President Mamnoon Hussain conferred 52 civil and 60 military awards upon various personalities from different walks of life for their meritorious services in different fields on the occasion of Pakistan Day in a special investiture ceremony held at the President House on Monday.
The ceremony was attended by ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, high civil and military officials and people belonging to different walks of life. Meanwhile, 142 students and staff martyred in the Taliban rampage at Peshawar’s Army Public School late last year were awarded Tamgha-e-Shujaat posthumously at a ceremony at the Governor House in Peshawar.
The awards in civil categories included Hilal-e-Shujaat (1) Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Civil) (6) Sitara-e-Shujaat (3) Sitara-e-Imtiaz (12) President’s Award of Pride of Performance (6) Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam (2) Tamgha-e-Shujaat (13) and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (9). The recipients of National Awards (Civil) also included 09 foreign nationals and Pakistanis living abroad. The awards in military categories included Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) (38) and Sitara-e-Basalat (Military) (22).
Apart from the main investiture ceremony at the Presidency, four provincial governors decorated the awardees on behalf of the president at Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab conferred civilian awards on 14 eminent personalities and 142 students and staff of APS martyrs.
The ceremony that took place at the Governor House was attended by ministers, politicians, civil and military officials and people from all walks of life. Among those honoured, two were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz, three got Presidential Award for Pride of Performance and nine were awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. The victims of APS, including 122 students and 20 staffers, were posthumously awarded Tamgha-e-Shujaat for their remarkable bravery.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 24th, 2015.