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

Malala Yousafzai.
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Listed In: Activists
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 Imran Khan

Imran Khan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 22nd PM of Pakistan
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, West Punjab, Dominion of 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.

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 3 Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore

 4 Dev Anand

Dev Anand.
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gurdaspur, Punjab, British India [now Gurdaspur, Punjab, India]
Died: December 3, 2011

 5 Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Philanthropist, humanitarian
Birthdate: January 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.

 6 Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founder of Pakistan
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Sindh, 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.

 7 Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani.
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.

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 8 Benazir Bhutto

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.

 9 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Qawwal and Ghazal Singer
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.

 10 Mahira Khan

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

 11 Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal.
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Famous As: Poet & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sialkot, Punjab, British India
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.

 12 Shahid Khan

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

 13 Ramesh Balwani

Ramesh Balwani.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEO of Theranos
Birthdate: 1965 AD

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 14 Atif Aslam

Atif Aslam
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wazirabad, Pakistan
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 15 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

 16 Pervez Musharraf

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.

 17 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Balochistan, Pakistan

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is a Pakistani terrorist, who is believed to be “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks.” A member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization, he led al-Qaeda's propaganda operations for a few years. He is known by at least fifty pseudonyms. He was captured in 2003 and is currently detained at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

 18 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.

 19 K. L. Saigal

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

 20 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana
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.

 21 Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vehari

 22 Babar Azam

Babar Azam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 23 Bushra Maneka

Bushra Maneka.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

 24 Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
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

 25 Sajal Ali

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

 26 Ramzi Yousef

Ramzi Yousef
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: April 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuwait

 27 Ajmal Kasab

Ajmal Kasab
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Faridkot, Okara
Died: November 21, 2012

 28 Saadat Hasan Manto

Saadat Hasan Manto.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
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.

 29 Prince Aly Khan

Prince Aly Khan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Father of Aga Khan IV
Birthdate: June 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 12, 1960

Son of All-India Muslim League president Aga Khan III, Aly Khan was known for his numerous affairs and his marriage to Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. The socialite and race-horse owner was stripped of his inheritance, as Aga Khan’s will mentioned Aly’s son Karim as his successor.

 30 Junaid Jamshed

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

 31 Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Islamabad

Usman Khawaja is an Australian professional cricket player who has represented the Australian men's cricket team in Test, One Day International, and Twenty20 cricket. In 2011, he became the first Pakistani-born player and the first Muslim to play for the Australian Test team. He went on to represent Australia at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

 32 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.

 33 Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

 34 Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First Prime Minister of Pakistan
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.

 35 Maryam Nawaz

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

 36 Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist
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.

 37 Bohemia the Punjabi Rapper

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

 38 Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi

 39 Aafia Siddiqui

Aafia Siddiqui
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Neuroscientist
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karachi

 40 Suresh Oberoi

Suresh Oberoi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quetta, Baluchistan, British India

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 41 Sanam Saeed

Sanam Saeed
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 42 Imran Abbas

Imran Abbas
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Islamabad, Pakistan

 43 The Great Gama

The Great Gama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Amateur wrestler
Birthdate: May 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: May 22, 1963

 44 Gulzar

Gulzar.
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Famous As: Lyricist
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.

 45 Geeta Bali

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

 46 Yash Chopra

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

 47 Zeba Bakhtiar

Zeba Bakhtiar
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 48 Somy Ali

Somy Ali
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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Model
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karachi

 49 Sara Loren

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

 50 Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi