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Pakistani cotton scientist declared the world’s best in 2012

Published May 04, 2012 12:56pm


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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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Shahrose Khan May 04, 2012 02:32pm
Pakistan Zindabad
sajjad iqbal May 07, 2012 08:52am
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 04, 2012 04:15pm
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 04, 2012 04:14pm
identify with and love what you said!
Khan Sahab May 04, 2012 10:14pm
Allahu Akbar - dill karte hai tum ko pappi karne ke. I meant, JOB WELL DONE Sir!!!
Ashar May 04, 2012 01:50pm
Excellent news :) Congratulations to Dr. sahab
Khan May 04, 2012 01:50pm
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 04, 2012 09:00pm
Congrats, Dr.Zafar! Great Job :)
murali May 04, 2012 06:29pm
what a wonderful news. This is what the potential country has, Congrats and please keep it up.
Abdul Waheed May 04, 2012 01:53pm
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 04, 2012 06:30pm
Now someone go and tell Hasan NIsar that we have a scientist who we are proud of.
Yusuf Zafar May 06, 2012 07:14am
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 07, 2012 04:28pm
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 07, 2012 02:53pm
Mashaallah! May we have many more Dr. Zafars that can become the pride of Pakistan.
MBA May 04, 2012 04:57pm
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 04, 2012 04:01pm
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 06, 2012 07:04am
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 04, 2012 03:26pm
Congrats, Zafer! Good work. Keep it up.
MUHAMMED USMAN May 04, 2012 10:51pm
Naveed May 04, 2012 02:01pm
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 04, 2012 05:00pm
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 07, 2012 08:05am
Dr Zafar, Congratulations.. Pakistan Badly needs talented people like you, we Pakistanis are proud of you ,, HATS OFF TO YOU
Afzal Chaudhry May 04, 2012 10:37pm
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 04, 2012 07:16pm
Today I am a proud Pakistani sitting at my desk looking at high rises in Downtown, Toronto. Allah bless PK- Amin
mukhtar May 04, 2012 05:40pm
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 07, 2012 07:52am
Congrats alot, we are really proud of you
Rashid/ Rishi (USA) May 04, 2012 11:29pm
Congrats, Dr.Zafar! Great job .
saeed May 04, 2012 05:04pm
welldone and may Allah be with you
Asif May 04, 2012 04:40pm
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 04, 2012 06:27pm
Very happy for him, Congratulations and thank you for making us proud
ashar May 04, 2012 06:37pm
Genius acts in silence
Nazia Umar May 04, 2012 09:37pm
Great Job !
Sabih May 04, 2012 05:29pm
Hear, hear finally some good news for Pakistanis....... Otherwise such a depressing stories all arround the year
Noman May 04, 2012 06:43pm
Good job and an excellent news. Congratulations Dr. Sahab.
Satyendra May 04, 2012 05:54pm
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 06, 2012 07:19am
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 04, 2012 01:23pm
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 04, 2012 04:28pm
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 04, 2012 01:25pm
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 04, 2012 01:28pm
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 04, 2012 11:07pm
gotta agree.....
Khalid Palijo May 04, 2012 02:30pm
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 06, 2012 06:57am
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 06, 2012 07:09am
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 04, 2012 11:59pm
Proud of you sit gee
NIBGE Establishment Team May 07, 2012 06:05am
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 06, 2012 07:29am
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 05, 2012 01:56am
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 05, 2012 02:00am
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 05, 2012 02:36am
MashAllah. Keep it up!
Bilal Shahid May 05, 2012 02:49am
Yes its proud of nation. Proud to be Pakistani
dr faizullah khawaja May 06, 2012 08:06am
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 05, 2012 03:17am
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 05, 2012 03:42am
We are really proud of the grear work you are doing. May you help produce more scientists like you
Muhammad Asif Gondal May 05, 2012 03:57am
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 05, 2012 04:18am
I proud to be the student of Dr Zafar
Ramais Khan May 05, 2012 04:23am
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 07, 2012 05:31am
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 06, 2012 07:51am
Dear Dr Yusaf Zafar Congratulations. nation is proud of you
Zafar Iqbal May 05, 2012 04:46am
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 07, 2012 09:22am
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 05, 2012 05:11am
So proud of you Dr Sahib. Jeeway Pakistan.
Dr Ahmed May 05, 2012 05:13am
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 05, 2012 05:48am
congrats n thanxxxx for glistening the name of pakistan even in this horrendous state of affairs,,,,,,,,,,
Mef May 05, 2012 05:51am
Very proud of you Doc, Pakistani achievements don't get highlighted much. Hope this gets due coverage.
Mr.T May 05, 2012 05:52am
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 05, 2012 05:57am
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 05, 2012 06:06am
Congratulations! But why is Cotton development under Atomic Energy Commission???))
