Inspiring story: Govt plans Arfa Karim documentary film

Information minister lauds the world’s youngest IT specialist.

Our Correspondent January 23, 2012


The government is planning to make a documentary film about the life of Arfa Karim, the youngest ever Microsoft certified engineer who died last week.

“This documentary on Arfa Karim will be broadcast on television in Pakistan and a book will be published to pay homage to the world’s youngest IT specialist,” Firdous Ashiq Awan, the minister for information, told reporters.

The minister, who also visited Arfa’s parents in Lahore on Saturday, donated Rs1 million to the Arfa Karim Foundation on behalf of the government.

The young girl, who died at the age 16, received her engineering certificate at the age of 9. The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, personally met Arfa and got in touch with her parents when he found out the little girl was in a coma.

She remained in intensive care at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest. After battling for her life for 26 days, one of Pakistan’s brightest brains passed away on January 14.

The Arfa Karim Foundation will support intelligent young people who do not have full access to educational opportunities.

Talking to media after meeting Arfa’s parents, Dr Awan  said Arfa was the daughter and pride of the entire nation and had given a roadmap to the youth through her revolutionary thoughts and vision.

Lauding the efforts of the late Arfa, she said that her name should be highlighted across the world as she had enhanced the respect of the country with her own initiatives.

Amjad Karim Randhawa, Arfa’s father, told the media that he wanted to highlight the cause of her daughter to the whole world and expressed his determination that the family would work for the youth of the nation through the Arfa Karim Foundation.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd,  2012


Waheed Jatt | 9 years ago | Reply

I have been told by many expatriate Pakistani's here in the UK that to change ones official date of birth in Pakistan is as easy as changing your clothes! And considering the fact that Arfa's father is related to the Military establishment, this 'little' fraud may have indeed been carried out to get the award. And I just don't know what the fuss is all about, it was a simple MCP award, and she never invented, nor created anything useful for Pakistanis' to be so proud of. It just shows how aloof you are to regional events related to real creativeness and enterprise by the youth in countries like India and Iran - that are making a real difference to peoples lives. The Iranian youth should get a special mention as they have made such astonishing technological inventions that Professors from American universities have been obliged to visit Iran themselves to see the great progress of that nation. Now come on Pakistan, get a move on.

Waqar Azeem | 9 years ago | Reply

Very good, It should be done,. Me feel happy to know that Government going to make a documentary on Arfa Karim. Afra you were and you always be a star.

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