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Pakistan’s Civil Awards Celebrate Diverse Talent Across Domains


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Several prominent figures from the entertainment industry in Pakistan were recently honored with civil awards during ceremonies held in various capitals on Pakistan Day. Renowned actress Sajal Ali was awarded the prestigious Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) for her exceptional contributions to acting, particularly for her work both locally and internationally. The award was presented to her by Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari in Lahore.

In a separate ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Zardari conferred the esteemed “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” award, the second-highest civilian honor in Pakistan, upon the legendary musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. This recognition was in acknowledgment of his remarkable services to the music industry, especially in the realms of arts, Qawwali, and singing, elevating Pakistani music on a global platform.

Expressing his gratitude, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan humbly accepted the awards, emphasizing the support of his family, friends, and fans as his guiding light. He highlighted his commitment to promoting the soft image of Pakistan worldwide and continuing the legacy of his uncle, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, through modern Qawwali.

Additionally, seasoned actor and host Adnan Siddiqui was honored with the Presidential Pride of Performance award, recognizing his significant achievements in the fields of art, science, literature, sports, and nursing. The award was presented by Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori on behalf of President Zardari in a ceremony held in Karachi.

Furthermore, TV host Juggun Kazim was also acknowledged with the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for her exceptional hosting of the country’s prominent Ramadan transmission. Filmmaker Bilal Lashari, known for his work on “The Legend of Maula Jatt,” received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian award, in recognition of his excellence in the film industry. The list of honorees also included classical dancer Sheema Kirmani, TV host Vasay Chaudhary, and other notable personalities, all celebrated for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

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