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Remembering Pakistan’s genius – Arfa Karim


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Today (January 14) marks the seventh death anniversary of youngest Microsoft professional Arfa Karim, who passed away at the age of 16 in a Lahore hospital after the cardiac arrest. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar paid tribute to her in a statement issued declaring Miss Karim ray of hope for the new generation.

“With her God-gifted abilities, Arfa has brought glory to Pakistan. The light being lit by this wonderful daughter in the field of information technology will always be brightened,” reads the statement.

Achieving so much in such a young age, Miss Karim had fallen ill as she suffered brain damage after idiopathic epilepsy seizures and went into a coma at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Lahore.

The computer prodigy became the youngest Microsoft certified Profession at the age of nine after passing the exam in 2004. She represented Pakistan at various international forums and was also invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the United States.

Miss Karim also received the President’s Pride of Performance Award in 2005; other than that to her name, she has Salaam Pakistan youth award and Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal [in the field of science and technology]. Born genius, Arfa earned pilots license at the age as young as 10.

Brand ambassador of PTCL EVO service (wireless broadband internet service), Miss Karim was born on Feb 2, 1995, in Punjab Pakistan. Achieving so much in such a young age, Miss Karim had fallen ill as she suffered brain damage after idiopathic epilepsy seizures and went into a coma at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Lahore. She died of cardiac arrest on 14th January 2012.

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To honor Miss Karim’s achievements, country’s’ largest information and communications technology park was named after her in January 2012; Arfa Software Technology Park.