Arfa Karim

Published: January 16, 2012

Arfa will continue to be a guiding light for millions of ambitious children. PHOTO: FILE

Arfa's funeral held in Faisalabad. PHOTO: PPI Arfa will continue to be a guiding light for millions of ambitious children. PHOTO: FILE

The natural tendency when someone dies too young is to mourn the potential of a life that was cruelly ended before a person could achieve anything. In the case of the 16-year-old Arfa Karim Randhawa, who died on January 14 after complications resulting from an epileptic stroke, that natural desire to mourn should also be accompanied by celebration of a person who in her short life, did manage to achieve more than what most of us could hope for in their lifetimes. At the age of nine, she became the youngest-ever Microsoft Certified Professional, earning kudos from Bill Gates himself and an invitation to visit his company’s headquarters in America. A year later, she was certified as a pilot by a flying club in Dubai. Not only is Arfa the youngest ever recipient of the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance, she was also awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in Science and Technology and the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award. The word genius may be bandied about too freely, but in Arfa’s case it was a moniker well-earned.

Various government figures are busy renaming buildings and technology programmes after Arfa as a tribute to her achievements and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. But there is more that can be done to honour her memory. Unlike Arfa, whose parents provided the full support necessary to ensure that her talent could blossom, there are other potential geniuses who do not have that kind of emotional and financial backing. It would be far better to establish a trust in her name and this could financially assist those, like Arfa, who show precocious talent and intellectual promise. Even though we do not know where Arfa’s limitless skills would have led her, we should ensure that future Arfas are not lost simply for lack of resources. It is also important to ensure that her memory lives on and she is not forgotten like so many heroes in this country. Arfa Karim was an inspiration in her lifetime; in death she can continue to be a guiding light for millions of ambitious children.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2012.

Reader Comments (57)

  • Saghir Ahmed
    Jan 16, 2012 - 11:09PM

    My little daughter Arfa

    You gave all of us here a reason to cry

    GOD BLESS YOU

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  • Ahsan
    Jan 16, 2012 - 11:14PM

    salam…
    Arfaaaa lovee youu…. And always miss you……..PAKISTAN gonna miss you alot….
    I am happy that you are in best place now…..love u sister….

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  • Mudassar
    Jan 16, 2012 - 11:34PM

    while writing these lines,tears are shedding like a fall,oh man.. our lil angel left us,my younger sis left me,but hey we are proud of you,whenever I had any arguments with our neighbors and whenever they called us backward,I always had a reply ARFAAAAAA…ALLAH tumhy Jannat ul Firdous mein jagah de Behna.AMEENRecommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Jan 17, 2012 - 12:02AM

    feel sorry and sad may Allah bless her.Recommend

  • Jan 17, 2012 - 12:05AM

    Thank You for making pride Pakistan In the whole World,.
    Allah Tum ko Behna Jannat Ma sab se ala Mokam per faz farmay Ameen,.

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  • sherry
    Jan 17, 2012 - 12:34AM

    @ :-(
    u were so lucky arfa its really a moment of grif for pakis to lose u :) u was lucky to fulfill some of ur desires……… some ppl know so much but there economical doesnt allow them to cum up :)

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  • Usman Shahid
    Jan 17, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Please do not force your child to come into the race of becoming young dash and dash. Let everything come with age.
    Early success means lot of pressure to sustain in next test when these test doesn’t matter. Please do not take away the childhood from their children due to this race. Satara Akbar is also on the same footstep. A wrong trend has been set in Pakistan

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  • Samuel James
    Jan 17, 2012 - 1:03AM

    These lines are for that LITTLE STAR (Arfa Karim) who was very precious diamond for our country and she’ll remains alive in the history of Pakistan and in the hearts of our nation…

    *Hazaron saal Nargis apni be nuri pe roti hai
    Bari mushkil se hota hai chaman men deed-a-war paida*
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  • Shakila
    Jan 17, 2012 - 1:16AM

    It feels like a big hole has been made in my heart by what has happened, what a sweet child she was, she felt like a daughter though I wasn’t lucky enough to meet her. She thought so much about her country, a country for which she had such plans, that is what is so sad and brings tears to my eyes, so innocent was her thinking when the rest of us have given up all hope for Pakistan, she brought that hope back to life. Ya Allah please give this child a good place in heaven. Ameen.

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  • Jawad
    Jan 17, 2012 - 2:45AM

    I love u my sister.. I want to build a worldclass IT university at your name.. And i wil also discover digicon valley which was your dream.. Promise, luv u sis

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  • Aamir
    Jan 17, 2012 - 2:58AM

    There are no appropriate words to express the sorrow and pain of loosing such a precious life…… إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون

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  • Arham Sarfaraz
    Jan 17, 2012 - 6:11AM

    In just a short sentence PAKISTAN has lost a precious and bright gem and a reason of being proud

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  • AWA
    Jan 17, 2012 - 9:19AM

    May her soul rest in peace

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  • sohaib
    Jan 17, 2012 - 10:35AM

    May Allah grant her highest place in in Jannat..We miss you Arifa! You made Pakistan proud and your name will be there on records forever, keeping the green flag high with honor..

