Tribune person of the year 2013: Your vote, our hero

Published: January 1, 2014

They inspired and confounded us. Some earned accolades for breaking barriers and overcoming obstacles, while others stirred controversy even as they struggled to fulfill their dreams.

Still, there is no denying that the 10 contenders for person of the year left a mark on 2013 in their own unique way. Below is your response, and choice for person of the year, based on the amount of ‘yes’ votes received. 

Reader Comments (80)

  • Safwan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:35AM

    Hats off to Edhi saab, if there is someone who received more votes than Imran Khan, he had to be him. Two true heroes.

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  • Zaman
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:42AM

    Edhi sab rightly deserves the topslot but its bizarre to that Malala is so low on the list

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  • RKM
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:43AM

    I am still confused, why wasn’t I allowed to enjoy my New Year’s eve in Karachi by Sindh Police. :/

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  • Syed Aoun Naqvi
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:47AM

    I am a PTI supporter but happy to see Edhi sb above Imran Khan.

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  • Pakhtoons
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:55AM

    Yes you deserve to be on the Top Edhi Saab, God Bless U

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  • Samar
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:21PM

    Edhi saab, and Parveen Rehman

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  • M.Faisal
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:26PM

    The one who can only talk about poors,,,because he lives and experience poverty and simplicity…You are a true hero Edhi sb..

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Edhi sahib, hands down.

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  • talat haque
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Well put together – good way to welcome the new year [with the best] !

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  • vick
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:39PM

    I am a staunch supporter of Khan Sahib but still feels good to see Edhi sb on top of the list

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  • Adnan Jameel
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:42PM

    Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Ch.

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  • polpot
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:43PM

    The person I missed most not on the shortlist
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Rehman Malik.

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  • Saad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:51PM

    Malala should be number 2.

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  • Dani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:07PM

    No surprise for Edhi saab . But Where is Dr. Adeeb Rizvi

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  • Hassan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:35PM

    Don’t have issue with the ranking, but surprise to see Asif Zardari score 11%

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  • shahid
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:44PM

    dear,in my view ,imran khan is on NO 1 place….

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  • Takloo
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:47PM

    On a lighter note, Tahir Shah (eye to eye singer) should also be in the list

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Truly deserved place for Edhi sahib. God bless him, his family and the network. Of course Imran Khan should be there as well because of his Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital activities.

    Just a thought; may be Express Tribune should do a similar one for the ‘Worst personalities of the year 2013′ and let the readers contribute to that list. I am sure some big names will be there.
    May Allah guide us all.

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  • Noor Ullah
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:01PM

    Malala inspire us more than all. She create a new zeal and passion of education in girls.

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  • Guru
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:06PM

    *If ‘Abdul Quader Molla’ was included in the list then defenitely he will be No.1.He stand for pakistan, but the country betrayed him *

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  • Sahotra
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:06PM

    Iftikhar Chaudhary should be number 2 for his efforts in making judiciary relevant in the power structure of Pakistan.

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  • waqas
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:18PM

    well deserved edhi saab

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:29PM

    Edhi sb has rightfully topped the vote. The scary part is that Mr.Zardari got 11%.

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  • mudassar
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Mallala should not be in this list

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  • mudassar
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Mallala should not be in this list

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 3:07PM

    Edhi did what he could, he is Person of the Century and Imran can do and will do many things. I think Imran deserve it.

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  • salman
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:10PM

    So exactly what % of votes did Mr.Zardari get? :)

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  • AK
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:14PM

    Its good to see that Malala didn’t make it even to top 3. I am not against her and she did very well around the globe.

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  • Kamran
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:26PM

    I wonder why Siraj ul Haq and Syed Munawar Hassan are not even in the list……. Its not fair for an entity like Tribune and its liberal outloookRecommend

  • Farzan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:29PM

    According to me, the list should be as:

    Abdul Sattar Edhi
    Imran Khan
    Malala Yousafzai
    Parveen Rehman
    Bilal Lashari
    Misbah ul Haq’
    Samina Baig
    Ifthikar Chaudhary
    Fakharuddin G Ibrahim
    Asif Zardari
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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 3:31PM

    Abdul Sattar Edhi is an excellent man

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 3:32PM

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:33PM

    “My religion is humanitarianism…………..” Abdul Sattar Edhi
    I wish all of us would follow and practice his religion!

    This fascinating down-to-earth Human Soul is the true altruist Messiah in the history of Pakistan. Comparing him with the others is de trop, because his services are unselfish, immaterial, and spiritual. He does not need to stand in a limelight, because he IS the limelight!

    I wish Edhi Sahib a very long, healthy and happy life!

