Recognising excellence: Manto among 192 recipients of top civil awards

Published: August 14, 2012

NOT FORGOTTEN: 11 civil awards were conferred posthumously. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID


Fifty-seven years after his death, controversial writer Saadat Hassan Manto was recognised posthumously through the conferment of a top state honour.

He was one of the 192 recipients of top civilian awards, announced on Monday by the president.

Manto’s is one of the 11 awards conferred posthumously.  The list of such recipients includes the name of Fauzia Wahab, former secretary information of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), who passed away earlier this year.

The awards will be distributed, as is custom, on March 23, 2013. Among those who are going to be presented with the accolades are eight foreigners from China, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Malaysia.

Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan (governor of Sindh) have been awarded Nishan-i-Imtiaz for Public service whereas Mehdi Hassan has been given the posthumous award in the field of Art (Music) and Literature.

Some well-known recipients of Hilal-i-Imtiaz include Ansar Burney for Social Service, Zia Mohyeddin for Art (Acting/Comparing), Abida Parveen (Singer), Anwar Maqsood (Literature), Fatima Suriya Bajia (Literature), Hafeez Kardar and Fazal Mehmood (posthumous) for Sports (Cricket) and Khalid Abbas Dar (Drama acting/comparing).

Maulana Muhammad Mirajuddin Shaheed from South Wazirstan Agency, a former member of parliament who played a key role as a negotiator when Baitullah Mehsud kidnapped a convoy of more than 100 troops travelling from Tank to South Waziristan in 2007, has been awarded with the Tamgha-I-Shuja’at.

Following is the complete list of the awards:


Abdul Sattar Edhi (Social Service); Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan (Public Service); Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, DG, Strategic Plans Division (Public Service); Mehdi Hassan (Posthumous) (Art, Music); Saadat Hasan Manto (Posthumous) (Literature); Muhammad Irfan Burney, Chairman, NESCOM (Nuclear Science & Engineering); Munir Ahmed Khan (Posthumous), Ex-Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (Science).


Yang Jiechi (China) (Services to Pakistan).


Fauzia Wahab (Posthumous) (Public Service); Ansar Burney (Social Service); Zia Mohyeddin (Art: Acting / Comparing); Abida Parveen (Singer); Shabbir Hassan Khan Josh Malihabadi (Posthumous) (Poetry / Urdu Literature); Anwar Maqsood (Literature); Fatima Suriya Bajia (Literature); Major Gen Ausaf Ali (Public Service); Ansar Parvez, Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (Science); Hafeez Kardar (Posthumous), Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team (Sports: Cricket); Fazal Mehmood (Posthumous), Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team (Sports: Cricket); Masood Khan, Pakistan Ambassador in China (Services to Pakistan); Ahmed Chinoy (Public Service); Khalid Abbas Dar (Art: Drama Acting / Comparing); Azhar Abbas (Journalism); Hamid Mir (Journalism); Maj Gen (retd) Ahmed Bilal, chairman, Suparco (public service).


Dr Rowan Douglas Williams Archbishop of Canterbury (British) (Services to Pakistan).


Maulana Muhammad Hassan Jan Shaheed (Gallantry); Shafique Ahmed Khan (gallantry); Raja Umer Khattab (gallantry).


Yusuf H Shirazi (Public Service); Senator Haji Ghulam Ali, former president, FPCCI (Public Service) (Trade and Industry); Ramzan Chhipa, Social Worker/ Philanthropy (Public Service); Dr Attiya Inayatullah (Public Service) (Social Development & Human rights Women Development); Taj Haider (Public Service: Social Service / Politician); Dr Aamir Ali Syed (Health); Ghulam Ali (Arts: Singing); Jugnoo Mohsin (Journalism); Qazi Aslam (Journalism); Hashim Khan (Sports: Squash); Aleem Sarwar Dar (Sports: Cricket Umpire); Shaista Zaid (Arts: Newscaster); Air Cdre Muhammad Khalid Banuri (Policy Analysis); Lin Zouming (Services to Pakistan); Wang Guangya (Services to Pakistan); Mohsin Agha (Civil Engineering); Muhammad Jameel Rahi (Physics / Nuclear Engineering); Haris Ahmed Butt (Physics); Brig (retd) Sajjad Ali (Public Service); Shahzad Ali Malik (Public Service); Prof Dr Noshad A Shaikh (Public Service); Arshad Sami Khan (Posthumous), Former Ambassador of Pakistan (Public Service); Abdul Sami Khan (Public Service); Shujat Ali Baig (Public Service: Banking / Education and Promotion of sports); Saleem Ahmed Kharral (Public Service: Education); Syed Aqil Shah (Public Service: Promoting Sports); Dr Qamarul Haque (Science: Physics); Dr Muhammad Ashfaq (Science: Agriculture); Prof Dr Ihsan Ali (Archaeology); Prof Dr Khan Bahadar Marwat (Agriculture Weed Science); Dr Muhammad Aslam (Engineering: Nuclear); Dr Sarfraz Khan Niazi (Engineering Science); Dr Khalid Jamil Akhtar (Health: Rehabilitation for Disabled person); Dr Mohammad Ali Jawad (Medicine); Dr Muhammad Altamash (Health); Dr Wajid Ali Khan (Health); Dr Shaista Masood Khan (Health); Dr Nehal Masood, MD (Health); Hakeem Rizwan Hafeez (Health: Tib-e-Unani); Mohammad Haroon Rashid (Researcher); Aziz Latif Jamal (Research/ Education); Al-Haaj Siddiq Ismail (Arts: Na’at Khwan); Sohail Ahmad (Arts: Drama Acting/ Comparing); Syed Ghulam Mohiyuddin Noor (Syed Noor) (Arts: Film Producer); Dr Gopi Chand Narang (Literature).

