Prime Minister Imran Khan will be conferred with Bahrain’s highest civil award during his upcoming maiden trip to the gulf country.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister for overseas Pakistanis, Sayed Zulfi Bukhari, informed the media that Imran Khan will be honored with King Hamad Order of the Renaissance in a special ceremony. PM Khan will meet his counterpart Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during the ceremony on his trip to Bahrain.
— PTI KP (Official) (@PTIKPOfficial) December 10, 2019
His three-day trip will commence on December 15th during which he will attend the celebrations of Bahrain’s National Day as a special guest.
He will head on to Geneva after Bahrain to attend a conference on refugees.
In Malaysia, he will attend the first Kuala Lumpur Summit to discuss Muslim Ummah’s problem, before returning to Pakistan.
He will be touring Bahrain upon the invitation extended to him by the senior official of Bahrain’s government.
Earlier, Bahrain’s highest civil award has been conferred upon Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit in August this year; the same month in which the Indian government had abrogated the special autonomous status of Kashmir.
Bahrain’s highest civil award to PM Modi had erupted furor in Pakistan as people criticized the gulf state for awarding PM Modi despite his antagonistic policies towards Muslims.
The advocates of Prime Minister Imran Khan hailed the news on social media. Now, they expressed gratitude to the government of Bahrain and praised Imran Khan for lifting the stature of Pakistan globally.
2019: Year of glory despite challenges
Despite challenges, Imran Khan continued to capture the world’s attention for his various momentous measures throughout 2019. A retrospective timeline shows Imran Khan’s popularity soared exponentially in the maiden year of a premiership, overcoming obstacles to topple his nascent government.
Last month, Britain’s two leading Sikh Communities have awarded Prime Minister Imran Khan with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award‘, during a ceremony held to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji-the founder of Sikhism.
The award recognized PM Khan’s remarkable initiative of ‘Kartarpur Corridor’, giving access to the Sikh community to visit their sacred sites in Pakistan primarily the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartapur, the second most sacred site for Sikh community.
Pakistan inaugurated Kartarpur Corridor earlier this month on 9th November. Thousands of Sikh devotees from India and across the world visited Pakistan to attend the ceremony and perform religious rituals.
Special Assistant to PM for Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulifkar told media that Khan will be awarded King Hamad Order of Renaissance in special ceremony pic.twitter.com/m1rB29ySVz
— Developing Pakistan (@DevelopmentPk) December 9, 2019
While addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor, Imran Khan stressed he empathized with the Sikh community who had patiently waited for long to visit their most sacred places in Gurdwara Darbar Sahib and Guru Nanak’s Janam Asthan in Kartarpur in the wake of tense India-Pakistan relations.
The Sikh community even vouched for Imran Khan for the Nobel Peace Prize. Similar calls first echoed in February this year, when Prime Minister Imran Khan released the captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman as a peace gesture to defuse the tensions between the two countries.
In October PM Khan added another feather to his hat, when Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named Prime Minister Imran Khan the ‘Muslim Man of The Year‘ in the recent list of influential Muslim personalities worldwide. Premier Khan’s influence in the world has soared following his maiden appearance at the 74th United Nations General Assembly convention last month.
In April, TIME Magazine named him amongst the ‘100 Most Influential People‘ list of 2019.
In March Prime Minister Imran Khan graced the cover of the famous Arab magazine ‘Arrajol’. PM Khan has become the first-ever Pakistani politician and leader to appear on the covers of the magazine.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari aka Zulfi Bukhari revealed that Bahrain will confer its highest civilian award, the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance, on PM Imran Khan.#ARYNews
— ARY News (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) December 9, 2019
This year he became the world’s ninth most followed leader on Twitter. The data of his following was released by Spectator Index. The Spectator Index releases an annual list on the popularity of various world leaders, this year Imran Khan has been placed at the ninth spot with 9.4 million followers. And by the end of 2019, the Twitter following of Imran Khan has been expanded to 10.4 million followers.