Arfa Karim

Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa was a Pakistani student and computer prodigy who, in 2004 at the age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). She kept the title until 2008. Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference. She also received the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. A science park in Lahore, the Arfa Software Technology Park, was named after her.[2][3][4][5] She was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the U.S.

Early life

Arfa was born into a Punjabi family from the village of Chak No. 4JB Ram Dewali in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. After returning to Pakistan from a visit to Microsoft headquarters, Arfa gave numerous television and newspaper interviews. S. Somasegar, the vice president of Microsoft’s Software Development Division, wrote about her in his blog.[5] On 2 August 2005, Arfa was presented the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz on the occasion of the 113th anniversary of the birth of Fatima Jinnah.[7] She also received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award again in August 2005 from the President of Pakistan.[8] Arfa is also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance,[9]a civil award usually granted to people who have shown excellence in their respective fields over a long period of time. She is the youngest recipient of this award. Arfa was made brand ambassador for Pakistan Telecommunication Company’s 3G Wireless Broadband service, “EVO”, in January 2010.

Other people who have beaten Arfa Karim’s record

  • In 2010, a young Pakistani boy named Babar Iqbal became the youngest MCP in the world at the age of 13.
  • On 6 6 March 2014 Subhan Ahmed Sheikh Became the youngest MCP in the world at the age of 12
  • On 27 September 2014, Ayan Qureshi became the youngest MCP in the world at the age of 5.

Representation at international forums

Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums, and was invited by the Pakistan Information Technology Professionals Forum for a stay of two weeks in Dubai. A dinner reception was hosted for her there, which was attended by the dignitaries of Dubai including the Ambassador of Pakistan. During that trip, Arfa was presented with various awards and gifts including a laptop.[11] In November 2006, Arfa attended the Tech-Ed Developers conference themed Get ahead of the game held in Barcelona on an invitation from Microsoft.[9] She was the only Pakistani among over 5000 developers in that conference.[12]

Cardiac arrest and death

In 2011, at the age of 16, Arfa was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-levels. On 22 December 2011 she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain, and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition. On 9 January 2012, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, contacted Arfa’s parents and directed his doctors to adopt “every kind of measure” for her treatment. Gates set up a special panel of international doctors who remained in contact with her local doctors through teleconference. The panel received details about her illness and provided assistance in diagnosis and treatment. Local doctors dismissed the option of moving Arfa to another hospital owing to her being on a ventilator and in critical condition.[16] Members of Arfa’s family have lauded Bill Gates for offering to bear her treatment expenses.
On 13 January 2012, Arfa started to improve and some parts of her brain showed signs of improvement. Her father, Amjad Abdul Karim Randhawa, said Microsoft had raised the possibility of flying Arfa to the U.S. for care. Arfa died in hospital at Lahore on 14 January 2012, aged 16.[19] Her funeral, which was held on the following day, was attended by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. She was buried at her ancestral village Chak No. 4JB Ram Dewali, Faisalabad.

Arfa Software Technology Park

On 15 January 2012, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that the name of Lahore Technology Park would be changed to Arfa Software Technology Park.
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Tariq Aziz

About Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz (born April 28, 1936) is a Pakistani television host known for his work on the general-knowledge quiz show Neelam Ghar, later renamed the Tariq Aziz Show and now known as Bazm-e-Tariq Aziz. Neelam Ghar first aired in 1975. Aziz received his early education in Sahiwal before starting his career at Radio Pakistan Lahore. When Pakistan started its Television telecast in 1964 from Lahore, Aziz was the first male PTV announcer. He was the first man to be seen on a Pakistan television (PTV) broadcast. Aziz, along with Zeba, starred in “Insaniyat”, a Pakistani film. Aziz also starred in another Pakistani film “Haar Gaya Insaan”. Aziz has appeared on several local television programs and morning shows. He has also organized telethons for charity purposes. In 1996, Aziz was elected to the National Assembly from Lahore as a member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)[1]

Entertainment career

Tariq Aziz started his career from Radio Pakistan. He was member of the very first team of Pakistan Television (PTV) when it started its transmission in November 1964 from Lahore. He was the first newscaster on PTV. He also acted in number of Pakistani films in late 60s and 70s in side-roles. One of his famous movies was Saalgirah. He was one of the first anchors to gain commercial success by using the platform of Neelam Ghar/Tariq Aziz Show. He interviewed many notable intellectuals, sportsperson and celebrities.