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:27AM

    This is the best collection of people to have been recognised in decades!

    Good job Mr President!


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:28AM

    About time we should also confer Nishan e Pakistan on the Quaid, Liaquat Ali Khan, ZAB and BB. It is long over due.


  • usman786
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Summary of their achievement be given here too. Congrats to deserving onesRecommend

  • Hasan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:06AM

    Former prime minster Yousaf Raza Gillani should be awarded highest civil award for upholding constitution of Pakistan, shown great courage to face the biased judiciary with respect and dignity and even sacrifice the highest executive postion in the country, first time in Pakistan history.


  • Zak
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:09AM

    Ishrat Ul Ebad well done. You deserve this for your excellent efforts to get hostages of Mv sue and Mv albedo released. This has come through the prayers of the young girls who cried for their fathers. Congratulations to all others and the rest who got nishane imtiaz. What a panel – governor ishrat Ul Ebad, Mr. Edhi…


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:29AM

    Finally Manto is recognized in Pakistan.


  • Mirza
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:05AM

    There are lot of great names from most senior Manto, Mehdi Hassan, Edhi to F. Wahab who passed away recently. Most of them deserve all the praise and recognition that we can offer for their long services and work. Kudos to these national heroes and it is only fair that they should be recognized even some are awarded very late. Better late than never! Let us see how some find faults with this decision by the govt.


  • Zulfiqar Ali Khan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:42AM

    They have forgot me, I have introduce a unique fertilizer, we have proven that our fertilizer can bring back into life of those crops being destroyed by floods.


  • SaqibTahir
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:54AM

    Great job Mr. president. All names with the exception of Hamid Mir deserve these awards.


  • IM the Dim.
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:17AM

    what about water car guy?


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Strange to see that Imran Khan’s name is not included in this list. Perhaps his job is still unfinished. He will top will the list next year when PPP government announces first list of its second term.


  • Sengathir Selvan K
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:05AM

    The picture shown in this article is an awesome one…

    Independence day wishes to Pakistanis…


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Why the name of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is not included in the Pride of Performance Awards?

    He was the one who should have been given the award after Pakistan broke into two parts in 1971.

    Not a single word of his prediction which he made before the creation of Pakistan has gone wrong.

    I would request the government of Pakistan to include the name of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad for Nishan-i-Imtiaz posthumous award which should be handover on March 23, 2013 after finding one his legal heirs wherever he or she is living in the world.


  • gul bahadur
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Well done Mr President,however there are some black spots in the award list.Giving an award to the Vice Chancellor of KP Agriculture university is a great injustice to the other deserving people.The said V.C. brought the university to the brink of default and is unable to pay the salaries of the employees.He has employed hundreds of his relatives and the university is busy in contesting legal cases of the professors.The academic atmosphere of the university which was established with massive financial assistance (55 million dollars) of the U.S.govt under TIPAN has been mercilessly destroyed.Awarding such people,we are giving a very wrong message to the future donors in education sector.Ironically the V.C. was called several times by the Assembly finance committee to explain his misdeeds.It would be appropriate to mention that the Finance Director of the university considered it appropriate to move to some other university because he could not cope with his corruption(He went on deputation to Hazara University)


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:37AM

    Why the name of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad is not included in the Pride of Performance Awards?

    He was the one who should have been given the award after Pakistan broke into two parts in 1971.

    Not a single word of his prediction which he made before the creation of Pakistan has gone wrong.

    I would request the government of Pakistan to include the name of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad for Nishan-i-Imtiaz posthumous award which should be handover on March 23, 2013 after finding one his legal heirs wherever he or she is living in the world.Recommend

  • Ammaar
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Dr. Abdus Salam..?


  • Realist Tanoli
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Salute to All Heroes of Pakistan
    Happy Birthday Pakistan!


  • Ano
    Aug 14, 2012 - 11:43AM

    How abt HAfeez Saeed? He is Pakistan’s best “Non state actor”.


  • naive
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Why Hafiz Syed is not in the list???


  • Cheema
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:01PM

    O Bhai Dr. Abdus Salam was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1979 by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq and Sitara-e-Pakistan in 1959! Do some research before you make a comment!


  • Atif
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Who do you have to screw to get an award?


  • A2Z
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Fauzia Wahab and public service, oh my god…She has just served her party and defended the most corrupt party in the history of Pakistan on the television shows. It is just a politically motivated award.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan Manhattan,Ks
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Some one forgot to put Zardari,Gilani and Raja in there. They all has served the nation according to their ability.Recommend

  • Engr.Waqas
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:00PM

    no award for hussain haqqani, faisal raza abdi and Zulfiqar mirza ??? President sahb:P


  • Engr.Waqas
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:02PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Imran khan is a living legend , he doesn’t need any recognition of this from anyone..Recommend

  • Dr mohamed Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Assalamualaikum I m v much delighted to read the name of Al Haaj Siddiq Ismail for the award of Sitara e Imtiaz , he truely deserves Nishan e Imtiaz , I remember he donated his previous award pride of performance for the victims of Sawat & Malakand amonunt received in auction was 76 lac these persons are real icons n legends , I m also pleased for Mr Ansar Burney & offcourse Edhi sb


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