Famous Pakistani Activists

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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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Abdul Sattar Edhi
(Humanitarian)

Abdul Sattar Edhi
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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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Iqbal Masih
(Children's Rights Activist)

Iqbal Masih
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Muridke, Pakistan
Died: April 16, 1995

Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani boy who brought to light the prevalence of bonded labor in Pakistan. Iqbal escaped his slavery, studied at the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, and helped liberate more than 3,000 Pakistani children from bonded labor. He was fatally shot at the age of 12. His life inspired the creation of many organizations like We Charity.

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Qandeel Baloch
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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.

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Ziauddin Yousafzai
(Education Activist, Diplomat)

Ziauddin Yousafzai
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Birthdate: April 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shangla, Pakistan
Better known as Nobel Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai has himself been an education activist since his early days. He opened his chain of schools in the Swat Valley of Pakistan soon after completing his master’s degree. He now runs the Malala Fund to empower girls.

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Tariq Ali
(Historian)

Tariq Ali
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Birthdate: October 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab (British India) Punjab, British Raj British India (now Pakistan)

Tariq Ali is a British writer, journalist, political activist, filmmaker, public intellectual, and historian. Over the years, he has contributed immensely to popular publications like The Guardian and The London Review of Books. Tariq Ali is also credited with authoring many influential books like Bush in Babylon and The Obama Syndrome.

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Tehmina Durrani
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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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Asma Jahangir
(Human rights activist, Lawyer)

Asma Jahangir
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Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karachi

Asma Jahangir was a Pakistani human rights lawyer and social activist. She was a co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. A lawyer by profession, she played a prominent role in the Lawyers' Movement and also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. She was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz. 

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Jugnu Mohsin
(Politician known for Progressivism, Women's development)

Jugnu Mohsin
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Jugnu Mohsin is a Pakistani politician and journalist. She was an independent member of the provincial assembly before joining PMLN in 2022. She studied law at the University of Cambridge and became a journalist. She has worked as an editor of The Friday Times and Good Times. She eventually joined politics. She is married to fellow journalist Najam Sethi. 

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Fauzia Ilyas
(Human rights activist, Co-founding Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan)

Fauzia Ilyas
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Birthdate: May 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pakistan

Fauzia Ilyas is a Pakistani Dutch speaker and political activist. Born in Pakistan, she struggled with forced marriage and sexual abuse before managing to escape to the Netherlands. She now identifies as an atheist and is a campaigner for feminism, secularism, and atheist rights in Pakistan. She is currently married to a fellow atheist named Sayed Gillani. 

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Taimur Rahman
(Political activist, musician who is the Secretary-General of the Mazdoor Kisan Party (MKP))

Taimur Rahman
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Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Taimur Rahman is a Pakistani musician and political activist. He is best known as the spokesperson and lead guitarist of the famous progressive music band Laal. A fierce critic of religious fundamentalism and capitalist exploitation in Pakistan, Rahman won the Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Award in 2012 for his book The Class Structure of Pakistan.

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Shabana Rehman Gaarder
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Birthdate: July 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karāchi, Pakistan

Shabana Rehman Gaarder is a Pakistani-Norwegian writer, columnist, and stand-up comedian. She is best known for her controversial discussions on immigration of Muslims in Norway; these discussions are commonly called the Shabana debate.