Political career

Aziz is an orator par excellence. He mesmerised crowds with his beautiful language and complimented with exemplary memory of poetry. He was active in student politics and had joined Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party in 1970. However, later he parted his ways and went back to glamour world. In 1996, he was elected member of Pakistan National Assembly from Lahore. He has been part of political activists who were charged of attacking Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1997. During President Pervez Musharraf time, he joined Pakistan Muslim League (Q). However he could not attain any status of note and returned to the entertainment industry. However this time his career in entertainment industry could not reach the high of 60s, 70s and 80s.
Aziz is a philanthropist, book-lover and also did well in poetry. His dedication to the country and legendary contributions to entertainment industry is well respected and well known. He has also received numerous awards including the Presidential Pride of Performance Award.

Mustansar Hussain Tarar

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Mustansar Hussain Tarar is a Pakistani author, actor,[1] former radio show host, and compere.

Early life

Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born at Lahore in 1939. As a young boy he witnessed the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and the events that took place at Lahore(one of the major cities of Pakistan). (The events of independence as like the migration of Muslims from India to Pakistan and vice versa) His father, Rehmat Khan Tarar, operated a small seed store by the name of “Kisan & co” that developed to become a major business in that sphere.
Tarar was educated at Rang Mehal Mission High School and Muslim Model High School, both in Lahore. He did further studies at the Government College, Lahore and in London. While abroad he spent much of his time in watching movies, doing theater[clarification needed] and reading books. In 1957, he attended the World Youth Festival in Moscow and wrote a book named Fakhta (Dove)[when?] which was based on that experience.

Career

His first book was Nikley Teri Talaash Main, dedicated to his youngest brother,Mobashir Hussain Tarar, a travelogue of Europe published in 1971. This followed a period during which he travelled in seventeen European countries, and it led to new trend in Urdu literature. As Safar Nama, (travelogue) he has so far over forty titles to his credit. These span many genres, including travelogues, novels, short stories and collections of his newspaper columns and television dramas.
He also became a television actor and from 1988 was for many years a host of PTV’s live morning transmission Subuh Bakhair (Good Morning). His unconventional and down-to-earth style of comparing earned him great popularity among people from all circles of life. He is one of the most recognized personality among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing exclusively children. He called himself the cha cha jee (paternal uncle) of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.Tarar has been an active mountaineer for many years. and has been to the base camp of K2 and the Chitti Buoi Glacier (translated as a glacier with large crevasses). He has gained respect among the Pakistani mountaineering community.Mustansar Hussain Tarar2