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  • Jan 17, 2012 - 11:10AM

    God Bless you Arfa i will miss you so much Rest in peace my love!

    your Dearest Louis

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  • maz3tt
    Jan 17, 2012 - 1:17PM

    “It is also important to ensure that her memory lives on and she is not forgotten like so many
    heroes in this country. ” . totally agreed

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  • Zeeshan
    Jan 17, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Arfa We will miss you alot…………………..
    Pakistan Will Miss You……. :’(

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  • Jan 17, 2012 - 2:49PM

    إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون** I Love MY Sister Arfa Kareem

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  • Ehtisham
    Jan 17, 2012 - 3:37PM

    You never die.You always live in our Heart & Thinking.I realy Miss u dear ARFA. You becomes ideal many of us.YOU ARE THE PROUD OF PAKISTAN.May u live in peace.(AMEEN)

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  • Asad rajpoot
    Jan 17, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Arfa we will miss you so0o0o much ……..
    you are Princess of pakistan….!!! :’(

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  • Anwar
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:14PM

    I am very sad because our golden future is passed away.
    I love you my sister ARFA.
    May ALLAH please with her.

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  • raja noman
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:32PM

    i love you sister and i miss you very muchRecommend

  • Zain
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Good bye, little angel. We will miss you so much.

    Your death has brought tears to our eyes.

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  • syed parwez hussain
    Jan 17, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Fasilabad a city of Pakistan has born so many telented persons like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, great Arfa and so many hockey players but I do not know why the popularity of this city do not exists for a longer period?We have no Nusrat FA,Arfa Karim and famous for making so many hockey players.

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  • Mariam
    Jan 18, 2012 - 4:33PM

    I miss Arfa alot nd nt only me the entire pakistani nation miss Arfa ! by having a great mind in Pakistan we could do anything ! from being a developing country we could be developed country ! but its upto Almighty Allah that how long a person live …. bt its a very big loss to our nation nd the world ……. I hope that her parents come back to normal life as soon as possible !! RIP :((

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  • kamran rafiq
    Jan 18, 2012 - 5:01PM

    God Bless you and your family

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  • Rizwan Saeed
    Jan 18, 2012 - 8:47PM

    Pakistan missing you a lot because you were an asset for this country. May Allah her soul rest in peace.

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  • MIAN KAMRAN
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:16PM

    i love ypu sister . i miss you all life i proud of you sisterRecommend

  • syed ahsan ali
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:51PM

    may ALLAH bless her n rest her soul in peace….

    MAY ALLAH GIVE HER SHADOW UNDER THE KINDESS OF HAZRAT MUHAMMAD(S.A.W)

    AMEEN

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  • meraj
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:54PM

    arfa u will live in the heart of pakistan

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  • Jan 19, 2012 - 12:30PM

    may her soul rest in peace……………………………………
    im feelin very sad wen i heard tht newz tht she’z death may tht god give fully power to her family to drunk tht sad newz…………….

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  • Jan 19, 2012 - 12:41PM

    may ALLAH Bbless u
    we all r sorry
    a graet loss

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  • Adeel Butt
    Jan 19, 2012 - 2:27PM

    I miss Arfa alot nd nt only me the entire pakistani nation miss Arfa !
    God Bless you Arfa i will miss you so much Rest in peace my love!

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  • adeela
    Jan 19, 2012 - 3:02PM

    arfa u r the shining star for whole nation. we all miss u so much luv u soooooooo much dear. may Allah rest ur soul in heaven

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  • adeela
    Jan 19, 2012 - 3:03PM

    luv u arfa

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  • cutiedie
    Jan 19, 2012 - 4:11PM

    hey everyone its a big loss 4 u asnd i encourage her strength .may she go 2 paradise

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  • Jan 19, 2012 - 4:15PM

    its a big loss 4 u ppl and may she go 2 paradise

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  • aroosa
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:47PM

    lv u arfa:(we all will miss u alot.MAY GOD BLESS UA SOUL WID ETERNAL PEACE AAMEEN

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  • sawaira
    Jan 20, 2012 - 5:44PM

    arfa u know u were sister for me and I am the same age like u i love u may allah bless u in heven.

