The Government of Pakistan conferred several celebrities and citizens with the highest national civil award on 14th August in recognition of their services. The Pakistani government announced 184 Pakistanis including celebrities and foreign nationals to be given civil awards for their services to the country.
These recipients come from various occupations and fields. President of Pakistan Arif Alvi will give away the awards on 23rd March 2021.
Pakistani celebrities to receive civil awards
The government of Pakistan have selected a score of Pakistani celebrities for a range of civil awards. Actor Humayun Saeed, veteran actress Bushra Ansari, singer Abida Parveen, actor Talat Hussain, and singer Ali Zafar are in the list of recipients of civil awards. Painter Sadequain Naqvi and poet Ahmad Faraz will also be honored with Nishan-e-Imtiaz.
Abida Parveen has been awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz. Whereas Pride of Performance award will be given to Humayun Saeed, Sakina Samo, Ali Zafar, and religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel. Sarmad Sehbai and film actress Resham will also be given the Pride of Performance Award. Actress Zeba Shahnaz will be awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
“Deeply honored to be awarded with the “Pride of Performance” award by by the Govt of Pakistan. I bow down in humility & gratitude to God, forever indebted to my fans and supporters. #PakistanZindabaad #PakistanIndependenceDay,” wrote singer Ali Zafar in a tweet.
Deeply honoured to be awarded with the “Pride of Performance” award by by the Govt of Pakistan. I bow down in humility & gratitude to God, forever indebted to my fans and supporters. 🇵🇰❤️💫 #PakistanZindabaad #PakistanIndependenceDay pic.twitter.com/rV1wx3BZCl
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) August 14, 2020
“Thank you, Allah, for Your infinite blessings, for all the success You have given me and for all the achievements You have bestowed upon me. It is my great honour to recieve Pride of Performance from the Government of Pakistan. Thank you all for all your love, support & appreciation,” said Humayun Saeed in a tweet.
Thank you Allah for Your infinite blessings, for all the success You have given me and for all the achievements You have bestowed upon me. It is my great honour to recieve Pride of Performance from Government of Pakistan. Thank you all for all your love, support & appreciation pic.twitter.com/BLsvxAxHNY
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) August 14, 2020
The Government of Pakistan will also honor the social worker and philanthropist, Faisal Edhi with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Last year, Mehwish Hayat, Sajjad Ali, Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi, Babra Sharif, comedian Iftikhar Thakur, and journalist Arshad Sharif were among others who received the awards.
Pakistan will also honor the Chinese business magnate and philanthropist, Jack Ma with HILAL-I-QUAID-I-AZAM. Jack Ma helped Pakistan tremendously to fight COVID-19.
A cargo plane carrying a large supply of COVID-19 epidemic relief material was sent in March. That plane was sent from China and was received gratefully by Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, along with representatives of NDMA and Daraz.
According to media reports, the medical equipment has been sponsored by the Chinese business tycoon, Jack Ma, through Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation. To celebrate this, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan posted pictures of the consignment on their Twitter handle. They said that China was standing together with Pakistan through thick and thin.
We are thankful to the Government of Pakistan for bestowing prestigious,"Hilal e Quaid e Azam" award on Jack Ma, Founder of Ali Baba and the face of digital China. pic.twitter.com/M9seHUy3Hz
— 美麗的男何金濤 🇨🇳🇵🇰🇳🇵🇧🇩🇹🇷🇮🇷🇱🇰🇦🇫🇷🇺🗨 (@CNPakWW) August 14, 2020
He had donated face masks, protective gear, test kits, and forehead thermometers to Pakistan to help the country fight pandemic coronavirus.
According to the official statement, the government of Pakistan had conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz to seven persons; Hilal-i-Imtiaz to two persons; Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam to four; Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam to one; Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam to six; Sitara-i-Pakistan to two; Sitara-i-Shuja’at to 24; Sitara-i-Imtiaz to 27; President’s Award For Pride Of Performance to 44; Sitara-i-Khidmat to one; Tamgha-i-Pakistan to one; Tamgha-i-Shuja’at to 23; Tamgha-i-Imtiaz to 46 and Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam to one person. All the recipients will be given their awards next year on Pakistan Day.