List of Pakistani Americans

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The following is a list of notable Pakistani Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Pakistani American or must have references showing they are Pakistani American and are notable.

Academia, science and technology

Professor Asad Abidi receiving the IEEE Pederson Award at ISSCC 2008
Professor Adil Najam during a talk at Deutsche Welle Building in Bonn, Germany on January 21, 2010
Ahsan Kareem receiving the Ernest Howard Medal in 2019 from Robin Kemper, the president of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), for his contributions to modeling, analysis and design of flexible structures for wind loading.

Business and finance

Media, art and entertainment

There are Urdu radio stations in areas with high Pakistani populations. Several cable and satellite providers offer Pakistani channels, including GEO TV, ARY Digital, and PTV. Others have offered Pakistani content for subscription, such as when Pakistan played Australia for the Cricket World Cup in 1999. In July 2005, MTV premiered a spin-off network called MTV Desi which targets South Asian Americans in the US, including Pakistanis. MTV Desi closed operations as part of the shutdown of MTV World in April 2007.

Kamran Rashid Khan, also known as Lazarus, is a graduate of Wayne State University.


Pageant winners

Politics, government and law

Sada Cumber served as Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on February 27, 2008.


  • Ali Khan – American Cricketer
  • Farhan Zaidi – general manager, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Gibran Hamdan – professional footballer in the NFL. He is the first person of Pakistani descent to play in the NFL.
  • Hasan Habib – professional poker player
  • Mustafa Ali – professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE, first wrestler in WWE of Pakistani Descent.
  • Nasir Javed – professional cricketer
  • Nur B. Ali – racecar driver who drives in the ARCA Series for Cunningham Motorsports; the first Pakistani to become a racing driver; former two-time Southwest Formula Mazda Series Champion (2001 and 2002)
  • Rashid Zia – professional cricketer; represented the United States in the ICC trophy in 2001


Bapsi Sidhwa at the 2008 Texas Book Festival



  • Aasiya Zubair – network executive
  • Abdul M. Mujahid – American Muslim religious leader, activist, film producer, non-profit entrepreneur
  • Ahmad AdayaAmerican Muslim real estate tycoon and philanthropist; founding partner of prominent California real estate company, IDS Real Estate Group
  • Arsalan Iftikhar – American international human rights lawyer headquartered in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area; founder of TheMuslimGuy; Contributing Editor for Islamica magazine
  • Faisal Alam – gay Pakistani-American who founded the Al-Fatiha Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims
  • Fatima Ali – chef and restaurateur.
  • Mohammad S. Hamdani – Muslim Pakistani American medical student who was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks while rescuing victims at the World Trade Center
  • Riffat Hassan – theologian and Islamic feminist scholar of the Qur'an
  • Sky Metalwala – child missing from the Seattle area. since 2011
  • Yasmin A. Khan – American-Pakistani philanthropist

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