President Arif Alvi has approved to grant 116 civil awards to Pakistani and foreign nationals for displaying excellence and courage in their respective fields.
According to a press release issued by the Cabinet Secretariat, the ceremony of these awards will take place on Pakistan Day, March 23, 2020.
The issued statement reports that the president granted Hilal-i-Pakistan to four persons; Hilal-i-Shuja’at to one person; Hilal-i-Imtiaz to four; Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam to one; Sitara-i-Pakistan to three; Sitara-i-Shuja’at to six; Sitara-i-Imtiaz to 24; President’s Award of Price of Performance to 26; Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam to eight; Tamgha-i-Shuja’at to 11; Tamgha-i-Imtiaz to 27 and Tamgha-i-Khidmat to one person.
The president confirmed conferment of Hilal-i-Pakistan award on Song Tao and Zhong Shan of China, Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of UAE and Sheila Jackson Lee of the USA in appreciation of their services to Pakistan.
As a remembrance of his courage, the president approved conferment of Hilal-i-Shuja’at award on Dr Abdul Qudous Saikh Shaheed from Sindh.
Five individuals have been bestowed Hilal-i-Imtiaz including Zhao Baige of China (Services to Pakistan), Khaliq Dad Khan (Electronics), Maj (R) Azam Suleman Khan (Public Service/National Security) and Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali (Public Service).
Leading Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of the United States would be adorned with Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam in acknowledgement of his assistance to Pakistan.
The Sitara-i-Pakistan award has been presented on Baroness Syeeda Hussain Warsi of UK, Geng Ying of China and Bakhtibek Shabarbayev of Kazakhstan.
Six individuals including Malik Khadin Shaheed, Malik Fazal Ur Rehman Shaheed, Malik Gul Shamad Khan alias Matorkey Shaheed, Mian Shah Jehan Shaheed, Malik Muhammad Ayaz Shaheed and Dr Mazhar Ul Haq Kakakhel from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and merged tribal areas have been given Sitara-i-Shuja’at for showing bravery.
The president confirmed Sitara-i-Imtiaz awards for Dr Shahzad Nasim (Singapore), Dr Zaid Ahmed Al-Muhaisen (Jordan), Prof Javed Iqbal, Dr Asif Mahmood (USA), Najeeb Ullah Ghauri (USA), Dr Pavel Bem (Czech Republic), Dr Selamic Kilic (Turkey) and Dr Berislav Gaso (Crotia) for their exceptional services to Pakistan.
Other Sitara-i-Imtiaz award recipients include Zia Aftab, Safdar Moavia, Rehan Majid, Abdul Qayyum and Muhammad Ilyas in Engineering, Dr Rizwan Hussain (Chemistry), Prof Dr Arshad Saleem Bhatti (Physics, Nano-Science & Nanotechnology), Prof Dr Ayub Sabir (Education), Dr Kamran Vasfy (Medicine/Destist), Asrar Ahmad (Ibne Safi) (late) (Literature), Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Public Service), Allam Razi Jafar Haqvi (Public Service), Muhammad Javed Afridi (Public Service) and Justice (Retd) Nasira Iqbal (Public Service).
Ahmedullah and Rehan Hassan would also be acknowledged by this award for being the highest taxpayers.
President’s Award for Pride of Performance would be bestowed on Syed Farman Hussain (Chemistry), Muhammad Haroon, (Mining), Muhammad Farooq, (Physics), Dr Liaqat Ali, (Nuclear), Dr Shabana Waseem (Chemistry), Nisar Hussain Chughtai, (Engineering), Dr Muhammad Hammad Asghar, (Physics), Jawaid Ahmad Siddiqui, (Electronics), Mirza Rizwan Baig, (Physics), Dr Sara Qaiser (Chemistry), Javed Ahmed (Mechnical), Tahir Mahmood Hayat (Engineering), Naseem Akhtar of Gujrat (Embroidered complete Qura’an), Dr Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi (Music), Fazal Abbas Jutt (Singing), Ghulam Abbas (Music), Waris Baig (Singing) Saien Zahoor Ahmed (Singing), Raheela Khanam alias Deeba Khanum (Acting), Dr Musarrat Hassan (Painting), Ustad Khursheed Hussain (Tabla Nawaz), Ustad Abu Muhammad Qawal (Qawwali), Ghulam Mohiuddin (Acting), Sahir Ali Bagga (Singing), Hassan Sadpara (late) (Mountaineer) and Master Ayub (Public Service).
The president conferred Tamgha-i-Shuja’at on Shah Gul Hayat, Muhammad Zakriya, Muhammad Asif Bhatti, Zahid Ullah, Muhammad Naveed Akhtar, Amjad Hussain, Rana Tariq Mahmood Chohan, Salah Ahmed, Ahmed Raza, Saqib Hassan and Muhammad Tahir.
Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam award would be awarded to Lee Rhiannon (Australia), Karin Zoeter (Belgium), Yasmin Qureshi (UK), Rehman Chishti (UK), Ali Sahin (Turkey), Muhammad Balta (Turkey), Lord Qurban Hussain (UK) and Abdulla Saeed Al-Ghfeli (UAE) for their services to Pakistan.
Among those who were given Tamgha-i-Imtiaz are Khalid Mehboob (Services to Pakistan), Prof Dr Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Sayed (Egypt) (Services to Pakistan), Dr Faeza Imtiaz (Chemistry), Dr Muhammad Farooq Zafar (Metallurgy/ Material), Mohsin Ali (Mechanical), Sajid Mahmood (Metallurgy/ Material), Muhammad Farooq Mirza (Engineering), Lt. Col. (Retd) Syed Taqi Ahmed (Engineering), Dr Shahnaz Perveen (Chemistry) Yousaf Saleem (Academic Distinction), Rizwan Beg (Fashion Designer), Naeem Pasha (Architect/Painting), Faqeero (Sculpture), Kaeiser Beg (Mosaics Work), Syed Zabeeb Masood Shah (Na’at Khawani), Sanam Marvi (Music), Fehmeda Riaz (late) (Poetry), Malik Fida-ur-Rehman (Journalism), Muhammad Usman (late) (Public Service), Fariha Razak (late) (Public Service), Sabeen Shah (Public Service), Khalid Mahmood (Public Service), Ijaz Ahmad (Public Service), Prof Dr Syed Muhammad Tariq Rafi (Education), Muhammad Akhtar Chaudhry (Public Service), Dr M Salah-ud-Din Mengal (Social Services) and Kamran Lashari (Public Service).
Dr Marian Jane Morrison of UK has been presented Tamgha-i-Khidmat in recognition of services to Pakistan.