Mahnoor Cheema, the 16-year-old British-Pakistani student who achieved a world record by scoring an incredible 34 A* grades in her GCSEs, paid a visit to former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif in London to celebrate her remarkable success.
During the meeting at Stanhope House, Mahnoor was presented with a MacBook Pro laptop as a gift from the PML-N leaders, who welcomed her and her family. Mahnoor was accompanied by her parents and siblings.
Expressing her gratitude to the former prime ministers, Mahnoor said she had always been inspired by their work for the development of Pakistan. She stated, “I am proud to have received this gift and very kind words from the two people (Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif) who have pulled Pakistan out of economic despair and brought so much progress to our nation.”
Mahnoor continued, “I was truly honored that they invited me and talked to me. They gave me a wonderful gift, and I am honored that I spoke to Quaid-e-Mohtrem and Shehbaz Sharif. They are truly inspirational leaders for Pakistan. I am thankful to them for taking the time out to meet me.”
Shehbaz Sharif mentioned that Mahnoor had expressed herself as his fan, but she admired him due to his elder brother, Nawaz Sharif. He also acknowledged their role in distributing laptops and initiating education and health reforms.
Nawaz Sharif humorously remarked that Shehbaz had even distributed laptops in London, highlighting that “Laptop distribution was Shehbaz Sharif’s scheme.” He praised Mahnoor Cheema for her outstanding achievement and described her as the daughter of the nation.
Shehbaz expressed his commitment to bringing revolutionary reforms in education if given the chance to serve Pakistan, with a focus on supporting talented individuals who lack resources.
Mahnoor Cheema’s father, Barrister Usman, expressed his joy and appreciation for Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif acknowledging his daughter’s achievement, describing them as an inspiration. He commended their leadership for showing respect and honor to others, which encourages young people.
Mahnoor Cheema’s remarkable achievement of passing 34 subjects at the GCSE level gained attention nationally and internationally, setting a new record in the UK and EU GCSE history. She passed 17 subjects with A* grades as a private candidate in Year 10 and added 17 more subjects, making it a total of 34 subjects passed.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai also praised Mahnoor Cheema’s achievements and hosted a dinner in her honor, commending her as an inspiration to children in Pakistan and around the world. Malala emphasized the importance of education and girls’ empowerment, highlighting Mahnoor as a role model for young girls.