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47 As in O, A levels: Pakistani student beats world record

Updated Dec 31, 2013 05:48pm


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Haroon Tariq. — Photo by Dawn
Haroon Tariq. — Photo by Dawn

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student, Haroon Tariq, has broken the current world record by securing a total of 47 As in his International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O Level and A Level exams from the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

His subjects spanned both the humanities and sciences including Human and Social Biology, Islamic Religion and Culture, Physics, Chemistry and Global Development.

A student of Froebel’s International School (FIS), Haroon Tariq’s achievement had put Pakistan in the global spotlight.

In the O Levels, the previous world record was 28 As which was also held by a Pakistani student Zohaib Asad. However, Haroon Tariq obtained 38 As in O levels and a total of 47As in his O and A level exams.

While talking to Dawn, Haroon Tariq said he studied 50 different subjects in O and A levels during the span of three years. He said obtaining 47 As was not easy as he had to study different languages including Spanish and French.

“I want to study engineering in the future, but have not decided whether to specialise in software engineering or aeronautical engineering,” he said.

Haroon Tariq said his teachers guided him well due to which he achieved the remarkable score, adding that he had to give all his attention to his studies.

Head Principal of the school Shahmina Kamal said, “I feel honoured to be instrumental in shaping a competent youngster for tomorrow’s Pakistan.” Similarly, the head of the Dept of Examinations Sahar Pirzada said, “I always remind students that success is a state of mind. They need to trust themselves as they always know more than what they think they do.”

“Surely enough, we have students setting world records for academic excellence,” she said.


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Anon Sep 01, 2013 08:38am

Congratulation for getting rewarded for your hard work. However, that's just outrageous. How indecisive can one be about the future and what one wants to major in? Please stop this trend of scoring x number of A's and start expending energies in emerging sciences and research based future.

SRK Sep 01, 2013 08:39am

Forty seven A's. That is truly amazing. But just an innocent question - normally how many subjects are required for O and A levels ? I am not an expert in O and A levels, but I know that there were nine subjects in my matriculation subject from Lahore board, and there were five subjects in my F.Sc. from the same board. Wow, he must be the jack of all things crazy. Now we got to watch this space, to see if he turns out the Master of anything. By the way, what happened to Zohaib Asad ? Who held the previous record. Where is he now ?

Junaid Sep 01, 2013 08:56am

@Haroon: As an engineer, my advice is to go for Mechanical engineering, chemical (process) engineering or petroleum engineering. These 3 majors have a very bright future as far as good job opportunities are concerned. Aeronautical engineering has very limited scope especially with the current crude oil prices. Software engineering market has also reached saturation, you will most likely not find many good job opportunities in software industry now.

Nasir Sep 01, 2013 09:22am

Congratulations. We are proud of you, We really need such good news from Pakistan.

Shake G Sep 01, 2013 09:26am

Awesome job. Keep up the great work. Thank you for bringing a good spot light on Pakistan . may Allah bless you with more wisdom and knowledge.

Kashif Kashii Sep 01, 2013 09:29am

Congratulations to haroon! we are proud of you long live Pakistan

Muhammad Imran Hanif Sep 01, 2013 09:40am

Well Done Gentleman,

Heartiest Congratulations!!

Abeer Sep 01, 2013 09:51am

This is getting ridiculous. The CIE exams are not meant to be taken in bulk and be made a scoring game out of. A significant percentage of the CIE candidates achieve all A's, but they only chose to take 9-12 subjects as anything more is just useless.

KHAN Sep 01, 2013 09:58am

Job well done , Proud of you

Haroon Rashid Sep 01, 2013 09:59am

All that with a pair of broken glasses, interestingly with a broken glasses would be an ideal expression for this gentleman's outstanding achievement in academics in a country such as Pakistan where there isn't enough light for the train to go through a tunnel let alone study to get 47s A in the middle of the night. Good job in such hard circumstances.

Naeem Khan Sep 01, 2013 10:07am

??? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??? ??? ????? ?????? We are proud on you Mr. Haroon, you a blinking star and Bright Future of Pakistan belongs to You

Pomy Sep 01, 2013 10:38am

Amazing Dude

Jay Khaw Sep 01, 2013 11:14am

Wait a second. Are those his shoulders?

naeem khan Sep 01, 2013 11:21am

while personal achievements are to be cherished they shouldnt be glorified as national accomplishments primarily students go through this to gain scholarship abroad these students do not contribute anything to Pakistani society as is evident from the case of ali moin nawazish who has opened a private school and to my knowledge is minting a hefty amount the real contributors are people like dr abdussalam the only Nobel laureate who was educated at a government school

Ali Sep 01, 2013 11:37am

I would like to know Mr. Tariq's diet? How did he develop his memory? Bravo Mr. Haroon Tariq

Dr M A Hussain Sep 01, 2013 11:59am

Broke the Cambridge record, not the world record. If someone secures highest ever grade in Pakistan's Federal Board or India's Central Board of Education, would that be a world record too? World records are meant to be universal, not restricted to one particular institution or system amongst many with different criteria.

AHMAD Sep 01, 2013 12:05pm

Congratulation Pakistan.

tariqgib Sep 01, 2013 12:07pm

Very Well DONE

virani Sep 01, 2013 12:09pm

congrats! and keep it up, Pakistan needs a student like you. have a bright future.

John M Sep 01, 2013 12:08pm

O/A levels don't matter at all. This kid simply wasted his time. If he wants to make a difference, he should be specializing in a specific area and getting out of school and into college as soon ax possible, not wasting time with English GCSEs...

Whoever encouraged him to give 50 exams did him a disservice.

Once again, high school does not matter in the long run.

WeCare Sep 01, 2013 12:11pm

Way to go.. many congrats to Haroon

Flo Sep 01, 2013 12:13pm

When will educators and parents realize that the number of A's a kid gets in their O' and A' Levels means next to nothing? In the mean time, allow me to just shake my head tell kids that there's a lot more to life than getting an infinite number of A's in school.

ikram Sep 01, 2013 12:15pm

Nice, brilliant bro. God may help you to serve pakistan but dont come in the list of Braindrain...............

