2016 has been a progressive year for Pakistan in many ways. There has been a great rise in the Pakistani Cinema Industry, the talented Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won two Oscars for Pakistan but this year has not been with us in keeping the legends with the nation. They say “Every soul shall taste death” but the way these great legends parted ways, Pakistan is still trying to heal the loss.
ABDUL SATTAR EDHI (1928-2016)– The Richest Poor Man
Words aren’t enough to describe Mr. ABDUL SATTAR EDHI the founder of the largest welfare “Edhi Foundation” who dedicated his worthy life to serve humanity. His only motto of life was to eradicate the sufferings of the people no matter what cast or religion they belonged to. He passed away on 8th July due to kidney failure leaving the nation in deep sorrow. His funeral was attended by thousands of people. Clearly, he was buried like a hero.
JUNAID JAMSHED(1964-2016)–The Great Influencer
People belonging to 80’s and 90’s must have heard the song “Dil Dil Pakistan”. The iconic singer “JUNAID JAMSHED” touched about 2.8 million hearts through his melodious voice. While he was at the peak of his career he turned into a religious scholar influencing many lives. He was a complete all rounder. On 7th Dec the nation was hit by a heart wrenching news of the PIA plane crash which took 47 precious lives along with JUNAID JAMSHED and his wife.
AMJAD SABRI (1976-2016) – The Legendary Qawwal
Death and life isn’t pre planned. It is unexpected and sometimes leaves loved ones in sheer grieve. This is exactly how people took the Legendary Qawwal AMJAD SABRI’s death. Remembering his inspiring Sufism and ranting about the down to earth human being he was. Amjad Sabri was famous among all the ages. He touched millions of hearts through his outstanding Qawwalis. On 22nd June while he was opting for a Ramadan transmission he was shot dead in a target killing. It was really hard to accept this tragic death for his fans and supporters.
FATIMA SURAYYA BAJIA (1930-2016) – Pride of Performance
A very well known Urdu novelist and drama writer Fatima Surayya Bajia who had great contribution in the field of literature died at the age of 85 due to illness. She has been titled “Pride of Performance” because of her remarkable services. The nation still mourns her death.
MUHAMMAD ALI (1942-2016) – Boxer, Athlete and Philanthropist
The legendary muslim American Boxer, Muhammad Ali held a heavy weight championship three times in his career. He died on 3rd June fighting with a disease named Parkinson. Other than being a sports person he was also a philanthropist who was always open to talk about issues people were struggling with. He always tried to encourage and motivate people to be who they want to be.
For Pakistan, 2016 has not been termed well since we seem to have lost much more than we gained. It made us realize that life is so unpredictable. These people had great contributions for Pakistan and worldwide and will always be remembered for their remarkable services.