Columns and books

Currently[when?] he writes a weekly column for Akhbar-e-Jahan, he also writes a fortnightly column for the English language daily Dawn and columns for the Urdu language Daily Aaj. He is currently writing a column in Daily Jinnah (Urdu Daily).
His novel Raakh was nominated as one of the best in the history of sub-continent South-Asia. His books include:
  • Andulus Mayn Ajnabi (اندلس میں اجنبی) (Stranger in Spain) (ISBN
    No:9693515471, Publisher:SMP, Language:URDU, Category: SAFAR NAMA
Year: 2009) First published in 1972
  • Bahhao (بہاؤ) (Flow)
  • Bay Izti Kharab (بے عزتی خراب) (Insulting dishonor) – This phrase is
    deliberately wrong and commonly used this way in local communities,
    thus the book name.
  • Berfeeli Bulandiyan (برفیلی بلندیاں) (Snowy Heights)
  • Carvan Sarai (کارواں سرایےؑ) (Caravan Motel)
  • CHIK CHUK (چک چک) (Remove the curtain)
  • CHITRAL DASTAAN (چترال داستان) (Chitral Tale)
  • Dais Huwaa Perdais (دیس ھٗوے پردیس) (Homeland becomes foreign land)
  • Deosai (دیوسائی) First published 2003
  • Dakia aur Jolaha (ڈاکیا اور جولاھا) (Postman and cloth-maker)
  • Gadhay Hamaray Bhai Hain (گدھے ھمارے بھایی ھیں) (Donkeys are our brothers)
  • Ghar-e-Hira mien ek Raat (a night in cave Hira)
  • Guzara Naheen Hota (گزارا نھی ھوتا) (Hard to get by)
  • Gypsi (جپسی)
  • Hazaron Hain Shikway (ھزاروں ھیں شکوے) (Have thousands of complaints)
  • Hazaron Raastay (ھزاروں راستے) (Thousands of paths)
  • Hunza Dastaan (ھنزھ داستان) (Hunza Tale)
  • K-2 Kahani (کے ٹو کھانی) (K2 Story) First published 1994
  • Kaalaash (کالاش)Kafiristan.
  • Khana Badosh (خانھ بدوش) (Gypsi) First published in 1983
  • Moorat (مورت) (Idol)
  • Moscow ki Sufaid Raatein.ماسکو کی سفید راتیں ( white nights of moscow)
  • Mun Wal Kabbey Shariff (منھ ول کعبے شریف دے) (Face towards Qibla)[Experience of performing HAJJ] First published 2006
  • Nanga Parbat (نانگاپربت) (named after the mountain)
  • Nepal Nagri (نیپال نگری) (Land of Nepal) First published 1999
  • Niklay Teri Talash Main (نکلے تیری تلاش میں) (Out in your search)
  • Pakhairoo (پکھیرو) (Birds)
  • Parinday (پرندے) (Birds)
  • Parwaz (پرواز) (Flight)
  • Payar Ka Pehla Shehr (پیار کا پھلا شھر) (Love’s first city)
  • Putli Peking Ki (پتلی پیکنگ کی) (Monument from Peking) First published 2009
  • Qilaa Jangi (قلعھ جنگی) (Fortified war)
  • Qurbat-e-Merg Main Mohabbat (قربت مرگ میں محبت) (Love in the vicinity of death)
  • Raakh (راکھ) (Ash)
  • Ratti Gali First published 2005
  • Safar Shumal Kay (سفر شمال کے) (Travels of the north) First published 1991
  • Shamshaal Baimesaal (شمشھال بیمثال) (Extraordinary Shamshaal) First published 2000
  • Shehpar (شھپر) (Wings)
  • Shuter Murgh Riasat (شتر مرغ ریاست) (Ostrich State)
  • Snow Lake (سنو لیک) First published 2000
  • Sunehri Ullo Ka Shaher (سنھری الو کا شھر) (The city of golden owl)
  • Yaak Saraey (یاک سرایے) (Yaak Inn) First published 1997
  • Ghar e Hira main aik rat(A night in cave Hira)
  • khas-o-khashak zamane (Novel)
  • Alaska Highway – (ISBN 9693524446 Publisher: SMP Language: URDU Subject: TRAVELOGUE Year: 2011)

Drama

He is also the author of many famous drama series for PTV.
  • Hazaron Raastey (Thousands of Paths)
  • Parinda (Bird)
  • Shehpar
  • Sooraj Ke Sath Sath (Along with Sun)
  • Kelash (Name of a tribe)
  • Freb (illusion)

Travelogue

His most recent appearance on TV was Safar Hai Shart a travelogue show on Express TV. It covers his recent endeavor to Raka Poshi base camp.

Obaidullah Baig

Obaidullah Baig  was an eminent scholar, Urdu writer/novelist, columnist, media expert and documentary filmmaker from Karachi, Sindhi, Pakistan.[1]

Personal life

Born in Rampur, India in 1936, Baig migrated to Karachi with his family in the early 1950s following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, and settled in Karachi, Pakistan. His wife, Salma Baig is known for hosting programs on PTV and for her participation in the field of education. Obaidullah Baig had three daughters. His eldest daughter is Maryam Obaidullah Baig, who is a visual artist and also a theatre actor in the United States. She is following her father’s footsteps by making films as well. His second daughter is Fatima Adarsh, who is married to actor Adarsh Ayaz and works for Pakistani news channels. The third and youngest daughter Amina Baig works for The News International. Baig died on June 22, 2012 in Karachi.[2]

Career

He teamed up with Iftikhar Arif in the 1970s and then with Ghazi Salahuddin in the 1990s for the Pakistan Television Corporation (PVT) quiz show Kasoti. He later appeared on a similar program called Kasoti: Master Mind. The program was conducted by original Kasoti host, the late Quresh Pur.

