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11 eleven years old Sitara Akbar set new world record in O levels and also holds the title of the youngest Pakistani candidate in IELTS. – Photo courtesy of British Council of Pakistan.

KARACHI: A Pakistani girl has become the youngest student in the world to have passed the British Ordinary Level (O’Level) examination.

Sitara Brooj Akbar, at the age of 11, passed six O’level subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

In addition to this honour, Sitara also holds the title of being the youngest Pakistani candidate of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and successfully attained seven bands out of nine, scoring 7.5 in the testing system.

The little genius from Chiniot (Punjab) has been making headlines across local media but is yet to receive any recognition from the Government of Pakistan.

“We don’t need any sort of monetary aid from the government, we just want the government to recognise that Sitara has made a shining example for Pakistan on the international stage and she is the daughter of Pakistan,” Sitara’s father Ali Akbar told Dawn.com.

Ali Akbar added that the British Council has declared and recognised Sitara’s feat as the world’s youngest student to have passed O’level exams. However, she has only been declared the youngest IELTS candidate in Pakistan, and not across the world, as the British Council is yet to confirm her feat globally.

Speaking to Dawn.com, Sitara’s mother mentioned that her daughter is a great fan of Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s sole Nobel laurete and aims to become a top researcher in the field of biochemistry.

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Dec 13, 2011 09:16pm
Well done little girl keep it keep up
Dec 13, 2011 09:23pm
Congratulations! She made her nations very proud and set an example for other World youth. Allah bounties are limitless. We Pakistani must believe on Allah and move on.
Dec 13, 2011 11:01pm
well done, parents and her teachers.
Dec 14, 2011 12:20am
wow i am now jelousing frm her :P
Mubarik ALi
Dec 14, 2011 01:18am
Dear Sitara lots of congratulations for your exceptional success.
Ahmed Mahmood
Dec 14, 2011 03:18am
This young girl is not from Chiniot but belongs to Rabwah, Pakistan. I hope Dawn will have the guts to make this correction.
Zuhaib Hassan Mastoi
Dec 14, 2011 02:06am
Congratulations to Sitara Akbar. I am very glad to see this news. May Allah bless u Sitara Akbar and give u success in both worlds. Aameen
Dec 14, 2011 09:39am
i wish sitara that her all dreams come true........n pakistan is proud to have young talent like sitara!!!!!!
Dec 14, 2011 10:18am
Nice Girl I & Pakistan proud of you. Always b happy. I will pray for you.you will go to successfull.
Ronnie Dsouza
Dec 14, 2011 06:33am
CONGRATS to her, and her Parents too. She has made us Pakistanis proud, god bless her always. My dauhter too is in the 'O' levels, this will serve as an inspiration to her as well.
Bilal Anwar
Dec 14, 2011 12:33pm
Well done ... Congratulations to Sitara. I am very much glad to hear this great news. May Allah bless u Sitara, your parents and teachers and give u success in both worlds. Aameen
Dec 14, 2011 01:06pm
Rabwah or chinot, both are in Pakistan and she is a Pakistani first. I think such thinking and comments are damaging. Dawn made the wise choice to say Chinot given such warped thinking around.
Dec 14, 2011 01:36pm
I'm proud of her.
Dec 14, 2011 02:28pm
Great news, you make us Pakistanis proud. We Pakistanis have great potential and energy, we just need the right direction. With this example hope we can start investing our enery in positive direction!
Dec 14, 2011 02:45pm
congratulations to sitara.she is star as her name
Dec 14, 2011 02:51pm
I agree with you, she hails from Rabwa and the same should be incoporated in the news content.
Mohammad Ali Khan
Dec 14, 2011 03:26pm
Congratulation Sitara. Imagine how many Sitaras are there if we could educate all our youngsters?
Musa Ahmed Bajwa
Dec 14, 2011 03:58pm
May God Bless You and Pakistan. Keep Shining :) AMEEN:)
Dec 14, 2011 05:56pm
congratulations.you should set your goals high and not let anyone stop you.make your country proud of you.never give up.god bless.
Dec 14, 2011 06:03pm
well done,,, i am an indian,,, but i'll say u have to be an example of young ladies of Pakistan,,,
Dec 14, 2011 07:51pm
well done and keep continue, God will help u forever
Mansoor Isani
Dec 14, 2011 08:03pm
Gud WorK Done.....
Mujahid Ali
Dec 14, 2011 08:35pm
Dear little sister Congratulation on your success well done keep it up.....................
Dec 14, 2011 09:45pm
Congratulation to Sitara and you’re her parents and best of luck for A-level.
Dec 14, 2011 10:43pm
Congratulations .You make us proud.Does not matter where you are from as long as you wear green with pride as did Dr.Salam.We should be proud and recognize Him for his genius. jawaid from USA
koshilia ajwani
Dec 15, 2011 01:50am
May God shower His Blessings on you all the time,make your parents and country proud keep it up little star
Dec 15, 2011 04:35am
