A list of 184 civil awards recipients has been issued by the government on the Independence Day, all of whom will be presented their respective honors by President Dr. Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day.
All the recipients include actors, poets, soldiers, television anchors, singers and foreign dignitaries.
President Alvi will present the Pride of Performance award actors to Humayun Saeed, singer Ali Zafar and religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel. Sakina Samo will also get the same award for her acting skills.
Philanthropist and Edhi Foundation head Faisal Edhi will be awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz. Edhi took over the responsibilities of the foundation that helps millions of people across Pakistan after the demise of his father Abdul Sattar Edhi.
The Nishan-i-Imtiaz will be awarded to ace painter Sadequain Naqvi. Other recipients of the award include singer Abida Perveen and late poet Ahmed Faraz.
Actors Bushra Ansari and Talat Hussain have been named for the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award. They have entertained audiences both inside and outside Pakistan for more than two decades. Anchor Naeem Bukhari is also one of the recipients of the award.
Furthermore, Pakistan will confer civil awards on four Chinese nationals including philanthropists and founder of e-commerce giant Ali Baba, Jack Ma, for their services towards the country.
Pakistan Civil Awards were established on March 19, 1957, following the proclamation of Pakistan as an independent republic on March 23, 1956. The announcement of civil awards is generally made once a year on Independence Day, and their investiture takes place on the following Pakistan Day, March 23.
According to Article 259(2) of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973, along with the Decorations Act 1975, the president confers civil awards on Pakistani citizens in recognition of gallantry.
Awards for the pride of performance are conferred for outstanding achievements in the fields of art, literature, science, sports, and nursing.