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Pakistan mourns loss of Arfa Karim

- January 14, 2012 - Updated 2249 PKT - From Web Edition

LAHORE: In what could simply be described as an enormous loss for Pakistan, Arfa Karim, the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Saturday night, lost the battle of life after remaining admitted here at Combined Military Hospital for 26 days, Geo News reported.


Arfa Karim was only sixteen years old.


Her funeral prayers will be offered on Sunday at 10 AM in Cantt area.


Arfa Karim remained in intensive care at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest a few weeks ago. After battling for life for 26 days, one of Pakistan's brightest brains left this world for good.


Arfa's father Colonel (Retd) Amjad Karim Randhawa, while takling to Geo News, said that, she had gone nowhere; she was still alive for her cause was alive. Going forward, Col Randhawa vowed to materialize her dreams.


To a question, he said that Arfa got the best of the medical treatments available, adding he was satisfied with it.


Born in 1995, Arfa Karim got the honor of World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional when she was only 9 years old in 2004. Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, invited Arfa to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA in the age of 10 only.


Later, in August 2005, Arfa was also honored by the Pakistan Government for the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology which she received from then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. She was also honored with Salaam Pakistan Youth Award in 2005 which has been set up by Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam. Moreover, Arfa has won the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.


Arfa represented her country Pakistan on a variety of international fora. She was also included as the honorable guest by IT Professionals of Dubai for two weeks stay in Dubai. During that trip, Arfa was awarded by a number of medals and awards from various tech societies and computer companies working in Dubai.


Amazingly, she was certified for flying a plane at a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10.


Arfa also participated in Microsoft keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers Conference held in Barcelona, in 2006. The theme of the conference was “Get ahead of the game” and Arfa was in fact a great example of being ahead of the game.

Reader Comments
There are many people who just come in this world to enlighten the darkened world.She was definitely one of them.

vivek rai
a god gifted girl , i will never forget her aims for pakistan

we need every things permanent in a temporary life. this is the wrong point of our government to lose hr.

A.O.A parents of Arfa karim i know it is great loss for u us. but we do nothing.ALLAH usy kabar k azab sy bachay or janat mein jage dy or apko sabar dy. Graet salam of Arfa karim.

Big loss for Pakistan.She was great great girl of Pakistan.May Allah give the best place in Jannah.She give great honour to Pakistan.

Muneeba Ibrahim
Big loss for Pakistan.Arfa Kareem Pakistan ky liye aisa loss hai jis ko kbi fill nai kia ja skta.Arfa ny Pakistan ko wo nam or muqam diya jis ki wja sy pori dunia ny pakistan ko izat ki nigah sy dekha.Allah Arfa ko abry rehmat me jaga dy .AMEEN

Muneeba Ibrahim
arfa duniya ki vo sitara thi jisne apne kam se sabhi ka dil jit liya tha aour aaj hum sab ko rula kar pata nahi kaha chali gai,she is unique no one can be like her.all the child and young people shuold be inspired by her.arfa hum tumhe kabhi nahi bhul sakte ,u r in our heart.really we r vary much missing .pls come back arfa,.hey allah ,khuda,meri umra arfa ko de do aour use hame bapas kar do.

How many peopple praying and sending blessings of Allah to her, what a greate honour. She got greatest honours in her little life, and much bigger after she left...May Allah Bless Her Soul in Akhria and send her and her parents to Jannah. Ameen.

Tairq Awan
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