On the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23, the country’s President Dr Arif Alvi conferred civil awards on 88 Pakistani and foreign nationals, in acknowledgement of their services in different fields, ranging from medicine and education to fine arts and social services. Some of the recipients were also honoured for their bravery in the war against terrorism as well as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Held at Aiwan-i-Sadr, the ceremony witnessed several showbiz personalities also receiving accolades for their positive contributions over the years. The awards included six Nishan-i-Imtiaz, three Hilal-i-Imtiaz, 24 Sitara-i-Shuja’at, eight Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 14 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, one Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, one Sitara-i-Khidmat, one Tamgha-i-Pakistan, 22 Tamgha-i-Shuja’at and eight Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, reported Radio Pakistan.
The personalities who received the Nishan-i-Imtiaz were Sadeqain Naqvi (Art), Abida Parveen (Singing), Ahmad Faraz (Literature), Prof Shakir Ali (Art), Zahoorul Haq (Art), and Dr Jameel Jalibi (Literature). The Sitara-i-Imtiaz was presented to Prof Dr Farhan Saif (Education), Bushra Ansari (Arts), Muhammad Imran Qureshi (Arts), Sultana Siddiqui (Television Production), Syed Farooq Qaiser (Arts), Rana Irfan Shakeel Ramay, Col Farooq Shahbaz (Public Service), and Pir Syed Lakht-e-Hasnain (Philanthropy).
The President’s Award for Pride of Performance was received by Maulana Tariq Jameel (Religious Scholar), Mohammed Ali Shehki (Singing), Resham (Acting), Humayun Saeed (Acting), Ali Zafar (Singing), Ruth Wenny Lekardal (Services), Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal (Education), Naimat Sarhadi (Film), Hina Nasrullah (Sufi singing), Sarmad Sehbai (Literature), Indu Mariam Mitha (Dancing), Farhan Mehboob (Sports: squash), Abdul Majeed Qureshi (Philanthropy) and Muhammad Faheem (Arts).
The Tamgha-i-Imtiaz was awarded to Muhammad Tahir Javed, Zeba Shehnaz (Acting), Hameedullah Shah Hashmi, Faisal Edhi (Public Service), Syed Aamir Mehmood, retired Capt Muhammad Ilyas, Farid Ahmed Khan and Omar Saeed. The Hilal-i-Imtiaz was given to Prof Dr Anwarul Hassan Gillani (Science: pharmaceutical), Dr Asif Mahmood Jah and Syed Javed Anwar. The Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam was awarded to Prof Dr Tariq Shafi, Sitara-i-Khidmat to Richard Geary Horwitz (USA) and Tamgha-i-Pakistan to Jane Teller (Denmark) for services to Pakistan. The Sitara-i-Shuja’at was conferred on those who displayed their gallantry in the war against terrorism on multiple occasions. These included Jawad Qamar, Safia Shaheed, Malik Hayatullah, Malik Sardar Khan Shaheed and many more