I often think that why have we been unable to produce heroes…..or there are but we have gotten so pessimistic that we ignore them. So here I am trying to list down 62 heroes (in no particular order) which we I think we have produced in the last 63 years. We are after all the 6th largest nation in the world, 7th nuclear power of the world, have the Shandur Polo festival, have the largest deep sea of the world, have the largest bird sanctuary in Asia and yet I am not being able to list 62 heroes. Help me with the list, 14th August is a month away, it shouldnt be so difficult together.

  1. Abdul Salam (The only Nobel Laureate)
  2. Abdul Sattar Edhi
  3. Imran Khan (the man who led the team to win the worldcup…not the politician!)
  4. Jeved Miandad
  5. Wasim Akram
  6. Hanif Mohammed
  7. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan
  8. The boy who got 22 As in A-Level
  9. The girl who became Microsoft Certified at the age of 10 (The youngest now is an 8 year old)
  10. Jehangir Khan
  11. The blind cricket team that won the world cup for us
  12. The unsung heroes who worked selflessly helping victims of October 2005 Earthquake victims
  13. Waheed Murad (if you have seen the movies that he produced, you will know wat I mean)
  14. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  15. Nazia Hassan
  16. Noor Jehan
  17. Mehdi Hassa
  18. Alamgir
  19. Junaid Jamshed
  20. Shoaib Mansoor
  21. Sohail Abbas
  22. Islahuddin Siddique
  23. The brave security guards who risked their lives to save thousands of lives at Marriot Hotel in Islamabad (42 out of 53 who died were employees of Marriot). The ones who died saving BB on October 18th attack and also the ones standing in the path of suicide bombers during on the 25th December attack on Musharraf.
  24. Meher Khalil Ahmed (The Bus Driver of SL Team during the Lahore attack)
  25. Mukhatara Mai (It takes guts to talk about all that happened to her!)
  26. Saima Ammar (A blind lady running an NGO in Karachi)
  27. Ahmed Faraz
  28. Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  29. Ashfaq Ahmed
  30. Bano Qudsia
  31. Saadat Hasan Manto
  32. Pappu Saeein
  33. Mohammed Yousuf (World Snooker Champion)
  34. Mustafa Kamal
  35. Bushra Ansari-Moin Akhtar-Anwer Maqsood
  36. Fatima Suraiya Bajia
  37. Ismail Gulgee
  38. Ahmed Rushdi
  39. Dr. Mohammed Ali Shah
  40. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
  41. Hasan Zaidi (Kara Film Festival)
  42. Mohammad Amin and the like
  43. Oh my God! I cant think of anymore!

58 thoughts on “Heroes

  1. At moment these are the names i came up with

    43. Patras Bukhari
    44. Jangsher Khan
    45. Ibne Safi
    46. ppl who got nishan-e-haider
    47. ppl working on Pakistan missile technology. it is cosidered to be the best.

    Edit it if u don’t agree.

  2. 55. Manzoor Hussain
    56. Shahnaz Sheikh
    57. Junoon!
    58. Flt. Lt. S. Azam – the guy who shot down 3 Islraeli aircrafts in 72 hours in 1971
    59. that guy who saved the National Flag from fire… dun remember his name
    60. Vital Signs!
    61. Fazal Mohammad
    62. PNS Ghazi!
    63. T20 winners of 2009!!!!

    itni si baat thi πŸ˜›

  3. Why is everyone leaving two comments on this post? Mein bhi do comments likhunga! πŸ˜›

    One name sweetheart – Parvez Musharraf. Though he may only be the hero of half of Pakistan πŸ˜‰

  4. HAW HAYE..Aitazaz ahsan & CJ not on the list?!?! i am not talking to you :/
    come to think of it, even Baba-e-quom didnt make it to your list..err what was the criteria again? was there an age limit? hahaha..(sorry, i am a bit unhinged at the moment).. when i was a kid, whenever anyone asked me about my heroes i would say “shaan, babar ali aur Van Damme” πŸ˜†
    ok ok..back to asli heroes
    “With Edhi sahib now mainly looking after the financial aspects of the organization, the burden of administrating and co-ordinating the daily activities of the Edhi Foundation (especially the Women’s wing) rests squarely on Bilquis’s shoulders. Edhi sahib himself has publicly credited Bilquis with being responsible for no less than 70% of Edhi Foundation’s achievements”
    Ramchand pakistani alone is enough evidence of her talent ..
    with buildings like PSO house, Karachi & Finance and trade centre (also in karachi) on her credit, Yasmeen Lari also has the distinction of being the first woman architect of Pakistan.

  5. @ naveed
    Oh yea, how did i even forget Ibn-e-Insha! thanks for reminding πŸ™‚ and although I just adore Qurat-ul-Ain Haider, i dont think she can really be considered a Pakistani. She moved back to India in the 60s and stayed there for the rest of her life.

    @ Absar
    tum pehley apni heroine dhoondo phir tumhara naam is list add ho ga πŸ˜›

    @ Saadat
    I didnt want to populate the list with any politician or a religious scholar…so its more on the cultural, academics and athletics, which means your list is just the perfect addition to mine πŸ™‚
    and dude, akismet really likes you πŸ˜‰

    @ Talha
    simply love shahnaz shahnaz shaikh πŸ™‚ worked in only two dramas and is yet an icon wherever urdu is understood.
    frankly speaking, i didnt know of no 58 and 59. and yea, our T20 team surely deserves a special place in the list πŸ˜€

    @ minerva

    @ Absar
    lol…i had such a strong urge of adding Mush’s name to the list, but i just avoided cuz i didnt want this post to be controversial as well πŸ˜›

  6. @ pinky
    lol…no age limit, just no one from ‘tahreek-e-Pakistan.’ we need new heroes, more people to be proud of, more people to be celebrated πŸ™‚

  7. He was the one to motivate all employee to buy the Exxon mobile stocks when they decided to leave the country to create the first pakistani employee owned company. Why the heck cant I remember the name!

