ISLAMABAD - On the occasion of 66th Independence Day, August 14, 2012, President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has conferred Civil Awards on Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for excellence in various fields of activities.

The President has conferred a total of 192 Civil Awards including Nishan-i-Imtiaz (07), Hilal-i-Pakistan (01), Hilal-i-Iimtiaz (17), Sitara-i-Pakistan (01), Sitara-i-Shuja'at (03),Sitara-i-Imtiaz (45), President's Award for Pride of Performance(24), Tamgha-i-Pakistan (01), Tamgha-i-Shuja'at (15), Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (76), and Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam (02), for which theinvestiture ceremony will take place on the coming Pakistan Day,23rd March.

Following is the detail of civil awards conferred by the President:

NISHAN-I-IMTIAZ awarded to Abdul Sattar Edhi (Social Service); Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan for (Public Service); Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, DG, Strategic Plans Division (Public Service); Mehdi Hassan (Posthumous) (Art, Music); Saadat Hasan Manto (Posthumous) (Literature); Muhammad Irfan Burney, Chairman, NESCOM (Nuclear Science & Engineering); Munir Ahmed Khan (Posthumous), Ex-Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (Science).

HILAL-I-PAKISTAN to Yang Jiechi (China) (Services to Pakistan).

HILAL-I-IIMTIAZ to Fauzia Wahab (Posthumous) (Public Service); Ansar Burney (Social Service); Zia Mohyeddin (Art: Acting / Comparing); Abida Parveen (Singer); Shabbir Hassan Khan Josh Malihabadi (Posthumous) (Poetry / Urdu Literature); Anwar Maqsood (Literature); Fatima Suriya Bajia (Literature); Major Gen. Ausaf Ali (Public Service); Ansar Parvez, Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (Science); Hafeez Kardar (Posthumous), Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team (Sports: Cricket); Fazal Mehmood (Posthumous), Former Captain Pakistan Cricket Team (Sports:Cricket); Masood Khan, Pakistan Ambassador in China (Services to Pakistan); Ahmed Chinoy (Public Service); Khalid Abbas Dar (Art: Drama Acting / Comparing); Azhar Abbas (Journalism); Hamid Mir (Journalism); Maj. Gen. (Retd) Ahmed Bilal, Chairman, SUPARCO (Public Service).

SITARA-I-PAKISTAN to Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams Archbishop of Canterbury (British) (Services to Pakistan)

SITARA-I-SHUJA'AT to Maulana Muhammad Hassan Jan Shaheed (Gallantry); Shafique Ahmed Khan Shaheed (Gallantry); Raja Umer Khattab (Gallantry) and others.