People of The Year
The Financial Daily has conducted a public poll on its website recently where people entered the names of their favourite personalities for the year 2008. Here is the list of those people who won people’s choice the most.
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi, or Edhi, as he is often known, is one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. He is head of the Edhi Foundation. He has the largest private ambulance service network in the world.
Professor Adib Rizvi, Director SIUT, said it was his dream to have a bigger painting exhibition of contributions from school children all over Pakistan.
Ansar Burney is a leading Pakistani human rights and civil rights activist. He is a graduate of Master's and Law from Karachi University and honorary recipient of a PhD.
Pervez Musharraf is the former President of Pakistan. Previously, he also acted as Chief Executive of Pakistan as well as former Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.
Asif Ali Zardari
Asif Ali Zardari is the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was elected as 14th and current President of Pakistan. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Altaf Hussain is one of the most influential leaders of Pakistan and leads Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). He was born on September 17, 1953 in Karachi.
Nawaz Sharif is a well-known business tycoon from Punjab province who came into politics and was twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Yousuf Raza Gilani
Syed Makhdoom Yousuf Raza Gilani is the current and twenty-sixth Prime Minister of Pakistan. He is a senior Pakistan Peoples Party activist and hails from City of Saints, Multan.
Syed Mustafa Kamal
Syed Mustafa Kamal is the District City Nazim (Mayor) of Karachi. Kamal is one of the well-known members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which is one of the largest political parties in Pakistan.
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is a Pakistani general and the current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. Kayani replaced Pervez Musharraf as the leader of the army on November 28, 2007.
Asfandyar Wali Khan
Asfandyar Wali Khan is the President of the Awami National Party. A Pakhtun patriot, he is an opponent of the Taliban and proponent of provincial rights in Pakistan.
Salmaan Taseer is a businessman and is quite an influential figure in the country’s politics and business circles. He currently serving as Governor of Punjab.
Shehrbano "Sherry" Rehman is a senior Pakistani politician and one of the prominent companions of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She was appointed as Minister for Information & Broadcasting.
Pir Pagara is the leader of Sunni Muslim Sufi order of Hurs in Sindh province of Pakistan. Pir Sahib is a seasoned politician. He is one of the most influential personalities in Sindh.
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was the 20th Chief Justice of Pakistan. He has a Bachelors in Arts and Bachelors in Law (LLB) from Jamshoro-Sindh. He joined the bar in 1974.
Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman is the son of Mufti Mahmud. He is Ameer (President) of his political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Assembly of 'Ulama-e-Islam). He has a stronghold in North Western Frontier Province.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim
Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim is a politician from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians in the lower house.
Abdul Qadeer Khan
Abdul Qadeer Khan is country’s most loveable scientist and metallurgical engineer, widely regarded as the founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme.
Dr Fehmida Mirza
Dr Fehmida Mirza is a medical doctor, agriculturist and businesswoman from Hyderabad, who was elected as the first female Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan last year.
Chaudhry Shujjat Hussain
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is a politician from Punjab who served Pakistan as Prime Minister from June 30, 2004 until August 28, 2004. He also leads Pakistan Muslim League (Q).
Dr Shamshad Akhtar
Dr Shamshad Akhtar is the 14th governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and the first female to assume this position. Previously, she also held positions with the Asian Development Bank.
Chairman and Chief Executive Arif Habib Securities Limited is also the Founder Chairman of the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited and also served as the Chairman of the KSE.
Aqeel Karim Dhedhi
Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, son of (late) Haji Abdul Karim Dhedhi, is the Chairman of the AKD Group. He has built the AKD Group as a leading and vibrant set of business enterprises operating.
Shaukat Tareen is the current Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance. He was appointed at the post with a status of federal minister by Government of Pakistan on the October 2008.
Dr Maleeha Lodhi
Dr Maleeha Lodhi is a journalist, academic, and diplomat from Pakistan. Till recently, she was the high commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom, and a former ambassador to the United States.
