LAHORE - The Pakistan Yoga Council (PYC) yesterday handed Fakhr-e-Millat award to nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan at Palm Marquee, Airport Road, DHA.

The award was given in the annual award ceremony of the Pakistan Yoga Council, which is the apex yoga body that has started free yoga training to citizens as part of a new initiative named 'Sehat Mand Pakistan' (Healthy Pakistan). Former governor Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool was the guest of honour and he along with renowned TV host and PYC patron-in-chief Yogi Riaz Khokhar, gave away awards to the distinguished guests.

Columnist Munnoo Bhai was given PYC writers award; columnist Sughra Sadaf was given Adab award while late Abdus Sattar Edhi’s posthumous Khidmat award was given away to Bilqees Edhi.

From Lahore Press Club housing society, Mrs Yasmin Sajjad received master trainer certificate. The PYC gave away the best Yogi Award to Yogi Wajahat for countrywide contribution to a healthy Pakistan. As part of Sehat Mand Pakistan, the PYC started free training of teachers and general public in leading parks, imparting training on physiotherapy, fitness, meditation and fitness exercises vis-a-vis ancient Asian art of yoga.