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Pakistan mourns young genius Arfa Karim's demise

15 January, 2012

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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, our sources 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 our sources, 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.

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Reader Comments:

Its the saddest thing in the world to see someone's child being snatched away with a cruel stroke of destiny.

Arun, - 14 January, 2012

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Our thoughts are with you.
You have our deepest sympathy.
With deepest sympathies.
You have my sincere sympathy.
She will always live on in our hearts.
Thinking of you in your time of loss.
She was a lot of things to many people and will be missed tremendously.
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
May your strength prevail to help you through this difficult time.
Our deepest sympathies are with your in your time of need.
May your memories be your comfort.
We are very saddened to hear of your loss.
During this excruciating time, we want you to know we are here for you.
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss.
In your time of need, we hope you know we will always be there for you.

May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten

Sabir Quraishi, - 14 January, 2012

hum aaj boht uddas hain arfa karim ky lyi, allah taala us ky waldin ko sabar dai,

akhtar hussain, Saudi Arabia - 15 January, 2012

CONDOLOUS

ASSALAM-O-ALAIKUM

i really very upset when i listen arfa has been !!! she is very brillient student extra brillent .. GOD give her place in heaven and tier her upgrade.

ABDULREHMAN, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

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, our sources reported.

Khalid Ayyaz, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

sorry

assalamoalaikum arfa u r great

ABDULREHMAN, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

wealth of pakistan

one of the great persons that was lost today.arfa had achieved many goals in a short life.
may her soul rest in peace.

Muhammad Rashid, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

RIP ARFA

I AM REALLY SAD N SHOCKED TO HEAR ABOUT ARFA'S DEATH,THOUGH A BRILLIANT MIND BUT A BABY OF THEIR PARENTS DIED,I FEEL V V V SORRY,I REALLY ADMIRED HER GENIOUS STUFF AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE,SHE SURELYWAS A MEDAL FOR PAKISTAN,MAYALMIGHTY BLESS HER HEAVEN N PEACE AMIN,,ETH HAPPENS FOR SOME REASON,SHE WAS ILL V ILL AND SUFFERING FRM ILLNESS HAD PAIN,AND NOW SHE IS RESTIN IN PEACE,,MAY ALLAH GIVE SABAR TO HER PARENTS ,,AMIN

Nayab Khan, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

i am very sad about arfa karim Randhawa's death,
i cant believe she is gone
may she rest in peace,
danial tanvir.

danial tanvir, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

Did they ever found what caused her illness? She was so young.

Zach Khan, United States - 15 January, 2012

I really dis heart to know this news. wo Pakistan ke liye hera thi.
Allah in ko jannat men jagah de. Aamin

Zohaib Ahmad, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

rest in peace darling angel may ALLAH takes you in His merciful fold.

rubina riaz, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

Arfaa Karim

It is a big loss, not only for her parents but also for the entire nation. As long as she lived we were proud of her and after her death we shall remain grateful to her for her contribution to knowledge of IT. In our expression of gratitude we shall always pray for her for a blessed life, here after. I wish to offer my heart felt sympathies and condolence to her parents.

butt jee, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

She did in 16 years what alot of people will never do. Sad

Badge Society

Badge Society, - 15 January, 2012

Your Mission Should Continue.

We have lost you but your mission will continue.

Intikhab Ahmed, Canada - 15 January, 2012

it is very bad news for pakistan.it is very big loss for her perants.
Allah Bless her

zahid hussain, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

arfa karim

it bis very unbearable loss for pakistan that they have loss a pakistani genius girl.[may god rest her soul in paradise]
my name is abeer amjad.i live in pakistan in the city of the sialkot.my town name is gohd pur.i am very sad when i listen this news

aber amjad, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

I am proud of you my sister ,,,Allah apko jannat naseeb kare ,,, i am speechless i feel like,,,,,,,,,,,:( Allah apko jannat mme Ala mukam ata akre or hum sb ko nasehat dae kuch krne ki,,,, ,:(

Hassan Raza, Latvia - 15 January, 2012

May her soul rest in peace!

Hafsa Hashmi, - 15 January, 2012

WE HAVE LOST A PRECIOUS JEWEL THAT SHINED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS A PAKISTANI.........

sana jabeen, Pakistan - 15 January, 2012

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