Amjed Abro Sep 01, 2013 12:30pm

Congratulations and wish you good luck :)

daniyal Sep 01, 2013 12:48pm

Why he appeared in so many subjects? Even with 8subjects at Olevels he could have opted for any engineering university in the world

Batool Rizvi Sep 01, 2013 01:13pm

Congratulations and Well done.

Farhan Sep 01, 2013 01:14pm

Congratulation! After a long time I heard some good news about Pakistan. Keep focus on your study May ALLAH bless your family.

Javid Shirazi Sep 01, 2013 01:35pm

Ingenuity with hard work, naturally leads to success. Wish the young Haroon and others like him to prosper and assist at uplifting society.

Arshmah Sep 01, 2013 01:54pm

Ma'Sha Allah !! Feeling ever so proud !! #pakistanzindabad !!

Ali Sep 01, 2013 02:18pm

MashAllah :D Proud of you man

Tamil selvan Sep 01, 2013 02:20pm

Congratulations on your achievements young man. May Goddess Sarawati give you strength to achieve more or the betterment of mankind

Jamshaid Sep 01, 2013 02:37pm

Haroon Tariq, thank you for providing us the true picture of Pakistan and a glimpse of Pakistan future. I must say, this is the Pakistan and you are the Pakistan. Hats off to all those who have been inspiring you and supporting you through out your jouney.

Human's are the best resource we need to harness and invest.

amjad Sep 01, 2013 03:07pm

wonderful record that depicts intellectual strength in our country. we have many youngsters who even don't have opportunity to get education......

congratulations brove:)

vigilant Sep 01, 2013 03:13pm

Congrats proud of you as Pakistani........... Dawn....what happened to his pic?? couldn't better??

slim Sep 01, 2013 03:18pm

fantastic achievement. Proud of you

Syed W. Ali Sep 01, 2013 03:20pm

"...shaping a competent youngster for tomorrow

Saadia Sep 01, 2013 03:21pm

Well done.Too bad yet again our media has failed to mention this amazing news on tv or highlighted the success of this indeed gifted Pakistani student.

Sal Sep 01, 2013 03:23pm

Marvellous achievement. Though shame that he will most likely have to leave Pakistan to full fill his potential.

Muhammad sami Sep 01, 2013 03:23pm

Good we proud on our students

malik umair Sep 01, 2013 03:26pm

congratulations on his brilliant success.....

Wamiq Ansari Sep 01, 2013 03:27pm

I would advice the young lad to study economics/business. He will enjoy better job opportunities in Pakistan and abroad. I would also like to invite him to Avanade's internship program to come and see the IT industry up close in London. This might help him decide.

sameer Sep 01, 2013 03:27pm

Humongous performance. You deserve an standing ovation!!

precious Sep 01, 2013 03:36pm

congrs <3 <3 <3

Karachi Bhai Sep 01, 2013 03:40pm

Great As long as such news continue to come there is hope for our country. This is great moment of pride. I am sure such news are a huge de-motivation for the terrorists and the extremists. Indeed, we all play can some role in our fight against extremism, polarization and illiteracy.

Aakashvaani Sep 01, 2013 03:39pm

Well done buddy! Thats the way. I invite you to India once you finish, you will get good quality experience with big corporations and the best mentors you can find.

Guest63 Sep 01, 2013 03:47pm

Great Dude , now just do not be cowed down by the Lure of financial gains in deciding a career/specialty like Engineerings or Medical as such , Go Into a Reseach Filed and since you have studdied Physics , go in the foot steps of another Great Pakistan Scientist and the Only Nobel Prize winner among the 180 Millions Pakistans and 2 Billions Muslims , Dr Abdul Salam " there can ever be only One Heer of the Jhang " . Go into Particle Physices , Quantum Physics and Establish a ground breaking record Once more ............ If you do a SW Engineering or go to aeronautical engineering , You will be another dot in the big picture of these sciences , Why to limit your imaginations to a narrow goal , Open up your mind to be a research Scientist of repute ..... God may help you in your resolve to use your elementary educational step ladder , to go to unimaginable heights ........

Mahvish Rani Sep 01, 2013 04:21pm

Masha Allah!

Azwar Tipu Janjua Sep 01, 2013 04:29pm

What a big achievement, congratulations. :D

Faisal Noor Sep 01, 2013 04:32pm

I have no respect for a system that values grades more than cognitive awakening. Neither is to me getting 47 As and beating the high-score something worthy of applause. In fact, it signifies an arrested development of this poor chap, look at how that obsession has rendered him physically disproportionate! What about the other parts of life that add color to it? Where's the street-smart in him? Unfortunately, we the third-world people are obsessed with becoming more and more efficient machines for the developed-world people enriching their lives while they enjoy the life of a complete man or woman.

Saleem Ur Rehman Sep 01, 2013 04:30pm

Congratulations Haroon Tariq! Well done.

qirk Sep 01, 2013 04:52pm

amazing indeed. congratulations

Uzair Zaman Sheikh Sep 01, 2013 05:21pm

Masha'ALlah..well done... a proud for his nation...

Javed Anwar Sep 01, 2013 05:32pm

PM should award the youngster with the National Prestigious Award on this wonderful ACHIEVEMENT.

Nadira Sep 01, 2013 05:51pm

Poor chap looks like he needs a good sleep!!

Syed Ahmad Sep 01, 2013 05:56pm

Kudos to the young man! There are many examples like him across Pakistan, not just in academic excellence, but in creativity and entrepreneurship as well. The question is, what are we doing as a society and as a country to retain these talents within the country? Eventually, these talents go out of the country, and justifiably so, to become part of the brains of Western countries.

Imraan Mehmood Sep 01, 2013 06:03pm

"Jack of all Trades knows nothing"

Usman Sep 01, 2013 06:06pm

Amazing. He is pride for his parents.

May Allah succeed hin in his future plan.

Ijaz Ahmad Sep 01, 2013 06:16pm

There is no need of making this kind of records.If you talk to somebody in Uk about this kind of thing than they make fun of you.Study the subject you like & than make something out of it.Spend rest of time in other things like recreation etc.