congratulations aside, the question remains whether our society will accept such an enlightened and empowered girl as she takes on the role of a sister, daughter, wife and mother in future? the real appreciation will come from our society and its ability to accept and applaud her and allow women to speak up for their rights. she faces more challenges in life than her certificates can provide, best of luck
Dec 15, 2011 11:17am
Congrats to young lady...really shining star of our country. Government of Pakistan should recognize her ability on priority keep it up. We expect more from you
Dec 15, 2011 02:28pm
keep it up, My Allah bless her with all the happiness in her life, respect your parents and respect your country, definitely you will shine like a star.
Dec 15, 2011 03:07pm
Weldone young girl from Rabwah
Dec 15, 2011 05:37pm
i am proud of her well done
Ejaz Ahmed Satti
Dec 15, 2011 06:58pm
Sitara you are a really bright star in the world,s glaxy,i have pride on your tallent.Please continue your efforts to achieve the highest goal of your destination.YOUR parents are lucky.God bless u
mohammad khalique kh
Dec 15, 2011 09:28pm
realy i am proud of you i like you very much your same my daughter age and i hope you will achive your gool GOD BLESS YOU leve long life keep it up.
Dec 15, 2011 10:37pm
its so good. i impressed very much.
Dec 17, 2011 10:48am
Another Ahmadi Muslim making Pakistan proud....lets see how the government reacts to this. Btw they mispelled Rabwah by chiniot.
S. singh
Dec 17, 2011 06:50pm
Well done. It is proud moment for parents. Government should spare some time from politics and come forward to recognize talent of the future generation. These callous attitudes of the people who are running country results in brain drain
Laeeq, NY
Dec 18, 2011 06:52am
Good job, You are Pakistani and I am proud of you. Keep it up.
Saqib Qureshi
Dec 18, 2011 08:10am
Being Ahmedi has the least to do with her accomplishment and neither it is a testament to her faith. I hope the world recognizes her as a genius and gives her credit for her accomplishments. Congratulations you daughter of Pakistan. Saqib.
Dec 18, 2011 12:12pm
congratx u made us proude n no words to say
Dec 19, 2011 11:23am
We are a nation which takes proud in the excelling in other peoples culture and languages while ignoring the very rich heritage of our languages and cultures in Pakistan which shows our slave mindset of the Raj era...
farman ur rehman
Dec 19, 2011 04:05pm
mashallah ALLAH ap ko or agay lay jaya ameen
shah khalid
Dec 19, 2011 07:24pm
Well done, keep it Up......
Dec 19, 2011 11:34pm
well done. congrats from me and my whole india and hindu people. Thank you for made proud of women. all the best for your future.
Fareed Ahmed
Dec 20, 2011 08:56am
Excellent and hope for better futrue for the youngest daugther of Pakistan.We,realyy proud of her and pray for her that May Allah the Almighty Shower His infinite blessing on her.
Fareed Ahmed
Dec 20, 2011 09:00am
Excellent and welldone,we proud on the youngest pakistani daughter who made us so dignified and honorable in these high times while the entire globe considers us not the viable nation. Thanks Sitara,We really proud of u.
Mohsin Sangha
Dec 20, 2011 09:53am
Congrats young genius! We are proud of you and friends Chenab nagar aka Rabwah is a town of Chiniot district, though it would have been better had dawn mentioned the town as well.
Sajid Mehmood MD
Dec 20, 2011 11:18am
Dear Sitara Congratulations on your extraordinary milestone. Regardless of the Government or anyone else recognize your amazing performance, you are the BEST and our prayers and best wishes are with you. Sajid Mehmood MD Chicago, USA
dr.waqar zia
Dec 20, 2011 12:16pm
outstanding..... Congratulations to Sitara. I am very much glad to hear this great news. May Allah bless u Sitara, your parents and teachers and give u success in both worlds. Aameen.............proud to be a pakistani
Dr Muhammad J Siddiq
Dec 20, 2011 12:17pm
Dear Sitara May Allah give you more successes in your future life. You have achieved such a good result that you should be given a medal by the Pakistani president. Wishing you all the best. Dr Muhammad J Siddiqi Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Asma Aejaz
Dec 20, 2011 01:01pm
Dear Sitara, You've made us all very proud. Keep shining :)
Dec 20, 2011 01:27pm
congragulationnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn sitaraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa veryy verry weldonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn GOD BLESS U SWEET SISSS
Asma Salman
Dec 20, 2011 02:05pm
Congratulations sitara on your great success. we are all proud of you.. May Allah bless you always
Mirza A
Dec 20, 2011 09:10pm
Sitara, you name is a reflection of your success! Alhumdulillah! Aagay Bhartay Rahoo Sathi-o
Dec 20, 2011 11:51pm
Dear Sitara Beti, Your r realy the chamakta sitara (shining star) of our beloved country Pakistan in the sky which can be seen everywhere by every one in the world.
Dec 21, 2011 10:09am
golden sweet daughter nation is proud of you
Dec 21, 2011 11:02am
