Pakistanis have always tried to brighten the name of their country at international level. Many of them succeeded in their aims and raised Pakistan’s name at various forums and made the nation to feel proud at.
People like Sumail Hassan Syed, Haroon Tariq, Saad Imran, Awais Imran and many like them received awards internationally.
Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa is also one of those youthful talents who raised Pakistan’s name higher at a very young age and if we say, she inspired the young talent to rise and enhance their interest and talent, then that would not be wrong. Moreover, she paved a way for the talent to rise and shine as a Pakistani.
Arfa Karim was born on 2 February ,1995 and at the age of nine-year, in year 2004, she became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). The title was crowned on her till year 2008.
The little champ represented Pakistan on many renowned international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference also. Seeing her talent and intelligence, American business magnate, investor philanthropist and computer programmer, chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates invited to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the United States.
She was awarded with the President’s Award for Pride of Performance also. After she died on January 14, 2012, Arfa Software Technology Park, Lahore was also devoted for her.
On 22 December, 2011 she suddenly suffered a cardiac arrest and an epileptic seizure damaged her brain. She was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition.
On 9 January 2012, Bill Gates contacted Arfa’s parents and instructed his doctors to adopt “every kind of measure” for champion’s treatment. He also set up a special panel of international doctors who throughout the time, also remained in contact with her local doctors through teleconferences. Local doctors rejected the option of transferring Arfa to another hospital as she was on a ventilator and in critical condition.
Arfa’s family thanked and praised Bill Gates for his efforts as well as for bearing the expenses of her treatment.
On 13 January 2012, it is reported that Arfa started to improve and some parts of her brain exhibited the signs of improvement. Arfa’s father Amjad Abdul Karim Randhawa said that there is possibility of taking Arfa to United States for proper care.
Arfa died in Hostpial, Lahore on today’s date at the age of 16-year and she was to be of 17-year in the earliest dates of February. Her funeral was held on the same day which was attended by Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. She was buried at her ancestral village Chak No. 4 JB Ram Dewali of Faisalabad.
The nation as a whole prayed for her and the death left the nation in grief. Still, the nation misses and thanks her for her contribution in raising Pakistan’s name so high.