In August 2019, 116 national and foreign dignitaries nominated by the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi for various civil awards were presented with awards on the occasion of Defense Day. Arif Alvi had announced on August 14, 2019, to give awards to the said personalities, who were to be given awards on March 23 this year, but due to the epidemic of Corona, they were not given awards in March.
However, now on the occasion of Defense Day, awards ceremonies were held on September 7 in the Governor's Houses of the four provinces, including the Presidency of Islamabad. The awards were given to 44 personalities in the Presidency of Islamabad while the remaining 76 personalities were awarded in the Governor's Houses of the remaining four provinces.
According to Dawn, a total of 16 personalities were given awards at the ceremony held at the Governor House of Punjab, while according to the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), 9 personalities were given awards at the Sindh Governor House.
A total of 22 fine arts personalities were awarded at the awards ceremonies held at the Presidency and the Governor's House of the four provinces.
22 fine arts personalities were awarded the Medal of Excellence, the Medal of Distinction, and the Hilal Imtiaz Awards. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has introduced famous singer Fazal Jutt, A Watan, Pakistani singer Ghulam Abbas, singer Waris Baig, Sufi singer Sai Zahoor Ahmed, actress Raheela Khanum alias Diba Khanum, artist Hassan Musarrat. Senior actor Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din and singer Sahir Ali Bagga were awarded the Civil Awards.
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Sahir Ali Bagga and senior actor Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din were awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence. Similarly, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on September 7 also presented posthumous awards to renowned writer Ibn Safi, including fashion designer Rizwan Baig and Sufi singer Sanam Marvi. Administrator Karachi also attended the awards ceremony held at Sindh Governor House.
According to the APP, Imran Ismail presented civil awards to fashion designer Rizwan Baig, writer Ibn Safi, singer Sanam Marvi, artist Faqiro, renowned religious scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani, musician Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi and drummer Khurshid Hassan. Mufti Taqi Usman and the late Ibn Safi were awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz while Sanam Marvi and fashion designer Rizwan Baig were awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence.
Alhamdulillah— Sahir Ali Bagga (@sahiralibagga) September 7, 2020
Today I received Pride of performance From Governor Punjab.￼ pic.twitter.com/RaAwIqryXs
Like Sindh and Punjab, awards ceremonies were held at the Governor's House in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. It may be recalled that the well-known poet, translator, and writer Fehmida Riaz was also announced to be given the Presidential Award for Excellence by the President of Pakistan, however, her daughter refused to accept the award.
Fehmida Riaz's daughter Virta Ali Ajan had announced in a Facebook post a few days ago that she would not accept the award given to her mother in protest. Her daughter wrote in her post that writers and journalists are abducted, tortured, and even killed, harassers are given awards and Karachi is left to rot in the sewers. Has given
"I refuse to accept the presidential award for my mother's work, I'm sure she would have refused if she were alive today," he said.