Legends of Pakistan [Volume 1]

legends of PakistanThis post is dedicated to all the legends of Pakistan, who contributed alot in their respective fields for the development and well-being of Pakistani people. Here we go….

1: Doctor Abdul Qadeer Khan

abdul qadeer khan legendAt number 1 we have Abdul Qadeer Khan, widely known as Dr. A. Q. Khan, a Pakistani nuclear scientist and a metallurgical engineer who served as the Director-General of the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) from 1976 till 2001. Abdul Qadeer Khan is widely regarded as the founder of HEU based Gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment programme for Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence programme.

On 14 August 1989, Abdul Qadeer Khan, along with his counterpart Munir Ahmad Khan, was honored by the Government of Pakistan after he was awarded the second high civil award, “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” by the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in a public ceremony. In 14 August 1996, Abdul Qadeer Khan was awarded the highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Imtiaz” by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. On 12 March 1999, Abdul Qadeer Khan was again awarded and honored the highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Imtiaz” from President Justice (retired) Rafique Tarar. With receiving the Nishane-e-Imtiaz for the second time, Abdul Qadeer Khan remains the only Pakistani citizen who has been twice honored and awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, to date.

2: Abdul Sattar Edhi

abdul sattar edhi Abdul Sattar Edhi or EDHI as he is often known, is a Pakistani philanthropist. He is head of the Edhi Foundation, the world’s largest ambulance help service and charity. Together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi, he received the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. He is also the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize and the Balzan Prize. Edhi is a Muslim of the Memon community. On September 22, 2010 Edhi was awarded an honorary degree of Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire.

3: Dr. Abdus Salam – Physics

Dr. Abdus SalamDiscovery of electroweak interaction by Abdus Salam, along with two Americans Sheldon Lee Glashow and Steven Weinberg. The discovery led them to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Abdul Salam’s major and notable achievements include the Pati-Salam model, Magnetic photon, Vector meson, Grand Unified Theory, work on supersymmetry and, most importantly, electroweak theory. Salam made a major contribution in Quantum Field Theory and advancement of Mathematics at the Imperial College. With his student, Riazuddin, Salam made important contributions to the modern theory on neutrinos, neutron stars and black holes, as well as the work on modernizing the quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Salam is remembered as a founder and scientific father of mathematical and theoretical physics in Pakistan. Salam heavily contributed to the rise of Pakistani physics and Even until his death, Salam continued to contribute in physics and tirelessly advocated for the development of science in third world countries.

4: Anwar Masood

Anwar MasoodAnwar Masood is a Pakistani poet well known for his comic poetry, however, his works include other genres as well. He writes in Punjabi, Urdu and Persian.

Born in Gujrat, he moved to Lahore and got his early education there. Later on he moved back to Gujrat and studied in Zamindara College Gujrat. He started teaching in Government Islamia High School in Kunjah. He did his masters in Persian from Oriental College, Lahore and achieved gold medal. He has taught in different colleges in Pakistan from 1962 to 1996. Anwar Masood is an international level poet.he performed in many international communities is popular worldwide.

Professor Anwar Masood is a multilingual poet. He is a teacher of the Persian language, and a poet of Urdu and Punjabi. Mostly popular for his Punjabi poetry. His poetry gives the message of the original and pure culture of Punjab. Anwar Masood is the only Punjabi poet who is popular among the masses. The way he has described the different aspects of life in his poetry have never been described before. Some of his poems have become so popular that where ever he went people desire to listen them again and again and have requested him to recite them before them. The most popular of them are Anar Kali Diyan Shana, Aj Kee Pakaeay, Banyan, Juma Bazaar, jhelum da pul, Umree and many more. Anwar Masood was born at 8 November 1935 in the city of Gujrat(Pakistan), his family migrated to Lahore in 1941 where he started his basic education. Again he went back to Gujrat in 1947 and completed his matriculation from Public School. He achieved Role of Honor in B.A. from Zamidara College Gujrat. He started teaching in Govt.Islamia High School Kunjah. He did his master in Persian from Oriental College Lahore in 1961 and achieved gold medal. He started his service as a lecturer in 1962 and have been teaching in different college in Punjab and hi is also in visiting faculty of Govt. College university, Punjab university and other renowned deptt. of humanities in Pakistan and retired in 1996.

Mela Akheyan Da (Punjabi)
Guncha Pher Laga Khilnay (Urdu)
Hun Ke Keray (Punjabi)
Shakh-e-Tabasam (Urdu)
Ek Derecha Ek Charag (Urdu)
Meli Meli Dhoup (Urdu)
Banyan (Punjabi)
Lasee te cha (Punjabi)
Ambri (Punjabi)

5:  Imran Khan

Imran Khan PTIImran Khan Niazi is a former Pakistani cricketer who played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century and has been a politician since the mid-1990s. Currently, besides his political activism, Khan is also a philanthropist, cricket commentator and Chancellor of the University of Bradford.

After retiring from cricket at the end of the 1987 World Cup, he was called back to join the team in 1988. At 39, Khan led his teammates to Pakistan’s first and only World Cup victory in 1992. He has a record of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in Test cricket, making him one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches. On 14 July 2010, Khan was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

6: Moeen Akhtar

 

Moeen Akhtar imageMoeen Akhtar (24 December 1950 – 22 April 2011) was a Pakistani television, film and stage actor, as well as a humorist, comedian, impersonator, and a host. He was also a play writer, singer, film director and a producer.

