Dr Yusuf Zafar – cotton scientist – has been awarded the 'Scientist of the Year award 2012' .
Dr Yusuf Zafar – cotton scientist – has been awarded the 'Scientist of the Year award 2012' . The Faisalabad-based scientist played a key role in bringing together the world’s major cotton groups. – File photo

A Pakistan-based scientist has been honoured by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the body said in a statement released this week.

Dr Yusuf Zafar, who is the director general agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was declared ‘Scientist of the Year-2012’ for his pioneering work in the cotton biotechnology sector.

Zafar has over 110 scientific papers (published in national and international journals) to his name. According to ICAC, “in cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.”

The Faisalabad-based scientist played a key role in bringing together the world’s major cotton groups, including Australia, China, UK and USA, for the purpose of conducting joint research.

Heading the National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in Faisalabad, Zafar and his team have contributed helped produce nearly 100 M. Phil and 30 Ph. D Pakistan-based students, focussing on various aspects of research and development in cotton. He has, meanwhile, remained in the front line to establish Biosafety Protocols, Plant Breeder Rights, Intellectual Property Rights/Patents and ISO certification in Pakistan.

In 2001, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission awarded him Best Scientist of the Year Award. The President of Pakistan awarded him ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) in 2004, the highest recognition for a researcher.

In other honours, Zafar has also won the Rockefeller Foundation and UNESCO Research Awards on Agri-Biotechnology, and is member of the USDA Cochran Fellow on Agriculture Biotechnology.

Apart from leading the Faisalabad institute, he is on the Board of Governors of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology-ICGEB (Italy), FAO country focal person on agriculture biotechnology and member of the Cotton Policy Committee of the government.

The ‘Scientist of the year -2012’ award was announced by ICAC late Wednesday. ICAC is an intergovernmental body with 54 members and provides services to Common Funds for Commodity (CFC), an organisation of UNCTAD-UN family.

Applications for the award are invited each year by the Washington DC-based institute and the selection committee comprises five anonymous judges outside the ICAC Secretariat.

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Comments (144)

Shahrose Khan
May 4, 2012 2:32 pm
Pakistan Zindabad
sajjad iqbal
May 7, 2012 8:52 am
It takes decades to establish such type of team work, with limited resources to produce such a good result. My all appreciations for Dr Zafar's leadership and dedication to formulate such a nice team. May ALLAH be with you always. Well done Faisalabad. sajjad iqbal
B R Chawla
May 4, 2012 4:15 pm
Good show Dr. Zafar. you have proved be a beacon of hope in the mist of despair that haunts the poor farmers - an example to the youth in Pakistan that they must channelise their energies for constructive work. Congratulatio for being a pride of the nation. Chawla
Tahir Shafi
May 4, 2012 4:14 pm
identify with and love what you said!
Khan Sahab
May 4, 2012 10:14 pm
Allahu Akbar - dill karte hai tum ko pappi karne ke. I meant, JOB WELL DONE Sir!!!
Ashar
May 4, 2012 1:50 pm
Excellent news :) Congratulations to Dr. sahab
Khan
May 4, 2012 1:50 pm
The reason that he covers 90% litertaure in cotton virology is that all problem with cotton are in Pakistan rather than other countries. This include cotton productivity and diseases.
Rashid (Rishi /USA)
May 4, 2012 9:00 pm
Congrats, Dr.Zafar! Great Job :)
murali
May 4, 2012 6:29 pm
what a wonderful news. This is what the potential country has, Congrats and please keep it up.
Abdul Waheed
May 4, 2012 1:53 pm
Dr. Zafar, Congratulations on your achievements! These awards are an indication of the quality of work that you and your team is doing, and your dedication towards your work. I am proud of you. Please keep up the good work. We want more of such good news.
Faisal Khan
May 4, 2012 6:30 pm
Now someone go and tell Hasan NIsar that we have a scientist who we are proud of.
