BAHAWALPUR: Unsung heroes shape the destinies of nations that sharpen the pace of march towards establishing an egalitarian society, said Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqib Zafar.
He was speaking at the Shan-e-Bahawalpur Award 2016 ceremony held on Tuesday to recognise the services of the local people of Bahawalpur district.
"Bahawalpur district, culturally and intellectually, is extremely rich and has produced great people who have excelled in the fields of sports, literature, performing arts, medicinal sciences, social and physical sciences which is practically recognised by the district administration by launching Shan-e-Bahawalpur award 2016, he maintained.
The award had 5 categories. Hilal-e-Bahawalpur Award was awarded to fighter pilot of Pakistan Ayesha Farooq, former Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice (retd) Mian Allah Nawaz, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Tehseen Cheema, Eye Surgeon Dr Latif Chaudhry, Columnist and writer Bushra Rehman, Professor of Chemistry Dr Faiz-ul-Hassan Naseem and curator of Royal graveyard of Derawer Fort Allah Jawaya.
Tamgha-e-Bahawalpur Award was awarded to the student of Danish Public School Hasilpur Shahid Zaman Abbasi and a student Muhammad Tahir who made a white cane by using latest technology for the blind persons, and the tallest man Haq Nawaz.
Sitara-e-Bahawalpur Award was awarded to Umar Bhutta the national hockey player, player of women hockey team Ambreen Arshad, Maira Sabir, Kalsoom Shahzadi, Sanaullah Ditta, Syed Abdullah Tanseer, first position holder in class 5th Bakhtawer Chohan, Badminton Player Muhammad Zubair Khan, Agricultural Scientist Dr Imran Khalid. Shan-e-Farid Award was awarded to an Author and Researcher Khawaja Muhammad Tahir Koreja.
Similarly, Nishan-e-Bahawalpur Award was given to Late Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan and the widows of Martyrs ASI Allah Ditta and Nasir Haneef.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2016.