ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day conferred civil and military awards to various personalities for their contributions here at the President’s House in Islamabad on Saturday.
Hilal-e-Imtiaz Military and Sitara-e-Basalat were conferred on officers and jawans of all three services.
The President also conferred civil awards to different personalities for their contributions.
They include Nishan-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Pakistan, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Sitara-e-Pakistan, Sitara-e-Shuja'at, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, President's Award for Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Tamgha-e-Pakistan, Tamgha-e-Shuja'at and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Amongst those who were conferred awards include martyred Naeem Rashid, martyred Nawabzada Mir Siraj Khan Raisani, Aftab Sultan, Radio Pakistan's newscaster Ishrat Fatima, cricket stars Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, film actresses Reema Khan and Mehwish Hayat and singer Ataullah Esa Khelvi.
In all, 171 personalities, including military officers, civilians and Pakistanis living abroad were decorated the awards by the President.
The Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-i-Basalat (Military) were conferred on officers and soldiers belonging to all three services.
Hilal-e-Imtiaz bestowed on several senior officers of Pakistan Armed Forces, including Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Lt Gen Zahid Hamid, Air Marshal Syed Nauman Ali, Maj Gen Tahir Mukhtar, Maj Gen Naeem Taqi, Maj Gen Arshad Mehmood, Maj Gen Saleem Ahmad Khan, Maj Gen Tariq Mehmood, Maj Gen Iftikhar Ahmad, Maj Gen Sohail Aziz, Maj Gen Rahat Abbas, Maj Gen Nauman Ahmad, Rear Admiral Syed Asad Kareem, Air Vice-Marshal Nadeem Tariq, Air Vice-Marshal Shahab, Air Marshal Muhammad Khalid, Air Vice-Marshal Salman, Maj Gen Azhar Abbas, Maj Gen Amjad Ahmad, Maj Gen Rizwan Afzal, Maj Gen Faiz Hameed, Rear Admiral Zain Zulfiqar, Rear Admiral Faisal Rasool Lodhi, Rear Admiral Zahid Ilyas, Rear Admiral Muhammad Zubair Shafiq, Maj Gen Nadeem Ahmad Anjum, Maj Gen Saeed Akhtar, Maj Gen Khalid Javed, Maj Gen Khalid Zia, Maj Gen Muhammad Amir, Maj Gen Saeed Ahmad Nagra, Maj Gen Amjad Ali Khan Khattak, Maj Gen Azhar Rasheed, Maj Gen Ali Amir Awan, Maj Gen Abid Latif Khan, Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed, Maj Gen Akhtar Nawaz, Maj Gen Sardar Hassan, Maj Gen Usman Haq, Maj Gen Tariq Zameer, Rear Admiral Muhammad Shafiq, Air Vice-Marshal Imran Khalid, and Maj Gen Liaquat Ali.
Besides, Colonel Sohail Abid (Shaheed), Major Ali Salman Nasir (Shaheed), Captain Junaid Hafeez (Shaheed), Sobaidar Shaukat Khan (Shaheed), Lt Arsalan Alam (Shaheed), Captain Shahid Farooq Rana (Shaheed), Sipahi Fateh-Ullah (Shaheed), Sipahi Syed Sabtain Hyder (Shaheed), Sipahi Kamran Afzal (Shaheed), Sipahi Kamran Afzal (Shaheed), Sipahi Yahya Khan (Shaheed), Sipahi Aftab Ahmad Khan (Shaheed), Sipahi Kamran Afzal (Shaheed), Mirza Shahzeb Mughal (Shaheed), and Muhammad Aslam (Shaheed) were honoured with the prestigious ‘Sitara-e-Basalat’ (military award) for their sacrifices to the motherland.
Among those being honoured was Naeem Rashid, a Pakistani victim of last week’s terror attack targeting Muslims in Christchurch. He was dubbed a hero after he had tried to tackle the terrorist.
The president also bestowed civil award of ‘Nishan-e-Imtiaz’ on Nawabzada Mir Siraj Khan, Sadar-udin Hashwani, Waseem Akram and Waqar Younis.
Among other recipients were Shoaib Sultan, Dr Inayat Ullah, Atta-Ullah Isa Khelvi, Shameem Ahmad Sheikh, Dr Asif M Rehman, Zaheer Ayub Beg, Ghulam Asghar and Prof Dr Tasawar Hilal.
‘Sitara-e-Shujat’ was presented to Nawabzada Mir Siraj Khan (late) and Muhammad Idrees (Shaheed).
‘Hilal-e-Imtiaz’ was honoured to Michael Janson and Dr Abdul Bari.
Wajeeha Haris from Romania, and Muhammad Ilyas Khan from Azad Kashmir were given the award of ‘Sitara-e-Pakistan.’
Seishiro Eto (Japan); Xu Shaoshi (China) and Ismail Kahraman (Turkey) were awarded ‘Hilal-i-Pakistan.’
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