Yusuf Zafar
May 6, 2012 7:14 am
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established in late 1950s and visionary leadership included food security and social/health needs of the nation in addition to nuclear power and strategic security..PAEC is operating 04 Agriculture & Biotechnology centers, 14 world class cancer medical centers ( 4 more are under construction), a HEC first ranking engineering university (PIEAS) and many more centers.Presently PAEC is the largest and more viable research organisation of Pakistan. it is pride of our nation
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti (USA)
May 7, 2012 4:28 pm
Thanks for the correction. Can someone from Dawn confirm this? We should be told the truth. Years ago some tried to portray another Pakistani for the Nobel prize given for environment conservation and that turned out to be a bogus claim. The fact that the award was shared by over 100 scientists was not elaborated.
Mumtaz
May 7, 2012 2:53 pm
Mashaallah! May we have many more Dr. Zafars that can become the pride of Pakistan.
MBA
May 4, 2012 4:57 pm
Thank you Doc. Zafar. Good news from Pakistan are so rare. Thank you again. It would be a great honour for me to invite you at my home in Sardinia, Italy (I understand you are a member of Italian based International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology-ICGEB).
Scientist
May 4, 2012 4:01 pm
Congrat. Dr. Zafar and keep it up. What the hell our electronic media is they can show the "Sheela ki Jawani" bared songs but the can't broadcast one minute news for our great national scientist. I request NEPRA to ban such news channel which don't show the world Pakistan soft image.
Sajid Hussain
May 6, 2012 7:04 am
I congratulate Dr. Yusuf Zafar, his family and the members of his group on this wonderful achievement. May Allah Grant him and his fellows such a big achievements in future life.
ProudIndian
May 4, 2012 3:26 pm
Congrats, Zafer! Good work. Keep it up.
MUHAMMED USMAN
May 4, 2012 10:51 pm
DR. YUSUF ZAFAR CONGRADULATION TO YOU AND TO YOUR STUDENTS WHO HAS SHARED SUCH A BEAUTIFUL NEWS IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THE COUNTRY IS PASSING THROUGH SUCH A CRITICAL PHASE, AS PER ALLAMA IQBAL YEA MITTI BOUHAT ZURKHAZ,HAY, ALLAH KEEP SHAWERING HIS BLESSING ON YOU , AMEEN.
Naveed
May 4, 2012 2:01 pm
So fellows, hang on, hope is there.... so just hang on and work hard. We are more than what the world has been FED about us. Oh and those who missed this, "Dr Yusuf Zafar, who is the director general agriculture and biotechnology at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission".... AGAIN .... "the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission"... Yeah, indeed, the Atomic bomb as well.... So next time someone talk about this comission in just terms of bombs; do think about this article... This organisation is not just about bombs. It is serving the nation and the humanity on many fronts. For example, the one that is mentioned in this article. Be proud to be Pakistani, even if you know that world wont agree, YET! Naveed.
Usman Masood
May 4, 2012 5:00 pm
That's Great! But cannot we 'popularise' and publicise these things...I mean when he's been awarded, only then we're coming to know... Obviously it's partly my fault of being so aloof to such developments... but partly it seems media's fault... Why can't such people become a part of the mainstream... the leaders of knowledge... inspiration to the nation...? No Offence. This is a Serious question... what are the determinants of making such people known...? of backing them...? of making them a true inspiration?
Sunny
May 7, 2012 8:05 am
Dr Zafar, Congratulations.. Pakistan Badly needs talented people like you, we Pakistanis are proud of you ,, HATS OFF TO YOU
Afzal Chaudhry
May 4, 2012 10:37 pm
Dr. Zafer, Keep up the good work. It is a moment to be proud of being fine Pakistani Scientist who dedicated his research to improve agriculture resource of the country. Also It tells rest of us how to use science to improve and assist humanity. Don't be stereotyped about pakistani scientist.
Nazir, A
May 4, 2012 7:16 pm
Today I am a proud Pakistani sitting at my desk looking at high rises in Downtown, Toronto. Allah bless PK- Amin
mukhtar
May 4, 2012 5:40 pm
God bless Pakistan, There is plenty of talent out there, let education be kept free of politics and hand it over to true professionals.
