Aaqib's best performances in internationals came against India. He took 54 wickets in his 39 ODIs against India at an average of 24.64 – 6.79 runs lower than his career ODI average. Four of his six ODI Man of the Match awards were against India.
Aaqib took a hat-trick in an ODI against India in October 1991, aged only 19 years and 81 days. He remains the youngest player to have taken an ODI hat-trick. He was a key member of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He coached Pakistan's U-19 team to victory in the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup. Aaqib is married to Farzana Burkey, sister of singer Adeel Burkey, and has one daughter named Uqba.
Previously, Aaqib was the chief coach of the National Cricket Academy in Pakistan. He is also associated with The Computer House, a Pakistani computer hardware company. Aaqib has, in the past, also helped with the development of the Afghanistan national cricket team. He was also the bowling coach of the Pakistan cricket team. With Waqar Younis the head coach and Intikhab Alam the manager, but on 10 February 2012 he resigned from being the bowling coach of Pakistan and shifted to becoming the bowling and head coach of the United Arab Emirates national cricket team.