SAL Sep 01, 2013 06:27pm

Mashallah! You made your Parents, Teachers, School and above all Pakistan Proud. Keep up the good work.

Anees Sep 01, 2013 06:46pm

Ma sha Allah.. May he succeed in life !

Aiza Sep 01, 2013 06:53pm

What an achievement! A big source of inspiration for all young Pakistanis! Good news from a country that is witnessing it`s most troublesome period. Youngsters like him are the future of this country.

Ghostrider Sep 01, 2013 07:08pm

Its funny that principal is taking credit for the achievement of this brilliant kid. she must take credit for the students who scored Cs and Ds as well.

ROHIT PANDEY Sep 01, 2013 07:31pm

Wonderful news...congratulations,sir!

Hope this will spur young Muslim-Pakistanis to take to academics in a very big way.

That will spur minting of excellent professionals,who will be the backbone of future peaceful productive Pakistan!

In the US the annual spelling bee competition has been won by students of Indian extraction for about a decade-it is the yoke to academics which makes them stand apart..Pakistan would do well to emulate in academics and all academic pursuits!

Anonymous Sep 01, 2013 07:45pm

One day you'll hear that a Pakistani student has secured some 200 As in O and A levels.

haseeb Sep 01, 2013 07:55pm

Picture made him looks like Nerd, though records are exceptional. But again Nerd ll be more suitable.

Taha Lateef Sep 01, 2013 08:03pm

Congratulation. Great and inspiring news.

Nausheen Sep 01, 2013 08:06pm

Hats off to you Mr. Horoon. Keep it up. We are proud of you.

Absar Sep 01, 2013 08:08pm

Congrats. Really Feel proud on this...

Abdul Sep 01, 2013 08:07pm

A great achievement. However our schools are full of raw talent which needs to be given right direction and jobs to use the potential.

ayesha Sep 01, 2013 08:12pm

While reading this piece of news, I felt a mix of emotions; excited to know that a young Pakistani had broken a world record, yet a bit skeptical to realize how much effort he must have put into it. He admits that he had to give this endeavor all his attention, which may indicate that he had to sacrifice his leisure time with family and friends. I am not downplaying his achievement, but I am questioning our societal motives in trumpeting such attitudes towards test-taking. Are we using this as another measure or standard of achievement? You go to social gatherings and you hear people bragging about the number of courses, private tuitions and As and A*s their children have gotten and I find it not only troubling but distasteful. If you are sending your child to a school, then why is he/she going to a private tutor? Why aren

Ibrahim Sep 01, 2013 08:25pm

Congratulations to Haroon, his teachers, and his family. He has made Pakistan proud. Our youth, the future leaders of our great nation need to be recognized, and encouraged for the laurels they win. Ibrahim

Daniyal Shah Sep 01, 2013 08:27pm

I feel really proud to be a Pakistani after hearing this news.

Yasir Mughal Sep 01, 2013 08:29pm

It's really appalling, not admirable. I don't what's up with the kid; his parents put too much pressure on him or he is himself a bookworm. This is not healthy; this obsession with obtaining maximum As and highest percentages is a sickness to the society.

dr saadia Sep 01, 2013 08:32pm

We are proud of you , Haroon Tariq . You are THE bright future of Pakistan :)

MUHAMMAD KHAN CHOUDHRY Sep 01, 2013 08:33pm

we are proud of you HAROON TARIQ,pakistan has too much talent,it is only a negative prapoghanda against us,that we are terrorist,sure this wrong.we are great nation and inshallah ,people like you will fly high the flage of the country. i pray to Almighty give you and other pakistanis,a great success"

Hyder Ali Sep 01, 2013 08:54pm

Well done young man. Hope Pakistan will provide ample opportunity to you in future so that we do not lose you to seek opportunity abroad.


Ali Sep 01, 2013 08:59pm

I'm proud of you and proud of being a Pakistani. It suggests we are some of the most intelligent nations around the globe- Long live Pakistan

Rana Sep 01, 2013 09:07pm

Many congratulations to Haroon and his family. We need more students like him.

Shuja Siddiqui Sep 01, 2013 09:09pm

Well done ! Pakistan

We need students like Harron Tariq to lead Pakistan!

We should get rid of quota system and support merit and students like Harron Tariq should be given command of Pakistan, the land we free to have the rule of Allah !

independentthinker Sep 01, 2013 09:14pm

Congratulations to Haroon Tariq, his family and all the staff at his school. You all have done an incredible job! Just when you continue to get "not so encouraging news" from our side of the world, it is refreshing to see we still have what it takes to be a leader. I am sure we have a lot of Haroon's in our country and I hope and pray they are all given a chance to prove their talents and are given a chance to contribute their skills for the betterment of the world in general and Pakistan in particular.

John Sep 01, 2013 09:17pm

Bravo! Pakistani students are the best. The institutions of higher learning need to be fixed!

MSP Sep 01, 2013 09:34pm

Happy for him, but I don't really understand the point of getting these 47 As, apart from becoming famous.

AMER ALIKHAN Sep 01, 2013 09:44pm

glad to hear some position news about Pakistan. Haroon Tariq, we are proud of you.

Mian Sep 01, 2013 09:43pm

Very nice!! congrats!!

Azhan Sep 01, 2013 09:46pm

Masha'Allah, keep it up. May Allah give you loads of blessings of both the worlds! ameen.

HM Sep 01, 2013 09:50pm

Well done and congratulations. You made Pakistan proud.

Shabbir Sep 01, 2013 10:12pm

Extremely happy young man. Keep up with the hard work

Kaka Sep 01, 2013 10:14pm

An outstanding achievement. However, the real point of education is lost here. It's not about how many books you can learn but how you utilize that knowledge and put it to practical use.

I suggest that you now take to the outdoors and keep the books aside for a while.

Junaid Sep 01, 2013 10:20pm

Oh boy totally useless. I did both Alevels and Olevels didnt get a single A.. Thank God! No one cares how many As you get .. get out of that country!

Ahmed Sep 01, 2013 10:19pm

@Jay Khaw: You are right, something is terribly wrong with the picture!

