KARACHI.: The Managing Director of the Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan Ameena Saiyid, has been conferred the prestigious French award “Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature.”
A statement here on Friday said that the award was given during the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) 2013. It said that Saiyid was given the prestigious award by French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thiebaud.
The statement said that this prestigious award distinguishes personalities who have through their creations and work in the field of arts or literature contributed to the promotion of culture in France as well as in the world. France, due to its historical and intellectual traditions attaches an immense importance to the diversity and richness of human civilization and cultures and wishes to recognise and support individuals striving for creativity.
On this occasion Saiyid said that she is deeply gratified at the honour conferred on her of being admitted as a knight to the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France. French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud congratulated Saiyid for her achievements.
The OUP managing director who founded the Karachi Literature Festival, has been previously awarded the Order of the British Empire.