PM Khan, Malala named among most influential Muslims

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, prominent religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil and Dr Umar Saif have been named among the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.

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The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan has compiled the annual publication which highlights people who are influential as Muslims.

This year’s list features some of the most prominent Muslims including Liverpool footballer Mohammad Salah, Dr Qadeer Khan, Dr, Atta Rehman, and Dr Irfan Siddiqui.

Among the top 50, ranked at 29 is Premier Khan, whose crackdown on corruption and bringing accountability to the forefront has fast made him a global name. “He has already implemented cutbacks in extravagant government expenditure and is using his personal credibility to fundraise for a dam,” the publication wrote.

The youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala also gets an honourable mention in the publication.

In 2013, Yousafzai addressed the UN, received the prestigious Sakharov Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize which she co-received in 2014 at the age of 17.

Also featured in the publication is scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel, one of the most popular preachers in Pakistan.

Award-winning scientist, entrepreneur, innovator and tech tycocon Dr Umar Saif is also part of the list.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Dr Farhat Hashmi, Dr Tahir ul Qadri, Siraj-ul-Haq, Javed Ghamdi, Bilquis Edhi, Muniba Mazari, Professor Atta-ur-Rehman, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Irfan Siddique, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Abida Parveen are the other Pakistanis included in the list.

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