Inspirational Pakistanis: Muhsen Ali, a Tandoor Wala, Secured First Position in BA

As 14th August approaches, we take a look back at some people who have prevailed against all odds and made Pakistan proud.

One such individual is Muhammad Muhsen Ali from Hafizabad, who comes from a humble background and secured top position in his BA exams in 2012. He is the personification of the adage which says, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

He earned this laurel while he worked at a Tandoor shop owned by his brother. But the most amazing thing? He broke all previous records in Punjab for BA examinations.

A Tandoor Wala Exceeds Expectations


Muhsen was a private student who appeared in his BA exams in Lahore in 2012. He and his family are from the Hafizabad district. Little did he or his parents know that he was about to make history on that fateful day.

Ali, who sleeps no more than 4 hours a day, secured 688 marks in his exams, becoming the top scorer in BA. He achieved this milestone despite working hard at his brother’s Tandoor shop, supporting his 11 siblings and parents by day and studying hard at night.

His parents were overjoyed beyond words. On the day that the result was announced, they came all the way from Hafizabad to celebrate his achievement.

The exams results in 2012 were announced by Punjab University.


Some 1,43,750 students appeared in the examinations in which Ali was also appeared. 57,284 candidates passed that year, leading to a pass percentage of 39.85%.

Ali’s achievement serves as a beacon of hope for others. It serves to show that there’s no substitute for hard work. It also shines a light on how much the government has neglected people like Ali who rely on their merits and determination to succeed. He did this while working at making ends meet, load-shedding and various other issues that could’ve deterred a lesser soul.

As we celebrate our Independence Day, we should spare a thought for other similar inspirational prodigies. It should also prompt a much needed soul-searching from the powers-that-be, by making significant efforts to revamp the education system in the country so that Muhsen Ali can look forward to a bright future ahead.

That essentially is the true promise of Pakistan.

Samir heads the sponsored content department at ProPakistani. He also looks after the Life section.

  • Brilliant.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    bravo man bravo

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  • Haris

    Alaw Yar ALLAH Khush Rakhy (Y)

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  • Aon Bilal

    محسن علی اللہ رب العزت آپ کو دونوں جہانوں کی مکمل کامیابیوں عطا فرمائے آمین ثم آمین

  • FK

    It took ProPakistani 4 years to break the news? So much for the tech forum.

    • aamir7

      These are not news items, we are celebrating inspirational Pakistanis as part of independence celebrations.

      • Raja Maja

        Pah jee then why celebrations stop to only one person, take a review for the whole or half a decade, are you ashamed of them or were busy with PoTI.

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  • Waqar

    Awesome. That’s happen with passion only passionate persons can do…. Best of luck for your future BA man.

  • Kazim

    Inspirational and Motivational for new generation.

  • Imran

    MashAllah nice achievement . but do’t feel regret. if never fined any good job. carry on your effort for your goal. pay the shuker of Allah ( S.W.T. ) it is all your parents Duas. Pray to Allah ( S.W.T. ) five times. may Allah bless you.

  • Ali Tahir

    Great. Absolutely brilliant. However, what I am interested in is what he is upto now after 4 years of achieving this milestone. I sincerely hope that the Government or some NGO supported him and he has progressed further in his life.

  • Tahir Javed

    indeed, very inspirational. reflection of hard word done behind.

  • ahmad rizwi

    11 siblings? Aint this a little too much?

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  • Mohammad Sharaf Ali

    You set an example for Us :-)