Civilian awards: Presidency issues list of 192 recipients

Published: August 13, 2012
President Zardari to confer awards to 192 recipients on March 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

President Zardari to confer awards to 192 recipients on March 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari announced on Monday a list of 192 recipients for the country’s top civilian awards, including Pakistanis and foreign nationals.

The investiture ceremony will take place on Pakistan Day on March 23, 2013.

Among those to be decorated with civilian awards include foreigners hailing from China, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Malaysia.

Some of the prominent Pakistani recipients include cricket umpire Aleem Dar, prominent Pakistan Television newscaster Shaista Zaid and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, late Fauzia Wahab.

According to details, the president has conferred seven Nishan-i-Imtiaz, one Hilal-i-Pakistan, 17 Hilal-i-Imtiaz, one Sitara-i-Pakistan, three Sitara-i-Shujaat, 45 Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 24 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, one Tamgha-i-Pakistan, 15 Tamgha-i-Shujaat, 76 Tamgha-i-Imtiaz and two Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

The Hilal-i-Pakistan has been conferred upon foreign nationals, including Yang Jiechi (China), Sitara-i-Pakistan to Dr Rowan Douglas Williams Archbishop of Canterbury (British) and Tamgha-i-Pakistan to Li Xiaolin (China).

Some of the prominent recipients in their respective categories are:


The following have been awarded for public service:

– Social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi

– Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan

– Leiutenent General (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Director Genral Strategic Plans Division

Mehdi Hassan and Saadat Hassan Manto have been awarded posthumous awards in the fields of Art (Music) and Literature respectively, while Dr Muhammad Irfan Burney, Chairman, NESCOM and Dr Munir Ahmed Khan (posthumous) have been awarded in the field of science.


– The late Fauzia Wahab, former PPP leader/Member of National Assembly

– Social activist Ansar Burney

– Actor/compere Zia Mohyeddin

– Singer Abida Parveen

– Writer Anwar Maqsood

– Writer Fatima Suriya Bajia

– Cricketers, the late Hafeez Kardar and Fazal Mehmood

– Hamid Mir, journalist

– Azhar Abbas, journalist

– Actor Khalid Abbas Dar


-Aleem Sarwar Dar, ICC award winning cricket umpire

– Shaista Zaid, former Pakistan Television newscaster

– Syed Ghulam Mohiyuddin Noor, film producer

– Syed Noor, filmmaker

– Senator Haji Ghulam Ali, former FPCCI president,

– Dr Attiya Inayatullah, Member of National Assembly

– Taj Haider, Pakistan Peoples Party senior leader

– Ghazal maestro Ustad Ghulam Ali

– Jugnoo Mohsin , journalist

– Qazi Aslam, journalist

– Hashim Khan, former squash player


In the field of literature and journalism, the recipients include Sikandar H. Lodhi, Shaukat Pervaiz, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Syed Mir Mehdi Shah Mehdi and Dr Irfan Ahmad Baig.


Sister Mary Lagan and Catherine Nicol were being awarded for their services in the field of education.

Read the complete list of the award recipients here

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Mirza
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:48PM

    I see some very good and some famous names here. Congratulations to the recipients for their distinguished work.Recommend

  • M_ALI
    Aug 13, 2012 - 11:53PM

    May Fauzia Wahab’s soul rest in peace, she was a very brave lady but do i see any point in giving her hilal e imtiaz?


  • Sehr.Siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:02AM

    Yes she is Shaheed e Zardari. She would be cursing herself.This medal does not compensate the loss of values she suffered while alive.


  • Nasir Mahmood
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:09AM

    I see Rehman Malik’s name is missing.


  • Raheem Bukhsh
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Fauzia Wahab never served this country in a manner to deserve this award yeah but she was always at service of PPP to confront Judiaciary and defend corruption, mis governance and incompetence.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Congratulations to all the distinguished people of Pakistan.

    May Al-Mighty Allah give strength to other people as well who are working for Pakistan to win the award in the following year.


  • sick of this nonsense
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:21AM

    major role in repealing hudood ordinance. fought for democracy. a woman leader in a man’s world. gracefully wiped all the muck thrown at her because of her political affiliation. And you said it yourself she was a very brave lady, sometimes you have to give the likes of fauzia wahab your hilal e imtiaz so that the next fauzia wahab can know she will not work for nothing :)


  • eiddh
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:31AM

    Why the politicians? It is their duty. Not a service. Shameful


  • SitaW
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Taj Haider, Pakistan Peoples Party senior leader
    Come on!!!

