10 young Pakistanis who have made us proud

Published: September 14, 2015

Haris Khan is the youngest smartphone app developer in the world. He was 11 when he created the app.

Haris Khan is the youngest smartphone app developer in the world. He was 11 when he created the app.

Haris Khan is the youngest smartphone app developer in the world. He was 11 when he created the app.

Pakistan is home to a lot of talent. Many children of this nation have gone on to do great things and have made their mark around the globe. One such celebrated example of talent was Arfa Karim, one of the youngest Microsoft Certified professionals in the world.

Our youth has, time and again, demonstrated to the world that Pakistan refuses to be overlooked in any aspect, be it education, sports, IT, acting or even video games!

Here are 10 young Pakistanis who swam against the tides and came out winners. We are proud to introduce:

Sumail, at the age of 15, sold his bike so he could enter a gaming tournament where his team achieved second place. He was also the youngest member on his team and won $1.2 Million!

Haroon broke the world record by obtaining 87 A’s in his IGCSE O and A levels.

At 18, Saad is the only Pakistani Formula 1 racer. Saad knew from an early age that he wanted to be a Formula 1 racer. With hard work and perseverance he became one.

Awais Imran represented Pakistan in the Telenor Youth Summit in 2013. He has also designed an app called ShotDrop which got 50,000 downloads in only six months and is currently working as a growth engineer in Jumpshare. He is an active public speaker who has spoken at universities such as LUMS, NUST and GCU Lahore.


Aaima scored the highest in her LLB exams. Always an outstanding student, she secured first position and was declared the highest scorer in the University of London External LLB exams.


She is Pakistan’s first and youngest female visual effects artist in Hollywood who started working at the age of 19 back in 2006. Laraib has worked on films such as X-Men: Days of Future PastGodzillaGravityThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader and Prince Caspian10, 000 BC and Johnny Depp’s Sweeney Todd.


Haris Khan is the youngest smartphone app developer in the world. He developed his first app ‘Super Soccer Kick’ 3D, a football game app that was launched in 2014 and can be found on iTunes. He was 11 when he created the app.


Imaan is the youngest Pakistani female tennis player to be ranked third in Asia in the under 14 tournament. At 11, she won first prize at the National Women’s Cup. Imaan plans to compete in an Indian tournament in 2015.


Babar Iqbal is the youngest professional computer record holder. He has the international records of youngest MCP, CWNA CIWA, MSP, MCTS and his research was accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference. He is currently working for Microsoft and is based in Dubai.

In 2014, Maaz represented Pakistan at the Telenor Youth Summit held in Oslo, after which he also attended the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. His idea was chosen over 800 other people who had applied from Pakistan. He proposed to launch eTuitionHub, a website that provides online tuition to people from all over the world.

Our youth is our pride and we would like to encourage them in every field available to them. The Telenor Youth Forum is also one such forum that encourages participants to nurture their innate talents. If you would like to be a part of the innovation, if you think you have something to show the world, do it here. Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams, and don’t let anything in life deter you or discourage you from doing what you truly believe is your calling. These guys did it. So can you.


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Reader Comments (39)

  • Pasanni
    Sep 14, 2015 - 6:53PM

    Where is Malala ????Recommend

  • Aadil talpur
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:00PM

    Why you haven’t mention Mallala our noble prize winnerRecommend

  • Pak Soul
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Wow…Love you Pakistan.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:07PM

    These youth are our future… We are proud of their achievements and wish them continued success… Recommend

  • fez
    Sep 14, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Forget Malala, at least Arfa should have been here.Recommend

  • shahid
    Sep 14, 2015 - 8:24PM

    We have to import her first from Europe, then to be Pakistani, then to bring her up to speed on Pakistan issues and problems, then …. and so on and on; So, let her be and enjoy the European lifestyle.. and pampering done by those who want to project their agenda through her. Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2015 - 10:37PM

    You didn’t mention Awais Imran also Represented Pakistan in Google South East Aisa Summit in Indonessia 2013.Recommend

  • Nouman
    Sep 14, 2015 - 11:08PM

    Maybe they are talking about alive persons only so give them the benefit of doubt.Recommend

  • Nouman
    Sep 14, 2015 - 11:09PM

    Where is Malala?Recommend

  • sanjna
    Sep 15, 2015 - 12:05AM

    What about fizza farhan? It waa quite a disappointment, not seeing her name in this list. Recommend

  • Paki
    Sep 15, 2015 - 3:22AM

    ET do some research plz. we expect quality from you.

    Babar Iqbal is a fake, Microsoft does not recognize any age related award as they do not record your age when appearing for MCP or other Microsoft exams due to PII privacy laws.Recommend

  • Aviator
    Sep 15, 2015 - 5:25AM

    These days I see more and more Pakistani youth achieving great things in the globalised world, well done to them all! But there is so much more that can be achieved – imagine if all Pakistani youth living in poverty were given the same opportunities to develop, then Pakistan can make a real positive contribution to the world. Government needs to make education a national PRIORITY.Recommend

  • rehman
    Sep 15, 2015 - 5:48AM

    is there any child from a middle or lower class family. all the rich kids have all the opportunities Recommend

  • ali imara
    Sep 15, 2015 - 7:19AM

    ThankGod Malala isnt one of them.Recommend

  • ali imara
    Sep 15, 2015 - 7:20AM

    Can u plz name a few contributions to pakistan by Malala?