Vijay May 05, 2012 06:10am
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 05, 2012 06:14am
Keep up the good work
AESSA May 05, 2012 06:14am
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 05, 2012 06:15am
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 05, 2012 06:16am
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 05, 2012 06:20am
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 05, 2012 06:31am
Conratulations, Well done buddy. Regards Khan
junaid Hash,i May 05, 2012 06:59am
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 05, 2012 07:20am
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 05, 2012 07:36am
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 05, 2012 07:39am
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 05, 2012 07:42am
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 07, 2012 04:53am
hats off!
saman May 05, 2012 08:14am
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 05, 2012 08:14am
How nepra can ban songs.. that is pemra my beloved colleague
Rashid Hussain May 05, 2012 09:33am
Good Job Sir, I have the honour of remaining your student.
Mustafa May 05, 2012 10:15am
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 05, 2012 10:26am
Congratulations, Dr. Zafar!
Omar May 05, 2012 10:48am
Sorry but pubmed search only yielded 22 articles! where are the rest 88 article published? Congratulations nevertheless! Proud!
Arshad Ali May 05, 2012 10:53am
Congrates to doctor Zafar and the whole Pakistan nation for such great success.
Tariq Ehtesham May 06, 2012 08:49am
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 05, 2012 11:56am
Some good news at last. Well done Sir.
Ali May 05, 2012 12:18pm
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 05, 2012 12:19pm
Great Job Dr. Sb
Muhammad Usman Habib May 05, 2012 12:21pm
Please share this good news with everyone, on Every forum, in every network either professional or social.... There is hope...
Nasser Ali Khan May 07, 2012 12:10pm
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 05, 2012 12:35pm
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 05, 2012 12:44pm
Congrats! Please keep up your good work!
Sher Afzal May 06, 2012 10:03am
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 05, 2012 01:26pm
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 05, 2012 01:39pm
A lot of congratulations sir!
M. Asghar May 05, 2012 01:42pm
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 06, 2012 06:56pm
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 05, 2012 02:43pm
big achievement
Muhammad Yasir May 05, 2012 02:58pm
Please accept bundles of Congratulations from me and my father Mr Muhammad Afzal Arain Director NIA
Muhammad Anjum Ali May 05, 2012 03:49pm
Dr Yousaf Zafar. Congratulations.You deserve that. Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali DGA
Sher Afzal May 05, 2012 05:07pm
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 05, 2012 06:07pm
Ahmed May 05, 2012 06:07pm
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 05, 2012 06:21pm
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 05, 2012 06:26pm
You are mixing up things.
Khezir hayat May 05, 2012 06:51pm
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 05, 2012 07:07pm
wow mashaAllah :)
Jahanzaib May 05, 2012 08:23pm
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 05, 2012 09:12pm
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 07, 2012 02:37pm
Well Done, Proud of you.............
jamshed kharian-pak May 05, 2012 09:49pm
Salute Dr yousaf Zafar Sahib
Ashraf Usman May 06, 2012 02:05am
Thanks Dr. Zafar we are all proud of you.
Saeed Ahmad May 06, 2012 02:44am
Well done Dr Yusuf Zafar. You make us proud to be a pakistani. God Bless you and Pakistan.
Absar May 06, 2012 02:53am
Indeed an honor! Heartiest congratulatons.
Ashaq Hussain May 07, 2012 09:08am
Congratulation. May Allah helps you to be a blessing for Pakistan.
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi May 06, 2012 03:13am
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 06, 2012 06:34am
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 06, 2012 06:32am
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 "" “… cotton virology his group covers nearly 90 per cent of the global published literature.” Well done, Pakistanis . Keep it up
@IAgnikul May 06, 2012 06:24am
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 08, 2012 05:49pm
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 08, 2012 05:15pm
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 08, 2012 04:54pm
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 08, 2012 04:00pm
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 08, 2012 04:02pm
You've made us rethink that all is not over yet
Mazhar & Moaz May 08, 2012 10:52am
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 08, 2012 10:58am
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 08, 2012 02:38pm
Congrates alot sir, great achievement.. keep it up.
Mahmood May 09, 2012 06:28am
We all are proud of you Dr Yousuf Zafar, Sir We All "Salute" You.
Shakoor Alam May 09, 2012 09:58am
A complete agreement with your word,Mr. Naveed..Hats off to Dr. Yusuf Zafar.
Bobby-Allen May 09, 2012 12:26pm
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 10:13am
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 02:55pm
Great we are prod of you my dear Formanite. Badar n Bushra
M. Ikram Naseem May 15, 2012 10:57am
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 10:00am
Wish you all the best and Godspeed, take care and keep smiling
Tariq May 14, 2012 05:07am
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 01:11pm
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 09:07pm
doctor sahib i juxt want to say that u r such a national hera and a legend for us.............
usman May 17, 2012 04:23pm
i am very happy to read this news God bless you with success
Mohammad Tariq May 27, 2012 02:06pm
Congratulations. Finally I got to see the web side which was discussed at Manal Restaurant. Tariq
Sadruddin Mitha Jul 23, 2012 07:57am
. He has made us proud of Pakistan. we are not as bad as projected world around