Pakistani

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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 1 

Malala Yousafzai
80
Listed In: Activists
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
89
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

The current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan 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.

 3 
Wasim Akram
(Cricketer)

Wasim Akram
4
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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 4 
Abdul Sattar Edhi
(Humanitarian)

Abdul Sattar Edhi
10
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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Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Founder of Pakistan, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (1947-48))

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
31
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.

 6 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
27
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.

 7 
Waqar Younis
(Former Cricket bowler)

Waqar Younis
5
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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Benazir Bhutto
19
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.

 9 
Mahira Khan
(Actress)

Mahira Khan
8
Birthdate: December 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

 10 
Muhammad Iqbal
(Poet & Philosopher)

Muhammad Iqbal
13
Listed In: Writers
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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Dev Anand
(Actor)

Dev Anand
6
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India [now Gurdaspur, Punjab, India]
Died: December 3, 2011

Padma Bhushan- and Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning actor Dev Anand was known both for his blockbuster films and his Evergreen Hero persona. Apart from performing in successful films such as Guide and Jewel Thief, he also directed the hit Hare Rama Hare Krishna. He also co-established Navketan Films with his brother, Chetan Anand.

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Shahid Khan
(Business person)

Shahid Khan
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Punjab, Pakistan

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K. L. Saigal
(Singer)

K. L. Saigal
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kashmir, India
Died: January 18, 1947

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Gulzar
(Lyricist)

Gulzar
10
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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Atif Aslam
(singer)

Atif Aslam
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wazirabad, Pakistan

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Shaheen Afridi
(Cricketer)

Shaheen Afridi
25
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

 17 
Babar Azam
(Cricketer)

Babar Azam
12
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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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973-77))

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
10
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
(Actress)

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

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Bushra Maneka
(Imran Khan's Wife)

Bushra Maneka
26
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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Saba Qamar
(Actress)

Saba Qamar
12
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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Sajal Ali
(Model, Actor)

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

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Junaid Jamshed
(Recording artist)

Junaid Jamshed
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Died: December 7, 2016

 24 
Ramesh Balwani
(CEO of Theranos)

Ramesh Balwani
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1965 AD

Ramesh Balwani is an American businessman and former president of a private health technology company called Theranos. The company, which was founded by Balwani's then-girlfriend Elizabeth Holmes, came under criticism when it falsely claimed to have developed groundbreaking blood testing devices. Ramesh Balwani currently awaits trial after being charged with two counts of conspiracy and nine counts of wire fraud.

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Noor Jehan
(Singer and Actress)

Noor Jehan
20
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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Liaquat Ali Khan
(First Prime Minister of Pakistan)

Liaquat Ali Khan
11
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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Saadat Hasan Manto
6
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.

 28 
Nazia Hassan
(Singer, Guitarist)

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

 29 
Hasnat Khan
(Heart & Lung Surgeon widely known for his Romantic Relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales from 1995 to 1997)

Hasnat Khan
3
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.

 30 
Shoaib Akhtar
(Cricketer, Autobiographer)

Shoaib Akhtar
4
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. 

 31 
Abdus Salam
(Theoretical Physicist)

Abdus Salam
1
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.

 32 
Mohammad Amir
(Cricketer)

Mohammad Amir
3
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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Inzamam-ul-Haq
(Cricketer)

Inzamam-ul-Haq
2
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.  

 34 
Geeta Bali
(Actor)

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

 35 
Veena Malik
(Model, Actor)

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

 36 
Ahad Raza Mir
(Actor who earned recognition with the television series Sammi (2017))

Ahad Raza Mir
0
Birthdate: September 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

 37 
The Great Gama
(Amateur wrestler)

The Great Gama
0
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.

Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Ayeza Khan
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Javed Miandad
(Cricketer)

Javed Miandad
0
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. 

 41 
Yash Chopra
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Artist)

Yash Chopra
10
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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Suresh Oberoi
1
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quetta, Baluchistan, British India

Born in Quetta in British India, Suresh Oberoi relocated to Hyderabad after the Partition. A great athlete, he began modeling and then stepped into acting. Mostly a character actor, he won the National Film Award for Mirch Masala. He is also known as the father of actor Vivek Oberoi.

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Abdul Qadeer Khan
(Nuclear Physicist, Metallurgical Engineer)

Abdul Qadeer Khan
8
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.

 44 
Aga Khan III
(Political Leader)

Aga Khan III
2
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.

 45 
Misbah-ul-Haq
(Cricketer)

Misbah-ul-Haq
2
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. 

Zeba Bakhtiar
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 47 
Hina Rabbani Khar
(Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist)

Hina Rabbani Khar
1
Listed In: Leaders
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.   

 48 
Sara Loren
(Actress)

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

Sanam Saeed
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 50 
Younus Khan
(Cricketer)

Younus Khan
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mardan, Pakistan

Apart from leading the Pakistani cricket team as its captain, cricketer/coach Younus Khan has also made quite a few records, including those of the most runs and most centuries by a Pakistani cricketer Test cricket. He was once banned for infighting, along with Mohammad Yousuf, but came back stronger than ever.