  • Spyrogyra
    Sep 15, 2015 - 11:30AM

    Didn’t anyone notice the “Telenor publishing partner” insert? Recommend

  • mazhar
    Sep 15, 2015 - 11:32AM

    Why malala?? What she did???Recommend

  • Nouman
    Sep 15, 2015 - 12:07PM

    @ali imara:
    She is a Pakistani noble laureate. We are talking about Nobel which is more prestigious than any award other kids in the list have won.Recommend

  • Sep 15, 2015 - 12:59PM

    Where are malala and arfa karim?Recommend

  • Wah Bhai Wah
    Sep 15, 2015 - 2:47PM

    Thanks God no Malala here…Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 15, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Dear Author,

    I am writing to bring your attention towards another Pakistani “Dr. Muhammad Sadiq” who has developed an innovative medical device “ActiveNeedle” technology in the UK for procedures, such as regional anaesthesia and cancer biopsy.

    Kind regards,

  • Sadia Waqar
    Sep 15, 2015 - 4:12PM

    @Paki: I attended the Microsoft conference where Babar Iqbal was awarded and recognized by Somasegar of Microsoft.Recommend

  • Himat
    Sep 15, 2015 - 5:01PM

    Where is Malala, she should be on topRecommend

  • patriot
    Sep 15, 2015 - 9:52PM

    Dear Author,

    There is also a girl named Mona Mahtani, who opened school for underprivileged children in a small village of sindh. She was given N Peace Award by UNDP. She also represented Pakistan in Germany in a international conference. Kindly add her to the list.

    Kins regardsRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 15, 2015 - 11:34PM

    @ali imara:

    Your comment: “Can u plz name a few contributions to pakistan by Malala?”

    But, I am pretty sure you can name many accomplishments made by Taliban. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 15, 2015 - 11:37PM


    You said: “Why malala?? What she did???”

    Jealousy stems from negativity and you appear very negative. I wonder if jealous like you accomplish anything in life? I doubt that very much. Recommend

  • R
    Sep 15, 2015 - 11:57PM

    Where’s Malala? How could you have possibly forgotten her and Atiezaz Hassan?! Astounding.Recommend

  • Xman
    Sep 16, 2015 - 12:37AM

    We need more role models as these. Much of international media focus is mostly on something bad happening in a hut of some remote village in Pakistan, and then blowing it out of proportion to paint all Pakistanis with one brush.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 16, 2015 - 3:49AM

    Whole world knows Malala, therefore she wouldn’t fit in these talented boys and girls. All praise for these gifted kids and their parents.Recommend

  • hammurabi
    Sep 16, 2015 - 8:13AM

    Is all rest of the world crazy to recognize and respect Malala? The western world is accomodating syrian muslims immigrants and what muslim countries are doing? Same is the case with Malala. Her appreciation by civilized world cant be digested by narrow minded lot.Recommend

  • faiza ishtiaq
    Sep 16, 2015 - 12:34PM

    Faraz Kaiser Malik who passed IGCSE at age 11 years with 8As including Stars in Physics,Chemistry and Maths, AS at age 12 years with 5As, and A level with 5As including Stars in Physics,Business studies and and Economics at age 13 years.
    He attained 800 out of 800 in maths level 2
    of SAT exams, and is in the third semester in mechanical engineering at age 14 years.Recommend

  • ali imran
    Sep 17, 2015 - 7:31AM

    @Lakhkar Khan:
    I didnt ask what she won, my simple Qs was what is her contribution to pakistan. e.g She recently opened The Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School in Lebanon, she is getting support from UN and collecting funds to support her projects. Any such project/help/aid in pakistan? If yes, i’ll be very proud.
    And as for the noble peace prize, i think Edhi Saab, deserves it more than malala.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Why is Zaid Hamid not in this list? I feel diappointed. He is also a young minded Pakistani who has made Pakistan proud.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    Sep 17, 2015 - 12:24PM

    @ali imara: “Can u plz name a few contributions to pakistan by Malala? thanks”

    She is the second Pakistani nobel prize winner who had to run away from Pakistan. The first was Abdus Salam.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 17, 2015 - 6:33PM

    @ali imran:

    In my opinion, you either are one of the Imran Khan brainless zombies or one of the “Jehadis” who shot Malala. These are the only two groups, or maybe both are the same, which do not condemn Taliban terrorists.

    Either way, you appear one of the conspiracy theorists. I hope Pakistani army finds you soon and take you to one of their rehab centers somewhere in the desert.

    Let me ask you something, how do you feel about strapping a detonator around your waste and blow up yourself along with innocent people? You think that is an express way Jannat? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:10PM

    For those saying malala should not be included… shame on you. The girl almost died. Raised the profile of Pakistan globally… spoke at UN… removed the misconceptions about Pakistan in the wider world… please stop being jealous…Recommend

  • jaan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:12PM

    Incomplete article and biased assessment.. no malala… something personal against her??Recommend

  • Sep 20, 2015 - 5:16AM

    Add my name to this too! I will make my country proud soon enough!Recommend

  • raw is war
    Sep 20, 2015 - 12:34PM


    Malala is a RAW agent.Recommend

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