Robab
May 7, 2012 7:52 am
Congrats alot, we are really proud of you
Rashid/ Rishi (USA)
May 4, 2012 11:29 pm
Congrats, Dr.Zafar! Great job .
saeed
May 4, 2012 5:04 pm
welldone and may Allah be with you
Asif
May 4, 2012 4:40 pm
How good that news is. These people deserve to be at the highest level of the affairs. News like youngest MCSE in the world, 1st ranked mathematicians, highest ‘A levels’ achievers and like make me proud as a Pakistani. How good are these people who are making their parents and their country proud with limited resources in all this trouble and without any help. Wonderful. Thumbs up guys and things are going to get better ‘InshaAllah’.
innohunter
May 4, 2012 6:27 pm
Very happy for him, Congratulations and thank you for making us proud
ashar
May 4, 2012 6:37 pm
Genius acts in silence
Nazia Umar
May 4, 2012 9:37 pm
Great Job !
Sabih
May 4, 2012 5:29 pm
Hear, hear finally some good news for Pakistanis....... Otherwise such a depressing stories all arround the year
Noman
May 4, 2012 6:43 pm
Good job and an excellent news. Congratulations Dr. Sahab.
Satyendra
May 4, 2012 5:54 pm
Hats off Dr Yusuf Zafar!! Congrats Pakistan!! These are the kind of people we must pray for both India and Pakistan.. Hopefully India will also take advantage of this Dr Yusuf Zafar's research so that it can benefit cotton farmers from India too.
Abdul Wahid
May 6, 2012 7:19 am
I feel honored to have my teacher Dr. Yusuf Zafar graced with such a prestigious award. Sir I wish and pray for your health and would be eager to see you graced with many more laurels in the days to come
Syed Iqbal
May 4, 2012 1:23 pm
Congratulations Dr Zafar, We need more people like you in Pakistan. We are proud of your achievements, and May Allah help you in helping our Nation.
FJ Siddiqui
May 4, 2012 4:28 pm
But Polio is also our problem but no one did any research even how to tackle social resistance to vaccination campaigns leave alone any microbiolgical or immunological research. All such work has been done in West. If the problem is here we should be the leader and if he lead he did the right thing. It is our major crop, a source of foreign exchange.
Noor
May 4, 2012 1:25 pm
Dr. Yousuf Zafer undoubtedly honoured Pakistan. This is a time that we should pay attention for alleviation of Poverty from Pakistan. Doctor Sahib must chalk out programms for such provision.
Srini (San Jose,CA)
May 4, 2012 1:28 pm
Kudos. News like these should be highlighted more often so that general public can get have feel-good feeling staying away from the news on ongoing depressive violence. Will be good inspiration for the kids and nation. Afterall, education is going to be key factor for Pakistan's revival.
Adler
May 4, 2012 11:07 pm
gotta agree.....
Khalid Palijo
May 4, 2012 2:30 pm
This is an honour for Dr Yusuf Zafar and Pakistan. He is a role model for talented youngsters to emulate. Cotton is the backbone of Pakistan's economy and mentoring new researchers and specialists in this field needs to be appreciated nationally as well. I propose a Sitara-e-Imtiaz for Dr. Yusuf Zafar. Khalid Palijo Abu Dhabi
Yusuf
May 6, 2012 6:57 am
Thanks for your nice and warm words. There are no secrets to the success.It is preparation,hard work and learning from the failure. Team work allows you achieve the targets. The passion and commitment of my dream team placed us at this position.
N Ahmad
May 6, 2012 7:09 am
Very well done Dr Zafar, Mubrouk and keep it up. you proved that a the Atomic Energy Commission is rightly serving the Humanity.
Muhammad Chragh
May 4, 2012 11:59 pm
Proud of you sit gee
NIBGE Establishment Team
May 7, 2012 6:05 am
Dear sir we are very glad to work in your kind supervision. If someone tell us that we are very lucky as we know you personally. Now you are a proud for NIBGE, Pakistani nation as well as for whole mankind.