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  • Truther
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:39PM

    ms.malala is number 8 in vote gathering but ET puts her picture at number 5 in its print edition trying to distort facts

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  • sardarzaheer
    Jan 1, 2014 - 4:19PM

    General Pervaiz Mushraf should have been part of this contest…seems an unjust with him

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  • Asad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 4:24PM

    Why NS and his family members are not in the list?Recommend

  • Jan 1, 2014 - 4:34PM

    The loving person is missing here a biased selection is going to be made by etribune… None of them is our favourite

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 4:34PM

    we need more people like like Mr EDHI…

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  • MAQ
    Jan 1, 2014 - 4:59PM

    Mr. Zardari… in the list of heroes?????

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  • Ali
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Very satisfied with the final result. (Edhi saab deserves more than anyone in the country so no problems whatsoever)

    I think practically Imran Khan made a HUGE difference and deserves appreciation for mobilising youth to get involved in so called dirty politics dominated by families that were purposely keeping it dirty. People may disagree with his war on terror policy but no one can deny that his entrance to politics has created hope for nation and even his critics admit this fact.

    Salute to Edhi saab and well deserved 2nd position for GREAT Imran Khan.
    As for Malala, i am not against her at all but practically others contributed a lot more than her so can’t say i am disappointed. ONLY disappointment is Mr 10% getting 11% votes, he surely doesn’t deserve anything more than 1% but i can still live with that.

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  • Saeed Ahmed
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:12PM

    This is what our common public thinks, Edhi sahib top the list n Malala at the number eight. And more to this that this poll was conducted by ET and not by some right wing newspaper or a journal published in Mansoora ( Lahore ).

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  • Alamgeer
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:42PM

    I am really wonder to see that world renowned Malala Yousafzai is at number 8 with only 18 percent of vote. This shows us how famous she is among her own nation. I am not personally against her but according to me she is not as much credential as media had made her.

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  • Sultan Khan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:55PM

    The name of Abdul Sattar Edhi ought not have been included in the list and thus made controversial. He is a Super Hero for life and loved by all and sundry. Moreover, all those who get pay or salaries from tax money should not be included in the list. If they render any services they as being servants are bound to do that. What these “Protected” people like Iftikhar and Zardari did I and you also could have done and possibly in a netter way had we got the opportunity. So, in future it is hoped that only those persons shall be included awho do something either voluntarily or totally depending on their own resources and muscles and not on the crutches of the state.

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  • yousafhaque
    Jan 1, 2014 - 6:08PM

    @mudassar:::You are right Malala shouldn’t have been included in the List of popularity evaluation. A person who is Liked/Loved by 7 billion people needs no recommendation of 180 million knowledge-haters

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  • Muhammad Jawad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 6:14PM

    Hence the glory bowed to the on who deserved…

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  • Safi Ullah khan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Yes, SIR IMRAN KHAN deserve this award.

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  • Faiz
    Jan 1, 2014 - 6:54PM

    So, it seems that Pakistani are aware enough about Malala drama. Happy to see people love the ones who loves this country and hat those who activities were suspicious in last year.

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 7:13PM

    Abdul sattar edhi is the most deserving person for this

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  • Hakeem Luqman
    Jan 1, 2014 - 7:59PM

    Very few would argue against Edhi being the person of the year, however seeing Bilal Lashari at no3 and Misbah at 4 or even Imran at no2 says a lot about the priorities or lack of of majority of pakistanis. Bilal made a good film but what does that contribute to the overall direction or social milieu of this country, misban is a cricketer for God sake, and Imran is a politician who bend over backwards to appease terrorists. Imran has done nothing to change the course this country is on socially, culturally and politically. The standing of these three shows the myopic views of pakistanis on almost all aspects of life, and a society which lacks vision and intellectual acumen.

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  • MH
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:02PM

    Choice number 9 made me weep for the state of my nation. But at least it was 11% of the “educated masses” – or maybe billo baby kept on signing in through different accounts and clicking VOTE! As Disraeli said: “There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

    With Edhi though, Pakistan has it right. Respect for the man.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:06PM

    I think Mr. Edhi rightfully deserves the #1 slot. Though so should have Ms. Parveen, or she should have been at least #2.

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  • Arif
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:38PM

    I still can’t figure out, Why Mr. Zardari was in this list. And surprisingly some even voted for him?

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:51PM

    I voted for the Chief Justice Chaudhry, because of his efforts to cleanse Pakistan from corruption and regular violation of the constitution by the ruling elite. However
    Abdul Sattar Edhi selfless work for humanity is commendable. The list reflects the feelings of the nation toward these nominees, and now ET could ask the nation, the worst of the worst in Pakistan.Looking forward to it.

