Pakistani People Won Several International Awards In The Year 2018

Sumayya Khalid


Bordering China in the north, the Arabian Sea in the south, Iran and Afghanistan on the west and India on the east, Pakistan is a beautiful country endowed with people having tremendous wisdom, passion, patriotism, culture, humor, and talent. Globally Pakistan has been ranked the 4th in the term of intelligent people. The 7th largest pool of engineers and scientists come from Pakistan. A and O levels Cambridge exam topped by Pakistani students have not been broken yet. Youngest Civil Judge in the World, Muhammad Ilyas, who passed the examination at the age of twenty years and nine months, belongs to Pakistan. Arfa Kareem achieved the Guinness World Record by becoming the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of 9 in 2004. Haris Khan at the age of 11 became the youngest Smartphone app developer in the world in 2014. This is just a short preview of talent belonging to this marvelous country. In the year 2018, which is about to end, Pakistani people have also made the nation proud by winning several international awards.

1. Pakistan’s Asma Jahangir Posthumously Wins UN Human Rights Award 2018

Famous Pakistani lawyer and renowned human rights activist late Asma Jahangir has won the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. Asma Jahangir was the founder of a home-based human rights movement in Pakistan and served as Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She was also the 1st woman to serve as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in Pakistan. The prize was awarded posthumously to the activist who died earlier this year at the age of sixty-six in Pakistan. The UN Human Rights Prize is an honorary award given to the people and associations in appreciation of exceptional feat in human rights. The award was received by her daughter Munizae Jahangir on behalf of her mother at the UN Headquarters in New York.

2. 6-year-old girl becomes Pakistan’s youngest Guinness World Record holder

A 6 year old daughter of a famous Pakistani educationist Wahaj Hussain, Liba Wahaj achieved the Guinness World Record by solving a Tower of Hanoi level 6. Liba bettered the record by solving the puzzle in 1 minute and 13.1 seconds, the previous record being 2 minutes 30 seconds. She made the Pakistani nation proud by achieving the feat on April 13, 2018, in Karachi.

3. Pakistani Student won the honorable Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award

Pakistani Ph.D. student Qurat-ul-Ain Nadeem has won the honorable Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for her achievement in transmission technology. The reputed Marconi Society plays a vital role to endorse progression in the internet and telecommunications and encourages the achievements through Young Scholar Awards and the Marconi Prize. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LUMS, Lahore and master’s degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2015. Now she is pursuing her Ph.D. in KAUST in the Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering divisions. Her research in Full-dimension (FD) massive multiple inputs multiple outputs (MIMO) is more advanced than the existing wireless communication systems and could be more than double the average throughput performance of existing LTE (long-term evolution) systems. Qurrat-ul-Ain and other winners received their awards on 2nd October 2018 in Bologna, Italy.

4. Pakistani engineer girls’ team of NUST won the Spirit of Formula Student Award in Formula Student UK 2018.

The team of all female engineers from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) won the Spirit of Formula Student Award in Formula Student UK 2018. They were also given a standing ovation in the award ceremony as they were the 1st ever entirely female team in the history of competition. Their team named “Team Auj” consisted of female engineers from different disciplines including industrial and electrical engineers and members from business management too. The team competed with numerous teams belonging to different countries. Formula Student is a greater platform that offers an opportunity to students to design and develop their own formula style single seater race cars based on a set of rules given by Institute of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom (IMechE).

5. Pakistani student bags bronze medal at International Chemistry Olympiad 2018

A Pakistani student, Muhammed Suleman Thaniana of Karachi Grammar School, has won a bronze medal at 50th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Slovakia and Czech Republic. A total of 304 students representing seventy-six countries participated in the international contest which was held from July 19 to 29.

6. Pakistani student bags outstanding contribution award at LSE

A Pakistani student activist, Omer Azhar Bhatti has won the prestigious excellent contribution award at the London School of Economics (LSE). He was given the award by the LSE Student Union at the annual students’ award event. The awards were given to a total of 9 students. Remarkably, Omer became the 1st Pakistani to win the award which was handed out for his co-curricular achievements and services. He served across several societies as president of the LSE Pakistan Development Society, secretary of LSE South Asia Society and secretary of Debates Society.