AsD
May 6, 2012 7:29 am
I am from India but it makes me really happy to see such visionary people in Pakistan. Hope Pakistan makes tremendous progress in years to come. All the best!
srini
May 5, 2012 1:56 am
Success for pulse polio needs coordination from the people. Supply Chain, volunteers who can penetrate each and every corner of the country thats what is happend in india. If you see on the pulse polio day , hospitals,bus stops,railway stations,schools,every where health workers will do the things properly from village to town. The biggest challenge here how to coordinate with such a big event, can any one dare to go to the places in the balooch? or some of the provinces? with out armed guards??? the big question for the sustainability of pakistan is the day a person from one of end of the country and another end then only you can ever imagine of talking a growth otherwise its impossible. This is the biggest cause of your failure in pulse polio
Yawar
May 5, 2012 2:00 am
A true national hero. Drs. Zafar and Qadeer Khan are role models that Pakistani kids should look up to and try to emulate. Talk show hosts should bring Dr. Zafar to the forefront so that Pakistani kids and adults recognize the value of a good education combined with intellegence and hard work.
Asif
May 5, 2012 2:36 am
MashAllah. Keep it up!
Bilal Shahid
May 5, 2012 2:49 am
Yes its proud of nation. Proud to be Pakistani
dr faizullah khawaja
May 6, 2012 8:06 am
it should be on international media as well like CNN or atleast AL Jazeera international. someone should send it to them and ask them to do some documentary programme about Dr Zafar. Is it on youtube atleast ?
Asif Latif
May 5, 2012 3:17 am
Thanks Allah (God) you blessed us Mr.Dr.Zafar and also Congratulations (Mubarik) to Dr saib. Pakistan 4th /125 most intelligent people globally.(survey by Institute of European Business Administration).
Naeem Qureshi
May 5, 2012 3:42 am
We are really proud of the grear work you are doing. May you help produce more scientists like you
Muhammad Asif Gondal
May 5, 2012 3:57 am
Congratulations Dr. Zafar. We must be proud of him and his research group. They are actively involve in the strengthing of Pakistan. Although few bad patches are trying to deform the face of our great Motherland, but many like Dr.Zafar are countering their attach by making such milestones. GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE and Thank you. GONDAL
asif
May 5, 2012 4:18 am
I proud to be the student of Dr Zafar
Ramais Khan
May 5, 2012 4:23 am
Congratulation Pakistan, congratulations Zafar sb, we are really proud of you. They must be our role model, and now is the time that the our media should highlight the topic and the person, we need you zafar sb, keep motivating us.
syed
May 7, 2012 5:31 am
Congratulation for such excellent achievements, if politicians and other Government officials become half as committed as Dr. Yusuf Zafar Pakistan can become one of the best countries in the world.
Shahzad Basra
May 6, 2012 7:51 am
Dear Dr Yusaf Zafar Congratulations. nation is proud of you
Zafar Iqbal
May 5, 2012 4:46 am
Dr. Zafar My pray for u. u live long.good bless u. u do hard work and get the award. thank u With best of lock zafar iqbal ok
Praveen Kapoor
May 7, 2012 9:22 am
I am an Indian(Hindu) and I am very Proud that a Pakistani Scientist has made such an achievement. Many other Pakistanis can achieve such things provided they get good education and opportunities thereafter to prove their talent.I request all my Pakistani brothers to start loving Indian People and all my Indian Brothers to love Pakistani People. This way people of both the nations will prosper. Let politicians be not allowed to stop us from doing so,otherwise we will continue to suffer .We can't waste any more time in nurturing hate each other.We have to start loving each other and respect each other. Once we forget our enemity,entire world will be at our feet. Please think about it seriously
non-conformist
May 5, 2012 5:11 am
So proud of you Dr Sahib. Jeeway Pakistan.
Dr Ahmed
May 5, 2012 5:13 am
Well done dr Zafar... May Allah give you long life for doing such wonderful research ...plz leave behind an institute that keeps your work going ... Thank you very much for being true Pakiatni and raising our heads ... We are proud of you . .
khurram iqbal
May 5, 2012 5:48 am
congrats n thanxxxx for glistening the name of pakistan even in this horrendous state of affairs,,,,,,,,,,
Mef
May 5, 2012 5:51 am
Very proud of you Doc, Pakistani achievements don't get highlighted much. Hope this gets due coverage.
