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Which Pakistanis dominated Wikipedia searches in 2016?

A look at the 100 most popular Pakistanis on Wikipedia this year.
Updated Jan 02, 2017 11:57am


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

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

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

1. Malala Yousafzai

Pageviews: 2,685,301


Malala in the news:


2. Fawad Khan

Pageviews: 2,087,313


Why Fawad made headlines:


3. Mawra Hocane

Pageviews: 1,774,724


Mawra in the news:


4. Qandeel Baloch

Pageviews: 1,496,633


Remembering Qandeel:


5. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Pageviews: 1,314,372


Looking back at Jinnah:


6. Junaid Jamshed

Pageviews: 1,209,140


Remembering Junaid:


7. Mahira Khan

Pageviews: 1,187,601


Mahira in the news:


8. Imran Khan

Pageviews: 968,992


Imran makes headlines:


9. Shahid Afridi

Pageviews: 907,268


Afridi in the news:


10. Abdul Sattar Edhi

Pageviews: 852,706


Remembering Edhi:


11. Atif Aslam

Pageviews: 843,469


Atif makes headlines:


12. Benazir Bhutto

Pageviews: 809,260


Remembering Benazir:


13. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Pageviews: 690,985


Rahat in the news:


14. Nawaz Sharif

Pageviews: 687,778


Nawaz in the news:


15. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Pageviews: 679,935


Nusrat's legacy:


16. Imran Abbas

Pageviews: 642,419


Imran in the news:


17. Wasim Akram

Pageviews: 576,463


A look at Wasim's year:


18. Urwa Hocane

Pageviews: 573,694


Looking back at Urwa's year:


19. Momina Mustehsan

Pageviews: 547,746


Momina makes headlines:


20. Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif

Pageviews: 541,708


Gen (r) Raheel in the news:


21. Ali Zafar

Pageviews: 536,465


Ali in the news:


22. Mohammad Amir

Pageviews: 501,046


Mohammad Amir returns to cricket:


23. Pervez Musharraf

Pageviews: 470,114


Musharraf's year:


24. Maya Ali

Pageviews: 439,268


Maya in the news


25. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Pageviews: 437,992


Looking back at Zulfikar:


Examine the rest of the list below:

26. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 395,753

27. Tariq Jameel

Pageviews: 391,200

28. Momal Sheikh

Pageviews: 389,544

29. Hina Rabbani Khar

Pageviews: 348,329

30. Hamza Ali Abbasi

Pageviews: 344,241

31. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

Pageviews: 335,332

32. Shoaib Akhtar

Pageviews: 330,778

33. Sajal Ali

Pageviews: 330,291

34. Maryam Nawaz

Pageviews: 328,596

35. Amjad Sabri

Pageviews: 328,125

36. Veena Malik

Pageviews: 323,879

37. Ayeza Khan

Pageviews: 320,875

38. Sanam Saeed

Pageviews: 313,340

39. Salmaan Taseer

Pageviews: 309,268

40. Saba Qamar

Pageviews: 306,289

41. Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

Pageviews: 296,726

42. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Pageviews: 292,822

43. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Pageviews: 283,496

44. The Great Gama

Pageviews: 282,420

45. Asif Ali Zardari

Pageviews: 281,381

46. Ayub Khan

Pageviews: 278,123

47. Misbah-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 269,116

48. Shoaib Malik

Pageviews: 267,579

49. Mehwish Hayat

Pageviews: 266,757

50. Mikaal Zulfiqar

Pageviews: 266,445

51. Sanam Jung

Pageviews: 266,323

52. Sara Loren

Pageviews: 264,819

53. Sanam Baloch

Pageviews: 263,468

54. Ayesha Khan

Pageviews: 261,935

55. Masood Azhar

Pageviews: 253,758

56. Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pageviews: 248,436

57. Reham Khan

Pageviews: 248,156

58. Javed Sheikh

Pageviews: 247,414

59. Abdul Qadeer Khan

Pageviews: 246,613

60. Abdus Salam

Pageviews: 245,528

61. Younis Khan

Pageviews: 244,287

62. Nazia Hassan

Pageviews: 239,779

63. Aafia Siddiqui

Pageviews: 239,409

64. Noor Jehan

Pageviews: 235,979

65. Humayun Saeed

Pageviews: 220,159

66. Zeba Bakhtiar

Pageviews: 213,501

67. Fahad Mustafa

Pageviews: 207,837

68. Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch

Pageviews: 206,582

69. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Pageviews: 204,582

70. Waqar Younis

Pageviews: 202,999

71. Mumtaz Qadri

Pageviews: 197,454

72. Javed Miandad

Pageviews: 189,887

73. Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi

Pageviews: 188,208

74. Liaquat Ali Khan

Pageviews: 188,155

75. Mamnoon Hussain

Pageviews: 184,286

76. Taher Shah

Pageviews: 183,607

77. Hareem Farooq

Pageviews: 183,026

78. Ahsan Khan

Pageviews: 182,092

79. Farhan Saeed

Pageviews: 181,705

80. Mohsin Khan

Pageviews: 177,331

81. Humaima Malick

Pageviews: 177,127

82. Asia Bibi

Pageviews: 177,053

83. Mohammad Yousuf

Pageviews: 172,707

84. Meesha Shafi

Pageviews: 171,980

85. Osman Khalid Butt

Pageviews: 171,371

86. Ghulam Farid Sabri

Pageviews: 167,443

87. Mathira

Pageviews: 166,320

88. Javed Afridi

Pageviews: 163,198

89. Alyy Khan

Pageviews: 162,881

90. Meera

Pageviews: 161,245

91. Yasir Shah

Pageviews: 153,994

92. Feroze Khan

Pageviews: 153,596

93. Bilal Saeed

Pageviews: 153,288

94. Yahya Khan

Pageviews: 152,156

95. Mahnoor Baloch

Pageviews: 149,705

96. Sohai Ali Abro

Pageviews: 149,560

97. Armeena Khan

Pageviews: 149,113

98. Ghulam Ali

Pageviews: 146,786

99. Ayesha Omer

Pageviews: 142,635

100. Gul Panra

Pageviews: 141,755


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Cover illustration by Fahad Naveed.