Pakistan celebrated 74th Independence Day on August 14, 2020 and the government revealed a list of 184 recipients of civil awards. The recipients will receive their respective awards from Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day.
Soldiers, poets, news anchors, singers, actors and foreigners have been included to receive the honor as a token of appreciation for their talent and bravery in their corresponding fields.
Pakistan was declared as an independent state on March 23, 1956 – prior to which it was referred to as the Dominion of Pakistan – and Pakistan Civil Awards were established on 23 March 1957. Every year on Independence Day, Pakistan announces civil award recipient’s name and the ceremony takes place on Pakistan Day, 23 March.
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According to details, the President granted Nishan-e-Imtiaz to seven people. Moreover, it includes Hilal-i-Imtiaz to two, Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam to four people, Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam to six people, Sitara-i-Pakistan to two people, Sitara-i-Shujat to 24, Sitara-i-Imtiaz to 27, Sitara-i-Khidmat to one, President Tamgha-i-Husn-i-Karkardagi to 44, Tamgha-i-Pakistan to one, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz to 46 and Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam to one person.
Recipients announced to be on the Pakistan civil awards list
After Abdul Sattar Edhi his son Faisal Edhi took over the responsibilities of the Edhi foundation and continued the cause set by his father. The humanitarian and head of the Edhi foundation will receive Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for his service to help millions of Pakistanis.
Nishan-e-Imtiaz will be awarded to the legendary Pakistan Queen of Sufi music Abida Parveen for her outstanding performance, late poet Ahmed Faraz, Muhammad Jameel Khan, Zahoor ul Haq, and Dr. Jameel Jalbi.
Furthermore, the President of Pakistan will also present the Pride of Performance medal to religious scholar Moulana Tariq Jameel, TV actor Humayun Saeed and singer Ali Zafar. Other recipients of the award are Sakina Samo, Naimat Sarhadi and Mahjabin Qazalbash.
In the category of Sitara-i-Imtiaz award renowned actress Bushra Ansari, Naeem Bukhari, Farooq Qaiser, Abdul Qadir (late) and Talat Hussain included in the recipients list for their tremendous achievements within country and outside of Pakistan.
Jack Ma: Founder of giant e- commerce Ali Baba
Four Chinese also included in the recipients of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz list including Jack Ma, philanthropist and founder of e-commerce giant Ali Baba for service to the country.
In last year’s ceremony of Pakistan Civil Awards, actress Mehwish Hayat, anchor Arshad Shareef, Babra Shareef, Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi and comedian Iftikhar Thakur also received the award.