Mr.T
May 5, 2012 5:52 am
Pakistan become the society member in 1948, after 64 years ... ! we forget that in 92 we are champions, we must understand it's our downfall, we are saying at-least but once we were at-most...
krishgovind
May 5, 2012 5:57 am
It is a commendable achievement as Dr Yusuf Zafar chosen to work for his country braving all odds. It require a great strength of character to over come great temptation to work in greener pastures abroad in five star comforts. Congratulation!!
Zafar
May 5, 2012 6:06 am
Congratulations! But why is Cotton development under Atomic Energy Commission???))
Vijay
May 5, 2012 6:10 am
Yes, Naveed there is lot of positivity in our society but we need to aknowledge and highlight. There are 110 reasons to belive that Pakistan is the soil can produce many like Dr. Yousef. However, every body has to play his part honestly to compel others to believe that we are the peacefull and loving people like you. Vijay
Humayun
May 5, 2012 6:14 am
Keep up the good work
AESSA
May 5, 2012 6:14 am
Hold your horses yo all in Pakistan and expatriates. You cant be proud because of one smart pants. Pakistan is seen as a terrorist country, everyday bombs are detonated to kill innocent Pakistanis, soldiers; power outages/load shedding, potable water rationing etc. We Pakistanis must collectively take inventory of ourselves and the quality of of life for everyday folks.
AESSA
May 5, 2012 6:15 am
stand tall even if Pakistan is a poor country. Pakistan is rich in natural resources but lack in loyal Pakistanis who can contribute to the welfare & prestige of Pakistan.
AESSA
May 5, 2012 6:16 am
Undoubtedly, congrats to Dr Zafar for his achievement but to what good for country. Pakistan needs pakistanis and not $ from the West to run the country. Late ZAB once said, we'll eat grass but we'll respond to India's nuclear tests. He gave Pakistan a nb but nation has never lived to respect the country. It hurts to talk about it. Never mind Pakistan Zindabad-o-Pa'indabad.
Vijay
May 5, 2012 6:20 am
Congratulations Dr. Zaffar. Polio is another problm I understand but it is not only the social resistance to blame the failure to eradicate it. There are many other issues needs to be sorted out in our society. Social resistance is one of the core issues to acheive its 99.99% immunization. Vijay
amir
May 5, 2012 6:31 am
Conratulations, Well done buddy. Regards Khan
junaid Hash,i
May 5, 2012 6:59 am
Congratulations to the great Doctor. a wake up calls for all Pakistanis in respect of their capabilities. Another great doctor who has done pioneering work is Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan. i had the opportunity to hear the doctor at a recent conference in karachi and he is level of expertise, knowledge, commitment was truly eye opening and completely brilliant. I salute both these great men for showing us what we are capable of and making us proud.
Sumit
May 5, 2012 7:20 am
Congrats Dr. Zafar, scientist’s works are beneficial for all. Moreover, this is one of the works which actually provides benefit for human race.
cssingh
May 5, 2012 7:36 am
This is the type of Pakistani we need who helps poor cotton farmers to exceed their production. Lets hope many more will follow suit and help the needy and excel Pakistan to emerging nations of World.Lets get away from radicalism and concentrate to well being of community like Mr Edhi
Aziz
May 5, 2012 7:39 am
Dr. Zafar deserves the highest commendation from ordinary people like me. There are many hundred millions of us. All this proves that in every arena of our national life that we are quite capable of producing individual sparks of brightness. We have produced Khans in squash, Fazal , Javed , Miandad in cricket, we had Dr. Salam (although some still refuse to own him as ours), we had Iqbal, Jinnah, Arefa Karim, Nawazish (of 23 A level fame) etc, etc. We cannot, however, integrate our achievements through a coherent national vision. Our plans are invariably sabotaged by one vested group or the other. To gain power we do not shy of breaking our country, trampling the constitution, disobeying the law or refusing to recognise punishment. We CANNOT WORK TOGETHER for a common objective. Everyone wants to be a leader. I am sure with time we learn this as well. Till then .....
