Newspaper hawker's son defies odds to top Karachi's intermediate exam

Published: October 20, 2019
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Anas Habib with his father Muhammad Habib. PHOTO: TWITTER/(@AbulAzizNoman)

Anas Habib with his father Muhammad Habib. PHOTO: TWITTER/(@AbulAzizNoman)

They say hard work always pays off even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Anas Habib, a resident of Hussainabad and the son of a newspaper hawker in Karachi, has managed to bag the top position in this year’s Higher Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations Part-ll.

Anas scored 969 marks out of a possible 1,100 in the Commerce group exams held under the Board of Intermediate Board of Education Karachi (BIEK), clinching the top position among 43,021 students.

His father, Muhammad Habib, sells newspapers in buses and barely manages to make ends meet and pay for his son’s education.

As news of Anas’ accomplishment broke, social media was soon flooded with comments lauding his remarkable achievement.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant, Sania Nishtar, also congratulated Anas on Twitter and hinted at a scholarship opportunity for the talented youngster.

Another Twitter user, Tariq Zameer, hailed Anas’ achievement as a moment of pride for Pakistan.

According to a BIEK statement, a total of 43,021 students were registered and 41,985 appeared for the examinations.

Of these, a total of 12,888 successfully passed the exams. A total of 110 students achieved A-1 grade, 1,084 A-grade, 2,696 B grade, 4,262 C grade, 4,230 D grade, and 506 E grade.

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