I Told You to Respect PAKISTAN


Posted by Farrukh Zafar | Posted in Pakistan | Posted on 10-08-2010

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In every 40 Pakistanis, 39 whine today about Pakistan’s worst law and order situation, the flood disaster, the plane crash, the fake degrees of its politicians, the shameless acts of the President, the declining performance of Pakistan cricket team and so on. BUT I WILL NOT.

I’ll put it straight, how Pakistan made an impact on the world in the last 12 months, from August 2009 to August 2010.

Bring on the Achievements!

In the last week of July 2009, Pakistan’s 12-year old Babar Iqbal became the Youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)! Earlier, the same genius cyber kid from Pakistan, had set up three world records including Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age 9 years, Youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) at the age 9 years and Youngest Certified Web Professional Associate (CIWA) at the age of 10 years.

On October 29, 2009, Mind Storm Studios from Pakistan released the best cricket video game of the world, in terms of its game play! The game, Cricket Revolution, also won the runner-up awards in the Asia Pacific ICT Awards in year 2009 and Cricket Gaming Awards 2010.

On November 3, 2009, Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisamul Haq and his doubles partner James Cerritani defeated tennis great and world number one, Roger Federer and his Swiss compatriot Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets at the Basel Open!

On November 9, 2009, 18-year old Muhammad Aamer made a world record for a number 10 batting position in the game of cricket by scoring 73 runs against New Zealand in a One Day International.

In December 2009, 17-year old Zayd Enam from Pakistan won the Asia Pacific ICT Award (APICTA) in the Secondary Student Project category!

Then in the same December 2009, Pakistan’s Osman Rashid became the 2009 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year! Osman is the founder of Chegg.com and Kno, Inc.

On February 8, 2010, Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed created history by becoming the fastest woman of the region when she won the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Games!

At the start of March, 2010, five Pakistani’s were featured on the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders List 2010! These five young Pakistanis were Amir Jahangir – Chief Executive Officer – JAAG Broadcasting (Pvt.) Limited, Hamid Yar Hiraj – Minister of State for Commerce of Pakistan, Muhammad Tabba – Chief Executive Officer – Lucky Cement, Syed Mustafa Kamal – Mayor of Karachi and Umar Saif – Founder – Saif Center for Innovation (SCI).

In June came the FIFA Worldcup 2010, the greatest sports event of the planet. Unlike the 2006 Worldcup, Pakistan-made soccer balls could not make it to the official matches of the World cup, but were all used in the practice sessions before every official World Cup match. So in this way, Pakistan-made soccer balls were still part of the World Cup 2010. Not to forget, Pakistan produces around 75% of the total consumption of footballs in the world!

In the same June, Pakistan launched Face2Face, a proximity location application for smartphones that became famous all over the world and caught the attention of international media!

In July 2010, a Pakistani hotel employee and cleaner from Serena hotel in Gilgit, won acclaim and immense respect for the country, after handing in over $50,000 (£33,000) in cash that had been left behind by a guest.

In the same July 2010, See n Report and Jaroka tele-healthcare won the mBillionth Awards of South Asia!

Then came August and a team from the Lahore Grammar School (LGS) 55-Main Gulberg, popularly known as LGS Kabana from Pakistan, won the NASA-affiliated Space Settlement Design Competition held in the United States of America!

Following this, Pakistan’s Abshar Rashid did the honors of solving a complex problem which got posted on the InnoCentive website! His solution was accepted from hundreds of solutions submitted online from across the globe. He got a reward of US$5000, through a cheque received and paid in Pakistan.

Earlier in January 2009, Ali Moeen Nawazish from Pakistan set everything ablaze by breaking the world record for most A-grades in A-levels, by scoring 23 A’s beating the previous record of just 12!

So you still believe when ‘they’ say Pakistan is a top failed state?

PAKISTAN. One word. Respect!

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Comments (31)

A very commendable compilation effort of all Pakistani Youngsters’ successes list.

Let the world know there is much more to Pakistan than War against Terror.

This post is full of WIN.

WINAR post!

Yo! :D

Out of words :) A great compliation of Pakistani Achievements :D

Amazing stuff man … great research I must say, great research …. keep it coming … you just added the required tinge in the patriotic flavor this month.

This article is like a breath of of fresh air in the current times of Pakistan.

It’s because of people like you that those 39 get angry. :)

Good work on reminding us that there is a beacon of light in a sea of darkness =)

BUT (un)fortunately :P… these are all individual achievements… achievements that are just a ‘Brain-Drain’ away from having zero effect… So pessimists/whiners :P will still disagree :D

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I am sorry but I still believe we are not on right track. Exceptions doesnt make the nation strong but it is the whole nation that has to lead.

We need to change the attitudes of ourselves first then talk big.

Who said we are. No doubt we are facing all sorts of troubles, but overshadowing the achievements of the nation because of other issues is only a way of denting the country’s morale and demoralizing it.

Then your topic of the post doesnt match with the content. People ll respect the nation when it is credible enough. Anyways, people have been talking big and bolstering about the nation every year with every Independence day coming up but nation doesnt get respect with talks only. People have been doing this for 63 years and may be another 63 years they ll continue to do untill they realize how to act.

Thank you very much for sharing this. I have subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up the good work.

Indeed a great research and compilation but dont you think you should also highlight some weak points, so that we can work on them and improve our weak points.
Despite these achievements, we are lacking in many areas. We should also work on weak areas and try to find out solutions.
What say??

That’s what the rest of the nation is doing. Criticism.
I myself like criticism. Criticism is good for growth, but replacing criticism with pessimism gives birth to despair. Despair is what I felt Pakistan is in, these days.

Gr8 post man :))… looking forward to read more posts like ths

WOW – Amazing post!!!!

This is really a very nice post for inspiring and boosting us.. really deserve to be appreciated :)

it is a humble request to you to next post the records of Pakistani Govt since our new president. so that it can help us to find some thing good about our government.

Just goes to show how hard you work for a single blog post. If only all of us took a leaf out of your book and showed the very same commitment in our respective fields, we wouldn’t have time to whine and surely, we wouldn’t have things to whine about either. Keep up the good work bro!

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Thank you for sharing, Farrukh! I do tend to be pessimistic at times when it comes to various aspects pertaining to life..However, it’s always a good feeling when you read something that portrays the brighter side.

My homeland is certainly blessed with a number of intellectuals..it’s just that we tend to neglect the positive side.

Very well-written! Keep it up!

Nice compilation! If these are our achievements in a time of crisis, bad governance and zero meritocracy, imagine what we can do if we have a stable political system, good governance and recognition of merit.

P.S. Aisam ul Haq just reached the finals of the doubles in the US open! :)

Congrats to you too, Mr. Zoaib! :)

Even though I am a very patriotic person, yet I cannot deny when people call us a failed state, because like ravender pointed out, these are acts by individuals, the nation still hasnt come out as a whole towards success.

We need to think now where we stand in reality and work towards our goal without having an overtly amazing view of ourselves.

Telling you honestly, above are the few acknowledgments and standings of Pakistanis that I did not know myself. Infact, I got to learn them from this post.

Great job. You are, like I said months back inducing hope and optimism to your readers. Optimism, which is missing from us.

Im glad to see theres someone spreading optimisim in this country. Though , i , myself cant help to promote all the negativity going around. But still reading this post made my day and I’ll surely try to be less of a pessimist than I currently am. Thanx :)

a great post …and a great blog too !

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