Yasin Sep 01, 2013 10:33pm

@Ali: It's not the diet, It's the blessing of Allah.

Shabbir Sep 01, 2013 10:33pm

Keep it up young man. Many congratulations.

khan Sep 01, 2013 10:41pm

This boy made a record in a country called Pakistan, now how wonderful is that ! What about A*?

Ahmed Sep 01, 2013 10:47pm

@daniyal: Im curious, are you suggesting that he should have been satisfied with the bare minimum and not excelled in the pursuit of knowledge???

seema Sep 01, 2013 10:48pm

Zabardast haroon, thanks for putting Pakistan's face in the spotlight for something good. so proud of u.

Ahmed Sep 01, 2013 10:48pm

@John M: frankly i think your comments are a disservice to humanity

Sarah Sep 01, 2013 10:50pm

Congratulations to Mr.Haroon Tariq! Hope to see you some day soon in our Aeronautical Engineering team. Keep up the good work and bring more laurels for your nation. Best wishes!

Haroon Shahzad Sep 01, 2013 10:54pm

MahAllah We can break any Record.Congratulations bro

Ahmed Sep 01, 2013 10:52pm

@Anon: maybe he has interest in a lot of things and wanted to gain knowledge in all

Salim Sep 01, 2013 11:25pm

We are plunging into a dark educational system, which teaches how to get grades in exams! A and O level academies flourish more than schools. academies do not improve student analytical abilities/concepts; they teach which questions to work on and how.
In 8th class students are given Matric books for getting good results in 9th board papers. Multiple choice questions bring no benefit to education system at this level. In US, a high school student has to write an Essay of his choice and then defend it in front of a committee, to get a scholarship. They judge his/her analytical abilities. GRE general also asks to write an essay now!

Nizamuddin Ahmad Sep 01, 2013 11:26pm

Did some one notice, the teachers are women, the very same population mullas are trying to eliminate. Well done young man. Good luck and God Almighty be with you.

Tahira Sep 01, 2013 11:40pm

Congratulations. Even reading for 38 subjects is no joke. I have taught O- and A- levels in UK and know those exams. They do not test your memorization but actual thinking skills and logic. Those who are making negative comments or recommending this or that subject to him would do better to let him make up his own mind. If I was asked, I would say do what Pakistan needs most at this time, become a good teacher/ professor but work with ordinary children who are starving for good education. Revolutionize the Pakistani system of education, develop plans to re-train the teachers in their fields and suggest honesty and accountability for teachers. If you can, study what Dr Arvind Gupta is doing in India or work like the Engineers from India who have gone to Africa and taught the women to build solar lanterns and now whole villages are illuminated. Do something practical for your/our country. May Allah guide you rightly and grant you success in achieving your goals. Ameen.

Zawar Ahmed Sep 01, 2013 11:46pm

love it words for u.......u r jst waooooooooooooooooooo

Tahira Sep 01, 2013 11:46pm

@Guest63: Instead of targeting Nobel Prize in Physics, let him get the Nobel Peace Prize or work with the poor children in the country and provide them incentives and hope in education and a better future. Let him bring respect to the teaching profession which has long been considered a profession for those who can not get into medical or engineering schools. Some people are born teachers. He can do wonders if he chooses teaching and shows that "Teaching is still an honorable and great profession" that bright people will choose.

skeptic Sep 02, 2013 12:04am

@Nadira : lol. thats a funny comment.people here need more sense of humor

Bilal Memon Sep 02, 2013 12:23am

Pakistan ZIndabad...... Ya Allah Tera shukar he tu ne Pakistan me aisa heera peda kya....

Adil Sep 02, 2013 12:24am

@Faisal Noor: Please resist from commenting on someones looks - comments like 'arrested development' by looking at someone's picture is cruel. You have no idea about this young man's circumstances. If you want to learn something 'real' from developed societies, learn to respect people! Adil.

sikandar Sep 02, 2013 12:26am

hats off man

Aiza Sep 02, 2013 12:35am

@Imraan Mehmood: What a cheap comment, can you command the same level og just 1/12 of this??

waseem Sep 02, 2013 01:02am

Congrats.... Prayers .....balance in life... serve PAKISTAN.

Rizwan Bajwa Sep 02, 2013 01:10am

@Abeer: Agree

Donna khan Sep 02, 2013 01:11am

Good job .keep it up atleast your doing something good with your life ,Education is always better than being a terrorist .

Umair Sep 02, 2013 01:12am

@Faisal Noor:

save us the lecture ;)

this kid deserves an "attaboy"

Zulu Shah Sep 02, 2013 01:24am

Congrates to you and your family... By the way frame of his glasses is broken...

Engr. Shabbir Haider Sep 02, 2013 02:09am

You are pride for nation! At least, one fresh air blow come for this nation by this achievement. Keep it up! May Allah Almighty bless you.

shagufta Sep 02, 2013 02:42am

Son you have done a great job, congratulations. I suggest you to please excel in Islamic studies why not a brilliant scholar of Islam, provision is in hands of Rab subhanuta'la.....Don't worry for that He is the sustainer. Why brilliants do not come in this field why dumbs are thought to be in relegion field,

Sonal Sep 02, 2013 03:16am

@Aakashvaani: Pakistan mein kya khaami hai? And why won't he go to the US instead? I'm sure he has bigger ambitions than going to India.

Yemeen Zuberi Sep 02, 2013 03:17am

There is some real good news from Pakistan, amid all the discouraging messages. My congratulations

Adnan Sep 02, 2013 03:18am

@Faisal Noor: Dude his physical issues has nothing to with his excellence in academic. Think had he not had brains what you, me and othere would have done to him. Pakistanis have this issue of critisizing what ever comes in their way. Despite physical constraints or whatever God has given him brain above you and me, so dont be jealous and appreciate what he has given.

tret Sep 02, 2013 03:30am

good job, now you have to work on getting out of Pakistan asap and not waste your talent in that corrupt system

JFX Sep 02, 2013 03:31am

@Imraan Mehmood: Sour grapes?

Javed Agha Sep 02, 2013 03:45am

Well done baita. Proud of you. Congrats..Keep it up.