Aziz
May 5, 2012 7:42 am
The elimination of poverty is the job of the government, the economists and the political leaders. Bio-scientists should concentrate in their job. Each problem has its own area of speciality.
incognito
May 7, 2012 4:53 am
hats off!
saman
May 5, 2012 8:14 am
Congrats ,we are proud of the great scientists like you,who are giving their best to the nation despite of the limited research facilities available.Irony of the situation is that our media is more interested in projecting the worst news like killing and blasts.Dawn did a laudable job by putting this news,hats off to appreciate Dawn for this job.People like you are indeed the pride of nation ,best of luck for future endeavours.
Scientist 1
May 5, 2012 8:14 am
How nepra can ban songs.. that is pemra my beloved colleague
Rashid Hussain
May 5, 2012 9:33 am
Good Job Sir, I have the honour of remaining your student.
Mustafa
May 5, 2012 10:15 am
I am so happy to hear this , we never knew about Dr Zafar, our media had not projected him at all, but how can they do that they are just PROPHET OF THE DOOM, so it was beyond them We all specially our youth needs aspiration , role models to keep faith which seem to be fast evaporating. There is no other way than to keep faith in our country future , and have to live and die here
Syed
May 5, 2012 10:26 am
Congratulations, Dr. Zafar!
Omar
May 5, 2012 10:48 am
Sorry but pubmed search only yielded 22 articles! where are the rest 88 article published? Congratulations nevertheless! Proud!
Arshad Ali
May 5, 2012 10:53 am
Congrates to doctor Zafar and the whole Pakistan nation for such great success.
Tariq Ehtesham
May 6, 2012 8:49 am
Dear Scientist, Very well said, our media, may Allah show them the right path, at times the only good news they telecast is something like ' Shah Rukh Khan's box office hit latest movie name or the birthday celeberation of Karina Kapoor'. Telecasting such type of achievements by Pakistanis could portray a different picture of our Homeland. Dr Zafar, Bravo !! you made our hopes alive in the prevailing situation. May Allah bless you and rewards you with more strength to deliver more for Pakistan.
Pak1
May 5, 2012 11:56 am
Some good news at last. Well done Sir.
Ali
May 5, 2012 12:18 pm
Where the news of bad governance and corruption from various department comes in, this is a sigh of relief for us. This gentleman has made us all proud of our country. I hope youngsters will follow his steps and will do wondors in agricultural growth.
Imran
May 5, 2012 12:19 pm
Great Job Dr. Sb
Muhammad Usman Habib
May 5, 2012 12:21 pm
Please share this good news with everyone, on Every forum, in every network either professional or social.... There is hope...
Nasser Ali Khan
May 7, 2012 12:10 pm
Keep bringing in good news about Pakistan as well. InshaAllah one day Pakistan would be a truly great nation and be a beacon to the world. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!
Mazhar and Shazia
May 5, 2012 12:35 pm
Salute to Dr. Yusuf Zafar for this fabulous achievement. Dr. Yusuf like people are real heroes and assetts of our nation. His whole life is full of untiring struggle to develop scientific research (Biotechnology) in the country. At NIBGE, the institute he has been leading, produced Pakistan's best scientists under his supervision. Electronic media must give coverage to such scientists so that our younger generation can choose ideals from our own society.
Muhammad
May 5, 2012 12:44 pm
Congrats! Please keep up your good work!
Sher Afzal
May 6, 2012 10:03 am
Your road was tough, but you did an excellent job. You never lost your faith and courage, which eventually brought you to success. Congratulations. Sher Afzal from Jena
ASHRAF JAFRANY
May 5, 2012 1:26 pm
Ideed a very exciting news for we Pakistanis But unfortunately it has not been given a due coverage in our so called national media which is full of depressive and hopelessness news. We feel proud that Pakistan is full talent and this is the main example of it. keep it up our prayers are with you dr. sahib...............
Muhammad Ali
May 5, 2012 1:39 pm
A lot of congratulations sir!
M. Asghar
May 5, 2012 1:42 pm
There is so much visionary thrust in Pakistan, if only the "leaden feudalism" could be punctured through for a fully blown flowering.
