First death anniversary of Arfa Karim on January 14, 2013

- Pakistani

Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) died on January 14, 2012 after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest.

Talented Pakistani Arfa Karim Randhawa had become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in 2004 at the age of 9. Her first death anniversary is being observed in Pakistan.

On 22 December 2011 she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain, and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition.

She breathed her last at the age of 16 years, on January 14, 2012 after being in coma for over 26 days at the Combine Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore. She was buried in her native village Jatt Randhawa in Faisalabad.

Arfa Karim was daughter of retired Lt. Colonel of Pakistan army. She was born in 1995 to a Jatt Randhawa family in Faisalabad.

Arfa Karim became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the age of nine in 2004. She kept the world title till 2008.

She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the USA when she was only 10-year-old.

Arfa-Karim-Randhawa-e1326807023399On 2 August 2005, Arfa Karim earned the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz on the occasion of 113th birth anniversary of Fatima Jinnah.

In 2005 she received the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award, set up by Pakistan’s  famous personality  Dr Abdul Salam. She was also awarded with the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.

In 2006 she was invited by the Microsoft to be a central speaker at the Tech-Ed Developers Conference and she was the only Pakistani among more than 5000 developers.

In 2011, at the age of 16, Arfa Karim was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-levels.

On 15 January 2012, the next day of her death, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that the name of Lahore Technology Park would be changed to Arfa Software Technology Park.

May her soul rest in heaven.