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Which Pakistanis dominated Wikipedia searches in 2016?

The Wikimedia Foundation affiliate in Pakistan crunched numbers to find out who the most searched for Pakistanis on Wikipedia were this year.

There are about 3,500 Pakistani entrants on Wikipedia and the website is home to nearly 500 million unique visitors a month.

Which Pakistanis were people reading about in 2016? Here’s a complete list:

1. Malala Yousafzai

Pageviews: 2,685,301
Malala in the news:

The inhumanity and heartbreak in India-held Kashmir must be halted: Malala
Malala and her family are now millionaires, claims a new report
Malala Yousafzai meets YouTube sensation Superwoman

2. Fawad Khan

Pageviews: 2,087,313
Why Fawad made headlines:

This Fawad Khan shoot proves Indians want their favourite actor back
Fawad Khan will not suffer from ADHM ban. Only India will
Karan Johar requests release of upcoming film in India starring Fawad Khan

3. Mawra Hocane

Pageviews: 1,774,724
Mawra in the news:

Watch Mawra Hocane throw punches like a champion
10 times Mawra Hocane told us what it’s like being a celebrity
Here’s what Indian critics had to say about Mawra Hocane’s Bolly debut, Sanam Teri Kasam

4. Qandeel Baloch

Pageviews: 1,496,633
Remembering Qandeel:

No one gives me any credit for speaking about girl power: Qandeel Baloch
Qandeel Baloch is dead because we hate women who don’t conform
What is Pakistan’s problem with Qandeel Baloch?

5. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Pageviews: 1,314,372
Looking back at Jinnah:

The Pakistan Jinnah would have wanted
How Fatima Jinnah died — an unsolved criminal case
The deleted bits from Fatima Jinnah’s ‘My Brother’

6. Junaid Jamshed

Pageviews: 1,209,140
Remembering Junaid:

‘I fell in love with Junaid Jamshed’s voice’
After his death, what will happen to Junaid Jamshed’s fashion empire?
Throwback: When Rohail met Junaid

7. Mahira Khan

Pageviews: 1,187,601
Mahira in the news:

The ‘Raees’ trailer is out and there’s more Mahira Khan than we expected
Mahira Khan prays for a peaceful world, breaks silence on Indo-Pak tensions
Mahira Khan just shut down a hater mocking her for working in India

8. Imran Khan

Pageviews: 968,992
Imran makes headlines:

Captain’s call: How Imran Khan is hurting his own politics
PTI’s Nov 2 ‘lockdown’ changed to ‘thanksgiving’ rally in Islamabad
Imran Khan’s lonely struggle

9. Shahid Afridi

Pageviews: 907,268
Afridi in the news:

Will not ask PCB for farewell match, Shahid Afridi vows
Gen Raheel, Shahid Afridi inaugurate cricket stadium in Khyber Agency
Shahid Afridi’s autobiography to release next year

10. Abdul Sattar Edhi

Pageviews: 852,706
Remembering Edhi:

From the archives: Interview of Abdul Sattar Edhi, 1987
The Edhi you didn’t know
‘Edhi, move or you’ll get shot’
Edhi — The exception to Pakistan’s faults
Smokers’ Corner: Edhi, the politician
Obituary: Edhi’s lifelong mission of mercy

11. Atif Aslam

Pageviews: 843,469
Atif makes headlines:

I once wanted to be No. 1, but not anymore: Atif Aslam
Has Atif Aslam’s latest music video been shelved due to Pak-India tensions?
Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam to sing their first song together

12. Benazir Bhutto

Pageviews: 809,260
Remembering Benazir:

Remembering Benazir Bhutto
The Benazir murder mystery
Benazir and Zardari: The marriage that shook the political scenario

13. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Pageviews: 690,985
Rahat in the news:

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan receives big honour at Oxford University
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan just sang with an Indian transgender band
Rahat to hold 48 concerts in memory of legendary uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

14. Nawaz Sharif

Pageviews: 687,778
Nawaz in the news:

The ‘new’ face of Nawaz Sharif
What’s next for Nawaz Sharif?
‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s ‘offshore holdings’

15. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Pageviews: 679,935
Nusrat’s legacy:

Remembering Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: 15 of the qawwali maestro’s evergreen songs
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: His maestro’s voice
Quiz: How well do you know Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan?

16. Imran Abbas

Pageviews: 642,419
Imran in the news:

Will Imran Abbas play Anushka Sharma’s brother in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?
7 Pakistani actors who aren’t afraid to flaunt their bods
Naveen Waqar to star in short film ‘Musafir’ with Imran Abbas

17. Wasim Akram

Pageviews: 576,463
A look at Wasim’s year:

My difficult relationship with Wasim
‘Drunkard’ forces Wasim Akram to halt analysis on live Indian TV
PSL: Watson gets cricket, life lessons from Wasim Akram

18. Urwa Hocane

Pageviews: 573,694
Looking back at Urwa’s year:

Urwa Hocane just released the video for her debut song!
In its finale, Udaari puts shame where it belongs — with the rapist
Why the #UrwaFarhan wedding shouldn’t be the new normal

19. Momina Mustehsan

Pageviews: 547,746
Momina makes headlines:

I’m not here to be judged on my looks, says Momina Mustehsan
In Pakistan, we tear each other down instead of building each other up: Momina Mustehsan
Momina Mustehsan joins Islamabad United as ‘Empowerment Champion’

20. Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif

Pageviews: 541,708
Gen (r) Raheel in the news:

Raheel Sharif: The chief who could be king
General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan’s 16th army chief
In pictures: Raheel Sharif through the years

21. Ali Zafar

Pageviews: 536,465
Ali in the news:

Ali Zafar reveals his role in Dear Zindagi!
Ali Zafar takes the mannequin challenge to a whole new level
Bollywood wants to know where Ali Zafar went

22. Mohammad Amir

Pageviews: 501,046
Mohammad Amir returns to cricket:

Mohammad Amir: The comeback kid
Once jailed, can Mohammad Amir find redemption as part of Pakistan’s Test team?
‘Amir is a good kid now’: Misbah hails remarkable turnaround after 2010

23. Pervez Musharraf

Pageviews: 470,114
Musharraf’s year:

In conversation with Pervez Musharraf
Raheel Sharif ‘helped me out’ in leaving Pakistan: Musharraf
Editorial: Musharraf’s latest coup

24. Maya Ali

Pageviews: 439,268
Maya in the news

What is Maya Ali doing in India? We find out
Why do Mann Mayal’s characters love to make themselves miserable?
New drama Sanam could offer a fresh take on mental illness, but it’s off to a slow start

25. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Pageviews: 437,992
Looking back at Zulfikar:

A leaf from history: The prime minister is hanged
Smokers’ Corner: Bhutto’s ideologue: friend, mentor, enemy
The twin pillars of PPP

Examine the rest of the list below:

26. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 395,753
27. Tariq Jameel

Pageviews: 391,200
28. Momal Sheikh

Pageviews: 389,544
29. Hina Rabbani Khar

Pageviews: 348,329
30. Hamza Ali Abbasi

Pageviews: 344,241
31. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

Pageviews: 335,332
32. Shoaib Akhtar

Pageviews: 330,778
33. Sajal Ali

Pageviews: 330,291
34. Maryam Nawaz

Pageviews: 328,596
35. Amjad Sabri

Pageviews: 328,125
36. Veena Malik

Pageviews: 323,879
37. Ayeza Khan

Pageviews: 320,875
38. Sanam Saeed

Pageviews: 313,340
39. Salmaan Taseer

Pageviews: 309,268
40. Saba Qamar

Pageviews: 306,289
41. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

Pageviews: 296,726
42. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Pageviews: 292,822
43. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Pageviews: 283,496
44. The Great Gama

Pageviews: 282,420
45. Asif Ali Zardari

Pageviews: 281,381
46. Ayub Khan

Pageviews: 278,123
47. Misbah-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 269,116
48. Shoaib Malik

Pageviews: 267,579
49. Mehwish Hayat

Pageviews: 266,757
50. Mikaal Zulfiqar

Pageviews: 266,445
51. Sanam Jung

Pageviews: 266,323
52. Sara Loren

Pageviews: 264,819
53. Sanam Baloch

Pageviews: 263,468
54. Ayesha Khan

Pageviews: 261,935
55. Masood Azhar

Pageviews: 253,758
56. Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 248,436
57. Reham Khan

Pageviews: 248,156
58. Javed Sheikh

Pageviews: 247,414
59. Abdul Qadeer Khan

Pageviews: 246,613
60. Abdus Salam

Pageviews: 245,528
61. Younis Khan

Pageviews: 244,287
62. Nazia Hassan

Pageviews: 239,779
63. Aafia Siddiqui

Pageviews: 239,409
64. Noor Jehan

Pageviews: 235,979
65. Humayun Saeed

Pageviews: 220,159
66. Zeba Bakhtiar

Pageviews: 213,501
67. Fahad Mustafa

Pageviews: 207,837
68. Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch

Pageviews: 206,582
69. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Pageviews: 204,582
70. Waqar Younis

Pageviews: 202,999
71. Mumtaz Qadri

Pageviews: 197,454
72. Javed Miandad

Pageviews: 189,887
73. Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi

Pageviews: 188,208
74. Liaquat Ali Khan

Pageviews: 188,155
75. Mamnoon Hussain

Pageviews: 184,286
76. Taher Shah

Pageviews: 183,607
77. Hareem Farooq

Pageviews: 183,026
78. Ahsan Khan

Pageviews: 182,092
79. Farhan Saeed

Pageviews: 181,705
80. Mohsin Khan

Pageviews: 177,331
81. Humaima Malick

Pageviews: 177,127
82. Asia Bibi

Pageviews: 177,053
83. Mohammad Yousuf

Pageviews: 172,707
84. Meesha Shafi

Pageviews: 171,980
85. Osman Khalid Butt

Pageviews: 171,371
86. Ghulam Farid Sabri

Pageviews: 167,443
87. Mathira

Pageviews: 166,320
88. Javed Afridi

Pageviews: 163,198
89. Alyy Khan

Pageviews: 162,881
90. Meera

Pageviews: 161,245
91. Yasir Shah

Pageviews: 153,994
92. Feroze Khan

Pageviews: 153,596
93. Bilal Saeed

Pageviews: 153,288
94. Yahya Khan

Pageviews: 152,156
95. Mahnoor Baloch

Pageviews: 149,705
96. Sohai Ali Abro

Pageviews: 149,560
97. Armeena Khan

Pageviews: 149,113
98. Ghulam Ali

Pageviews: 146,786
99. Ayesha Omer

Pageviews: 142,635
100. Gul Panra

Pageviews: 141,755

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Courtesy : Dawn News

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