Zahid Aslam
May 6, 2012 6:56 pm
Everyone is leaving congratulatory notes for Dr. Zafar, undoubtedly, very well deserved appreciation. I would however like to thank Dr. Zafar and if I may take the liberty to do so, I would like to thank him on behalf of every Pakistani. In these times of dismay when we only hear depressing news from all quarters, his achievement is like a wave of fresh cool breeze. Thank you for bringing us this wonderful news and thank you for making us proud. Keep up the good work, Dr Saheb. Wish you all the best.
irtiza
May 5, 2012 2:43 pm
big achievement
Muhammad Yasir
May 5, 2012 2:58 pm
Please accept bundles of Congratulations from me and my father Mr Muhammad Afzal Arain Director NIA
Muhammad Anjum Ali
May 5, 2012 3:49 pm
Dr Yousaf Zafar. Congratulations.You deserve that. Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali DGA
Sher Afzal
May 5, 2012 5:07 pm
Dr Yusuf ZAfar sb. You have made us all proud. I am glad to hear this great news. I congratulate you on this beautiful leap of your life. Well done. Sher Afzal from Jena
SWMA
May 5, 2012 6:07 pm
Excellent...
Ahmed
May 5, 2012 6:07 pm
Well done Dr Zafar & keep it up -- you have made us proud. I wish that your achievements are covered by our electronic media & your research on cotton is optimally utilized by our agriculture & industrial sector.
mohammad
May 5, 2012 6:21 pm
great job it is a role model for all PAKISTANIS. WE ALL should focus our energy on scientific research so that our economy grows and we pay THANKS TO ALLAH FOR MAKING US SELF-SUFFICIENT. PAKISTAN ZINDBAAD PAKISTAAN PAINDABAAD i want to know his email address so that i can salute him
Tariq K Sami
May 5, 2012 6:26 pm
You are mixing up things.
Khezir hayat
May 5, 2012 6:51 pm
Hello really honour for Pakistan. May Allah Almighty give much more than this to Dr Yusyf Zafer as he is star and honour for our country.
tabassum
May 5, 2012 7:07 pm
wow mashaAllah :)
Jahanzaib
May 5, 2012 8:23 pm
Shabas well done Dr Sb congratulation you are inspiration for many young pakistanis and we respect you and salute you... thx for doing all this for us.
Long Live Pakistan
May 5, 2012 9:12 pm
thanks a lot to all scientists who contributed in this field. Long Live Pakistan. We all love you. Lets be together for a positive change in our beloved country :)
Shabbir
May 7, 2012 2:37 pm
Well Done, Proud of you.............
jamshed kharian-pak
May 5, 2012 9:49 pm
Salute Dr yousaf Zafar Sahib
Ashraf Usman
May 6, 2012 2:05 am
Thanks Dr. Zafar we are all proud of you.
Saeed Ahmad
May 6, 2012 2:44 am
Well done Dr Yusuf Zafar. You make us proud to be a pakistani. God Bless you and Pakistan.
Absar
May 6, 2012 2:53 am
Indeed an honor! Heartiest congratulatons.
Ashaq Hussain
May 7, 2012 9:08 am
Congratulation. May Allah helps you to be a blessing for Pakistan.
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
May 6, 2012 3:13 am
Dr Yusuf Zafar, you have raised our heads and I very sincerely wish and pray that now your name is recorded in Guinness World Records Book as well, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi, Former Diplomat, Kuwait
frooooq
May 6, 2012 6:34 am
Typical pessimist mentality. You people cannot do any thing for the country and in many cases prefer to flee abroad for greener pastures. When somebody who stayed back works hard and makes a name for himself and the country you start criticizing him/her. Go back to your cave and stop whining
frooooq
May 6, 2012 6:32 am
Many Congrats Dr Zafar The news confirms the fact : You can excel in any field and make a name for your self and make your country proud , without moving abroad. Just read and try to understand the value of this statement "" “…..in cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.” Well done, Pakistanis . Keep it up
@IAgnikul
May 6, 2012 6:24 am
We are happy for Dr Zafar and proud of his contribution. But please state facts correctly. A Pakistani has been commended for research alongside another researcher. There is no "best scientist award". The researcher of the year was an Indian man and next year someone else will be awarded to encourage research work.
