- Imran Khan
Dekhain jee (Look), Khan Saab (Imran Khan) is by far the most popular Pakistani politician in the world, parred only by Benazir Bhutto in this regard. But, that isn’t all that he is. A cricketer and a philanthropist, who gave us the 1992 World Cup and Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital respectively, he just has to top this list.
Dr. A Q Khan is a nuclear physicist who is the face behind the successful atomic bomb project of Pakistan. He also runs a trust hospital by the name of AQ Khan hospital. He believes that a healthy nation will lead to a prosperous Pakistan.
3. Abida Parveen
For anyone who loves good old sufi music, the Sufi Queen of Pakistan is always in the shuffle playlist. She is one of the finest mystic singers of her generation and no one can sing better renditions of the poetry of Baba Bulleh Shah and Sachal Sarmast. She has performed globally and has been bestowed by the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.
4. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy bagging 2 Academy Awards for her documentaries, Saving Face and A Girl in the River has made us all proud. The issues she raised in these documentaries have been rather controversial in certain circles but she is the first-ever Pakistani Director to have bagged 2 Oscar statues.
5. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai has been the face of Pakistani girls all over the world and just like any other person who has achieved fame in such a short period of time, there have been several conspiracy theories attached to how she got here. Apart from all that, Malala is the youngest Nobel laurete EVER and has been named among the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ by Times in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
6. Ansar Burney
Ansar Burney is a leading human and civil rights activist in Pakistan and runs a trust fund called the Ansar Burney Trust. He advocates justice for all and has worked fervently against abuse and discrimination.
7. Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa
Ramzan Chhipa is a well-known social worker and he started off his work in a small room. He later found out that he wasn’t alone in the mission and now runs a full-fledged Welfare Association. He has also been bestowed with the highest civil award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz. This man wears green 365 days of the year to show his love for the Pakistani flag.
8. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram, the Sultan of Swing, is perhaps one of the world’s best fast bowlers. He was known as the only bowler who was able to bowl six different deliveries in an over. Wasim was also the first fast bowler to hold the record of taking the most wickets. He has brought nothing but pride and joy to this nation of cricket lovers.
9. Shaan Shahid
The SRK of Lollywood, Shaan has been on screen for a very long time. He is one of the most successful actors of the Pakistani film industry and has given us splendid performances in movies like Khuda kay Liye and Waar.
10. Bano Qudsia
Just like her husband Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia is a literary giant of Pakistan. Best known for Haasil Ghaat and Raja Gidh, she is one of the best writers Pakistan will ever see. No amount of words here can help me admire her work and give her the respect she deserves.
11. Jahangir Khan
Jahangir Khan is a former World No. 1 professional squash player and is by far the best of them all. His 555 match-winning streak is still intact in the Guinness book of World Records. His achievements in squash are way too many to list. He was the youngest player ever to win the World Open Championship, which he has won six times. Jahangir Khan, we are proud of you!
12. Shoaib Mansoor
Shoaib Mansoor is a famous Director/Producer of films and dramas and he is best known for Alpha Bravo Charlie, An-kahi, Fifty-Fifty and Khuda kay Liye. He was the first director to have brought Pakistani movies on the map. He also introduced the sensational boy-band, Vital Signs, who is still one of the most popular bands of Pakistan.
13. Shahid Khan Afridi
Love him or hate him, Shahid Khan Afridi is one of the most popular cricketers of his generation. Even with his ducks, and his on-again off-again retirement announcements, he has a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis. BOOM BOOM!
14. Raheel Shareef
THANK YOU, RAHEEL SHAREEF!