the ring name The Great Gama. Also known as Rustam-e-Hind, he remained undefeated over an illustrious career of almost 5 decades and even saved many Hindus during the communal riots at the time of the Partition of India.

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Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)
Junaid Jamshed
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: December 7, 2016
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Hasnat Khan
(Heart & Lung Surgeon widely known for his Romantic Relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales from 1995 to 1997)
Hasnat Khan
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan

Better known as former lover of Princess Diana, British-Pakistani cardiac surgeon Hasnat Khan was once described by the late princess as “Mr Wonderful.” He had first met Diana at the Royal Brompton Hospital, where the princess had gone to visit a friend. Hasnat is a distant relative of Imran Khan.

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Nazia Hassan
(Pakistani Singer-Songwriter Considered as 'The Queen of South Asian Pop')
Nazia Hassan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: August 13, 2000
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Noor Jehan
(Singer and Actress)
Noor Jehan
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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.

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Saadat Hasan Manto
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samrala
Died: January 18, 1955

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright, writer, and author. Best remembered for his 22 collections of short stories, Manto was renowned for writing about the bitter truths of society. Not surprisingly, he was tried for obscenity on six occasions but was never convicted. Considered one of the 20th century's finest Urdu-language writers, Manto is the subject of two movies.

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Liaquat Ali Khan
(First Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Liaquat Ali Khan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karnal
Died: October 17, 1951
Born to a landowner, Liaquat Ali Khan received an elite education at Oxford. The lawyer-turned-politician was Pakistan’s first prime minister. The place where he was assassinated by an Afghan, the Company Bagh, was later renamed Liaquat Bagh, and years later, witnessed the assassination of prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
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Saba Qamar
(Actress)
Saba Qamar
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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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Abdul Qadeer Khan
(Nuclear Physicist, Metallurgical Engineer)
Abdul Qadeer Khan
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: October 10, 2021

Pakistani engineer Abdul Qadeer Khan was a major figure in the development of his country’s nuclear plans. His research also focused on uranium enrichment. He was later apparently involved in transfer of nuclear technology to Iran, among other countries, but was pardoned by then-president Pervez Musharraf.

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Abdus Salam
(Theoretical Physicist)
Abdus Salam
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sahiwal
Died: November 21, 1996

Abdus Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who became the first Pakistani to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics. He was also the second person from an Islamic country to receive any Nobel Prize. He won the award in 1979 for his work concerning the electroweak unification theory. Salam played a major role in popularizing physics in Pakistan.

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Ahad Raza Mir
(Actor who earned recognition with the television series Sammi (2017))
Ahad Raza Mir
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Birthdate: September 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
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Shoaib Akhtar
(Cricketer, Autobiographer)
Shoaib Akhtar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rawalpindi

Shoaib Akhtar is a Pakistani former cricketer. A fast bowler, he was the first one to be recorded bowling at 100 miles per hour, a feat that earned him the nickname “Rawalpindi Express.” He is a controversial figure. He retired from international cricket in 2011. He now runs a YouTube channel and has appeared in a few TV shows. 

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Mohammad Amir
(Cricketer)
Mohammad Amir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gujar Khan

Mohammad Amir is a Pakistani cricketer. He made his first-class debut in 2008 and ODI and test debuts the following year. His career came to a standstill following a spot-fixing scandal. He later returned to cricket but could never touch the heights of glory. He announced his retirement in 2020. He is married to a British citizen. 

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Ali Zafar
(Pakistani Singer-Actor Who Has Had a Successfull Career in Bollywood With Films 'Tere Bin Laden', 'Chashme Baddoor')
Ali Zafar
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
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Inzamam-ul-Haq
(Cricketer)
Inzamam-ul-Haq
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Multan

Inzamam-ul-Haq is a Pakistani former professional cricketer. During his career, he was the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in one-day internationals. He is also the only Pakistani batsman to score 20,000 runs in the international cricket arena. He captained the Pakistan national cricket team for a few years. He became a coach after retiring.  

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Yash Chopra
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Artist)
Yash Chopra
13
Birthdate: September 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: October 21, 2012

The man who revolutionized the Bollywood romantic film genre, Yash Chopra was a legendary filmmaker who gave Hindi cinema some of its most cult films, such as Kabhi Kabhie, Deewar, Darr, and Lamhe. The Padma Bhushan winner was also honored by the Swiss government for popularizing the country through his films.

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Geeta Bali
(Indian Actress Who Worked in Hindi Language Films)
Geeta Bali
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Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Sargodha, Pakistan
Died: January 21, 1965

Geeta Bali was an Indian actress best remembered for her work in Hindi language films. Bali appeared in over 70 movies in a career spanning more than a decade. Geeta Bali's acting career was cut short when she died at age 35 due to smallpox.

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Farhan Saeed
(Pakistani Singer Actor and Former Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Jal')
Farhan Saeed
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Farhan Saeed is a Pakistani actor, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, and music video director. He is best known as the former lead singer of the popular pop rock band Jal. He first achieved popularity in 2016 when he played Taimoor Arshad in the successful Pakistani television series, Udaari. Farhan Saeed is the recipient of several Hum Awards.

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Humayun Saeed
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Birthdate: July 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Humayun Saeed is a Pakistani actor and producer, counted amongst the highest-paid TV actors in the country. He has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and worked in a garments company before becoming an actor. He has appeared in numerous TV shows and a handful of films. He is a co-founder of the media production house Six Sigma Plus.   

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Javed Miandad
(Cricketer)
Javed Miandad
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Javed Miandad is a Pakistani former cricketer. During his playing career, he was touted to be the “greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced.” He also captained his team and was known for his unconventional style of captaincy. He had an unusually long playing career spanning almost two decades. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009. 
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Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper
(Pakistani-American Rapper and Songwriter)
Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
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Israr Ahmed
(Islamic Theologian, Philosopher and Scholar)
Israr Ahmed
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Birthdate: April 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haryana, India
Died: April 14, 2010

Israr Ahmed was a Pakistani philosopher, Islamic theologian, and Islamic scholar. He is credited with founding an influential Islamic organization called Tanzeem-e-Islami, which has attracted followers from North America, Western Europe, and Middle East. Many of his books have been translated into various other languages. In 1981, Israr Ahmed was honored with the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.

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Ayeza Khan
(Pakistani Actress and Model)
Ayeza Khan
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Imran Abbas
(One of the Most Famous Pakistani Television Actors )
Imran Abbas
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Islamabad, Pakistan
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Misbah-ul-Haq
(Cricketer)
Misbah-ul-Haq
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mianwali City

Misbah-ul-Haq is a former Pakistani cricketer and coach. He captained the Pakistani teams in test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODIs). He was a middle-order batsman best known for his composed playing though he was also capable of being an aggressive big shot player when required. He holds the record for the fastest fifty in test cricket. 

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Aga Khan III
(Political Leader)
Aga Khan III
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: July 11, 1957
Though born into a family of imams, Aga Khan III surprisingly had an elite Western education, with him attending Eton and Cambridge. He took over as the imam of Shi'a Isma'ili Muslims at 7 and grew up to form the All-India Muslim League. His disinherited his son Prince Aly Khan.
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Veena Malik
(Pakistani Actress and TV Personality Known for Her Stint in the Indian Reality Show 'Big Boss')
Veena Malik
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Birthdate: February 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rawalpindi