3 Exceptional Pakistanis Were Recognized By Their Own Country Only After They Left Pakistan

They are now recognized by the entire world.

Pakistan has become synonymous with ‘versatile’ crime, crude jokes about Talibanisation in the West, and a euphemism for all that is dark and grey. There are always two sides to a coin; the first side is seldom the accurate or the complete picture.

Pakistan is home to a lot of talent. Many people from the country have gone on to do great things and have made their mark around the globe. However, what is sad is the fact that Pakistanis lack acceptance, while denouncement and hatred are quite easy to come by. Consequently, those who are genuinely gifted are forced to leave the country and follow their dreams elsewhere.

1. Nergis Mavalvala

Nergis Mavalvala is a Pakistani-American astrophysicist known for her role in the first observation of gravitational waves. She was awarded the Great Immigrants Award by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is granted to neutralized citizens of different countries of origin who have made America strong.

But she would have never been appreciated if she would be here in Pakistan just because she is gay and proud, and that is why her outstanding achievement would always dull in comparison to her religion and sexual preference.

2. Laraib Atta

Laraib Atta, daughter of Pakistani musician Attaullah Esakhelvi, happens to be the youngest and the only female Pakistani visual effects artist who has made it to Hollywood. She has worked on a number of blockbuster movies such as Godzilla, The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men: Days of Future Past. And her most recent work was for the movie  Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

She has often shared how her time here in her village made life challenging for her. She remembers how her family had felt pressured in the village to marry her off. Instead, she convinced her family to let her follow her dreams to explore the creative world of visual effects (VFX).

3. Kumail Nanjiani

Karachi born comedian and actor, Nanjiani, has made significant breakthroughs in Hollywood. His witty words capture the essence of both Pakistani and American societies quite perfectly, while the movie he made on his life, The Big Sick, was not only a hit but was also nominated for an Oscar. His original comedy has the audience rolling with mirth, while also promoting quite a positive image of Pakistan internationally.

However, he was born to a Shia family in Karachi, and wouldn’t have made so far if he wouldn’t have left Pakistan.

What are your views on this? Share in the comments bar below.

  • Bullshit title and post. Kumail for example travelled to US as a teenager when his parents decided to move. The point is, everyone has right to travel to the countries where better opportunities are offered, but It’s their personal choice, no one threw these people out. Similarly, whatever they have achieved is for themselves, not for making Pakistanis proud.

  • All 3 went to US for either advanced or higher or specialized studies and decided to stay there. Nothing new like many others. They have gained fame and that is the reason for this post.

    Nothing succeeds like success,


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