Category: Did You Know

Pakistan’s Hockey team dominates its Summer Olympics history

Pakistan, formed in 1947, featured in their first-ever Olympics at the London 1948 Summer Games. However, it took the country eight years to win its first Olympic medal. Pakistan has won 10 medals at the Summer Olympics. However, only two of these are individual medals. Pakistan’s Hockey team has won eight of these medals, including the only three golds under the country’s name. 

The Jinxed Office: No Pakistani Prime Minister has complete 5 year term since 1947

Since 1947, Pakistan has had nineteen prime ministers, but post of the Prime Minister in Pakistan can be said to be doomed as it carries a bizarre pattern. Imran Khan, Pakistan’s 22nd PM, despite his popularity could not undo the jinx. The premiership of I. I. Chundrigar was the shortest in Pakistan’s history, serving only 55 days of his term. At approximately five years and four months in total, Sharif is the longest-serving prime minister.

The 1974 OIC meeting held in Lahore was a power show of Islamic world that never happened again

The 1974 OIC meeting held in Lahore was a power show of Islamic world that never happened again.

On February 22 in 1974, Lahore hosted all the leaders of the Islamic world in the summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The city was jubilant as its hero Zulfikar Ali Bhutto presided over the summit, which some of the biggest names in the global politics of that time were attending.

Meet Saima Saleem, Pakistan’s first visually impaired diplomat

Pakistan’s first differently-abled female diplomat, Saima Saleem was born on August 10, 1984. In her early years, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa – an incurable eye disease that made Saleem blind at the age of 13. Saima Saleem made headlines last year when she addressed the UN General Assembly with a fierce speech in support of the right of Kashmiris to self-determination. 

Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect who designed famous buildings of Pakistan

Architect Yasmeen Lari is Pakistan’s first female architect. She started her career in the early 1990s, building some of Karachi’s most iconic structures. She has worked on projects such as the Taj Mahal Hotel, Finance and Trade Centre, and the Pakistan State Oil House, achieving success in a profession dominated by men.

Shazia Parveen is Pakistan’s first female firefighter

Shazia Parveen has been recognized as Pakistan’s first female firefighter. In 2010, she was only 22 when she joined the rescue service in the district of Vehari, Punjab province. She chose to take on the challenging job with a mission to serve and save the people. She also served as a fire instructor at the Punjab Emergency Services Academy in Lahore.

Fatima Changezi is first female naval officer to join Navy from Gilgit

Fatima Changezi was the first female naval officer to join the Navy from Gilgit. As a sub-lieutenant, she completed the 23rd Short Service Commission and received a gold medal. It became Fatima’s honor to become the first woman in her family to complete a psychology degree. Fatima’s decision to join the military was at the request of her father.

Did you know Angelina Jolie gave the name Princess of Hope to the statue?

The famed statue of ‘Princess of Hope’ located in the heart of Hingol national park is situated in Balochistan. Hingol National Park is famous for its rock formations and mud volcanos. It is the biggest and one of Pakistan’s most unique national parks. But did you know, the statue was given its name by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie?

4-year-old Arish from Karachi holds title for being youngest Microsoft professional In world after Arfa Karim

Arish Fatima, a 4-year-old prodigy from Karachi, is the youngest Microsoft professional after Arfa Karim. In 2021, Arish Fatima set an example for all by scoring 831 marks in the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam. In order to pass the MCP exam, one must score 700 points, but Arish broke a world record and made Pakistan proud around the world.