2 Pakistani youngsters in Times’ 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016

Islamabad, Oct 20 (IANS) Two teenagers of Pakistani-origin, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and gamer Sumail Hassan, have been listed in the Times’ 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016, a media report said.

The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai has been fighting for girls’ right to education for almost a decade. At 17, Malala became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her organisation “The Malala Fund” has received funding from famous personalities worldwide.

At present, the 19-year-old is working towards urging “world leaders to set aside $1.4 billion this year toward educating young refugees,” TIME Magazine said.

Malala was shot by the Taliban when she was 11-years-old for braving their ban on girls’ education in her hometown Swat, Dawn news online reported.

She received a bullet injury to her head but successfully recovered after undergoing a surgery in Britain.

Sumail Hassan, 17, won his team Evil Geniuses the Defense of the Ancient 2 (Dota 2) Asian championship in China in 2015 when he was just 15-years-old. The team bagged $1.2 million in prize money at the competition.

At the age of seven, Hassan, sold his bike for a cheap price in order to get some change to play video games at an Internet cafe. “It was the bad move,” said Hassan, with a laugh.

“Hassan has become the youngest person ever to earn $1 million playing competitive video games, making him a phenomenon in the rapidly growing world of ‘e-sports’,” TIME Magazine added.

The child prodigy moved to the US in 2014 and spent some of his winnings — now at $2.3 million and counting — to buy a house for his family.

The TIMEs’ annual list includes children from the tender age of 14. The magazine has released their annual list of the 30 Most Influential teens, and 2016’s list.

To narrow down their list of top teenagers, TIME considers the person’s accomplishments, social media impact, and influence in driving news.

These 30 teens were deemed eligible for one of the most prestigious honours they can receive as a young person. They all come from totally different backgrounds and fields, and they all have numerous accolades and achievements.

–IANS

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