Pakistani Women’s who make us Proud
Fatima Ali Jinnah
Fatima Ali Jinnah the Madar-i-Millat’s (mother of the Pakistani nation) and Khatun-e-Pakistan (Urdu: “Lady of Pakistan”) is that icon of the country who does not need any credit to be in this list of pioneers, She is the pioneer and symbol of inspiration for the all the achievers in the list. Fatima Ali Jinnah is among the founding members of the country and she is the first and only woman who has run for the presidential elections of Pakistan.
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan is the first, first lady of Pakistan but that is not her only identity. Begum Rana is an epitome of gender equality and elegance in Pakistan. She is the first and only female governor of the country and the founder of All Pakistan Women Association APWA.
In 1949, Begum Ra’ana arranged a seminar of over 100 active women from all over Pakistan. The seminar announced the formation of a voluntary and non-political organization for the social, educational and cultural uplift of the women, named All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA)
Bilquis Bano Edhi
Bilquis Bano Edhi wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi, is a professional nurse and one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. She has been nicknamed, The Mother of Pakistan. Her charity runs many services in Pakistan including a hospital and emergency service in Karachi. Together with her husband their charity has saved over 16,000 above unwanted babies.
Benazir Bhutto was the 11th and 13th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96.She was the eldest daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister who founded the Centre-left Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) The daughter of the east was the first woman to become the chairperson of a leading political party.
Benazir Bhutto was the first Pakistani and Muslim woman who became the Prime Minister of any Islamic state. She was also one of the most powerful leaders of south Asia.
She is still the only Pakistani woman to hold that position. Benazir Bhutto is also the only Pakistani woman to have waxed statue in Madame Tussaud museum.
Arfa Karim Randhawa:
Arfa Karim Randhawa the pride of Pakistan, was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Arfa was a computer prodigy, she got the MCP title in 2004, at a very young age when the girl was only 9 years old. Arfa is also the youngest girl to receive Pride of Performance award and Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from Government of Pakistan. Unfortunately, this wonder girl of Pakistan died in 2012.
Nazia Hassan is the first female Pakistani Pop Singer and songwriter of the country. Pakistani music is full of legendary female singers but Nazia Hassan is the only one who is considered the pioneer of Asian Pop Music worldwide.
Hassan used her abilities to promote social causes. All the money earned from music was spent on charity. She specially worked for children, youth and women in distress residing in the underprivileged areas of Karachi.
She joined the United Nations Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and worked there for two years. In her third year, she offered her services at UNICEF. Her social and academic excellence won her a scholarship in Columbia University’s Leadership Program, but she was unable to take up the offer because around this time she was diagnosed with cancer.
Sabeen Mahmud was the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE ) in Karachi. She began PeaceNiche and something of their initial projects, T2F, and that is called the Second Floor Café. T2F is really a place for people to come together to take part in occasions and conversations turning around activism, innovation, arts and tradition.
Madam Noor Jehan:
Madam Noor Jehan is the melody queen of sun-continent who was born in Kasur city but later loved to Bombay when she was a little kid. She married and then came back to Lahore to become a best playback singer in the history of Pakistan She has recorded over 1000 songs in her career. At one moment of her life she was recording five songs in a day. Apart from singing her patriotic songs become popular in 60s and 70s.
Ayesha Farooq 26 year young Pakistan’s only female war-ready fighter pilot, she is one of five women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force. Flight Lieutenant Ayesha Farooq, is the first of six female fighter pilots in the force to pass the final exams to qualify for battle. She gives the thumb-up sign from the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf.
Ms Tahira Qazi:
Most principals throughout schools are known for their emphasis on discipline and decorum but Ms Tahira Qazi will always go down in the history of school leaders as being the bravest principal ever.
Her strong motherly instincts came into play on that heinous day when APS Peshawar was attacked and innocent lives were lost. Instead of absconding, Ms Qazi remained with her students whom she saw asher “children” and she made sure they reached safety and then she faced the sheer evil of the terrorists.
They prodded her for information about where the children were hidden but she remained stoic and said that she was the mother of those children. She lost her life protecting countless students and will always be revered for her heroic stance on that disastrous day.
Ms Qazi was a beautiful soul who once again showed how selfless and unselfish a mother’s love is.
(Blog: By: Syed Ali Ashraf)