List of Pakistani Americans

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The following is a list of notable Pakistani Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Pakistani American or must have references showing they are Pakistani American and are notable.

Politics[edit]

Sada Cumber as Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on February 27, 2008

Saghir "Saggy" TahirNew Hampshire State Representative. He is the only elected Muslim in the Republican Party.[2] In the 2006 elections, he was re-elected for a fourth term to represent Ward 2, District 9 in his home town of Manchester.[3]

Business and Finance[edit]

Academia[edit]

Prof. Adil Najam during a talk at Deutsche Welle Building in Bonn, Germany on January 21, 2010

Literature and art[edit]

Health and medicine[edit]

  • Dr. Ayub K. Ommaya – neurosurgeon and expert in traumatic brain injuries. Invented the Ommaya reservoir, which is used to provide chemotherapy directly to brain tumors.

Media and entertainment[edit]

There are Urdu radio stations in areas with high Pakistani population. Several cable and satellite providers offer Pakistani channels: GEO TV,[73] ARY Digital,[74] PTV,[75] and many more. Others have offered Pakistani content for subscription, such as when Pakistan played Australia for the Cricket World Cup in 1999. In July 2005, MTV premiered a spin-off network called MTV Desi which targets South Asian Americans in the U.S. which includes Pakistanis.[76] MTV Desi closed operations as part of the shutdown of MTV World in April 2007.[77]

  • Faiz Rehman—Head of Urdu broadcasting at Voice of America, Washington. Founder of the weekly Pakistan Link, Los Angeles. Former Executive Director News of ARY News.[78]
  • Salman Ahmad – of Junoon[79] has members from the United States and the founder Salman Ahmad now resides in New York and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador.[80][81]
  • Thomas Umer Tevana – Actor with notable works in Hollywood and Bollywood. Voted one of PEOPLE Magazine's (USA) "50 Hottest People" and noted as one of the magazine's "Guys on the Rise". Previously a model with the esteemed Wilhelmina Models agency in New York.
  • Somy Ali – of Iraqi and Pakistani descent. Former Bollywood actress and now model and journalist.[82]
Munni BegumGhazal Singer

Pakistani American Miss Pakistan World beauty queens[edit]

Military[edit]

Sports[edit]

  • Nur B. Ali – racecar driver who drives in the ARCA Series for Cunningham Motorsports. He is the first Pakistani to become a racing driver, and a former two-time Southwest Formula Mazda Series Champion (2001 & 2002). Also has a Bachelor of Arts degree, American University – Washington, D.C. majoring in International Relations.[113]
  • Hasan Habib – Professional poker player.[114]
  • Rashid Zia – American cricketer. Represented the United States in the ICC trophy in 2001.[115]
  • Nasir Javed – American cricketer[116]
  • Gibran Hamdan – First person of Pakistani descent to play in the NFL.

Islamist militants[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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