  8. And this would be a bad thing in a sense…

    but Farooq Alvi Brothers who created the first computer virus out of Lahore Pakistan to protect their software from piracy.

    The guy who is on the A-1 Racing team. Dont remember his name either.

  9. @ Talha
    lol…thats why i am against such ‘ambiguous’ names πŸ˜›

    @ safi
    i have no idea of that engro guy but got to agree with the other two πŸ™‚

    @ farooq
    lol, read wat said to absar…mukarrar irshad πŸ˜›
    and yea, the whole team of ainak wala jinn, they used to be soo famous. i have never watched ainak wala jinn myself though.

  10. oh YES!!!…safi is so right…Shaukat raza mirza should be on the list, as one of the leading business executives of Pakistan…Before taking charge as MD PSO, he was the president of Engro chemicals….unfortunately he was shot dead in an ambush in Karachi in july 2001…some ppl attribute the murder to S R Mirza’s orders to reopen some serious corruption cases at PSO…*sigh*
    khair, he also penned a book “From Exxon to Engro“, ‘a must read’ according to Amazon..

  11. Shuakat Raza Mirza!!!! Thanks Lady! I was up half the night trying to remember the name and I was stuck at …… Blank!

    And of course Hakeem Saeed! And PNS Hangor for the first torpeedo kill since World War 2, The guys who worked on the Mangla and Tarbela Dam construction…. I think thats my limit, gotta go back to work now.

  12. Oh and I also remember, There was this movie called periscope down, in the captian hangs a light bulb from the mast to look like a fishing vessel at night, this was made famous by these guys in the submarine community!

  13. Could you please take ahmed faraz and faiz ahmed faiz off the list. Their verses are only meant for demonstrations and are often conspicuously displayed outside the press club by paan walay and conductors.

    Main nahin manta. main nahin manta.

  14. Why Dr. Shamshad Akhtar ?? Just because she was the first female gov of state bank?? This list is so biased πŸ˜›

    Apaprently we don’t have a lot to show in a academia.

  15. LOL, Absar stole my punch line. I was going to ask about my name too πŸ˜€

    Great list! Thanks for reminding us of the talent we have. πŸ™‚

  16. Mr Abibi of BCCI Bank. The guy was a genius and become a threat for American Capitalism that US finally screwed him up because he had convinced Arabs to pour money in BCCI rather than in Citibank

  17. @ SerialKickr
    lol, at least they are inspiring the masses of the country! πŸ™‚

    @ Anas
    in a male dominated society like ours, wat Dr Shamshad Akhtar achieved must be celebrated. Further, she has done quite a lot ranging from being an Economist at the World Bank to being the Director General of Asian Development Bank. She was declared the Best Central Bank Governor of Asia in 2007 and was also listed as one of the ten most outstanding women in Asia in 2008.

    @ safi
    i still cant believe i forgot Dr Ata ur Rehman! He is such a visionary man.

    @ Specs

    @ Rashid
    yea, i guess thats wat led to the bankruptcy of BCCI too

    @ Alam
    we are listing down people, normal humans, we can be proud of, not saints.

  18. Leena then why do not you include the names like Zardari , Benazir and Altaf Hussain too? After all they are humans too and certain people feel proud of them :-). What about the theif PML N lady Shumaila Raza? πŸ˜‰

    by the way normal people dont bi tch infront of others like Kamal did infrtont of Americans. I think Kamal is as dumb as Shumaila Raza that he could not find that a cam is watching him πŸ™‚

  19. what dr shamshad achieved by the way? she did play her part to screw things further.

    by the way the whole world is dominated by men so its not something special.

  20. Dr Shamshad Akhtar? you must be joking ?
    What did she actually achieve ?
    chaloo you are girl yourself so I see where you are coming from but there are better female’s than here…

  21. Ok, how about we keep the politicians out of this list cuz the debate about them would be pointless and boring.

    And by the way, I want to point out that politicians anywhere dont deserve any accolades from the people.

  22. Aint that prejudice! Haha!

    Nah, I agree! Mustafa Khuddaal deserves to be on the list no matter what his opinions are, or if he is corrupt or not, In fact! so does Naimatullah Khan, cuz the development really started in his regime if you remember.

    I think the two Nazims we have seen in Karachi were great, which demonstrates the success of the City and District Government system. Which if you may know is being demolished!

  23. I think you left our Sir.Zaffarullah khan from this list.first foriegn minister and close ally of quid-e-azam who latter became general secretary of un general assembly and Chairman of international court of justice.

  24. there are at least ten who got nishan-e-haider and the list of those who got killed in the operations in the North-West is even bigger, but they were only doing there job, so they can not have a place here obviously.

  25. Leena Behen ! Army personnels are truly common people – anyone who believes otherwise doesn’t know. πŸ™‚ I say this because I AM in army. And I hardly see anyone celebrating individual ofiicers or men as heroes !

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