National awards are instituted on individuals who really excel in their respective fields to contribute to the national goals or for something doing extraordinary for the country. During this regime, one finds that the government has been extra liberal in awarding the highest national awards to individuals who have hardly achieved any thing worth mentioning for the country. The cases in point are the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz to the entire team who worked for the 18th amendment of the constitution and lately on this 14th August some PPP stalwarts have been granted this highest civil award. The announcement of these awards to some controversial personalities have in fact degraded the spirit of these awards when seen in the background of these awards given to Dr AQ Khan and Dr Samar Mubarakmand who made the defence of this country impregnable. These national awards always carry a very convincing citation for the individuals who get it. The team members of the present government have brought the country to the lowest ebb in every department. The corruption is at its peak at all levels especially at highest level of the government, the economy is in complete shambles, the law and order is the worst in the history of the country, nepotism and favourtism is rampant, each national department is full of scandals and so on and so forth. On top of every thing the orders and verdicts of highest court of the country are not implemented and rather made fun of by obstructing the justice in most funny manners ( NICL and Hajj scams besides Swiss case are a few examples). Under such circumstances granting highest national awards to these team members is a cruel joke to the nation. The entire nation knows the misdeeds of these awardees and can write their actual citation as well. The government of course will cook up fake citations like fake degrees to justify these awards. God help this government for crossing all the limits in doing wrong things. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA, Lahore, August 16.