Akhtar was born in Karachi to Urdu speaking parents migrated from Mumbai India,was highly dynamic and versatile performer, he made his debut for television on 6 September 1966, in a variety show held on PTV to celebrate the first defense day of Pakistan‎. Since then, he has performed several roles in TV plays/shows, later making a team with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.

He was beloved for providing humor for people of all ages, and with an etiquette that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences. Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He performed not only in Pakistan but played in several stage shows like Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai with Umer Sharif in India too.

Moin Akhtar rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy /Rozy (روذی), in which he played the role of a female TV artist. Rozy was an Urdu adaptation of Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. Moreover, in a talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every of over 400 episodes interviewed by Anwar Maqsood, the writer and the host of the program. Akhter also briefly hosted the game show Kya Aap Banaingay Crore pati?, the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

He was awarded honorary citizenship of Dallas in 1996 for his achievements. He is also listed among Amazing Pakistanis of all time.

7: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 13, 1948 – August 16, 1997)

Nusrat Fateh Ali khanHe’s a world-renowned Pakistani musician, was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). Considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded, he possessed a six-octave vocal range and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi music to international audiences. He was popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The King of Kings of Qawwali.

Born in Faisalabad, Nusrat had his first public performance at age of 16, at his father’s chelum. He officially became the head of the family Qawwali party in 1971, and was signed by Oriental Star Agencies (OSA), Birmingham, U.K., in the early 1980s. In subsequent years, Khan released movie scores and albums for various labels in Pakistan, Europe, Japan and the U.S. He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist in the process. He toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.

8: Hassan Sadpara

Hassan Sadpara Hassan Sadpara (Urdu language: ﺣﺴﻦ ﺳﺪﭘﺎرہ ) (born 1963) is a Pakistani adventurer from a small village, named Sadpara, 7 kilometres from Skardu. He is the first Pakistani to have climbed six eight-thousanders: K2 (8611m), Gasherbrum I (8080m), Gasherbrum II (8034m), Nanga Parbat (8126 m), Broad Peak (8051m), and Mount Everest (8848m). He climbed all six without supplemental oxygen. He started his mountaineering career in 1996, inspired by his father.He is the first ever Pakistani citizen to summit Mount Everest without using supplemental oxygen.

He belongs to a remote area of sadpara Baltistan, some 6 miles away from skardu city. Now a father of four children, he started his life in poverty. He owns a shop of mountaineering equipment. It was his dedication and self confidence that let him to the summit of world’s highest peaks.

He is the second Baltistani to have summited all 5x8000m peaks of Pakistan, after Mr. Nisar Hussain of Sadpara village. Unlike most climbers from the West, who are equipped with state-of-the-art climbing gear (and sometimes sponsored by multinational corporations), Hassan Sadpara started his career from a mud house with very few resources, and has climbed with whatever gear he could manage. He has worked as a porter for various expeditions, including ones led by Koreans and Poles.[1] He also runs a shop for second hand and new mountaineering equipment in the Skardu bazaar.

The Top Six Summits (Eight-Thousanders)

K2, 8611 m in 1994
Nanga Parbat (8126m) in 1999
Gasherbrum I (G-1) (8080m) in 2006
Broad Peak (8051m) in 2007
Gasherbrum II (G-2) (8034m), in 2006[2]
Mount Everest (8848m) on May 11, 2011

In Jan 2009 he met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, along with fellow K2 climber Shaheen Baig, Nazir Sabir,Col.Manzoor Hussain (president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan)Wing Commander Jawed Vice President Alpine Club of Pakistan and other officials. The president appreciated their efforts and assured them he would extend all possible support for the Mount Everest expedition in 2009, which is planned to proceed without supplemental oxygen.

On May 12, 2011, He along with 4 other team members become the 2nd Pakistani to summit Mount Everest.The first was Nazir Sabir who climbed this peak on 17 May, 2000. However, Sadpara has the distinction of being the first ever Pakistani citizen to do it without using supplemental oxygen

9: Reshma

Reshma pakistani singerShe was born in Loha village of in Tahsil Ratangarh, Rajasthan to a Banjara (Gypsy) family about 1947. Her family moved to Pakistan during the partition of India soon afterwards. She says she does not have any training in classical music. In 2004 her rendition of Ashkan Di Gali Vich Mukaam De Gaya was in the top ten of the Indian charts.

Reshma once said in an interview, “I was born in a family of saudagars in Rajasthan in a small settlement called Bikaner. I don’t know the year I was born but I was told that I was brought to Pakistan when I was a few months old in 1947. My family would take camels from Bikaner and sell them in other areas, and bring back goats and cows from elsewhere to sell at home. I belong to a huge clan of gypsies. We were forever travelling around. Though a lot of us have now settled and taken up permanent residences in Lahore and Karachi, whenever we feel restless we pack our bags and move on.”

10: Sadequain

sadequain Pakistani ArtistSyed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a calligrapher and a painter. He is considered as one of the finest painters and calligraphers Pakistan has ever produced.

 

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