Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was honoured on Independence Day for his bowling feats by being awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz — one of the highest civilian awards in Pakistan.
Ajmal’s bowling action has been questioned recently, but his performance to date was deemed worthy enough.
Meanwhile, four athletes – cueist Mohammad Asif, mountaineer Samina Baig, boxer Amir Khan and tennis player Aqeel Khan – were given the President’s Award for Pride of Performance.
Asif was previously snubbed for the award, but this time he has been included after strong reservations from the snooker fraternity last year.
Asian squash champion Aamir Atlas Khan was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, while other recipients of the recognition comprise skier Mir Nawaz and hockey trio Munir Dar, Anwar Ahmed Khan and Abdul Waheed. Meanwhile, the Sports Journalism award went to Dr Nauman Niaz.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2014.
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