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  • Fasih
    Jan 1, 2014 - 9:23PM

    @polpot:
    Rehman Malik, most notorious corrupt minister, incharge of Benazir’s security details when she was gunned down, every body got blamed but him.

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  • Mazhar Khan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 9:32PM

    Imran stands out though but he still needs to shed the tested and useless heavy weights the likes of Shah Mehmood, Javed Hashmi, Jehangir Tareen, Pervez Khattak and Aleem Khans who are tainted in someway or other and bring back persons Umer Cheema, Fauzia Kasuri and young dedicated ones who want to deliver and he should now deliver enough of Dharnas. Put a program in front and give results.

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  • Anware Mahmood
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:07PM

    Edhi and Imran are the two grandest heroes.

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  • MAB
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:13PM

    I am a PTI member. I am Very Happy to see Edhi Sahib above Imran Khan.

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  • Muhadmmad Adnan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:25PM

    One this is for sure people have rejected “Malala Topi Drama” and “Zardari Democracy Drama”, now seriously ET should take care of public sentiments in future and shouldn’t make them hero anymore.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:24PM

    Imran Khan sb must b No.1
    He is above all..real superstar

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:53PM

    Error !!!
    Asif Ali Zardari 10% (and not 11%)

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  • Mehr
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:59PM

    Where is Parvez Musharraf in it? The man who gave Pakistan progress and is bravely facing all injustice against him for the sake of Pakistan.

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  • faraz
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:15AM

    Edhi sb

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  • asad
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:40AM

    At least Mr Asif Ali Zardari made it in the top 10
    Hats off

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  • reader
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:19AM

    I vote:
    General Sir Pervaiz Musharraf.

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  • Mohammad Abbas khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:27AM

    Imran khan yes imran khan certainly true hero and an honest politician. May Allah give him long life and save him from all the evil of today. Amen.
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  • VBFH
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:43AM

    As much as I hate everything about him… I have to be a judge of real accomplishment that never happen in the history of Pak before. I give 5Star to this person for simply his steadfastness in the time of all sorts of turmoil when everthing was thrown in his path…from 50ton legal boulders to mile deep political lava pits. But he acccomplished the impossible. He peacefully and superbly ran the full term & transfered the power leaving a challenge & an acheivement for future political aspirants. Guess Who?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:42AM

    Why Imran Khan is even in the list? His only achievement in 2013 is that he disrupted trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan and damaged economy. His earlier achievements e.g. Hospital and University, well, he traded them for about two dozen seats. We, will not let him cash them again and again.

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  • Ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:36AM

    @Hakeem Luqman

    Sir i hope you take your head out of sand and understand the fact that Imran has made a HUGE difference already and will keep making in coming years. Bilal Lashari made us all proud with amazing film, so much so that most people who would even laugh when they hear Pakistani movies are worth watching are actually recommending people to watch our movies again which in turn educates our nation about our culture which is a long term gain.

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  • Insaan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:10AM

    @Safwan:
    Edhi is the best because he has accepted the truth.

    “My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”

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  • Shahzad
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:50AM

    Wow asif zardari and fakhro Bahai neck to neck.
    History will prove democracy is the best revenge.

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  • Sheikh Muhammad Deen
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:49AM

    Deserved.

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  • NYC
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:31AM

    Huh?! Where’d all the Imran haters go who claimed that the nation hated him? Hellooo?!

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:54PM

    Only Abdus Sattar Edhi deserves to be the 2013′s hero because he is a selfless,true,sincere and honest social worker and leads really,truly and practically simple life and Pakistan needs people like Abdus Sattar Edhi on leadership’s level for prosperity and sovereignty…..

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  • amit (India)
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:45PM

    I think the person of the year for Pakistan should have been the faceless/nameless polio workers – who take risks of assassins bullets to try and save other people’s kids. So many of these selfless people (and the policemen who protect them) have been killed by religious idiots, its a shame. I think Pakistan should recognize their contribution.

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  • Karachiwala
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:50PM

    typical PTI/ JI playgame…. i knew it imran will top..and malala will loose.
    ET is more becoming a baithak for ji and pti trolls …

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  • MA
    Jan 3, 2014 - 12:55AM

    Zardari shouldn’t even have been on the list.

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  • Imran Khan
    Jan 6, 2014 - 9:33AM

    Where is Tahir ul Qadri?

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  • Jan 29, 2014 - 11:33AM

    Shame on you Express Tribune .IK is undoubtedly person of the year. Tampering the results wount change the facts.

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  • Feb 21, 2014 - 12:12PM

    Shame on you express tribune , its a tampered result.

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  • Feb 21, 2014 - 12:15PM

    Shame on you express tribune …….tampered result

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