Yusuf Zafar
May 8, 2012 5:49 pm
overwhelming response from all over the world provided new hope for the younger generation. We should make promise with ourselves to perform our work with all honesty, dedication and keeping the merit our sole criteria. This is the first step in right direction irrespective of what is happening around us. No nation could survive with injustice for a longer period of time. We have to return to meritocracy. Progress and prosperity will flow automatically. I thank you all for your nice and warm comments. Thank you DAWN for providing space to unsung heros and silent intellect minority who are concerned for humanity as well as for Pakistan..
Faisal Hayat
May 8, 2012 5:15 pm
Dr. Yousuf Zafar is really sceintist of the year because his efforts to estabilish biosafety guidelines, plant breeder rights and intelectual property rights are mavallous. Dr. sb please accept the heartiest congratualations from Jullundur seeds, Pakistan. Many regards
Iftikhar Ali
May 8, 2012 4:54 pm
We are blessed as we are living in the era of Dr. Yusuf Zafar and I am proud to be a student of him.
paktvportal
May 8, 2012 4:00 pm
I am glad at this new your comments & once again recommit for the HOPE yet if feel that this good work need serious lime-lighting in our society as it will breed more & more hope Geo Pakistani Geo!
paktvportal
May 8, 2012 4:02 pm
You've made us rethink that all is not over yet
Mazhar & Moaz
May 8, 2012 10:52 am
Consistent efforts of several years have paved the way to this achievement. Many many congratulations to Dr Yusuf Zafar for having a prestigeous "ICAC Scientists of the Year 2012 award".
Azam Rathore
May 8, 2012 10:58 am
Congratulations Dr. Zafar.The whole Pakistani nation is proud of you.No doubt ours is a great nation and can do wonders.Our young generation should follow the example of Dr.Sahib.May Allah Bless you .
ZAHIDA
May 8, 2012 2:38 pm
Congrates alot sir, great achievement.. keep it up.
Mahmood
May 9, 2012 6:28 am
We all are proud of you Dr Yousuf Zafar, Sir We All "Salute" You.
Shakoor Alam
May 9, 2012 9:58 am
A complete agreement with your word,Mr. Naveed..Hats off to Dr. Yusuf Zafar.
Bobby-Allen
May 9, 2012 12:26 pm
It is always nice to hear about a scientist, be it from any country. Pakistan is a great country with loads of opportunities and talent. It just needs to shake off its religious background.
Javed Arshad
May 10, 2012 10:13 am
May Allah bless you Dr. Zafar for your work and for projecting Pakistan in the gloomiest of all the periods noted in the history of this very unfortunate nation.
Badar e Alam
May 13, 2012 2:55 pm
Great we are prod of you my dear Formanite. Badar n Bushra
M. Ikram Naseem
May 15, 2012 10:57 am
Dear Dr Yusuf Zafar, Congratulations for having a prestigeous "ICAC ( International Cotton Advisory Committee) award "Scientists of the Year 2012". Thanks for upholding green flag. This is a big sparking news when our country is passing through a critical time. Pakistan ia a great nation & it need leader like you, Dr. Zafar. Allah bless you.
tarikrashid
May 14, 2012 10:00 am
Wish you all the best and Godspeed, take care and keep smiling
Tariq
May 14, 2012 5:07 am
Tariq Great Job Dr Yousuf Sahab. Pakistan is proud of you. It is great achievement. But it is not highlighed in the article for what particular research work he got the award.
Pawan
May 15, 2012 1:11 pm
Congratulations Dr Yusuf Zafar Sahib. Its good to see someone from pakistan has researched in area of cotton. Just want to know does your research/findings/techniques been utlized on commercially in Sindh/Punjab ?
abdul rahman amjad
May 16, 2012 9:07 pm
doctor sahib i juxt want to say that u r such a national hera and a legend for us.............
usman
May 17, 2012 4:23 pm
i am very happy to read this news God bless you with success
Mohammad Tariq
May 27, 2012 2:06 pm
Congratulations. Finally I got to see the web side which was discussed at Manal Restaurant. Tariq
Sadruddin Mitha
July 23, 2012 7:57 am
. He has made us proud of Pakistan. we are not as bad as projected world around
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