Ali Sep 02, 2013 04:17am

Congrats to the young man.

Pakistan is good at producing good grades. What about critical thinking though?

ID Sep 02, 2013 04:48am

looks as though he has no shoulders! - well done on your achievements, shame our leaders in Pakistan couldn't even manage a single O'level and yet they are meant to lead us

Adnan Yusuf Sep 02, 2013 04:50am

@Imraan Mehmood: Looks like he is King of all, certainly not the jack:)

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Sep 02, 2013 05:34am

@Syed Ahmad: In a globalised world we cannot afford to be border-centric and chauvinistic. Haroon Tariq is a citizen of the world and Pakistanis (including myself, who is a Pakistani Canadian) feel immensely proud I wish him well in his future undertakings.

Hazratti Sep 02, 2013 05:51am

There is something not right about him, first I though it was the slanted glasses, but looking at his photo close it appears that his head is not in proporation with his body, why is that? has the photograph been manipulated? I find his achievement hard to believe, 47 over 2 year period assuming 250 days per year thats 47 over approx 500 days thats like 10 days per subject to get A grade, obviouly this is impossible and you are lying. Personally he should be slapped in the face and put into prison for lying.

Azfar Sep 02, 2013 06:29am

@Imraan Mehmood: Really! If you cannot praise, be polite at the least and not say something that has no meaning or maybe you dont know what it means..Reflect what have you done with your life.

Azfar Sep 02, 2013 06:35am

@Faisal Noor: Again, the reality does not sink with folks who just form an opinion or just want to write. The child accomplished someting out of the ordinary. How can one not appreciate this. And, by the way who are you to comment on someone's look and phsyique and how do you know he is not street smart or knows more that you can think off? What right we have to comment without knowing the person. The system in general may be broken but this is not the place nor the time to trash someone's achievements and make them feel they did something that was not so great. There is a time and place for everything.

Azfar Sep 02, 2013 06:41am

@John M: Really John..what did you acheive at this level! This is a news announcing what kid has done. No place for you to dis qualify this!

Azfar Sep 02, 2013 06:44am

@Flo: True.. but do you fathom that how many As he got and where the next best is? This is not some ordinary performance, it was out of norm, hence a news that is celebrating a great performance. Simple, nothing more to it. Learn to appreciate all good things in life that others do.

Safia Sep 02, 2013 06:57am


First of all, I commend you on your accomplishment, Alhamdolillah. Job Well Done!!!!!!! Secondly, I give, whole-heartedly, well wishes to your "Proud Parents" for their efforts, hard work and upbringing to bring such "Abilities & Empowerments" as in yourself. Finally, what you've accomplished, utilize that to teach others to become as yourself, In-Sha-Allah.......Aameen Thumma Aameen!!!!!!!

Meher Sep 02, 2013 07:06am

I am so proud to learn this about Pakistani students. I want our new generation to make the best of our country. Keep Pakistan high, highest on the globe of the world. I love my country. Our new generation should love too.

Hassan Sep 02, 2013 07:11am

@Javed Anwar: and what If this record will be improved by an other Pakistani next year.. PM has nothing to do else ? I guess Yes..

siddarth koul Sep 02, 2013 07:13am

This guy is talented indeed but needs focus. Please stop embarassing yourselves by trumpeting that a world record has been created by a pakistani student in a pakistani school.

Aamer Sep 02, 2013 08:33am

Subhan Allah, congratulations to Haroon for his achievements. However i have no respect for the faculty that guides such brilliant students in wasting their time for the publicity of their institutions, in the end time is money and persue of knowledge is not limited to the means.

Ryda Sep 02, 2013 09:37am have made the nation proud.May Allah be your protector & guide...plz dont leave the country though..our best brains leave & then we expect to excel & prosper.. all the best for an even brighter future..

Shahid Sep 02, 2013 09:52am

@Faisal Noor: passing a lot of judgements on someone you don't even know. aren't you? Judging someone just from their looks portrays a narrow mindset and leads me to believe you are not an individual who should be talking about cognitive awakening.

Sunil Gautam Sep 02, 2013 09:57am

Terrific achievement. I sincerely hope my fellow Indians are as vocal about this young man as they are on political issues. I remember reading 100's of congratulatory mails from Pakistanis when Tendulkar got his 100th ton. That's the spirit guys, let us keep it up!

Shezad Sep 02, 2013 10:06am

Correct me if I'm wrong but a student would need 5-8 credits to qualify for a university. He'd be better off using this energy in his university.

Sadiq Usmani Sep 02, 2013 10:22am

well done buddy. You are well hounoured by Pakistani's. I apprecite your efforts.

Hina Kabir Sep 02, 2013 10:26am

Is it some kind of a race?? In our times...(not too long ago), there was a concept of 'Best of 6 A's' in O Levels and considering how expensive one exam was, we used to appear in 7,8 exams it seems like a rat race...glad to know that he is a bright student but really worried about those who are forced to appear in so many exams when it makes no sense. Moderation is always better than showing extremism...its not about raising the bar, its about changing the rules of the games...and that too in a bad direction.

A R Khan Sep 02, 2013 10:28am

@Dr M A Hussain: I hope you know that Indian or Pakistani education systems are not being followed world wide. Whereas Cambridge is being followed the world over and that is why it is correct to use the term international record.

Syed Ali Sep 02, 2013 10:36am

Congrats to the brilliant young Pakistani. A glaring deficiency of the article that I felt was there was no mention of his background and about his proud parents; and how the family (or others) were instrumental in his success. How many siblings he has...and if so, are they all as brilliant as he is. Hope one day he'd bring bigger laurels for Pakistan...(but please DO NOT JOIN any political party!)...LOL

Ali Vaqar Awan Sep 02, 2013 10:38am

Congratdulations to Haroon Tariq for giving extra ordinary performance and achieving unique result. It shows Pakistan has abdunce in talent. Hope so Haroon carries forward his strong showing and gives his best in professional life, and keeps the flag of Pakistan flying high. He desrves to be handosmly rewarded for his efforts and deserves great recognition.

