Our heroes are who have made the nation proud time and time again. We love and respect the pride of our nation.
Here are 75 heroes we love and admire:
1. Mir Zafar Ali
Mir Zafar Ali is a Pakistani movie visual effects artist. He was a member of the team that won the Academy Award for best visual effects for the 2007 film The Golden Compass.
2. Ayesha Farooq
Ayesha Farooq is a Pakistani fighter pilot from Hasilpur, Bahawalpur District, who was the first woman to become a fighter pilot in the Pakistan Air Force.
3. Maria Toorpakai Wazir
Maria is a national squash champion.
4. Naweed Syed
He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip, creating the world’s first neurochip.
5. Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj
He is remembered above all for his 1922 play Anarkali, based on the life of Anarkali, which was staged hundreds of times and was adapted for feature films in India and Pakistan, including the Indian film Mughal-e-Azam.
6. Mehak Gul
Mehak Gul is a Pakistani chess player. She earned the FIDE title of Woman Candidate Master at the 42nd Chess Olympiad.
7. Nusrat Fateh Ali khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Pakistani singer, songwriter, and music director, primarily a singer of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music.
8. Benazir Bhutto
She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country.
9. Abdus Salam
Mohammad Abdus Salam NI SPk was a Pakistani theoretical physicist and a Nobel Prize laureate
10. Abdul Qadeer Khan
Abdul Qadeer Khan, NI, HI, FPAS, known as A. Q. Khan, was a Pakistani nuclear physicist and metallurgical engineer who is colloquially known as the “father of Pakistan’s atomic weapons program”
11. Kumail Nanjiani
Kumail Ali Nanjiani is a Pakistani-born American comedian, actor, and screenwriter.
12. Samina Baig
She is the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest, K2 and the Seven Summits. She climbed Mt. Everest at the age of 21.
13. Jaun Elia
Jaun Elia, was an Urdu poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar from South Asia who migrated from India to Pakistan.
14. Shahid Khan
Shahid Rafiq Khan is a Pakistani-American billionaire businessman and sports tycoon. He is the owner of Flex-N-Gate, an American automotive company.
15. Ataullah Khan Esakhelvi
He is considered as one of the most formidable Classical Folk Singers to have emerged from South Asia.
16. Wasim Akram
Akram is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and several critics regard him as the greatest left arm fast bowler of cricket history.
17. Noor Jehan
Noor Jehan, also known by her honorific title Malika-e-Tarannum, was a Punjabi playback singer and actress who worked first in India and then in the cinema of Pakistan. Her career spanned more than six decades.
18. Jahangir Khan
Jahangir Khan is a former World No. 1 professional Pakistani squash player.
19. Mahira Khan
She is best known for portraying the role of Khirad Ashar Hussain in the Pakistani drama Humsafar for which she received numerous accolades
20. Saadat Hassan Manto
Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani writer, playwright and author born in Ludhiana, who was active in British India and later, after the 1947 partition of India, in Pakistan.
21. Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar is a Pakistani former cricketer and commentator. Nicknamed the “Rawalpindi Express”, he was the first bowler to be recorded bowling at 100 miles per hour, a feat he achieved twice in his career.
22. Samiullah Khan
Samiullah Khan is a former field hockey player from Pakistan, who was nicknamed The Flying Horse because of his great speed.
23. Shabana Akhter
Shabana Akhtar is an Olympic athlete from Pakistan. She became Pakistan’s first woman to compete at the Olympics when she took part in the women’s long jump at the 1996 Olympics.
24. Arshad Nadeem
Arshad Nadeem is a Pakistani javelin thrower. He represents WAPDA in the domestic competition
25. Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdus Sattar Edhi NI LPP GPA was a Pakistani humanitarian, philanthropist and ascetic who founded the Edhi Foundation, which runs the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network, along with various homeless shelters, animal shelters, rehabilitation centres, and orphanages across Pakistan.
26. Nooh Dastgir Butt
Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt is a gold medalist weightlifter from Gujranwala, Pakistan.
27. Talha Talib
Talha Talib is a Pakistani weightlifter from Gujranwala. He is the Pakistani national champion in the 62 kg category.
28. Junaid Jamshed
Junaid Jamshed Khan was a Pakistani singer-songwriter, television personality, fashion designer, actor, and preacher.
29. Moeen Akhtar
Moin Akhter, was a Pakistani television, film and stage artist, humorist, comedian, impersonator, host, writer, singer, director and producer who rose to fame in the era of Radio Pakistan along with his co-actors Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
30. Arslan Ash
Arslan Siddique, better known as Arslan Ash is a Pakistani professional fighting game player of Tekken by Bandai Namco Entertainment
31. Israr Ahmed
Israr Ahmad was a Pakistani Islamic theologian, philosopher, and Islamic scholar who was followed particularly in South Asia.
32. Shahid Afridi
An all-rounder, Afridi was a right-handed leg spinner and a right-handed batsman.
33. Parveen Shakir
a Pakistani poet, teacher and civil servant of the government of Pakistan. She is best known for her poems, which brought a distinctive feminine voice to Urdu literature
34. Faiz Ahmed Faiz
a Pakistani poet, and author in Urdu and Punjabi language. He was one of the most celebrated writers of the Urdu language in Pakistan.
35. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a barrister, politician and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League
36. Allama Iqbal
Sir Muhammad Iqbal, was a South Asian Muslim writer, philosopher, and politician, whose poetry in the Urdu language is considered among the greatest of the twentieth century
37. Asma Jahangir
Asma Jilani Jahangir was a Pakistani human rights lawyer and social activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
38. Liaquat Ali Khan
Liaquat Ali Khan, also referred to in Pakistan as Quaid-e-Millat or Shaheed-e-Millat, was a Pakistani statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and one of the leading Pakistan Movement activists.
