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The Tall Guys of Pakistan

Posted on March 31, 2010
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Pakistan has been home to several people of extra ordinary heights. While we celebrate and note some of them here we also want to bring to limelight the difficulties these extraordinary men and women have to face in the society, where by people sometimes treat them as objects of amusement.

Ajaz Ahmed: 7 feet 10 inches

At 7 feet 10 inches, Ajaz Ahmed is the current tallest man in Pakistan. He claims to be 8 feet 4 inches tall but it is not confirmed yet. His photo can be seen below.

Ajaz was born in 1976. He hails from Bhakkar – Darya Khan area of Pakistan.

Naseer Soomro: 7 feet 8 inches

Naseer is featured in the left title photo of this post. He is seen there with Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani when he was invited to the PM House on March 15, 2010. The photo is a cropped version of a larger group photo which can be seen here. Naseer is currently the second tallest man in Pakistan. He hails from Shikarpur Pakistan.

In 1999 Naseer Soomro was sent to UK by Government of Pakistan, as an unofficial ambassador of Pakistan to watch matches of Cricket World Cup. Naseer has been quoted to say that he has instructions from police in both Shikarpur and Karachi to not to go out on weekend because they have difficulty in controlling crowds that gather to see him.

This fact also brings to limelight the difficulties these men have to face in our society, where people sometimes may treat them as objects of amusement.

(late) Haji Muhammad Alam Channa: 7 feet 8 inches

I guess many of us will remember another 7 ft 8 inch tall Pakistani by the name of Alam Channa who hailed from Sehwan. Photo is to the left. He was born in 1953 and passed away in 1998. He worked at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan. Alam Channa married a lady named Naseem in 1989. I remember that he used to drive a Suzuki FX which was especially retrofitted for him by removing the driving seat. He used to sit on the back seat and drive. I found this web page which shows 13 photos of Alam Channa (see here). In 1998, owing to deteriorating health he was sent to US by the Government of Pakistan for medical treatment. He passed away in New York on July 4, 1998.

The photo to the right shows Alam Channa’s clothes on display in Ripley’s ‘Believe it or Not’ museum in Genting, Malaysia. The caption for the clothes reads as

A Giant’s Clothes: This suit once belonged to Mohammad Channa who measured 7’8″ tall and weighed over 400 pounds. Channa was born in Pakistan in 1953 of normal parents. One of 8 children. Channa’s 7 other siblings were all normal size

This photo was taken in 2009 and photo credits belong to Sajid Ali Khan.

Haq Nawaz: 7 feet 7 inches

The title photo to the right shows 7 feet 7 inch tall Haq Nawaz of Bahawalpur in MCC Ground Multan on March 30, 2010. Some websites note his height as 7’5″. So while we cannot confirm his height for sure, with +/- 2 inches, he is still the third tallest man in Pakistan. Seen next to him in this photo is a 16 year old boy named Tayyab. See the larger uncropped photo here. I also want to reference this website here which shows 16 photos and 9 videos of Naseer. See here.

Naseer Soomro and Haq Nawaz appeared together in Good Morning Pakistan. That video can be seen below.

Aurangzeb Khan: 7 feet 6 inches

Currently in the US, Aurangzeb originally hails from Bahawalpur, Pakistan. At 7 feet 6 inches height he also makes up to our list here. One report put his weight at 400lb and a shoe size of 20. His brief bio and several photos can be seen here. One of the NBC reports on him claims that he is now the tallest man in America. People lovingly call him ‘gentle giant’.

Azad Khan Masood: 7 feet 5 inches

Azad Khan is Pakistan’s fourth tallest man. He hails from Sararogha near Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan’s NWFP province. Some source claim that he is married to the tallest woman of Pakistan, Zainab Bibi – but this claim is unconfirmed. Photo to the left shows Azad Khan Masood with Zainab Bibi. We will introduce Zainab Bibi in a bit as the tallest lady from Pakistan. For a while Azad Khan was employed as a sports officer in PIA. Azad is the second eldest among three sisters and three brothers. He is the only person with extraordinary height in his family.

Muhammad Riaz: 7 feet 3 inches

At 7 feet 3 inches tall, Muhammad Riaz’s rank comes as 5th among the tallest Pakistanis. In the photo below he is shown to the right. The tall person on the left is Azad Khan Masood.

Zainab Bibi: 7 feet 2 inches

Pakistan was also home to one of the tallest woman in the world. Her name is Zainab Bibi. We had an earlier post dedicated to her. See here. Her height has also been quoted at different websites from 6 feet 10 inches to 7 feet 2 inches. Still, she is the tallest woman from Pakistan.

Muhammad Irfan: 7 feet and 1 inch

Mohammad Irfan (photo to the right) is currently the tallest first-class cricketer in Pakistan. He was born in Guggu Mandi – Punjab in 1982. He represented KRL and Multan Tigers cricket teams in Pakistan’s 2009-10 domestic season. There is some controversy to his height. PCB has measured him anywhere from 6’8″, 6’10″ to 7’1″. He himself claims to be at 7’2″. I also want to mention that previous tallest first class cricketers in the world were Joel Garner (WI) and Bruce Reid (Aus) both with 6’8″ height.