Rameez Hasan Raja is a former Pakistani cricketer who used to open the batting. He joined different sports channels after retiring from international cricket and has become the voice of Pakistan cricket.
Javed Miandad is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975-1996 and is the Director General of Pakistan Cricket Board. He is generally regarded as Pakistan's greatest ever batsman.
Wasim Akram is a former Pakistani fast bowler. He was a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman, who represented the national cricket team in Tests and One Day Internationals.
Reema Khan is a film actress and has worked in more than 200 films till today. She is sometimes called and given the title Ashwarya Rai of Pakistan.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad is a Pakistani politician and writer. He served as the Federal Minister for Railways in Pakistan from 2006 to 2008 and has recently formed a new political party, “Awami League”.
Mehdi Hassan, also called "Shahenshah-e-Ghazal" is a legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer and a former playback singer for Lollywood. He nowadays is struggling with ailing health.
Aatta Ullah Essa Khelvi
Atta Ullah Khan Essa Khelvi is one of the most famous Siraiki singers in Pakistan, hailing from Mianwail. His different style of singing is still liked all across the country.
Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi is a retired Pakistani cricketer and political activist. Khan is also a charity worker and cricket commentator. Imran Khan founded and became the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan is a Barrister-at-Law by profession, Senior Advocate Supreme Court and former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. He is a seasoned and prominent lawyer.
Abdul Hameed Dogar
Abdul Hameed Dogar is the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar took over after sacking of CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry and was born in the village of Gaarhi Mori, in Khairpur district, Sindh province.
Ardeshir Cowasjee is a renowned newspaper columnist from Karachi in Pakistan. He is also Chairman of the Cowasjee Group. He is generally known for his outspoken articles.
Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim
Professor Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui is a noted scholar, Urdu poet and intellectual of Pakistan serving as Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi.
Dr Manzoor Ahmed
Professor Dr Manzoor Ahmed is a noted philosopher and scholar of Pakistan. Dr Manzoor is well versed in many languages including, Arabic, English, Persian and Urdu.
Shoaib Malik is the current captain of the Pakistani cricket team. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh.
Prof Dr Atta Ur Rehman
Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman is a leading scientist and scholar in the field of organic chemistry, especially renowned for his research in the various areas relating to natural product chemistry. He has also discharge duties as minister.
Amjad Islam Amjad
Amjad Islam Amjad is a famous Urdu poet, drama writer and lyricist from Pakistan. Amjad Islam is the writer of many drama series for Pakistan Television Corporation including the very popular "Waaris".
Anwar Maqsood is one of Pakistan's most famous celebrities in the entertainment industry. He is an intellectual, playwright, poet, television host, satirist, humorist, infrequent actor and long time painter.
Umer Sharif is a Pakistani comedian, stage, film and TV actor, director and producer. He rose to fame due to his work on stage and his stage shows are considered among the most popular in Pakistan.
Moin Akhter is a Pakistani television, movie and stage actor, as well as a comedian, impersonator, and a host. He is also a play writer, singer, film director and producer. He along with Anwar Maqsood has won hearts of the masses.
Abrar-ul-Haq is a Pakistani pop, bhangra and folk legend singer. He is the founder and chairman of SAHARA for Life Trust, a charitable organisation promoting health and education in remote areas.
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is a professional tennis player from Pakistan. He is the Pakistani Number 1, Asian Singles Number 3 and Asian Doubles Number 4. His highest Singles Race ranking is 103rd.
Shehzad Roy is an Urdu/Punjabi language pop singer. Shehzad is dedicated to the building up of Zindagi Trust, the NGO which springs from his passion for helping impoverished and uneducated children.
Nadia Khan is a Pakistani television presenter, actress and producer. She is currently the host of Nadia Khan Show – Geo Mazay Sey. Her show features interviews with celebrities, artists, performers, and politicians.
Shahid Khan Afridi is a cricketer currently playing for the national team. He is known for his aggressive batting style, and currently holds the highest career strike rate in international cricket.
Jahangir Khan is a former World No 1 professional squash player, who is considered by many experts of the game to be the greatest player in the history of squash.