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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Honored with Hilal-e-Imtiaz

President Asif Ali Zardari honored iconic musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with the "Hilal-e-Imtiaz" award for his significant contributions to Pakistani and South Asian music, while the Federal Investigation Agency closed its probe into alleged money laundering and tax evasion involving Khan due to lack of evidence.

President Asif Ali Zardari has bestowed Pakistan’s second highest civilian award, “Hilal-e-Imtiaz,” upon the renowned musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for his significant contributions to the Pakistani and South Asian music industry during a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

The legendary artist was recognized for his outstanding achievements in the fields of arts, Qawwali, and singing, as well as for elevating Pakistani arts to global prominence through his live performances of Qawwali and contemporary music.

Expressing his gratitude for the honor, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan stated, “I am deeply grateful to receive the prestigious Hilal-e-Imtiaz & Sitara-I-Imtiaz awards from the esteemed President. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to my beloved family, friends, and loyal fans, whose unwavering support has been my beacon throughout this incredible journey. Together, we remain committed to pursuing excellence.”

In an interview with Geo News, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan expressed his immense pride in receiving both the Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 2018 and now the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2024. He reiterated his commitment to promoting the softer side of Pakistan to the world and vowed to continue his efforts in upholding the legacy of his mentor, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, through contemporary Qawwali. He extended his gratitude to the nation and his global fan base for their steadfast support.

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Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) concluded its investigation into allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, and other unlawful activities against Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The agency confirmed the closure of the investigation due to a lack of evidence implicating the renowned singer in any illicit activities.

According to FIA Lahore, the inquiry was initiated in January against Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and 182 other frequent travelers from Lahore International Airport. However, no evidence was found to suggest Khan’s involvement in currency smuggling or money laundering based on available records.









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