CJ Chaudhry, Sharmeen Obaid make it to TIME's 100 influential people

Published: April 18, 2012

PTI chairman Imran Khan praises Chaudhry, while Angeline Jolie says Chinoy "belongs to a monumental campaign". PHOTO: FILE

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Pakistan’s first Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have been named by Time magazine as among the 100 most influential people of the world.

As Time puts it, Chaudhry and Sharmeen have made it to a list of people who “inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world”.

According to a write-up for the Time’s list by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, “Chaudhry has become the first head of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to attempt to bring the powerful to justice. He has taken on the Prime Minister and the President in an effort to hold them to account. It’s not just the politicians either. Chaudhry, 63, is also seeking to take Pakistan’s intelligence agencies to task for their human-rights abuses.”

Sharmeen was praised in the list by Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie who said “[Sharmeen] belongs to a monumental campaign that is changing the legal, social and political fate of survivors of acid-related violence. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary Saving Face brought Pakistan’s acid-violence problem to the world stage. Today she is bringing the film’s message to towns and villages in Pakistan through an educational-awareness campaign.”

The Time’s list of 100 most influential people include Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei and Manal al-Sharif – a Saudi protestor against country’s ban on female drivers, amongst others.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • ProudPakistani
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Well done both of you:)


  • Fahad
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:19PM

    brilliant, proud of both these individuals :)


  • Umer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:22PM

    CJ Chaudhry, Sharmeen Obaid make it to
    TIME’s 100 influential people

    Sharmeen Obaid has done something, what has Chaudhry done?


  • mo
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:28PM

    @Umer: dude! He is trying to bring the biggest criminals to justice by making the judiciary stronger and even questioning wrong doings by pm and president (which has never been done before).Recommend

  • Jawad Jutt
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @Umer: For the first time Judiciary in our country was able to put everyone to task and you are saying what Mr Chaudary have done???. Yeah he is not beautiful as Sharmeen so what he is doing in the list. Less than 5 percent of the people know about Sharmeen in Pakistan but more than 90 percent know who Chaudary is and how he has been able to run the judiciary in Pakistan in a great manner.


  • adeel ahmed
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Sharmeen Obaid is more influential the Kiyani, Nawaz, Imran. OMG.

    I dont know why that article is coming in my mind “How to win oscar”, remember.hmm


  • Umer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 7:03PM


    dude! He is trying to bring the
    biggest criminals to justice

    Biggest criminals? Let’s see, did he punish anyone for abductions and murders of Pakistani citizens from FATA to Baluchistan? Is there a biggest crime than mass abductions and murders? If truth be told he has very conveniently and totally ignored the biggest criminals.


  • Pakistani
    Apr 18, 2012 - 7:06PM

    @adeel This list is for the world. Others that you have mentioned are influental in pakistan only. But Sharmeen is now becoming popular around the world.


  • Z
    Apr 18, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @Umer: Catching and prosecuting criminals is the government’s job. The judiciary has done everything it can by taking suo moto notices since the government won’t do anything, but it is not the job of judges of the supreme court to be hunting down criminals and providing law and order.


  • Umer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 7:32PM


    Catching and prosecuting criminals is
    the government’s job.

    SC can certainly call those responsible in for the heinous crimes and ask a trial court to prosecute them. SC just isn’t as keen to prosecute the biggest criminal as it is in prosecuting the civilians for reasons all too obvious.


  • Pungi
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:44PM

    A man who got 116130 Votes in total (82 %) of votes in his favour out of total votes being cast…getting 5th spot during the voting leaving behind Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Hilary Clinton, Anna Hazare & many others…Where is our leader Imran Khan in the list??


  • aliza awais
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Congratulations Sharmeen,You always make us Proud


  • shadi
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:26PM

    @ Umer if he wasnt interested in prosecuting the powerful people…Gillani’s contempt of court case wouldn’t still be running. I know theres a huge frustration in this country because powerful people are still getting away…but logically looking at it..thats not his fault…its the job of the police to collect evidence and criminals and present them to the court. Chaudary has done a lot…im not saying its enough..but he has definitely done more than any CJ of Pakistan before him.


  • UseIt
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:54PM

    @Umer i think you don’t read the news very often. The CJ is the guy releasing missing individuals in Balochistan. Read before you criticize.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:33PM

    And this qualifies him to be the most influential person in the WORLD? Give us a break!


  • Umer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:52PM


    i think you don’t read the news very
    often. The CJ is the guy releasing
    missing individuals in Balochistan

    Where is the punishment to those who are abducting these people and many of the abductees are killed? Why are those responsible not being prosecuted despite committing those heinous and serious crimes? Where is the motivation against such people by CJ that he shows towards civilians over smallest of issues?


  • Freeman
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:59PM

    @Umer: SC Does not punish anyone on the base of Media news. They heed credible and solid evidence.

    Our police needs to investigate and collect credible evidence against those culprits then Supreme court can punish them.


  • Freeman
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:01AM

    @Umer: Without proper evidence there is no way any court in the world can decide about the punishment. You need to understand this.


  • Umer
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:25AM


    Without proper evidence there is no
    way any court in the world can decide
    about the punishment.

    When CJ has recovered the abductees he knows who abducted them. CJ is just not keen after them as he is after civilians on smallest of reasons. Everyone knows who abducted the adliayya jail victims, four of whom who died in custody; has CJ taken any action against the agency responsible? Abduction and murder deserves death sentence no less.


  • ahmed
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:40AM

    they made us proud.we pakistani’s should have greatest respect for them.


  • shadi
    Apr 19, 2012 - 1:01AM

    @ Jibran…the most powerful list is a sham..i guess the fact tht jeremy lin is there proves it. I am not arguing over times influential list, I am defending the fact that he has done all in his power to prosecute people who are corrupt or commit any criminial activity…sadly/fortunately he is no dictator he is the judge of supreme court of Pakistan.


  • Jibran
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:29AM

    SC Does not punish anyone on the base of Media news. They heed credible and solid evidence.

    Like the testimony of Azam Swati was a credible and solid evidence? He’s wanted in the USA on cases related to fraud. Here he went to the court with the Quran, and since then Kazmi is behind bars with no chances of bail. Let’s not lie, and be honest with ourselvesRecommend

  • Apr 19, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Great to know Imran, who was wrongfully put up in the list did not make it! Why? because really, the man in not as influential as it may seem. Maybe if Hashmi or SMQ were on it they would have got more votes from PTI’s actualy fella’s and also of their local unhindered following, who are with PTI, but only care for their feudal lords :)


  • tal
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:37AM

    this is a very lame list.. there are easily 1000 more people who are more influential in the world for (hundreds of thousands of people) then 90% of the people mentioned in this list. and why they are not listed here is because they are not glamorous enough. its that simple.


  • Hamza
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:41AM

    Congratulations to both aforementioned people on becoming celebrities.


  • saeed
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:45AM

    we need heros and when we get Herod, these people start fighting and argument .
    just look at the good part , this is what mediocre people like you and me do. and leave the rest for smart people.


  • shams
    Apr 19, 2012 - 9:48AM

    @umer “Sharmeen Obaid has done something, what has Chaudhry done?”

    Perhaps you should have asked: Sharmeen has won an Oscar, what has Chaudhry won?


  • yusuf
    May 17, 2012 - 9:51PM

    You are asking what Sharmeen has done. Doesn’t it matter that she knows how to win an Oscar??? Do you know?


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