The nation is observing the sixth death anniversary of Arfa Karim today – one of the most cherished geniuses who earned worldwide fame at an early age.
Born in Faisalabad in 1995, Arfa was the youngest tech professional in the country.
In July 2005, she visited United States on invitation from Microsoft Corporation. Co-founder of the company Bill Gates met Arfa personally and presented to her the certified Microsoft Application Certificate.
Her achievements and contributions to the Information Technology (IT) sector of the country are unforgettable. Apart from being a Microsoft professional, at the age of 10, Arfa joined Dubai’s flying club and flew a plane. She was awarded a certificate for her abilities.
On December 20, 2011 she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition. In January 2012, she passed away.
Some people live longer than their physical lives; Arfa Karim’s legacy will be remembered for years to come. She has been awarded with Fatima Jinnah Gold medal, Salaam Pakistan Youth Award, Pride of Performance award amongst many others.
For her achievements and performance in the information technology sector, the government launched Arfa Karim IT tower as well.
Tributes to Arfa’s legacy
“Brilliant girls like Arfa Karim are a ray of hope for the whole nation. The candle of light illuminated by her in the field of IT shall remain glowing forever,” Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said.
“Arfa Karim shall always be remembered because of her prodigious abilities and talent. She is a source of strength and conviction for the new generation as she showed the world that Pakistani children, supposedly from a third world country are not less than anybody in the field of science and technology,” concluded chief minister.