Unfortunately in abroad Pakistan always gives the impression of drone attacks, suicide bombings and terrorists whenever word “Pakistan” is mention. When Pakistan came under discussion nothing came in their mind more than the place where Osama bin Laden was killed or one of the most dangerous country of the world which come up the news of terrorist attacks.
Media outlets in Pakistan do tend to overemphasize the negative aspects over the positives but there are always two sides to a coin; the first side is seldom the accurate or the complete picture.
In this blog post, I will go over a list of people of Pakistani descent, from diverse backgrounds, who are working diligently to promote a pro-Pakistan image abroad so far in 2016.
- Dr Nergis Mavalvala
Astrophysicist NergisMavalvala,the Karachi born scientist’s research played a role in one of the greatest scientist discoveries of our time, She was among the team of eagled-eyed scientists who, for the first time, observed scientific milestone of detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago.
- Samir Iqbal
The key to fighting cancer in many cases is early detection, and earlier detection at the cellular level could mean survival for many cancer patients.Pakistani scientist Dr. Samir Iqbal, an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the institution, created the early cancer diagnostic tool that analyzes cellular behavior in real-time using nanotextured walls that simulate layers of body tissue.
- Fiza Farhan
Pakistani entrepreneur Fiza Farhan, co-founder of the Buksh Foundation, has been appointed a Member of the first ever High-Level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The panel main task is to target economic empowerment for women as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made history as the only Pakistani to win two Oscar awards for producing a short documentary ‘Saving Face and ’and “A Girl in the River”
Even after seeing the film “ A Girl in the River” (which is based on honour killing in Pakistan) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to change the law on honour killings.
She is internationally acclaimed filmmaker for highlighting women rights. Chinoy has also produced documentaries on various health issues including blood transfusion.
- Pakistan’s national culinary team
2016 is seems like a year of champions in Pakistan as another great win by Pakistan.
Pakistan’s national culinary team won 15 gold medals at the 14th International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival in Turkey.
The Pakistani team bagged 13 silver medals, 1 bronze medal, 4 trophies and 30 certificates at the event.
The competition, in which 25 countries took part, Pakistan remained high achievers and came up with the leading role. Pakistani chef players were highly appreciated by the international chefs.
- Three LUMS students won best peace project at US
Students of LUMS won first and final presentation of “P2P” Challenging Extremism” competition at U.S. Department of State.
There were teams from 45 different countries, including the US, but the folks from LUMS came out on top.
During the competition, teams developed campaigns and social media strategies that they believe would resonate with communities around the world and help in curtailing extremism around the world.
By Iqra Fatima