Who is the Pakistani nominee for Nobel Prize Dr. Amjad Saqib?

There have been 343 candidates worldwide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022 – 251 individuals and 92 organizations.

Philanthropist and founder of Pakistan’s largest interest-free microfinance program Akhuwat, Dr. Amjad Saqib, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work in poverty alleviation.

There have been 343 candidates worldwide nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022 – 251 individuals and 92 organizations.

“My services are beyond any award, and they’re purely for the sake of Allah,” Dr. Amjad said. He added that no person could nominate himself for the Nobel Prize, and there’s no lobbying involved in the entire procedure.

“An official from a foreign country might have suggested my name for the award. People worldwide are familiar with my services for humanity, but I am not aware of any such step,” he said.

Dr. Amjad Saqib was one of five recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award — named after a Filipino president who died in a plane crash — for his free microfinance program that has benefited millions of low-income families.

Moreover, almost two decades after its launch, Akhuwat has evolved into the country’s largest microfinance institution, distributing $900 million and boasting an almost 100% loan repayment rate.

Having graduated from King Edward Medical University, Dr. Amjad started his career by joining the esteemed civil service of Pakistan in 1985.

For nearly seven years, he served in various high-level government positions, including the Punjab Rural Support Program (PRSP), a rural development and microfinance initiative by the government of Punjab. The program is aimed at social mobilization, community organization, and provision of financial access to the poor.

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