Legends Never Die: 7 Great Personalities of Pakistan


Memories never fade from the world of personalities of extraordinary calibre and influence. Their name becomes a part of culture, history as well as the hearts of people. Are we familiar with all of such legends?

Such people are remembered as legends and can never be forgotten. They wrote the script of their lives with the revolutionary thoughts which cannot be rewritten or unwritten. These renowned Pakistani legends made a difference by their incredible contributions towards the progress and glory of our Nation.

  1. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


“Nazar Bhi Rakhey, Samayaten Bhi, Wo Jan Laita Hai Neyatein Bhi
Jo Din Ko Raat Or Raat Ko Din Bana Raha Hai
Wohi Khuda Hai”

He is known as the Singing Buddha, who is one of the most prized possession. The Pakistani legend learned devotional music from his father and sang in the public for the first time in the 70s.  Ustad is an inspiration who is well known because of his absolute lyrics. The lyrical king owns an amazing voice throw which just melts the heart. It was his lyrics and voice which got him nominated for the Grammies. He also became a part of Guinness world record book because of the largest output registered by a Qawwal from west to the east. Being a Pakistani, we all are well-aware of the importance of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in devotional music.

  1. Malika-e- Taranam Noor Jehan


“Ae Watan K Sajelay Jawano

Mere Naghmay Tumharey Liye Hain”

We all are familiar with the famous personality, Noor Jehan, who contributed as an actress and singer, both in Pakistan and India. The versatile character sung in many languages like Sindhi, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. She sung more than 10000 songs in her life span. She was a trained classical singer and had been singing from age five. Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan groomed and blossomed the talent of Noor Jahan, which grew up as a lady with the golden voice. She was an ambitious as well as a determined woman who achieved great success in the industry and was lauded with the title of Malika-e-Tarannum or Queen of Melody. It has become an emblem that represents the melodiously great personality of Noor Jehan.

  1. Moin Akhtar


Moin Akhtar has marked his name in the history of Pakistan as a renowned talented artist. You might be aware of his abilities which have proven that he was a real inspiration for the entertainment industry of Pakistan. His style, mind, dialogue delivery and humor made his every performance unforgettable. His versatile personality impersonated every character and role. He started his career as a comedian and later on hosted many shows and also performed with many Indian legends as well. You may be unaware that fantastic actor was awarded an honorary citizenship by the Mayor of Dallas USA. Moin Akhtar has been awarded the Sitar-e- Imtiaz and the pride of performance.

Moin Akhtar’s life at a glance is described by Anwar Masood, a co-star who worked for a long period of time with him.

“Moin and I worked together for thirty six years; what Moin did for me, no other actor or person would have done the same. I have not seen such a natural and professional actor and at the same time such a careful person in my life. As far as I know about the stars, Moin was the brightest one. When he died, I said another star is departed. Moin had an extraordinary memory. He just read the script once and he went for the shot. In the subcontinent I never saw an actor like Moin Akhtar”

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  1. Dr. Javed Akhtar



Bodybuilding is a sport of aesthetics and strength. Trainees work hard and spend hours for shaping and preparing muscles for expression, grace, and beauty. You might not know about him, but he is the well-known bodybuilder who has left the world at the age of 43, died in the year 2006. He won many titles and was an inspiration for the youth of Pakistan. He was the secretary of Bodybuilding Association of Punjab. He earned the “Mr. Pakistan” title in 1988. He also claimed the “Mr. Olympia” title as well as the bronze medal in Asian Games.

Dedication, money and genetics are the essential constraints which make the muscle shape, strength, body frame, and vascularity. Dr. Javed was one of the dedicated body-builder who introduced awareness among the youth about proper training, diet plans and intake of natural supplements.

  1. Intizar Hussain


“Other people’s history can be read comfortably, the way a novel can be read comfortably. By my own history? I’m on the run from my own history, and catching my breath in the present. Escapist. But the merciless present pushes us back again toward our history. The mind keeps talking.”

Intizar Husain, Basti

The greatest story writer, journalist, novelist and poet Intizar Hussain left the world at the age of 92. He was one of the bestest and well-known Urdu writer who had gained recognition worldwide through his writings. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the International Prize Man Booker and also was awarded with the France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

The regular columnist in the Dawn magazine became a voice of moderation for us. His famous books “Dinn aur Dastan”, “Gali Koochay”, “Khali Pinjra”, “Kankari”, “Kachhuay”, “Morenama” and much more were loved and read by many people. He was a real inspiration, and his death would be felt by the people of Pakistan in coming centuries. He truly was an exceptional artist.

  1. Amjad Sabri


“Bhar Do Jholi Meri Ya Muhammad

Lout Ker Mein Na Jaoon Ga Khali”

Amjad Sabri was one of the famous devotional singer and was known as a master of Qawwal. He gained popularity worldwide and was known for his lyrics which promoted love towards Islam and Prophet Muhammad(P.B.U.H.). His qawwali involved the intense emotional singing and spiritual poetry which included the love of Allah. He was a descendant of Ghulam Farid Sabri. The family traces of Amjad Sabri introduced the traditional Qawwali style to the west.

He passed away when two gunmen fired at him and left him injured. He died on June 22, 2016, leaving no heir to the great art. His death news shattered the Pakistanis as well as his fans worldwide.

  1. Fatima Surayya Bajia


“In this time of unrest and ugliness, of distrust and mayhem, I want to point out the good in society.”

The writer’s role in our society is more than entertainment, and Fatima Bajia served her purpose and marked her role as one of the significant legend writer in the Pakistani Society especially among women. She is the famous personality of the entertainment industry. She was an elder sister of Anwar Maqsood. You might have watched the famous dramas whose scripts were written by her like Shama, Aroosa, Ana, Tasveer, Afshan, which portrayed stories of family problems. She was a true inspiration and an ideal for many women. She was running the Art Council of Pakistan as well as the founder of Khawateen Kay Milaad. Without any formal degree, she had an extensive knowledge of Urdu literature, English, Arabic and Persian.





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