Arfa Kareem Randhawa: Pakistan’s Leading Lady
She had been buried in her ancestral village, Ram Diwali, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Arfa inspired us a lot — even she was a young girl, her determination, confidence, kind heart caught the eye globally.
Who was she?
What were her recreational activities?
Who inspired her?
Let me tell you more about Arfa.
Arfa Karim was a GEM, the leading lady of Pakistan. She had a mission to educate people about her beloved country and to serve her nation. Although, Arfa has gone toward eternal life, her bright smile, determined eyes, and devotion are a legacy she left behind.
A remarkable girl to remember!
In 1994, Mr. Karim Randhawa and Samina Karim married by destiny. After a year, they were blessed with a daughter having an effulgent smile on her face and bright, big eyes! She was the first child in the Karim Randhawa clan, and they gave her the name Arfa.
Her birthplace was Lahore. But she lived her early life for 3 or 4 months in Bahawalpur, a city of kind-hearted people. As a growing child, she was a naughty and hyper girl. She always wanted to do experiments and experience situations on her own. That big brown-eyed girl was full of life. Wherever she went, she put smiles on others’ faces.
She was a committed, brilliant child with all her naughty ways but was still very disciplined. It often appeared that she was in a hurry to do everything she wanted. She always used to make her schedule for every task. When she was in grade III, she wanted to explore IT labs. She had an interest in computer software.
Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
She was a multi-talented girl. Besides Microsoft and IT, she had a fascination for poetry. She not only read poetry but also wrote many of her own. She started writing poetry around the age of 5. She was fond of music, and her role model was Teena Sani. She listened to her poetry a lot and also practiced her singing. She was a debtor. She had an award for the first flying certificate at the Dubai Flying club.
She was coalescence — a mixture of old and new. She had Sufism in herself. She read baba bully shah, Allama Iqbal. she had brilliant philosophy of life.
If you want to do something in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind. If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident, you act confident. Thus, never let shyness conquer your mind.
-Arfa Kareem Randhawa.
When she was in grade III, she saw an IT lab in her school in Faisalabad. she demanded a computer from her parents. She explored the computer by herself. At the age of 8, her father took her to the nearest computer center; her sir suggested that Arfa commit to MCST.
In grade IV, she made a record. The evaluation team came to make a report on Arfa. She also gave an interview to the head office of Microsoft in America. So, the team searched for her. That was a turning point as she got an invitation to the MICROSOFT headquarters, America at age 9. In America, she inspired Bill Gates with her knowledge and showed the real side of Pakistani Talent.
She got acknowledgment after returning from the US. She gave interviews to many companies and television channels. She was representative of Pakistan at national and international fora. She was also invited by Pakistan IT Professionals forums for a two weeks stay, Dubai. In 2006 November, she attended a TEC-ED developer conference in Barcelona.
A young Pakistani representative with other 5000 developers from all over the world!
At 9, she achieved Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status.
- Pride of Performance award by the Government of Pakistan.
- First flying certificate at Dubai Flying club in 2005.
- Fatimah Jinnah gold medal by President of Pakistan.
- Salam Pakistan youth award in August 2005.
- President award for proud performance.
On 22 December 2011, at 16, she had Cardiac Arrest. At that time, she was studying at Lahore Grammar School (paragon campus). She was a student in the 2nd year of A level. She was in a coma in Combined Military Hospitals (CMH) for days. The team of doctors across the globe was in touch with Pakistani Doctors according to the direction of Bill Gates. People of all religions, caste, and colors prayed for her speedy recovery. She received immense love from around the globe.
14 January 2012, she died. Her burial took place on the next day.
She had been buried in her ancestral village, Ram Diwali, Faisalabad.
In the loving memory of Arfa Kareem, a project has the name Arfa Software Technology Park.
A foundation laid on her name as Arfa Kareem’s foundation.
An inspiration and biggest life lesson were in one girl. Life is short. Make an impact on your living.
Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.
— Terri Guillemets
May ARFA’s soul rest in peace!
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