7. Pakistani-American wins Maryland Governor’s Service Award for volunteer contributions

Due to volunteer work for seniors and Syrian refugees, Maryland has honored Pakistani-American Abdul Hai Sheikh with its 2018 Governor’s Service Award. He worked with Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF), a known charitable organization, founded by another Pakistani-American Tufail Ahmad. This group now includes thirty members from various religious and ethnic backgrounds and provides health and safety lectures, yoga, weekly trips, and computer literacy classes to the participants. Sheikh also helped eighty refugee families and arranged items, such as food supplies, car donations, and job opportunities. The award citation for Sheikh also recognizes the recipient’s contributions as an engineer, his profession before retirement, and makes notes of his service as the volunteer construction manager for a future community center to include clinic, classrooms and a senior lounge. 

8. Pakistani- Australian engineer wins Commonwealth Young Person of the Year Award

A Pakistani-Australian engineer who helps refugees was awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award at a forum in London’s QE2 Centre on April 17, 2018. After 18 months of launching the programme, Usman Iftikhar was awarded the Commonwealth’s highest honor for young achievers. The award was presented by Commonwealth’s newly appointed youth ambassador, Prince Harry. Iftikhar got the idea of helping migrants and refugees find job opportunities based on his own great effort after moving to Australia in the year 2013. Born in Pakistan, Iftikhar completed his Bachelor’s degree from the GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology KPK, Pakistan and then moved to Australia to pursue a master’s degree in engineering management.

9. Pakistani student wins the Emerging Young Leaders Award in the US

The US Department of State honored ten talented young leaders from across the globe including Dania Hassan, 18, from Pakistan. The talented youth was awarded in acknowledgment of their efforts to encourage positive social change in the education sector of their respective countries, in a graceful ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. While congratulating Dania at a pre-award occasion Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry remarked that Pakistani Youth including Pakistani women are passionate, robust, vibrant, and are excelling in different fields. Dania Hassan after attending summer school at John’s Hopkins University through the US Summer Sisters Exchange Programme established an organization called “Fun to learn”. Team Volunteers of the organization conduct extra-curricular programmes in underprivileged schools in Pakistan. She is the youngest high achiever of the Pakistan-US Alumni Network’s “30 under 30 series”.

10. Pakistani entrepreneur conferred 2018 Commonwealth Youth Award

Zain Ashraf, a Pakistani social entrepreneur, and philanthropist have been conferred the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Award, according to the official website of the international organization. In addition to a grant of £1,000 to continue their development work, finalists will each be awarded a trophy and certificate. The Regional Young Persons of the Year will receive £3,000, and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will pick up £5,000. Zain is the founder of ‘Seed Out’, a non-profit crowdfunding group which establishes micro-entrepreneurs works through interest-free micro-financing to end poverty. The organization has raised 350 entrepreneurs, since 2014. Other than being the founder and president of Seed Out, he holds the directorial positions at the Super Asia Group and the fast-food joint Hardees in Pakistan. He is also the brain behind iVoke, a digital agency in Pakistan that outsources result-oriented marketing solutions. Pakistan’s 1st ever online cloud accounting app, “Eccountant” is also one of the many marvels of Ashraf’s mind. The app has helped multiple startups and companies in managing their financial dilemmas. He has also been ranked Pakistan’s Top 25 High Achievers under 25 by TechJuice and his vision for Seed Out was also awarded Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Programme Award.

11. Pakistanis receive Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2018

3 young Pakistanis received the prestigious Queen Young Leaders award for their community service at a ceremony held in the British capital presided by Queen Elisabeth II. The 3 Pakistanis who won the award are Mahnoor Syed, Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi and Haroon Yasin. This year’s awards received hundreds and thousands of applications from across the globe including countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Bangladesh, Kenya, India, Ghana, Malawi, and Lesotho, and many more. The winners were announced on 5th December with Prince Harry personally congratulating all the winners through a video message.

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