KARACHI: The who’s who of the country’s corporate world along with members of civil society gathered at the Mohatta Palace on Saturday evening to recognise accomplishments of recipients of the 2012 Engro Excellence Awards.
Instituted in 2011 by the Engro Corporation, this year’s eminent winners included Dr Adeeb Rizvi of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) for humanitarian work, economist Dr Hafeez A Pasha in the field of social sciences and sculptor Sajjad Haider for his contribution in the world of art.
Addressing the audience after receiving the award, Rizvi stressed that optimism laid behind the idea for the SIUT, adding that its success was consequent of a dedicated and professional team. He also announced donating the cash prize of Rs5 million he received along with the prize to the SIUT.
Sajjad Haider received his award from renowned painter Noor Jehan Bilgrami. Pasha was ill and could not make it to the ceremony. His sister received the award on his behalf.
The land of opportunity
Earlier, talking about the background of the Awards, Engro Corporation CEO Asad Umar reflected on as to why Engro kept investing in the country despite the severe energy crisis coupled with political instability.
“That’s because of the limitless opportunities that Pakistan offers. It’s truly a land of opportunities, where every citizen is as talented as citizens of other countries,” he said.
He also drew attention to the secondary audience of the awards. “Our secondary audience is the youth of Pakistan. Like the “kunjashk-e-faromaya of (Allama) Iqbal, let our youth be inspired to confront the shaheen,” said Umar.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2012.