Mustafa Hussain Kathawala Sep 02, 2013 10:45am

@Imraan Mehmood: An "A" means you're more than just a jack.

Muhammad Farooq Sep 02, 2013 10:47am

Outstanding academic achievement, Haroon Tariq you made us proud, congrats and thanks please keep up your good work.

PAKISTANI BOY Sep 02, 2013 11:07am

NOW IT IS THE RESPONIBILITY OF MR Haroon Tariq, not to GET OUT from our BELOVED COUNTRY for samall amount of $. Rather he should stay in PAKISTAN and teach the Poor nation.

Ali Haider Sep 02, 2013 11:29am

WOAH ! Not only did he break the World Record but also his Glasses.

Salman Sep 02, 2013 11:38am

I never got single A in my degree :) So, I can simply say WOW

Yousaf Sep 02, 2013 11:46am

A big achievement but I had eight subjects in O'levels and three in A'levels. I do not Understand what compels someone to take so many subjects and what will be the outcome? Take science subjects and excel at that but at the same time participate in sports and socialize with other people. People like him are socially awkward and do not have the street smarts which matters the most. Anyhow like me O and A'levels are geared for foreign studies and careers abroad. All Pakistanis congratulating him should remember that they will never see this kid ever again once he leaves Pakistan for higher studies.

Indian Sep 02, 2013 11:59am

Congrats Haroon!You look like a genius.Welcome to Cambridge. BTW,First good news for Pakistan in a decade on which a Pakistani can be proud of.

Muhammad Mohiuddin Sep 02, 2013 12:01pm

@Usman: And for the country as well. We are proud of his achievement.

Aiman Kay Sep 02, 2013 12:03pm

Jack of all trades.....

naeem nizamani Sep 02, 2013 12:21pm

welldone Mr.haroon taroon tarique for world record in the field of education.But i would to say elite class of society that there are so many pakistani student they can break record .almost 60 to 70 % students have no acces to quality education ,briliant,intelligiant,bonafide students belongs majorioty of pakistani nation has been deprived from quality education.elit class oh this society has spread numerious hindrance to quality education for students of under privileged class of society.

Ahad Sep 02, 2013 12:51pm

Great Well done man.. MASHALLAH all the best for the future Sep 02, 2013 12:56pm

@Ali: eat badam.

Hassan Sep 02, 2013 01:03pm

Excellent work! Pakistanis like Haroon Tariq deserve commendation. Asinine comments like "jack of all Trades knows nothing (sic)" exude a perverse combination of both ignorance and jealously. Any individual who has been through the Cambridge exams is aware that the depth of the material (especially for A levels) is far from superficial and is in fact similar to sophomore-level material at most universities in the USA.

That even a tumultuous Pakistan can still manage to produce bright stars like Mr. Tariq is evidence to our innate talent. May Allah SWT guide our people and our leaders so that we may improve our national condition and enable our talented people to reach their full potential.

Iftekhar Mahmood Sep 02, 2013 01:05pm

@Faisal Noor: What a useless rant from a mediocrity representative...says who that we are producing machines for the developed world? Learning should be our goal and Haroon is a wonderful role model. One can't achieve 47 A's without a balanced and well rounded personality, and his sunny persona was quite visible on Hasb-e Haal. May Ullah bless him with greater success in future...

Farooq Sep 02, 2013 01:37pm

@Faisal Noor: First step is to appreciate hard work of youth. Doesn't his achievement at this age reflect his discipline towards a goal he set up for himself. Isn't there a high chance that this discipline of his will carry over in other facets of life later on. He is only a high school student. You are not expecting him to solve country's socio economic problems at this age, are you?

haris Sep 02, 2013 01:55pm

@Javed Anwar: No offence to Haroon Tariq at all. but in this case, I think UK Govt. has to award him the honor instead of Pakistani Govt.

Afridi Sep 02, 2013 02:01pm

Wonderful Performance and a good response from all congratulating the youngster. Well Done. And I hope the bubble of happiness does not burst and fade away if by any chance he is known to belong to a minority. We people are selective.

Tahir Sep 02, 2013 02:00pm

I am really impressed. Getting 47As where maximum allowable subjects are 28.

asma Sep 02, 2013 02:30pm

good achivement

haris Sep 02, 2013 02:33pm

Congrats Haroon for the remarkable achievement. I wish you good luck and lot of success.

I like to share another man's profile here: Several years ago, I was lucky to have worked with a guy (though briefly) hailed from a middle class family in a company in my hometown Karachi. He was graduated from Univ. of Karachi. He did his schooling from a Govt. school where there the conditions are more distressful than one could hardly imagine. No benches for children, no clean water, no proper toilets and no electricity. Anyway he finishes his school with good grades in the Board exams and further moved to intermediate where finishes off with normal grades. He got admitted in Univ. of Karachi in BS Computer Science dept. He completed his graduation rather miserably (as far as his CGPA is concerned) but only during the 2nd semester he has achieved in terms of skill-sets, engineering & scientific knowledge what others including myself hasn't achieved so far. During studies his scientific knowledge was way better than many of our diligent academic staff including professors and that was the main reason why he has received miserable grades in his graduation. Anyway, after that he started working in a company where I was working and only after 1 year he was selected by a team of Microsoft as a potential candidate for one of their few vacancies in Seattle. He surpassed all the position holders of the country in the 4 phase selection process and despite his lower CGPA and ordinary academic profile and typical looks of a simple religious fella he was elected for the prestigious position in one of the best Computer Software giants of the World.

Again no offence to Haroon Tariq

Engr Zeshan Sep 02, 2013 02:43pm

@sameer: excellent work . Pakistan really proud of you . congrtx

Arslan Sep 02, 2013 02:55pm

well done, be practical in future apply your knowledge

Arslan Sep 02, 2013 02:56pm

Well done, congatulations. Keep it up not only in the field of knowledge but practical too. Serve your country in future.

Usman Chaudhri Sep 02, 2013 03:06pm

Congratulations. Well done Haroon!

Shri Ram Sep 02, 2013 03:08pm

Hearty congratulations, Haroon Tariq!

