Renowned playback singer from Lollywood's golden era One of the leading playback singers Zubaida Khanum was from Lahore film industry during her 1950s glory days. Beginning her career with Billoo (1951) she recorded some 250 songs mostly in Urdu and Punjabi. She also sang lyrics by Sufi poets. She became a prized ...
Distinguished Urdu broadcaster and first director-general of Radio Pakistan A versatile personality Zulfikar Ali Bukhari, the first director general of Radio Pakistan, was an excellent broadcaster, good poet and possessed deep insight into the intricacies of music. A weekly talk over radio written and delivered by Bukhari was always done ...
A Canadian author. The author of 'Ramooze-e-Fitrat', 'Musalmano Ka Neuton' and 'Zikray Abdus Salam' stand out Zakaria Virk's famous books on Noble laureate Professor Abdus Salam, a Pakistani physicist, who passed away in 1996. He also wrote 'Musalmano Kay Shandar Scienci Karnamay' and Ibn Rushd's biography, published by Aligarh Muslim University. ...
Iran's celebrated writer and sculptor Author of fifteen books Zahra Rahnavard's 'Migration of Joseph' sold about 1m copies while she was still in her twenties. Dr. Zahra was the first woman since Iranian Revolution of 1979, to become the chancellor of Iran's prestigious al-Zahra University (1998 to 2006). She was also a Political ...
South Africa's activist Ethnically Malaysian, Zackie Achmat set fire to his school, in Johannesburg, using direct action when he was only 14. He felt his fellow pupils at his 'coloured', or mixed-race, school were not sufficiently supportive of the anti-apartheid education boycott. He spent three months in prison after the school ...
Courtier and poet A polished and cultured courtier and poet, Zahir Dehlavi gives the fullest and most richly detailed surviving account of the course of the siege and Uprising of the people of Delhi against the invading British in his Dastan-I-Ghadr. He described the destruction of an individual's entire world ...
The man who mapped the world A Mongolian, Zheng He, became one of the most intrepid explorers in history who set out first of the seven landmark voyages reaching South-east Asia, India, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and as far as the east coast of Africa. Some say he ...
The guardian of Egypt's antiquities. The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities ranges the world lecturing, making TV appearances and turning out a stream of books and articles. He makes news by demanding the return of objects 'stolen' from Egypt by excavators and museums. His edicts restricting new excavation, ...
Afghanistan born American diplomat. A previously obscure person, Zalmay, became the centre of attention to America's neo-conservatives as the US most indispensable diplomat, following 9/11. He was in Kabul just after the fall of the Taliban and in Baghdad days after the first US troops reached the Iraqi capital. It is ...
Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia Dr Aziz has been at the forefront of efforts to encourage the country's majority Muslim population to participate more fully in Malaysia's growing prosperity. She spearheaded reforms that brought Malaysia out of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis in better shape than most other ...