39. Iqbal Masih
Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani Christian child labourer and activist who campaigned against abusive child labour in Pakistan assassinated on 16 April 1995 and awarded with the Sitara-e-Shujaat on 23 March 2022.
40. Mian Muhammad Mansha
Mian Muhammad Mansha is a Pakistani business magnate and billionaire. He is the founder and CEO of the Lahore-based international conglomerate Nishat Group.
–41. Mehwish Hayat
Mehwish Hayat is a Pakistani actress who predominantly works in films and former television.
42. Ali Sadpara
Muhammad Ali Sadpara was a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. He was part of the team that successfully completed the first winter ascent to the summit of Nanga Parbat in 2016
43. Babar Azam
Regarded as one of the finest batsmen in contemporary world cricket, he is the only batsman in the world to be in the top 3 rankings across all formats.
44. Arfa Karim
Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa was a Pakistani student and computer prodigy who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in 2004.
45. Aitzaz Hassan
Aitzaz Hasan Bangash was a Pashtun student from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who died on 6 January 2014 while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a school at Hangu village.
46. Fawad Khan
Fawad Khan began his acting career on the television sitcom, Jutt and Bond.
47. Muniba Mazari
She became the National Ambassador for UN Women Pakistan after being shortlisted in the 100 Inspirational Women of 2015 by BBC.
48. Shehzad Roy
Shehzad Roy is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, guitarist, activist, social worker and humanitarian.
49. Imran Khan
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI PP is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer who served as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan
50. Dadi Leela
Dadi Leela was a Pakistani educationist, music teacher, philanthropist, and a former member of Sindh provincial assembly known for her advocacy of women’s education
51. Amjad Saqib
Muhammad Amjad Saqib, is a Pakistani social entrepreneur, development practitioner, former civil servant and author.
52. Fatima Jinnah
Fatima Jinnah, widely known as Māder-e Millat, was a Pakistani politician, dental surgeon and one of the leading founders of Pakistan.
53. Bushra Ansari
Bushra Iqbal is a Pakistani actress , comedian, singer and playwright who started her career as a child performer in the 1950s
54. Kaleemullah Khan
Kaleemullah Khan is a Pakistani footballer who plays in the Iraqi Premier League for Zakho FC and the Pakistan national team
55. Malala Yousafzai
She is the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and the second Pakistani and the first Pashtun to ever receive a Nobel Prize
56. Patras Bokhari
Syed Ahmed Shah, commonly known as Patras Bokhari, was a Pakistani humourist, writer, broadcaster and diplomat who served as the first Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations.
57. Bano Qudsia
Bano Qudsia, also known as Bano Aapa, was a Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist. She wrote literature in Urdu, producing novels, dramas plays and short stories
58. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and activist known for her work in films that highlight the inequality among women.
59. Laraib Atta
Laraib Khan is a professional VFX artist who hails from Isakhel, Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. She worked as a visual effects artist for a myriad of Hollywood films including 10,000 BC, The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince of Persia, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
60. Deepak Perwani
Deepak Perwani is a Pakistani fashion designer and actor. He is a member of the Hindu Sindhi community in Pakistan.
61. Salman Taseer
Salman Taseer; was a Pakistani businessman and politician, who served as the 26th Governor of Punjab from 2008 until his assassination in 2011.
62. Abida Parveen
Her singing and music have earned her many accolades, and she has been dubbed the ‘Queen of Sufi music
63. Yasmeen Lari
Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect. She is best known for her involvement in the intersection of architecture and social justice.
64. Amir Khan
Amir Iqbal Khan PP is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2022. He held unified light-welterweight world championships
65. Amina Wali
Amina Wali is a Pakistani alpine skier. She remained national champion for 15 years
66. Bashir Ahmad (martial arts)
Bashir Ahmad, born October 12, 1982) is a Pakistani-American professional mixed martial artist who is known as the “Godfather of Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan”.
67. Chaudry Rehmat Ali
He is credited with creating the name “Pakistan” for a separate Muslim homeland in South Asia and is generally known as the originator of the Pakistan Movement.
68. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
His government drafted the Constitution of Pakistan in 1973, which is the current constitution of the country.
69. Begum Mehmooda Salim Khan
Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan was a Pakistani social worker, early political figure and a cabinet minister in West Pakistan for education during President Ayub Khan’s regime.
70. Ansar Burney
Ansar Burney is a Pakistani human and civil rights activist and former caretaker Federal Minister for human rights in the Pakistan cabinet from 2007 to 2008.
71. Hakim Muhammaed Saeed
Hakeem Muhammad Saeed was a Pakistani medical researcher, scholar and philanthropist. He served as governor of Sindh Province from 1993 until 1994.
72. Sheema Kermani
Sheema Kermani or Kirmani is a Pakistani social activist, the founder of Tehrik-e-Niswan Cultural Action Group and an exponent of Bharatanatyam dance.
73. Pervez Hoodbhoy
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and activist concerned with the promotion of freedom of speech, secularism and education in Pakistan.
74. Salima Begum (teacher)
Salima has contributed to teacher training, instructing more than 7,000 teachers across her province, and 8,000 more throughout Pakistan
75. Ashfaq Ahmed
Ashfaq Ahmed Khan was a writer, playwright and broadcaster from Pakistan.
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cover image via The Indian Express