The Term “Zabardasti Ka Pakistani” is not a term to make fun of people, or to intentionally hurt the sentiments of anyone who is a true patriot and loves Pakistan. It is just to highlight the fact that we should stop referring to famous people with Pakistani roots as“famous Pakistanis.” Those people who have adopted a new identity in another country might not want to be called Pakistani. Those who do, call them Pakistani, those who don’t, don’t associate their success forcefully with Pakistan. Rather, we should focus on taking them as an inspiration and bring our own talent into the limelight, and showcase it to the world. That would truly be a contribution by Pakistan and those people would truly be famous Pakistanis.
Admittedly, Pakistanis abroad may love their heritage, yet we identify them as being famous Pakistanis…which is not the case!
Here are a few Pakistanis settled abroad that have made it big…
1. Sadiq Khan
The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan hails from Pakistan, but he is a true-blue Britisher – by birth and by mindset!
2. Amir Khan
Born and raised in Bolton, England, Khan started competitive boxing in junior high school and by age 16 won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania. In 2004, this Punjabi/Urdu/English-speaking 17 year old was Britain’s sole representative in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he won a silver medal!
3. Nargis Fakhri
Yes, the Bollywood Star is half Pakistani from her father’s side, but she was born in Queens, New York and gained fame in India !
4. Zayn Malik
The former One-direction star was born in the UK but he hails from Pakistani roots. This is one of the most famous Britishers that we refer to as a “Famous Pakistani”, although he did sing an Urdu song!
5. Imran Khan
The rapper/singer/songwriter and so much more, is of Pakistani origin – but he was born in Holland and became famous in the U.K through his awesome Punjabi Rap songs.
This Canadian model with a German mom and a Pakistani dad came right up the fashion ladder. She is really a big name when it comes to Victoria’s Secret models!
7. Faran Tahir
Well established in the theater family, this guy has been in countless exceptional television shows and a few movies including Iron Man 3!
8. Nergis Mavalvala
Recently she was in the limelight as one of the scientists who observed the first gravitational waves ever detected from Earth and that was the first and only time we found out that she was a “Pakistani-American”.
Not saying that it’s wrong to support these famous people, but to accredit their fame to them being Pakistani is a bit much. They are famous because of their own talent, hard work and the support that they got from their own respective countries. Not because they are PAKISTANI!