Making Pakistan proud, Chitral’s Karishma Ali becomes the first woman from the area to make to Forbes prestigious 30 under 30 list. Karishma is among 5 Pakistani individuals and startups making to the honorable list this year. Pleasant to see, 3 of them are women.
Forbes says that their list comprises of 300 “entrepreneurs and game-changers, representing 23 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region” were chosen who stood out for the right reasons.
“From innovating in technology and disrupting age-old industries to demonstrating immense talent and dominating the world stage (cue in Naomi Osaka), this group of young stars shines in more ways than one”– the magazine wrote.
Karishma “is the first girl from her hometown to have played football at a national and international level” – which is an incredible achievement on its own. Football, let alone women football, has never gotten the space and platform it deserves in the country.
Social media community also lauded her incredible achievement:
Proud of you #KarishmaAli( Chitrali) who made her way in the list of Forbes Under 30 Asia list. She is the founder of Chitral Women's Sports Club.
— Idrees (@IdreesICP) April 5, 2019
#KarishmaAli who belongs to Chitral is amongst 5 Pakistanis featured in Forbes Asia #30under30 list for game changers. She is currently the only female football player from her hometown:
More power to you #KarishmaAli! pic.twitter.com/dFLDYRs0iu
— Rashid ッ (@rgkureshi) April 4, 2019
Hats off to you girl. You are the real inspiration for all the girls in Pakistan. Who wants to do something good for the betterment of society.@pid_gov
#karishmaAli #PakistaniWomen #Forbes https://t.co/9SCcCQcLtG
— Hedayat (@He__dayat) April 4, 2019
#KarishmaAli belongs to Chitral is amongst 5 Pakistanis featured in ForbesAsia #30_under_30 list. She is currently the only female football player frm hometown playing national n international club level.#30_under_30#gogreengo#ourwomen #ourpride#pakistaniwomen #footballgirl pic.twitter.com/auzrhsJqqz
— 🇲🇺🇩🇦🇸🇸🇦🇷 🇦🇱🇮 (@mali6424) April 4, 2019
#karishmaAli who belongs to #Chitral is amongst 5 Pakistanis featured in Forbes Asia #30under30 list for game changers. She is currently the only #female #football player from her hometown… https://t.co/YTF6dQwLyU
— Main Hoon Pakistan (@MainHoonPak) April 4, 2019
Alongside Karishma, is the co-founder of Telemart Ahmed Rauf Essa, Laila Kasuri (a water analyst with Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division), Zainab Bibi (founder of Pakistan Society for Green Energy in 2013 to develop new methods of renewable energy), Zain Ashraf (founder of Seed Out), and Roshni Rides (a women’s friendly carpooling platform for commuters).