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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.


Reader Comments:

I am devastated

May her soul rest in peace. With love
Your indian brothers & sisters

Prakash, United States - 15 January, 2012

i am so sad for her

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

fari, - 15 January, 2012

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِ

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
This was a cause of Evil Eue, Nazar

Very impressed by this child and her parents

Imran Khan, - 15 January, 2012

May Her soul rest in peace ...

Mazan, Pakistan - 16 January, 2012

Arfa karem was the best she is always alive in our heart...i always sung that mili trana which was she singing (YEAH WATAN TUMHARA HA TUM HO PASBAN IS K....)...;( REALLY A GREAT loss we will miss you arfa....:'(

romail khan, Pakistan - 19 January, 2012

hat off to ALPHA

hi…i am prithviraj … i am from mangalore…i am age of 18th now.. I just have come to know about this recently on 18th jan. 2011 from a news channel… i was just curious to hear about a so young girl's achievement at first…and as on the news channel came with a twist that she as expired at 16years of age…i felt for a while like i got an heart attack… that small age achieving a so big goal is just a big hats off to her… i still just think of her always and ask god why do you do this with our young generations like this ??… and my dear “ALPHA” were ever you are… i am a big big big fan of you… and you are immortal in my heart for ever…

prithviraj, India - 19 January, 2012

Main InshaALLAH Ap ky Google jasa Software Banany ky khawab ko pura karon ga..!!!

KASHIF NASEER, Pakistan - 19 January, 2012

arfa karim god bless you

khuda k karib ho gaye aap . Khuda aap jaisay bohot genious banaye

gurpal, India - 25 January, 2012

She was one of the master minds of world.We are mourning for her death.May allah give her peace.

Salahud-din Batt, India - 05 February, 2012

arfa u r just like a moon.a moon which always give us a shining white light .u r the proud of pakistan.there are no words in which v can define.......may your soul rest in peace...[ameen]

maham batool, Pakistan - 15 February, 2012

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