Nasir Sep 02, 2013 03:36pm

Well he did broke the record, really appreciated without a doubt. and on the softer side, he broke his glasses as well. See the left frame of his Glasses :-) maybe he studied to hard,,,,(No offence)

Farhan Sep 02, 2013 03:41pm

Some peoples will try to discourage you here on and real life. Don`t care them, you are on right path to success. You, your teachers and parents deserve lots of Congratulations.

Asim Sep 02, 2013 03:54pm

Congrats BUT I fail to understand why on earth would 1 want to study soo many subjects on just focus on something more productive. The Other guy who had some record from Pakistan before is now just making money on some TV Show & opening an EXPENSIVE school !

Jassi Sep 02, 2013 03:56pm

I didnt know that the Pakistanis were so intelligent that the earlier record was also held by them !!! There must be a catch somewhere.

Abdullah Sep 02, 2013 05:16pm

You are the bright future for pakistan.keep it up...!!!

Kamal Khan Sep 02, 2013 05:26pm

Well Done Young Man!!

Saeed Sep 02, 2013 05:51pm

You are pride of Pakistan, and of course your parents and teachers.

S. A. M. Sep 02, 2013 06:17pm

This is such a great achievement. I am so happy as if my own son got this excellent. May Allah give you a long and happy healthy life and give you great great successes always Ilahi Ameen. All the best my child.

Ahmed Sep 02, 2013 06:35pm

Hats of to Haroon. Never look back now

ROHIT PANDEY Sep 02, 2013 07:16pm

@Faisal Noor:

He HAS accomplished something...not to discard what you have to say,however.

In time he will become "street smart" savvy,round himself off personality wise,I am sure.

What ever intelligence he was blessed with has blossomed with hard work and discipline and he can develop in other areas as well in time?

Rashid Sep 02, 2013 07:18pm

Proud to be a Pakistani !!!

Sonal Sep 02, 2013 07:28pm

Great achievement!!! And for all those who commented negatively, it's no easy thing to do 47 courses and have the motivation, determination, and perseverance to get A's in nearly all of them. This achievement doesn't necessarily mean he will be a Steve Jobs one day, but lets just say he's more likely to get there than a lot of us merely because he is academically / mentally gifted, and has the right attitude.

For those who are saying his body is disproportionate - view the image on a computer screen - it looks fine. It's disproportionate on a tablet / mobile device, but ok otherwise.

And for those who are inviting him to India, I don't think there is a lack of opportunities in Pakistan. I doubt Pakistanis grow up with the ambition of moving to India to make it big. Won't he rather go to the US or something?!?

Omer Sep 02, 2013 07:36pm

This is the problem with Pakistan, you guys win one hockey match and you'd name it the country's national game. One cricket trophy and you'd be out on the streets.

working yourself to death for higher scores which wont ever benefit you you in your career isn't something to proud of, it is something I'd consider utterly stupid. But then again, it's not the poor soul's fault, I'd rather blame the atmosphere around him and the mindset of broader public.

I remember my own A-level days with only 3 subjects and all the time in the world to volunteer and to enjoy life as a whole. Most of us got As, but then again the general majority was with B's and C's. Getting good grades wasn't the point at that age, it was getting in to a good university and in all having fun!

Most of our class went abroad to countries ranging all over the globe from the US to Japan. I myself went pursue a degree in Earth-sciences from Asia-Pacific.

And tell you what, ALL of us are doing great!

Shan e ali Sep 02, 2013 07:48pm

You projected the true image of pakistan

anonymous Sep 02, 2013 07:59pm

Quite astounding. However, It's kind of abnormal to be so obsessed with A's. Previous record was also by a Pakistani student which shows that we perhaps have an unhealthy obsession with academics and do not give enough attention to sports/fitness/drama/music/other extra-curricular activities which are all equally important in the development of a healthy adolescent.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Sep 02, 2013 08:05pm

@Salim: This is the worst fairy tale I have ever heard. The US students are never ask to defend themselves in front of anybody. The selection is a faceless and color blind in the process. The writer must be thinking of British Raj time method which has created the current problem in Pakistan. By the way 80 % of American students can neither write not read up to their grade level. Sixty percent ( 60 % ) can not order meals in restaurants by reading a menu. Be real my friend. 85 % of school students in L.A, Chicago and Washington D.C dot finish school after 8th grade.

AHA Sep 02, 2013 08:07pm

Heartiest congratulations to Haroon Tariq. He must be extremely talented. May he get the opportunities to use his talents to the very best.

Muhammad Haseeb T Sep 02, 2013 08:15pm

You are the Future of Pakistan and Pakistan needs the students like you. We all are proud of u

hikmatullah Sep 02, 2013 08:46pm

Masha Allah! That's a record indeed! Keep it up young man. I wonder how you managed to study that well amidst violence and instability in Pakistan? Perhaps the media were wrong in reporting on Pakistan.

EJAZ AHMED Sep 02, 2013 08:58pm

Well done Haroon! You made us proud! God bless you on your achievements and bravo for your parents! Thumbs up!

Mirza Sep 02, 2013 09:01pm

Wow. That's being super genius.

ambreen khan Sep 02, 2013 09:08pm

You make us proud....great achievement!

Asif AK Sep 02, 2013 10:07pm

@Indian: Totally agree with you buddy; after an era we Pakistani have something to cheer with respect to an achivement by a young individual in the field of studies/ education.

Imran Sep 02, 2013 10:40pm

@Indian: First good news from Pakistan in a decade, eh? Looks like you are 10 yrs old my friend.

Stranger Sep 02, 2013 11:29pm

Would be happy if someone from a lower or middle calss has achived something similar,only a privileged elite in pakistan can afford institutions like Froebel

Mullah Omar Sep 02, 2013 11:59pm

Hi Haroon. This is awesome. I need engineers for my next project. Please send me your resume at We will arrange visa and hotel stay for you in Kabul.