    And what is a controversial “journalist” like
    Hamid Mir doing on the list ????


  • Truth bites
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:43AM

    To dr eshrat abad and why not to Altaf Hussain
    Was there not a single person honest enough to refuse award from current president


  • Rizwan Tariq
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:48AM

    This time its journalists. Last year the awards were awarded to “Jialaas”. meera received the award last time. I think presidency has forgotten to give award to veena malik


  • just_someone
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:52AM

    edhi sahib deserves the nashan-e-pakistan. it is an insult to give him a nashan-e-imtiaz, the same decoration that was given to rehman malik a year earlier. can someone ever even think of arguing how rehman malik’s service to the country is even close to edhi sahib’s?


  • Ash
    Aug 14, 2012 - 12:54AM

    I think Syed Mustafa Kamal of Karachi deserve at least Hilal-e-Imtiaz if not Nishan-e-Imtiaz!! He has done a lot for the city in a very short span of time.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:01AM

    No comments for this year’s awards but next year, Insha-Allah Imran Khan will be awarded country’s highest award by newly elected President Zardari and PPP government.


  • deprived Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:02AM

    where is my name? :'(


  • Munawar Ali Rind
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Great to see even Missri Jogi of Umerkot here too and also our historian Mr. Atta Mohd Bhambro.
    This list contains really deserving people. Congrats all.Recommend

  • Alucard
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:20AM

    Very distinguished list….but Hamid Mir??? surely not.

    Also great to see Dr Munir Ahmed Khan being acknowledged – the true father of Pakistan’s A-bomb.


  • Asad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:25AM

    What?? No Agha Waqar??


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Aug 14, 2012 - 1:52AM

    Having followed the recipients of national awards for a very long time, this is by far the most distinguished group of people ever have been awarded the national honors.

    Hats off Mr President!


  • Lahori
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:04AM

    im pretty sure Imran Khan was the same person who built the nations most famous cancer hospital, won the 1992 world cup and other projects but will he ever be mentioned by this government?


  • PTI Mardan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:11AM

    Do these medals really matter?Recommend

  • Ben
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:24AM

    @M_ALI: She defended the indefensible.


  • Salman Ahmad Awan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Why Imran Khan was not conferred for Nishan-i-Imtiaz despite of his considerable contribution in the shape of a re-known hospital and an university?


  • Yasir Mehmood
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:17AM

    Dr Munir ahmed khan was in reality the father of pakistani atomic technology


  • Zak
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:49AM

    Finally ishrat Ul Ebad receives the award for acting out of call of duty. Main reasons is the mV suez and Mv albedo hostages release of the 100’s of things the governor has achieved Mashallah. May Allah bless him even more ad hope he goes even higherr up the ladder!!!


  • Syed Hussein El-Edroos
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:20AM

    Most deserve the awards they are getting. But for those who have been recognized after there passing away it is a bit late.


  • zia-UR-Rehman
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Mr.Edhi really deserve the award.he also deserve noble prize for his contributions towards humanity.
    Mr.Mazhar-e-Alam tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Mech) also deserve this title.


  • qadeer
    Aug 14, 2012 - 11:21PM

    only qualification she achieved was “death”


  • qadeer
    Aug 14, 2012 - 11:24PM

    @Truth bites:
    altaf hussain will get Nissan e Haider.


  • rashid khan
    Aug 15, 2012 - 5:09AM

    Half of them are awards for serving the PPP – very little to do with the cause of Pakistan and its people.


  • Hussain Naqvi
    Aug 15, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Insead of Altaf Hussain they awarded Dr Ishrat ul Abad the Governor of Sindh whereas they ignored their other allies like Asfand Yar Wali Khan and Molvina Fazalur Rehman.


  • Naseer Qureshi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:58PM

    No Veena Malick?


  • Muhammad Zaid Anwar Khan
    Aug 17, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Congratulations to my uncle Muhammad Aslam Khan Journalist for nominate Tamgh e Imtiaz

    May Al-Mighty Allah give strength to him as well who is working for Pakistan to win the award in the following year also.


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