Wikimedia releases list of most viewed Pakistanis in 2017 on Wikipedia.com

Malala Yousufzai, Mahira Khan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Saba Qamar topped the list

Wikimedia, the non-profit organization that runs and maintains Wikipedia has just released the list of top 20 searched and viewed Pakistanis on Wikipedia for the year 2017.

The report includes all the top viewed Pakistanis on Wikipedia ranging from January 1, 2017, to December 20, 2017. The list shows how many Pakistanis in the year viewed particular personality entries on the world’s largest online encyclopedia.

This year’s list was topped by Malala Yousafzai with over 2.5 million views in 2017. Malala was on the top of the list in 2016 as well. Followed by Malala was the Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and Saba Qamar.

Here are the top ten Pakistani people searched and viewed on Wikipedia in 2017.


1. Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousafzai born 12 July 1997 is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.


2. Mahira Khan

Mahira Hafeez Khan (born 21 December 1984) is a Pakistani actress. She appears in Pakistani films and Pakistani dramas. She is one of the country’s most popular and highest-paid actresses; and the recipient of several awards, including Lux Style Awards and Hum Awards.


3. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (born Mahomedali Jinnahbhai; 25 December 1876 – 11 September 1948) was a lawyer, a politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan’s independence on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan’s first Governor-General until his death. He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam and Baba-i-Qaum (“Father of the Nation”). His birthday is considered a national holiday in Pakistan.


4. Saba Qamar

Saba Qamar Zaman is a Pakistan film and television actress. One of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses, Qamar is the recipient of several accolades, including a Lux Style Awards, a Nigar Award, and Hum Awards.


5. Imran Khan

Imran Khan Niazi PP, HI (born 5 October 1952) is a Pakistani politician, former first-class cricketer, and philanthropist who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and serves as a member of the National Assembly. Prior to entering politics, Khan played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century.


6. Nawaz Sharif

Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (born 25 December 1949) is a Pakistani businessman and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2013 until he was disqualified for life from office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2017. He had previously served as the Prime Minister twice in the 90s (1990–93 and 1997–99) and the Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990. He is Pakistan’s longest-serving prime minister.


7. Fawad Khan

Fawad Afzal Khan (born 29 November 1981) is a Pakistani actor, model, and singer who appears in Pakistani films and television dramas. He has also appeared in Indian films. He is one of the highest paid actors in the Pakistani film industry and is a recipient of a Filmfare Award, three Lux Style Awards, and six Hum Awards.


8. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Kaushal Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997) was a Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis. Widely considered one of the greatest voices ever recorded, he possessed an extraordinary range of vocal abilities and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. He is popularly known as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”, meaning “The King of Qawwali”.


9. Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto (21 June 1953 – 27 December 2007) was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the center-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination in 2007.


10. Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi (28 February 1928 – 8 July 2016) was a Pakistani philanthropist, ascetic, and humanitarian who founded the Edhi Foundation, which runs the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network, along with homeless shelters, animal shelter, rehab centers, and orphanages across Pakistan. After his death, the Edhi Foundation is run by his son Faisal Edhi.


The rest of the list was mostly made with popular artists of Pakistan from the film, music and television industry.

  • Sajal Ali
  • Mawra Hocane
  • Imran Abbas
  • Sanam Saeed
  • Veena Malik
  • Mehwish Hayat
  • Humayun Saeed
  • Adnan Siddiqui
  • Atif Aslam
  • Ali Zafar
  • Junaid Jamshed
  • Noor Jehan
  • Nazia Hassan
  • Mehdi Hasan
  • Qandeel Baloch

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