Congratulations and Shabash, young lady. You have made all Pakistanis proud. The shining hope for all the Pakistanis. Education is the only way forward for us all. Best wishes and also thanks to Almighty, and secondly thank you to her parents for all their work in her good upbringing.
Moazzam Jalal
Dec 21, 2011 03:36pm
its very nice and pleasant to heard about your success.
dr yahya hassan bajw
Dec 21, 2011 08:22pm
Gratulations! Pakistan needs more people like you who is a fan of Prof Dr Abdus Salaam. May Allah let you become a second Abdus Salaam. dr yahya hassan bajwa
Sohail Khursheed
Dec 22, 2011 02:35am
Dr. Abdus Salaam was proud to remain a 'son of Pakistan' till the end. I pray the nation embraces her as an exemplary daughter. Hats off to young Sitara on achieving a milestone, may you shine on.
Momtaz Ahmad
Dec 22, 2011 03:18pm
I,as a overseas born Pakistani Malaysian, am very proud of you beti;am sure with hard work, dedication and Allahs blessing you will be a true sitara someday soon. Salam to your parents,teachers and friends too.
Dec 23, 2011 07:05am
Great achievement.
Hina Adnan
Dec 23, 2011 09:32am
Congratulations:) I'm sure it took a lot of hard work and prayers.Hope you continue to achieve much more in the future! Best of luck!
s chauhan
Dec 23, 2011 07:22pm
kudos and best of luck from whole india too!!!
Nadir Parmar
Dec 24, 2011 12:42pm
Thumb's Up. I'm proud on her even I'm proud to be a Pakistani.
Dec 25, 2011 12:56am
The world is without doubt proud of Sitara, a shining star of Pakistan. I would like to know, besides, her DNA and personal efforts and Family, what education system in Pakistan helped her become the genius she is. Did a Madrasa or a private western style school system or home schooling help make her what she is.
Jaw aid kamal
Dec 25, 2011 08:06am
I am an American Pakistani .I have to tell you that that you are amazingly extraordinary .You are true spirit of Dr Salam.
Dec 25, 2011 06:50pm
Little Sitara, we are proud of you. May Allah fulfill your wishes and keep you evershining. Dr. Zulfiqar Canada
Baber Ali
Dec 26, 2011 01:16pm
Salam yo are a superstar of this wonderful country Pakistan . May ALLAH ALMIGHTY BLESS U , and keep u in His safe .
Dec 26, 2011 01:55pm
Dear Sitara, Great Job, You are proud of every Pakistani. Gud Luck for your future as well. Nasir
Pervaiz Iqbal
Dec 26, 2011 05:19pm
Sitara we proud of you that Pakistan has genius daughter like you around the world. You are our sister, daughter of Pakistan; keep it up and show the world that “Pakistan is the best in the world” also in the field of education, research and in all the fields. God Bless You.
Dec 26, 2011 07:21pm
hey sitara I am really proud of you... wish you more and more success...
Fatima Zahra Hassan
Dec 27, 2011 11:43am
We are indeed very proud of you Sitara. I wish my daughters can be like you! All the best wishes for you. I am sure one day you will achieve your goals. We can have another Dr. Salaam in you......!
Dec 27, 2011 09:50pm
WonderFull Sitara...You made me proud. May Allah give you lot of successes in your life...Ameen
Dec 28, 2011 03:32am
Well done. Absolutely delighted and very proud that this young lady is from Pakistan. May Allah G bless her and her future.
Farhan Feroz
Dec 28, 2011 10:28am
Sitara you only not made your parents proud but every human on earth.As a Pakistani friend i wish & belive that you can break all the records in your field of interest. Good Luck & dont forget to thank Allah for the powers he has blessed you.
May 01, 2012 03:33am
love u dear young lady ALLAH bles u
Ankahi Baatein
May 02, 2012 09:56am
SITARA!!!! You are true to your name, a shining star rising to lighten up the skies of Pakistan..... You have made PROUD all the Pakistanis who are working for the cause of promoting education and weeding out corruption and greed from all levels!!! Go ahead with your studies, IF God wills you will create a great name for yourself, your parents and family and last but not the least for your homeland Pakistan!!! My Prayers are with you!
May 11, 2012 02:45pm
She is our daughter
abdul basit
May 08, 2012 07:40am
Allah bless you Sister..................whole nation proud of you
Rizwan Hamid
Jun 02, 2012 12:22pm
Congratulations Sitara! Superb work. Just remember you can conquer the world if you free your self of dogma and religion. Believe in yourself, not in anything else. Never accept any doctrine handed to you, look and see if it has any logic and decide for yourself. You have made the whole country proud. Keep up the good work and best wishes in the future
Rizwan hamid
Jun 02, 2012 12:26pm
Azhar, please don't take credit away from her for her hard work. Whatever she achieved is her due. Allah didn't do anything, nor has the power to do anything. So please leave him out. She deserves all the credit
Ahmed Ayaz
Jun 26, 2012 07:40am
O Sitara I am so sorry passing my comments very late. Remember behind yours great achievement I gave 100% marks to yours great parents, yours Teachers, your friends and your colleagues and of-course your self. We all Pakistanis are proud of you. Keep it up I pray God to help you and Inshallah we, could see in future another scientist DR.SITARA.