Shah Sep 03, 2013 12:19am

straight A's tau nae aye na beta phr :p

Zohaib Sep 03, 2013 12:30am

Superb....... I am also in o level field ...... so i have gained a good experience from uu.... I will do my best in o levels.... :D

proudpaki Sep 03, 2013 12:57am

congratulations!! great work indeed! hope to see you excel in the future and help others around you. Studying many subjects makes one a well rounded person and so i encourage you to carry on. Most people tend to work out of thier majors and so having knowledge in multiple areas will only increase your options. The future will come and you're smart enough to figure it out :) as a pakistani, keep your patriotic spirits high along the way ( no braindrain haha)

Krish Sep 03, 2013 01:05am

Gentle men,

Just checking, where are the exams conducted... in Pakistan or in Cambridge?

SK Sep 03, 2013 01:12am

WELL DONE Haroon Tariq!!! What this young man has accomplished is a great achievement and a testimonial of his determination, stamina and competitive spirit lacking in most people. Keep up your spirits and continue doing great things and go where your heart and destiny takes you - best of luck.

To the pitiful few writing petty comments I would like advise learning from this young man and make something of themselves and contribute to making Pakistan greater rather than leeching off this great country as they are accustomed to doing considering it their birth right; and to those not from this great country; a simple case of sour grapes.

To the ones commending this young man

Zahid Safri Sep 03, 2013 01:35am

Haroon Tariq, Pakistanis are proud of you, May God Bless you and give you courage to achive your goal.

arif Sep 03, 2013 01:41am

How old was he when he got all these A levels? He looks much older than a eighteen year old.

Larkanavi Sep 03, 2013 02:00am

Remarkable results. While I would like to congratulate Haroon for his achievement I fail to understand why someone would waste time and energy on studying so many subjects. No doubt Haroon is a very intelligence student. But would it not be better if he channelled his energy on furthering knowledge in a few selected subject areas. After all this is the age of specialization. I hope setting world record was not his sole aim.

Tamil selvan Sep 03, 2013 03:00am

@Shuja Siddiqui: Agree remove quota system and give preferences to economically backward groups and not base it on religion or castes as one in India

FU Sep 03, 2013 03:56am

@Asim: Who studies not for making money? In fact, I haven't met with anyone who studied without the aim of making money. Obviously there could be some more reasons to study like serving the humanity etc. but making money is always a reason for advance studies.

Mansoor Sep 03, 2013 04:23am


Jaideep Adhvaryu Sep 03, 2013 05:44am

Congratulations Haroon!! This is marvelous. You story and achievement is inspiring!

ibnarastoo Sep 03, 2013 06:06am

More great news for Pakistan will come and keep on coming as long as your God is happy! This is a gift from your God ! so thank him and praise him!

Now more than ace-ing other people's boards! try to come up with your own excellent education system where truth and virtue is paramount. Learn from the existing systems but also come up with and improve your own systems of education. Above all improve the quality of life of the people around you. Manufacture and educate and secure your lands against impious and incorrect sins.

Blessings upon everyone!

M A Hussain Sep 03, 2013 06:25am

@A R Khan: His record is limited to comparison with other students in Cambridge system only. It cannot be related to or compared with any other individual in any other parallel system of education. So this is a Cambridge record, and not a world record.

Foaad Sep 03, 2013 06:34am

With all that 'knowledge' he's crammed into his head in these short years, one would hope he would aspire to something greater than an engineer or software developer... there are enough of them already here in Pakistan.

Hassan Sep 03, 2013 06:46am

@Jassi: There is nothing wrong Jassi, its all in the state of mind... once you fix your mindset... you will see a world from different prospective... you will learn to appreciate other countries, other religions, other races...

Badruddin Sep 03, 2013 08:46am

It may good future for your community,country,world especially for you if you think.

Z. Azam Sep 03, 2013 09:21am

Congratulations to Haroon Tairq for this great achievement. Great to know that Pakistan can produce world class talent.

On the other side, the Madam Principal should note Success in NOT a state of mind, as she puts it. Its achievement is strongly dependent on the state of your mind (be very positive and think of no hurdle as unattainable) and then work hard, like Haroon Tariq!

Nadeem (US) Sep 03, 2013 09:25am

@Indian: Buddy it's not the first news, I think you haven't read the whole story. He broke the previous record set up Pakistani. Cheer Up :)

Haroon Tariq Sep 03, 2013 10:22am

@S. A. M. : thank u so much

Haroon Tariq Sep 03, 2013 10:23am

@Saeed: Thank u so much

Haroon Tariq Sep 03, 2013 10:24am

Thank u everyone i really appreciate your kind words

Jai Ram Sep 03, 2013 12:04pm

This is a kind of news I would want to hear from across the border.

Congratulations to the young guy and wish many more Haroon make Pakistan proud, in similar way.

HMJ Sep 03, 2013 12:21pm


Blister Sep 03, 2013 02:13pm

Well done mate! Thank your parents for shelling out bucket loads of money for each subject you sat for. Pray for their pocket. Get a new pair of glasses. Thank the glasses for taking you through this ordeal. Remember first impressions lasts. Look good, spic and span. You have more than enough backup after the first impressions have been done. Make sure you do something for other humans as well as yourself. Educate a few on the way if possible. Make us proud again and again. End of naseehat. Stop reading the comments and start having some fun. Best of luck.

abdul rehman Sep 03, 2013 02:37pm

@Haroon Tariq : Congrates Keep it up

Anuj Sep 03, 2013 06:40pm

Haroon tariq, congrats on your academic achievement ! Hopefully another Abdus Salaam in the making.

mudassar khokhar Sep 03, 2013 06:56pm

Well done Haroon! If you want to study in the UK then let me know. I work here (in London) as a structural engineer and should be able to help you settle here including sponsor etc What do you think?

Muhammad W Khan Sep 03, 2013 07:10pm

Very impressive!! masha'Allah

Adnan Sep 03, 2013 08:01pm


Nadeem (US) Sep 03, 2013 09:02pm

@Anonymous: Why you are scared of? Don't worry no one is going to harm you on your childish mentality. WE know chow can pass this type of comments

asad Sep 03, 2013 10:01pm

Get a life!!

Mohit Sep 03, 2013 11:33pm

Congratulation dear:)

a Sep 04, 2013 12:27am

Well done Haroon. Keep it up and make us all proud.