Important Personalities

Ashfaq Ahmed

ashAshfaq Ahmed Khan (August 22, 1925 - September 07, 2004) was a writer, playwright and broadcaster from Pakistan. His works in Urdu included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio of Pakistan. He received the President's Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz awards for his everlasting services in the field of broadcasting and literary heritage of Pakistan.

As a boy he wrote stories, which were published in Phool, a magazine for children. After returning to Pakistan from Europe, he took out his own monthly literary magazine, Dastaango, and joined Radio Pakistan as a script writer. He was made editor of the popular Urdu weekly, Lail-o-Nahar, in place of famous poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum by the Government of Pakistan. In 1962, Ashfaq Ahmed started his radio program, Talqeen Shah which made him popular among the people in towns and villages. Ahmed wrote over thirty books. His short story Gaddarya and book Zaviya earned him fame and appreciation at national level.

Bano Qudsia

banoBano Qudsia (November 28, 1928 - February 04, 2017), also known as Bano Aapa, was a Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist. She wrote literature in Urdu, producing novels, drama plays and short stories. Qudsia is best recognized for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play Aadhi Baat has been called a classic play. Bano Qudsia died in Lahore on February 04, 2017.

In 1983, Qudsia was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) by the Government of Pakistan. In 1986, she received PTV Best Writer Award. In 2010, the Pakistani Government awarded her the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) for her services in literature.
 

Dr. Israr Ahmed

drIsrar Ahmad (April 26, 1932 – April 14, 2010) was a Pakistani Islamic theologian, philosopher, and Islamic scholar who was followed particularly in South Asia as well as by South Asian Muslims in the Middle East, Western Europe, and North America.

He was the founder of Tanzeem-e-Islami, an offshoot of the Jamaat-e-Islami. He wrote about sixty books about Islam and Pakistan. He criticized modern democracy and the prevalent electoral system and argued that the head of an Islamic state could reject the majority decisions of an elected assembly. Ahmad was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1981. He has authored over 60 books in Urdu on topics related to Islam and Pakistan, nine of which have been translated into English and other languages.
 

Mustansar Hussain Tarar

musMustansar Hussain Tarar (born on March 01, 1939) is a Pakistani author, travel enthusiast, mountaineer, writer, novelist, columnist, TV host and former actor. For many years, he was a host of Pakistan Television Corporation's (PTV) live morning show Subah Bakhair (1988) (Good Morning). His unconventional and down-to-earth style of hosting earned him great popularity among people from all circles of life. He is one of the most recognized personality among children as he spent a big part of transmission time addressing children exclusively. He called himself ‘chacha jee’ (paternal uncle) of all Pakistani children and soon became known by this title.

During his long career, he has been a newspaper columnist and a contributor in Pakistani newspapers including Dawn and Daily Aaj, and used to write a weekly column for Akhbar-e-Jahan. As a mountaineer and a travelogue writer himself, Tarar has long promoted the cause of tourism projects in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. He was honored with Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) in Literature by the President of Pakistan in 2017 and Pride of Performance Award in Literature back in 1992.

Roshaneh Zafar

roshRoshaneh Zafar is a Pakistani development activist, working in the field of women's economic empowerment. She is the only Pakistani woman to have established country’s first specialized microfinance institution, the Kashf Foundation (1996), that works towards empowering women micro entrepreneurs. She also serves on the board of several prestigious institutions including Pakistan Medical Commission, Kinnaird College, Finca MicroFinance Bank, the Micro Insurance Network, the Pakistan Microfinance Network and Kaarvan Crafts.

Ms. Zafar's contribution to the development field has been recognized internationally and nationally. In 2010, she won Vital Voices award for economic empowerment and in 2007 the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2005, she was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian awards, by the President of Pakistan for her work to empower women from low-income households.

Wasim Akram

wasWasim Akram (born on June 03, 1966) is a Pakistani cricket commentator, coach, and former cricketer and captain of the Pakistan’s national cricket team. Akram is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, and several critics regard him as the greatest left-arm fast bowler of cricket history. In October 2013, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in an all-time Test World XI to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket, second only in terms of most ODI wickets.

He was working as director and bowling coach of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League until he left to join Multan Sultans in August 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the Pakistan Cricket Board's seven-member advisory cricket committee. In November 2018, he joined PSL franchisee Karachi Kings as a President. The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Hilal-i-Imtiaz on March 23, 2019 for his lifetime achievements in cricket field.

Shaan Shahid

shaanArmaghan Shahid (born on April 27, 1971), better known by his stage names Shaan Shahid and Shaan, is a Pakistani actor, producer, model, writer and film director. Shaan has established himself as one of the most popular leading actors of Pakistan. Shaan started his acting career in 1990 by making his debut in Javed Fazil's film Bulandi opposite Reema Khan. Shaan joined Geo Television Network and hosted a morning show named Geo Shaan Say on Geo News. But he soon left the show to focus on the development of his movie Waar.  He has won many awards in Pakistan including Pride of Performance from Government of Pakistan, fifteen Nigar Awards, five Lux Style Awards, one Pakistan Media Award, ARY Film Award. He is considered the highest-paid film star in Pakistan.

Shaan has a great interest in sports. After PSL he named the brand ambassador of Kashmir Premier League. In January 2021, he has been named as the brand ambassador for Punjab Sports Board.

Aisam-ul-Haq

aisamAisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (born on March 17, 1980) is a Pakistani professional tennis player who specializes in doubles. He is the only Pakistani player ever to reach a Grand Slam final, having done so in both men's and mixed doubles at the 2010 US Open, alongside Rohan Bopanna and Květa Peschke respectively. Qureshi has also reached seven further major semifinals across the two disciplines. He reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 8 in June 2011, and has won 18 titles on the ATP Tour, including the 2011 Paris Masters and 2013 Miami Open, with Bopanna and Jean-Julien Rojer respectively. Qureshi has also qualified for the ATP Finals in doubles on three occasions.