One of Pakistan’s First Women to Earn a PhD Degree
BB Qureshi, one of Pakistan’s first few women to earn a PhD degree, was born into an educated family in Muradabad, India in 1922. She did her BA and MA Economics from Aligarh Muslim University. After partition, her family moved to Rawalpindi where Qureshi taught economics at a government college. She taught for several years in Africa and had the honour of having taught the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, in Ghana. She completed her PhD in agricultural economics from Trinity College in Dublin.
Qureshi remained single her whole life. When she finally returned to Islamabad after years of teaching abroad, she was so disappointed at the standard of education that she decided not to teach anymore. Her brother did not treat her well and she shifted to Karachi and lived in Edhi Centre for homeless women in North Karachi, where she passed away in her sleep on 15 August 2012.
First Pakistani to Win an Oscar Award.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is the first Pakistani to win an Oscar Award. Her documentary film “Saving Face” won 2012 Academy Award for Documentary (Short subject). It is co-directed by Sharmeen and Daniel Junge.
See a short trailer of “Saving Face”.
Two Sisters Win Ski Medals
In the first ever South Asian Winter Games, held in India (10-16 January 2011), Pakistani skier Ifrah Wali won Gold Medal while her sister Amina Wali won 2 silver Medals.
In this short video see their wonderful reception at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore.
Fastest Woman in South Asia
22 year-old Naseem Hameed became the fastest woman in South Asia when she won a gold medal in the 100-meter event of the 11th South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 09, 2010. She took only 11.81seconds to achieve this distinction.
First Women Pilots in PAF. On March 31 2006, four women; Saba Khan, Nadia Gul, Mariam Khalil and Saira Batool were among 36 aviation cadets who received their wings after three and a half years of regular training. Saira Amin, a female cadet, has made history by being the first woman pilot to have won the Sword of Honour in any defence academy of Pakistan, at the passing out parade of the 117th GD (P) Course at Risalpur.