Posted by Farrukh Zafar | Posted in Pakistan | Posted on 10-08-2010
Tags: Achievements, Pakistan
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!
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.
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?