This album is created to recognize, applaud and appreciate the services of non Muslim Pakistanis that the white color of our flag represents.
1. Aban Marker Kabraji
Aban Marker Kabraji, Pakistan’s leading environmentalist, is working as Regional Director IUCN, World Conservation Union. In this position, she is overseeing IUCN in 23 countries of the region.
2. Air Commodore Nazir Latif
Air Commodore Nazir Latif SJ and Bar was a one-star general officer in the Pakistan Air Force and a former director-general of the Operations and Plans at the Air Headquarters, Islamabad. Bill had always wanted to be a fighter pilot and joined the Pakistan Air Force soon after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. In 1958, he was promoted to Wing Commander as Air Marshal Asghar Khan assumed as Chief of Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force.
3. Air Commodore Władysław Józef Marian Turowicz
Air Commodore Władysław Józef Marian Turowicz was a prominent and noted Polish Pakistani military scientist and aeronautical engineer. He is considered as one of the chief architects of the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan’s space program.
4. Air Vice-Marshal Eric Gordan Hall
Air Vice-Marshal Eric Gordan Hall was a Pakistan Air Force bomber and fighter pilot, and former director general of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). A two-star general in the Pakistan Air Force, Hall had served as Vice Chief of Air Staff and was one of the distinguished pilots who participated in the Indo-Pakistan wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
5. Anil Dalpat Sonavaria
Anil Dalpat Sonavaria was the first Hindu ever to play test cricket for Pakistan. Dalpat was a lower-order batsman and wicket keeper who represented Pakistan for a brief interval in the early 1980s as a replacement of Wasim Bari.
6. Antao D’Souza
Antao D’Souza is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in six test matches from 1959 to 1962. He was the fourth Christian to play test cricket for Pakistan. He was a medium pace bowler and tail-end obdurate batsman.
7. Anthony Theodore Lobo
Anthony Theodore Lobo is a Pakistani Roman Catholic bishop. Bishop Lobo has made important contributions to education in the country. In recognition of his services to the cause of literature and education, the President of Pakistan conferred on him the President’s “Pride of Performance ” Award in 1990.
8. Ardeshir Cowasjee
Ardeshir Cowasjee is a leading philanthropist, businessman and columnist based in Karachi. He is the Chairman of Cowasjee Group and is engaged in philanthropic activities apart from being regarded as an old ‘guardian’ of the city of Karachi.
9. Arthur Nayyar
Arthur Nayyar, known popularly as A Nayyar, is a leading Pakistani playback singer. He was one of the most popular singers of our film industry in 70s and 80s. He sang many ghazals and geets for Pakistan Television and earned much acclaim.
10. Bapsi Sidhwa
Bapsi Sidhwa is a renowned novelist and published author of Pakistani origin who writes in English and is resident in America. She has previously taught at the University of Houston, Rice University, Columbia University, Mount Holyoke College, and Brandeis University.
11. Benjamin Sisters
Benjamin Sisters were a Pakistani singing group of three sisters, Nerissa, Beena and Shabana Benjamin. They participated in various music learning programs aired on Pakisan Television from 1968 to 1987. The sisters later achieved further fame after the release of the patriotic national songs of Pakistan.
12. Byram Dinshawji Avari
Byram Dinshawji Avari is a prominent Pakistani businessman and twice Asian Games gold medalist. Together with his sons, Dinshaw and Xerxes, he owns and operates the Avari Group of companies, of which he is the chairman.
13. Chief Justice Alvin “Bobby” Robert Cornelius
Chief Justice Alvin “Bobby” Robert Cornelius, Hilal-e-Pakistan, was a Pakistani jurist and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968. Alvin Robert Cornelius became the first Christian Chief Justice, making him one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the supreme court.
14. Clement Shahbaz Bhatti
Clement Shahbaz Bhatti, popularly known as Shahbaz Bhatti, was a Pakistani politician and elected member of the National Assembly from 2008. He was the first Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs from November 2008 until his tragic assassination on March 2nd 2011 in Islamabad.
15. Colin David
Colin David was one of the most prominent contemporary artists of Pakistan who was most famous for his figurative nudes.David was awarded the President’s Pride of Performance Award in 1995.
16. Comrade Sobho Gianchandani
Comrade Sobho Gianchandani was a Pakistani Sindhi social scientist, and revolutionary writer. He was the first non-Muslim and non-Urdu recipient of the Pakistan’s top literary Kamal-e-Fun Award (for 2004), which is given every year to an eminent writer in recognition of his lifelong achievements in the field of literature.
17. Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria
Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria is a Pakistani cricketer who continued the tradition of great Pakistani leg spin bowlers and possesses a very well disguised googly. In test matches, Kaneria holds the record for most wickets by any Pakistani spin bowler and fourth on the list of most test wickets overall, only behind Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.
18. Deena M. Mistri
Deena M. Mistri was an educationist from Pakistan. She started teaching English to the secondary classes at the B.V.S. in 1951. She was the first lady teacher to teach the secondary classes during those days. Mrs. Deena M. Mistri served the Bai Virbaijee Soparivala Parsi High School for 55 years.
19. Deepak Perwani
Deepak Perwani is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani fashion designer and a recipient of several awards. Deepak is recognized as one of the top designers and recently created the world’s largest kurta. According to Perwani, “the kurta is an intrinsic symbol of Pakistani attire, and (this garment) has successfully put it on the global map. A kurta represents the essence of what we are and defines our individuality in today’s world.” The world’s largest designer kurta will later be used to create smaller kurtas that will be donated to children’s homes run by the Edhi Foundation, a Pakistani NGO.
20. Rev. Dr. Khushnud Mussarat Azariah
Rev Azariah is the first Pakistani woman ordained to priesthood. Azariah was also the first Pakistani woman ever to attend seminary, though she could not do so in Pakistan. She’s the founder of Darul Musarrat and Darul Khushnood, which are special education centers.
21. Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau
Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau is a German born nun and a member of the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary who has devoted the last 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan. Sister Pfau received the Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam and Hilal-i-Pakistan award for her work with leprosy patients.
22. Dr. Alexander John Malik
Dr. Alexander John Malik, is the longest-serving Bishop in the history of the Anglican Church of the Subcontinent. After serving for 32 years as Bishop of Lahore, he retired in Sept 2014. Dr Malik got his Master’s degree from McGill University, Canada, and his Doctorate of Divinity from Wheaton College, USA. While studying at the Islamic Research Center in McGill University, he worked on his PhD thesis based on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He is a strong advocate of interfaith harmony and has devoted his life to the cause.
23. Dr. Faridoon Sethna
Dr Faridoon Sethna is one of the most respected and eminent gynecologists in Pakistan currently serving as Chair and Medical Director of Concept Fertility Centre. He’s served as Medical Superintendent of Lady Dufferin Hospital Lyari for a number of years. Among his many patients was former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
24. Emmy Minwala
Renowned dancer Emmy Minwala was introduced as a dancer by M.J. Rana in Sabiha-Santosh starrer Sohni (1955). The film had lilting music by Feroze Nizami. Later, Emmy dances became the necessary ingredients of many Pakistani Films and she along with other dancers including Rakshi, Neelo, and Panna dominated the Pakistani film scene for nearly 2 decades.
25. Dr. Mira Phailbus
Dr Mira Phailbus became the first woman in Pakistan to be be appointed as Ombudsman. She was given the charge of Punjab’s Ombudsman in March 2013. A prominent educationist, Dr Phailbus remained as Principal of Kinnaird College for several years. She also served as Minister for Education and Minority Affairs in Punjab Government.
Credits: Junaid Zuberi