On Independence Day, August 14, 2020, the government issued a list of 184 civil awards recipients. All of the recipients will be presented their respected honors by President Dr. Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day, 23 March.
Additionally, these include poets, soldiers, actors, news anchors, singers, and foreign public figures for showing brilliance and courage in their respective fields.
‘Pakistan Civil Awards’ were established on March 19, 1957, subsequent to the proclamation of Pakistan as an independent republic on March 23, 1956. Also, the announcement of civil awards generally takes place once a year on Independence Day. Moreover, their investiture takes place on the following Pakistan Day, March 23.
The awards comprise five orders, each with four descending classes: Nishan [Order], Hilal [Crescent], Sitara [Star], and Tamgha [Medal].
According to a handout issued by the cabinet secretariat, the president granted Nishan-i-Imtiaz to seven persons. Furthermore, it includes; 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 Tamgha-i-
Essentially, awards for Pride of Performance Award (Tamgha-i-Husn-i-Karkardagi) for outstanding achievements. In the fields of art, literature, science, sports, and nursing.
Recipients announced to be on the civil awards list
Philanthropist and Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi is to be awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz. After the demise of his father Abdul Sattar Edhi, he took over the responsibilities of the foundation. He helps millions of people across Pakistan.
Additionally, the Nishan-i-Imtiaz will be awarded to ace painter Sadequain Naqvi. Other recipients of the award include the legendary singer Abida Perveen, late poet Ahmed Faraz, Zahoor ul Haq, Muhammad Jameel Khan, and Dr. Jameel Jalbi.
Moreover, President Alvi will present the Pride of Performance Awards to actor Humayun Saeed, singer Ali Zafar and religious scholar and preacher Maulana Tariq Jameel. In addition, Sakina Samo, Naimat Sarhadi, and Pashto singer Mahjabin Qazalbash will also get the award the same award.
For the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award, veteran actress Bushra Ansari, and Talat Hussain have been named. They have entertained audiences both inside and outside Pakistan for more than two decades. Apart from them, Farooq Qaiser, Naeem Bukhari, and cricketer Abdul Qadir (late) will also be conferred.
By the same token, Pakistan will confer civil awards on four Chinese nationals including philanthropists and founder of e-commerce giant Ali Baba, Jack Ma, for their services towards the country.
Celebs took to Twitter and expressed their gratitude
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
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
I salute you on this precious Independence Day.
I thank the @pid_gov government of Pakistan for gracing me with a pride of performance award for my services in the entertainment world. I value this honour with all my heart.
🇵🇰Your humble and obedient servant pic.twitter.com/BxBGK1smXI
— SakinaSamo (@SakinaSamo) August 14, 2020
Last year, Mehwish Hayat, Sajjad Ali, Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi, Babra Sharif, comedian Iftikhar Thakur, and journalist Arshad Sharif were among others who received the ‘Pakistan Civil Awards.’