Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar conferred civil awards upon 21 personalities for excellence in various fields at an investiture ceremony at Governor’s House on Tuesday.
Renowned TV host Naeem Bukhari, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Farooq Shahbaz and Nasir Majeed Mirza from the education sector could not receive their awards owing to coronavirus infection.
Dignitaries from various walks of life including provincial ministers were also present at the function
Cricketer Abdul Qadir was conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz posthumously which was received by his widow. The governor also conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Ahmad Irfan Aslam, a jurist, while Krishna G Krishna Bheel, a cultural activist, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence which was received by his brother.
Those who have conferred the Presidential Award for Excellence included Muhammad Bakir Naqash for painting art, Muhammad Shafeeq for Art and Calligraphy, Renowned Qawal Santo Qawal, Story and Drama Writer Mirza Athar Baig, Dr Mohammad Aslam Ansari for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Literature, Famous Pakistani Kabaddi Player Mohammad Irfan and Renowned Athlete Haider Ali.
The governor conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz to Agriculture University Multan Vice Chancellor Dr Asif Ali, Research essayist Dr Faisal Shahzad, GC University (GCU) Vice Chancellor Dr Asghar Ali Zaidi, Blind Professor Muhammad Ilyas Ayub for outstanding performance in the field of education, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan in the field of Health and IB Assistant Director Javed Iqbal for exceptional counter-terrorism measures and CTD Inspector Zahid Latif.
The spokesperson for GCU said that working along the lines of the Human Development Index of Dr Mahbubul Haq, Dr Zaidi developed two global indexes namely Global Age Watch Index and Active Ageing Index. “These indexes provided insights in studying the well-being of older populations around the world. His contributions were also recognised for the first of its kind study of dementia experiences in Pakistan with Alzheimer’s Pakistan and in developing a nation-wide survey of human rights of the older population for British Council Islamabad.”
*With additional input from APP
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2021.
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