The Pakistan Post unveiled a commemorative postage stamp on the 17th birth anniversary of Afra Karim, the world\’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional on Yesterday.Federal Minister for Postal Services Alhaj Sardar Muhammad Umar Gorgaij, while addressing a function held here in connection of the issuance of the stamp as chief guest, said that some 2.5 million stamps have been issued.He said the purpose of issuing the stamp was to recognize the talent and intellect of Arfa, who was an asset for the nation. Her death was a tragedy for the nation. Her extraordinary contribution in the field of IT will be a role model for the younger generation, he added.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, in his message which was read by the Secretary Postal Services Ikram ul Haq, said he was happy by knowing that the Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative stamp on the 17th birthday of Arfa Karim.\”Arfa Karim, who emerged as a shining star on the horizon, is no more amongst us today but her contributions in the field of Information Technology at such a young age will continue to be remembered for long time to come\” the message said.He said that through her brilliant performance, she made the people of Pakistan proud and brought laurels to her country.The Prime Minister said that Arfa Karim wanted to do a lot for the talented youth all over the world, especially for those who lacked resources and requisite opportunities.
\”The issuance of commemorative stamps is a tribute to her services and will go a long way in disseminating her message through the world,\” he said.Parents and the family of (late) Arfa Karim, including brothers, was the guest of honour.Additional Director General (Operations) Pakistan Post Fazli Sattar Khan also spoke on the occasion. He presented the documentary on Arfa\’s achievements.He said that Arfa Karim was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the United States when she was only 10-year-old.He said that the postage stamp will be available for sale at all post offices in the country.Lt-Col (retd) Amjad Karim, father of Arfa, said that he would continue her mission through Arfa Karim Foundation.The Pakistan Post Foundation donated Rs 100,000 to Arfa Karim Foundation on the occasion.Malala Yausufzai also spoke on the occasion.The school kids also presented special songs paying tribute to Arfa Karim.A cake cutting ceremony also held on the occasion to celebrate her birth anniversary.