Several Pakistanis artists, humanitarians and notable personalities have made it to the 11th issue of The Muslim 500 — a book listing World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2020 — published and released by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been named ‘Man of the Year’ in the book and is placed on rank 16. Others include Sufi singer Abida Parveen, who is named as the one of the most influential Muslims in Arts and Culture, musician Atif Aslam, social activist Malala Yousafzai, and two-time Academy award winner and filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
“I also was touched when Khan launched a successful fund raising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of victims of cancer as well as research. But what is particularly to his credit is that upon taking office in August 2018, Khan made it quite clear that one of his top priorities was to work for a lasting peace with India,” said Professor Emeritus and Chief Editor of The Muslim 500, S. Abdallah Schleifer in his statement.
The inclusion of Pakistani names is a moment of pride for the nation and a great way to represent the country in good light.