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  • SYED AHSAN
    Jan 20, 2012 - 6:31PM

    arfa realy misss u so much nt i but the whole pakistan bez u r the shining star of the pakistan May Allah grant her highest place in in JannaYour death has brought tears to our eyes tLUV U SISTER 4 EVER

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 6:33PM

    You never die.You always live in our Heart & Thinking.I realy Miss u dear ARFA. You becomes ideal many of us.YOU ARE THE PROUD OF PAKISTAN.May u live in peace.(AMEEN)

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 6:54PM

    hi am sohail saeed 4rm abottabad am a great salute to arfa kareem.arfa is my beautiful prety and the most intelligent sister.i always prey for arfa no one comes after arfa .i miss u sooo much arfa .allah tmhe jinnat tul fardoos ma jaga ta farmahey.meri wish thai k ma tm se zror milon louve my sweetest behina arfa

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 6:58PM

    J

    I miss Arfa alot nd nt only me the entire pakistani nation miss Arfa ! by having a great mind in Pakistan we could do anything ! from being a developing country we could be developed country ! but its upto Almighty Allah that how long a person live …. bt its a very big loss to our nation nd the world ……. I hope that her parents come back to normal life as soon as possible ! i love my sweeetest and beautiful behin arfa love u behina

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 7:03PM

    hi am sohail saeed 4rm abottabad am a great salute to arfa kareem.arfa is my beautiful prety and the most intelligent sister.i always prey for arfa no one comes after arfa .i miss u sooo much arfa .allah tmhe jinnat tul fardoos ma jaga ta farmahey.meri wish thai k ma tm se zror milon louve my sweetest behina arfaYou never die.You always live in our Heart & Thinking.I realy Miss u dear ARFA. You becomes ideal many of us.YOU ARE THE PROUD OF PAKISTAN.May u live in peace.)may ALLAH bless her n rest her soul in peace….
    MAY ALLAH GIVE HER SHADOW UNDER THE KINDESS OF HAZRAT MUHAMMAD(S.A.W)AMEEN
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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 7:05PM

    These lines are for that LITTLE STAR (Arfa Karim) who was very precious diamond for our country and she’ll remains alive in the history of Pakistan and in the hearts of our nation…
    Hazaron saal Nargis apni be nuri pe roti hai
    Bari mushkil se hota hai chaman men deed-a-war paida

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 7:10PM

    hi am sohail saeed 4rm abottabad am a great salute to arfa kareem.arfa is my beautiful prety and the most intelligent sister.i always prey for arfa no one comes after arfa .i miss u sooo much arfa .allah tmhe jinnat tul fardoos ma jaga ta farmahey.meri wish thai k ma tm se zror milon louve my sweetest behina arfa.Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2012 - 7:20PM

    this lines for arfa karim
    i am khalil from lahore cantt
    arfa karim k dead hone se pakistan ko
    bohat bara loss huva h
    arfa karim
    pakistan k liy bohat imported person thi
    arfa karim for the pakistan of very very imported person
    then in pakistan very loss.

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  • Jan 20, 2012 - 7:22PM

    hello everybody
    i am khalil very loss in pakistan
    arfa karim is dead
    she is the very imported person of pakistan

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  • zahid qazi
    Jan 20, 2012 - 10:11PM

    My dear sister Arfaaa, i love you, you have done a great job, we all salute you with a core of heart. Allah Tum ko Behna Jannat Ma sab se ala Mokam per faz farmay Ameen, whenever i read the news of arfaa in the paper or over the internet, the tears do not stop.

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  • Naveed Azariah
    Jan 21, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Arfa was not only intelligent young girl, she had a beautiful heart for those kids who have less resources to achieve their goals in life, Our hearts are broken, we have no words to express our grief, but there is only one prayer for her family, “GOD give Arfa’s family lot of patience to tolerate this big loss” . She was our daughter, sister and pride the whole Pakistani Nation.

    Naveed Azariah
    Hamilton, Canada

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  • Jan 21, 2012 - 10:41AM

    may be she is better place from here,,,
    may be she deserve much more,,
    history says much brilient people die in b/w 20-30yr of age…Recommend

  • maha
    Jan 21, 2012 - 1:38PM

    arfa sis u r proud of pakistan..may ur soul rest in peace..Recommend

  • Jan 23, 2012 - 10:48AM

    My dear sister Arfa,You always live in our Heart & Thinking.I realy Miss u dear ARFA. You becomes ideal many of us.You are te PROUD OF PAKISTAN.May u live in peace.(AMEEN)

    I MISS U MY SISTER ARFA

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  • Feb 8, 2012 - 9:45AM

    yes we the dream chasers of arfa karim on our way to put the dream of this hi-tech angel into reality .. we know the path is way too long destination is so far.. but we can do this and we will.

    http://www.digiconvalley.org

    https://www.facebook.com/DigiconVally

    its not more than a page or virtual existence it will be reality

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  • Feb 8, 2012 - 9:48AM

    yes we the dream chasers of arfa karim on our way to put the dream of this hi-tech angel into reality .. we know the path is way too long destination is so far.. but we can do this and we will

    lets join hand together to get this done.

    its not more than a page or virtual existenceRecommend

  • shakeel sissiqui
    Feb 22, 2012 - 4:00PM

    She came from the heven to teach Pakistanis and went back to the heaven after completing her duty assigned to her by ALLAH. She showed us that how can we win the world.

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  • M.kashif
    Mar 2, 2012 - 12:31PM

    Arfaa is my so preety cute beautiful and intelligent sister.i love you so much and i misssssssssssss you so much.i always pray for arfa no one comes after arfa.allah tme jannat-ul-firdos me jaga ata fermay.meri wish thi k me tum se zror milon love you so much.

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