Recognition

Obaidullah Baig was awarded Pride of Performance (August 14, 2008) by the President of Pakistan for his services to Pakistani media.

Quraish Pur

Quraish PurQuraish Pur, born Zulqarnain Qureshi (1932 – 5 August 2013) was a scholar, Urdu writer/novelist, columnist and media expert from Pakistan. He hosted the TV program Kasuti (PTV) in the 1970s with Obaidullah Baig. Famous for his knowledge and wisdom,he was one of the best known people in Pakistan.

Death

He died on 5 August 2013 in Karachi after a protracted illness.  His burial took place at the Paposh Nagar Graveyard in Karachi.

Bilquis Edhi

Bilquis Bano Edhi wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi, is a professional nurse and one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. She has been nicknamed, The Mother of Pakistan.[1] She was born in 1947 in Karachi. She heads the Bilquis Edhi Foundation, and with her husband received the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.Her charity runs many services in Pakistan including a hospital and emergency service in Karachi. Together with her husband their charity has saved over 16,000 unwanted babies.

Biography

Bilques Edhi was born in the city of Bantva in which is now western India on August 14, 1947. When she was a teenager she was not enjoying school and managed to join a small expanding dispensary as a nurse in 1965. At the time the Edhi home was in the old city area of Karachi known as Mithadar where it had been founded in 1951.[4]The small number of Christian and Hindu nurses who worked there had just reduced in number. The founder, Abdul Sattar Edhi, recruited a number of nurses including Bilquis who, unusually, was from a Muslim background.[2]
Her future husband proposed to her after recognising her talents and allowing her to lead the small nursing department. He had recognised her enthusiasm and interest during her six month training program where she had learnt basic midwifery and healthcare. They were married when she was seventeen[2] and her husband was nearly twenty years older. Their honeymoon was unusual in that the newlyweds discovered a young girl with head injuries at their dispensary just after their wedding ceremony. Edhi said in 1989 that she did not regret the time lost in consoling the twelve year old’s concerned relatives or supervising blood transfusions as now “…that girl is married with children; that’s what is really important.”[4] The Edhi Foundation’s unofficial website uses the line “Making a difference and changing lives forever”.[5]
Edhi took over the management of the jhoolas project, the first of which had been built by her husband in 1952. These 300 cradles are available throughout Pakistan where parents can abandon unwanted children, or those that cannot be raised. They carry the message in English and Urdu “Do not kill, leave the baby to live in the cradle.” A small minority of abandoned children are disabled but over 90% are female. This alternative is thought to have reduced the number of dead babies who are killed by their own parents given the alternative provided by the Edhi Foundation to leave the unwanted babies in the cradles. The Edhi project is also responsible for burying dead babies found by the police. The couple have four children who are involved with the Edhi Foundation and the management of the Edhi village, the fleet of ambulances, the mental home, the schools and the offices in Pakistan and London.

Recognition

Edhi and her husband have received a number of awards in recognition of their work. In July 2007 they were publicly recognised for their work by President Pervez Musharraf who made a contribution of 100,000 rupees (from his own pocket) and he particularly noted that their work provided social services to the poor of Pakistan without any discrimination.[6] This contribution contrasts sharply with another offered by President Zia ul-Haq which was turned down because of the strings that were attached. It also contrasts with the 100,000 dollars that her husband gave to Pakistani workers in the USA affected by the 9/11 bombing. Despite her husband being received by Presidents and her own appearance on Pakistani television[7] the couple still live modestly in a two room apartment which is part of one of their orphanages.

Moin Akhtar

Moin Akhtar, was a Pakistani television, film and stage actor, as well as a humorist, comedian, impersonator, and a host. He was also a play writer, singer, film director and a producer.