Muhammad Irfan’s cricket record can be seen here.

References and Photo Credits: thetallestmen.com and APP

18 Comments on “The Tall Guys of Pakistan”

  1. March 31st, 2010 3:39 am

    You have posted such a nice article. Thumbs up! Very nice article.

  2. ASAD says:
    March 31st, 2010 8:25 am

    Unfortunately, the lives of these tall people can be hell because of medical complications but also society’s treatment.

  3. Owais Mughal says:
    March 31st, 2010 10:37 am

    Asad, couldn’t agree more with your comment.

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    March 31st, 2010 10:57 am

    7’2″or 7’1″ tall first class cricketer from Pk: M Irfan’s intro added to the post today.

  5. bee says:
    March 31st, 2010 1:13 pm

    so Tall…

  6. AF Ahmad says:
    March 31st, 2010 1:41 pm

    Years ago I had a close encounter with a very tall and large man. I had gone to a well regarded tailor shop in Saddar, Karachi and noticed a large man sitting on a bench. I happened to look at his hands and especially noticed a ring on one of his fingers of the size I had never seen before.

    The “tailor-master” asked this man to stand up so he could take his measurements. It’s when he stood up that I got the full measure of the size of this man. I seem to remember this act of standing up was something to behold in those close quarters; one reads sometimes of being in the presence of a giant; but in this case it wasn’t really a figure of speech.

    It was kind of funny to watch the tailor trying to measure the width of his shoulders by jumping up while trying to place the measuring tape on the right spot. This happened 2 or 3 times when somebody suggested to the tailor to stand on the bench. That put an end to the embarrassment that everybody felt in that shop, except probably the tailor. The tall guy seemed to have a small entourage with him, 3-4 people who were giving directions to the tailor and to him. I asked one of these people if this was Mr. Alam Channa. He gave me look of disbelief as if to say, “you have to ask?” but didn’t respond. So to this day, I always have to tell this story with a caveat that “I believe” I had a close encounter with Mr. Alam Channa.

    I also saw a crowd gathering outside the shop, which prompted one of his companions to stand guard at the door so as to stop people from entering. This is the only time I have been in the “inner circle” of a celebrity looking out. And I must say, it wasn’t a very comfortable feeling.

  7. zsameer says:
    March 31st, 2010 2:17 pm

    so tall man. good article. thanks for sharing.

  8. March 31st, 2010 4:40 pm

    Great article about the tall guys of Pakistan.

    Ajaz Ahmed and Naseer Soomro are very close in height, I think. Not far of the tallest man in the world. Another man from Pakistan who is very tall is Aurangzeb Khan.

    Kind regards,
    The Tallest Man

  9. March 31st, 2010 9:35 pm

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “wow nice one”
    - “this is a gr8 example of rich and poor in pakistan.. the difference..”
    - “nyc work ATP..”
    - “wooooo…..interestin!”
    - “abay yaaar :-O”

  10. Haroon says:
    March 31st, 2010 10:52 pm

    Interesting collection of photos.

  11. Jamshed says:
    March 31st, 2010 11:41 pm

    The lives of most of these people are not easy.They are viewed as freaks.In addition,they are more suscepetible to disease and many of them die relatively early.

  12. Sajid Khan says:
    April 1st, 2010 2:10 am

    Mr. Alam Channa’s safari suit is on display at the Ripley’s believe it or not museum in Genting, Malaysia. Those clothes were huge.

  13. Owais Mughal says:
    April 1st, 2010 10:32 am

    @The Tallest Man – thanks for letting us know about Aurangzeb Khan. I’ve added it to our post above.

    @Sajid – Thanks for the news on Alam Channa’s clothes at display in a museum in Msia.

  14. Owais Mughal says:
    April 1st, 2010 10:50 am

    I am amazed on how this post has built up in the past two days. When I started on it, I was just going to do a photo post with two title photos – but once I started researching on the topic – and with our readers’ help – we are able to feature 9 tall people who have some heritage in Pk. We will continue to build on this topic.

  15. Owais Mughal says:
    April 3rd, 2010 11:55 am

    A photo of Alam Channa’s clothes on display in a museum in Malaysia is added to the post today. Photo was sent to me by our esteemed reader Sajid Khan.

  16. zsameer says:
    April 3rd, 2010 5:06 pm

    so tall :)))))))))

  17. April 5th, 2010 5:37 am

    Amazing but alas we don’t have any organization to take of these extra ordinary people which almost belong from middle class families, and face too much difficulties in their routine life but no one to cure.

    Thanks for the post.

  18. April 9th, 2010 2:53 am

    What an article mate! I really loved the piece of information provided in it. Certainly, Pakistan has everything that it could be proud of, but the lack of exposure keeps these people in the dark. However, still I would appreciate your effort as it has helped bringing forth the talent Pakistan possesses.

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