Pakistani Prodigies: 10 Young Pakistanis Who Have Made Us Proud At a Young Age

By Minahil Cheema | 18 Aug, 2015

Gone are the days when being of age mattered for the purpose of achieving greatness. In a country like Pakistan, age is but a number and to prove that, we’ve had girls/boys of all ages who have surpassed expectations in technology, set academic records, and even received the Nobel Prize. So here’s to these prodigies, who have given Pakistan and its people a reason to be proud, no matter where they are in the world!


1. Arfa Karim: The Young Microsoft Certified Professional at 9.

This beautiful girl was called the computer prodigy when she became the youngest child to have ever received an MCP at the age of 9. She was looked up to by many aspiring computer whiz children, who wished to achieve exactly what she had. Arfa represented Pakistan in many international forums, such as the TechEd Developers conference. Miss Karim was even invited by Bill Gates, himself, to the Microsoft head office in the US. The beautiful prodigy left behind a legacy after suffering from a cardiac arrest in the year 2012. I hope you know of how proud Pakistan is of you, Arfa!




2. Iman Qureshi: The Aspiring International Tennis Star.

Iman Qureshi began playing tennis at the age of 10, and that’s when her passion began to develop. At a very young age, Iman noticed that women were not very prominent in the field of sports, and so to fix that she worked hard until she was ranked top 3 in the Asia under 14, being the first Pakistani to receive such an esteemed title. Out of her many achievements are her first win at the National Women’s Cup at the age of 11, representing Pakistan at the international Fed Cup, in Kazakhstan, in 2013 and in an Indian Tournament in 2015. You truly are an inspiring lady!pakistan-female-tennis-player-iman-qureshi



3. Malala Yousafzai: The Nobel Laureate at 17.

She is our very own female activist, who proved to the world that she was ready to take a bullet for the sake of her country and her people. She’s the 17 year old young woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize for the immense effort she put in for the purpose of promoting education and ending the plight that women and girls face in many parts of the country. She is an international source of inspiration and was ranked amongst the top 100 most influential people in the Times Magazine. Thank you Malala, for making us a proud nation!




4. Sumail Hassan Syed: The Winner of the DOTA 2 Asian Championship. 

A boy of fifteen from Karachi, Sumail Hassan Syed, in 2015 became globally known for his excellent gaming talent and was recruited by the ‘Evil Geniuses’, the biggest e-sports team. Sumail was the youngest in the team and was a risk that the captain was willing to take. The risk payed off as Sumail became the key player and helped his team win the second biggest tournament, Dota2 Asian Championship, and won $1.2 million. Young prodigy, Syed, is now aiming to win the biggest championship soon, setting an example for future Pakistani kids! Who said playing video games is a waste of time?




5. Haroon Tariq: The World Record Holder of 87 A’s in O/A Levels.

Originally from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Haroon Tariq has proved to the world that he is an extraordinary individual. He set a world record of achieving 87 A’s in both O/A Levels in a variety of subjects that perhaps most have not even heard of. With the brain Haroon has, one can only wonder what he’ll do next.




6. Muhammad Humza Shahzad: The 6 Year Old Microsoft Professional.

A 6 year old British Pakistani has been added to the list of prodigies that our nation has produced, by scoring 757 marks out of the required marks of 700 at the qualifying test. This very young and charming child is only 6 and has been awarded the MCP, making him another young professional. It’s heartwarming to see that Humza’s inspiration was none other than the unforgettable Arfa Karim. Thank you Humza, for making us proud.




7. Ayan Qureshi: The Youngest MCP Professional in the World.

My my, Pakistan is becoming internationally known for its MCP professionals. Mr. Qureshi, as of 2014, is the youngest Microsoft Professional in the world at the age of 5 years and 7 months. He is currently living in the United Kingdom, where he passed the required tests and has his own home based lab out of which he built his own computer network. Keep it up!

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8. Saad Ali: The only Certified Pakistani Formula 1 Racer and Winner.

He began following his dream at the age of 18. Our very own speed racer knew that one day he wanted to be a part of the Formula 1 team so that he could race in one of the most esteemed competitions in the world. Speed, to him, was the key element that drove him towards his passion and helped him win a Formula 1 race. This prodigy proved that just because he was a Pakistani, didn’t mean he couldn’t reach new heights. Speed on Mr Ali.



9. Babar Iqbal: The Professional Computer Record Holder.

Starting from the age of 5, Babar Iqbal, began rapidly excelling in the field of Information Technology. Born in Dera Ismail Khan, the immensely talented boy knew no boundaries as he began on the endless journey of setting records for the world to see.  Adding to his achievements are his international records of youngest MCP, CWNA CIWA, MSP, MCTS and the acceptance of his research by the 8th IEEE International Conference. You do us proud!



10. Aaima Asad: The Highest Achiever in her LLB (Hons). 

The young woman has proved to be a prodigy throughout her academic years. Aaima’s brilliance was noted in the outstanding results that she produced during her years as a student at PCL. Her final result left many feeling proud of the fact that Miss Aaima secured a first position and was declared the highest scorer in the exams, along with only 10 other international students, held by the London University. She will surely be a great contributor to our legal sector!



Pakistan has proved to itself and the rest of the world that it is gifted with unimaginable talent. All it needs is the right environment and resources – there’s no limit to what Pakistanis can achieve. I wish all of the mentioned and aspiring young prodigies luck and success!

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