Every soul has to go back to its origin, this is what Holy Quran said. But sometimes this loss becomes too big to bear. There are few people in every country who are the real life heroes. Whenever a nation feels low, it looks towards them for motivation as they are like an oxygen for the entire country. Here in Pakistan, we have no shortage of such people who are the source of inspiration for millions. But we don’t realize their importance when they are alive. We give them their due consideration only when they left us and a vacuum is created because of their absence. This loss becomes even worst if their death is sudden or unnatural.
1. Amjad Sabri, December 23, 1970 – June 22, 2016
Like a father, like a son, A wonderful Qawwal, son of a legendary Qawwal father, Ghulam Farid Sabri. Due to his unique and pure voice, Amjad Sabri was not less than his father. He, along with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, was the real source of motivation when it comes to Qawwali. This legend was shot dead in Liaquatabal, Karachi on June 22, 2016, when he left his house to attend a TV program.
2. Arfa Karim, February 2, 1995 – January 14, 2012
The youngest Microsoft Certified professional in the world at the age of 8, Arfa Karim was just 16 years old when she left this world due to a cardiac arrest. Arfa was a computer genius and won many nation and international awards. She, along with his father visited Microsoft head office in the USA on the invitation of Bill Gates.
3. Shahlyla Baloch, March 12, 1996 – October 12, 2016
Shahlyla Baloch was a member of Pakistan Football team and people used to call her “Messi of Pakistan.” Just like Sana Mir who is a cricketing role model for girls in Pakistan, Shahlyla Baloch was football role models for girls in Pakistan, especially if we take about areas like Quetta and entire Balochistan. She died in a road accident in Karachi on October 12, 2016. She was just 20.
4. Sultan Rahi, 1938 – January 9, 1996
Punjabi film industry can’t produce an actor who can be as legendary as Sultan Rahi. His film Molla Jutt was one of the biggest hits in the history of Pakistan. He has appeared in record 535 films, also recognized by Gunnies Book of World Record. He was shot dead during a robbery on GT road near Gujranwala in 1996.
5. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, 13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997
Though Pakistan has produced many legends in all fields of lives, But it was Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who spread the name of Pakitan all across the globe. He possessed extraordinary and magical vocal abilities which made him one of the greatest voices in the world. He was a huge fan following all around the world. He died due to a sudden cardiac arrest in London in 1997.
6. Moin Akhtar, December 24, 1950 – April 22, 2011
The chapter of comedy in Sub Continent can’t be completed without the legend called as Moin Akhtar. Sometimes there are no appropriate words to describe a man and Moin Akhtar is such a legend that he doesn’t need any words in his appreciation. Popular in four corners of the world, he left this temporary word in 2011.
7. Benazir Bhutto, June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007
BB was not only the first women Prime Misinter of Pakistan but also the first of entire Muslim world. Daughter of legendary and most popular political leader after Quaid-e-Azam, she inherited the political and leadership qualities from her father. Elected as the PM of Pakistan twice, BB was killed in a suicide attack just when she was leaving a campaign rally in Liaquat Bagh, RawalPindi.
8. Waheed Murad, October 2, 1938 – November 23, 1983
Also known as the chocolate hero, Waheed Murad perhaps is the most famous and influential actor in Sub Continent. During his actor days, everybody just loves to copy him. When it comes to romantic scenes in the film, there was no comparison of Waheed Murad at all. His death is still a mystery as he was found dead in his room with a paan leaf in his mouth. Nobody known wheater it was a suicide or heart attack.
9. Babu Bara, 1964 – 15 April 2011
One of the best comedians of the modern days, Babu Baral died at the age of 47 in Lahore. After entertaining the people of Pakistan for almost two decades, this wonderful comedian spent his last days in a very miserable position. Attacked by cancer, kidney failure, and hepatics, his family didn’t have enough resources even to take him to a hospital.
10. Abdul Sattar Edhi, January 1, 1928 – Forever
Year 2016 was worst for Pakistan in a sense that the most uncontroversial personal and the most humble person in the history of Pakistan has left us forever. All we can say in his praise that he will be missed, FOREVER.