Early life

Akhtar was born in Karachi to Katiawadi, Memon parents migrated from Mumbai India.[3] Moin Akhtar is a listed in a greatest artist of Pakistan and has starred in many TV dramas and live comedy events. He is rated among top artists in Pakistan. In 2005 he started work on talk show Loose Talk, in which he appears as a disguised guest every time and is interviewed humorously by writer  Anwar Maqsood. Loose Talk airs on ARY Digital. He hosted “The Moin Akhtar Show” on PTV.
A few years ago, he suffered a heart attack and was admitted into the hospital. His fan base, in both India and Pakistan, and now spread all over the world as well, was gravely concerned for his health. His fans around the globe will surely agree that he is already guaranteed that honour in his lifetime. He was beloved for providing humor for people of all ages, and with an etiquette that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences. Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He performed not only in Pakistan but played in several stage shows like Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai with Umer Sharif in India too.

Career

Moin Akhtar was highly dynamic and versatile performer, he made his debut for television on 6 September 1966, in a variety show held on PTV to celebrate the first defense day of Pakistan.He started off as a stand-up comedian in 1966-67 by impersonating Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and John F Kennedy’s speech in which he also mimicked the voice of the former president. Akhtar was more than just a class act and that is why at a young age of 13, he played the character of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.[5] Since then, he has performed several roles in TV plays/shows, later making a team with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.[6]
Moin Akhtar rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy /Rozy (روزی), in which he played the role of a female TV artist. Rozy was an Urdu adaptation of Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman.[7] Moreover, in a talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every of over 400 episodes interviewed by Anwar Maqsood, the writer and the host of the program. Akhter also briefly hosted the game show Kya Aap Banaingay Crorepati?, the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. He hosted shows involving major dignitaries and has performed on stage alongside the likes of Indian legends Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Madhuri Dixit to name a few.[5]He was awarded honorary citizenship of Dallas in 1996 for his achievements.[8] He is also listed among Amazing Pakistanis of all time.[9]

Television Drama serials

The most popular shows of Moin Akhtar include Rozi, Loose Talk and Eid Train.[10] Here is a list of serials, sitcoms and talk-shows Moin Akhtar has done.
  • Rozi (Long Play) (Ptv)
  • Eid Train (Long Play)(Ptv)
  • Studio Dhai (Ptv)
  • Studio Pony Teen (Ptv)
  • Studio Char Bees (NTM)
  • Show Time (Ptv)
  • Show Sha (Ptv)
  • Showtime (Ptv)
  • Yes Sir No Sir (Ptv)
  • Apka Anwer Maqsood (Ptv)
  • Moin Akhter Show (Ptv)
  • Such Much (Ptv)
  • Loose Talk (ARY Digital)
  • Half Plate (Ptv)
  • Family-93 (Ptv)
  • Fifty Fifty (Ptv)
  • Mirza Aur Hameeda (TV One)
  • Hello Hello
  • Intezar Farmaye
  • Dollar Man
  • Makaan No 47
  • Bandar Road Se Kemari
  • Aangan Tehra (Ptv)
  • Baby
  • Rafta Rafta (Ptv)
  • Guum
  • Hariyale Banney (TV One)
  • Kuch Kuch Such Much (Geo)
  • Such Much Ki Eid (Geo)
  • Such Much Ka Election (Geo)
  • Nokar Key Agey Chaaker (NTM)
  • Choun Chan Ahoo (Ptv)
  • Kia Bane Baat (Ptv)

Host

He was the host of the show in which given below dignitaries were invited.
  • King Husain of Jordan was invited.
  • The Prime Minister of Gambia, Dawoodi Al-Joza, was invited.
  • President Zia-ul-Haq was invited.
  • Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was invited.
  • President General Yahya Khan was invited.
  • President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was invited.
  • President Pervez Musharaf was invited and he mimicked the president in his presence.
  • Legendary Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was invited.

Songs and albums

Album – Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe
  • “Chhorr Ke Jaane Wale”
  • “Choat Jigar Pe Khai Hai”
  • “Ro-Ro Ke De Raha Hai”
  • “Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe”
  • “Dard Hi Sirf Dil Ko Mila”
  • “Dil Ro Raha Hai”
  • “Hoten Hai Bewafa”

Death

He died on 22 April 2011 at about 4:30pm in Karachi after suffering from a heart attack.[1] He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.[11]The funeral prayers of Moin Akhtar were offered in Tauheed Masjid near his residence. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayer which was led by Junaid Jamshed.[12] The world famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has expressed its wish to include a statue of Moin Akhtar in their London museum.[13] If made, it will be the first of its kind for any Pakistani entertainer.