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.

BB Qureshi- One of Pakistan's first women to earn PhD died in Edhi Centre Karachi 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.

Arfa Karim Randhawa. She was born on 2 February 1995. In 2004, at the age of 9 years she became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional  (MCP). She maintained this record until 2008. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA. In 2005, she was presented the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 2005, she also received Salaam Pakistan Youth Award from the President of Pakistan. She is also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. She is the youngest recipient of this award. She died on 14 January 2012 at a very young age of 17 years.
A stamp was also issued by Pakistan Post in Arfa Karim’s memory.


  1. Badra Malik says:

    Great Pakistani talent. Proud on Pakistani talent..

  2. And still we say that one should go abroad for better future. Pakistan has nothing to offer. Hopeless and shameless ideas …..

    • Maham Khan says:

      Who says that? People only go abroad to learn something from other communities otherwise our education standard is good, it just that if you want education you need to spend a lot of money, its not cheap!!

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