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President Alvi honours excellence and gallantry at civil awards ceremony

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On the occasion of Pakistan Day, President Dr Arif Alvi awarded civil honors to 135 citizens, both local and foreign, for their exceptional achievements in various fields. At a grand ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president distributed the awards across ten categories including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Quaid-i-Azam, Sitara-e-Shujaat, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Presidential Award for Pride of Performance, Tamgha-e-Shujaata, and Tamgha-e-Khidmat. Cabinet members, diplomats, and family members of the recipients also attended the ceremony.

The president honored individuals such as Sartaj Aziz, Mir Hasil Bazinjo, and late Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas with Nishan-e-Imtiaz for their public service. Other honorees included Ahmed Ali Chagla (art), late Sufi Ghulam Tabassum (poetry), Muhammad Qavi Khan (drama, film), and Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan (sports). The Hilal-e-Pakistan award was presented to ambassador (retd) Robin Lynn Raphel for her services to Pakistan.

The Hilal-e-Imtiaz award was awarded to Khawaja Abdul Hayee (education), Engineer Professor Ahmed Farooq Bazai (academic), Dr Talat Naseer Pasha (science), Hakeem Rizwan Hafeez (health), Dr Raja Ali Raza (engineering), Raees Ahmed (arts), late Amjad Islam Amjad (arts), late Arif Nizami, Mujibur Rehman Shami, and Altaf Hassan Qureshi (journalism); Bilquees Bano Edhi (social services), Muhammad Ramzan Chhipa, Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera, late Maroof Afzal, Senator Talha Mahmood, Capt (retd) Sher Alam Mehsud, Justice (retd) Fazal Karim, Sultan Ali Alana, and Hilalur Rehman (public service); Dr Gohar Ejaz (philanthropy), and Khawaja Masood Akhtar (sports exports).

The Hilal-e-Quaid-i-Azam award was bestowed upon Dr James M. Shera for his services to Pakistan.

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