LAHORE Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has been the sole representative of Pakistan in tennis arenas all over the world for the last 14 years. His services for the game has bestowed upon him with Sitara-i-Imtiaz, an award well-deserved. Already in his junior career between 1996 to 1998, he showed great promise. He reached the level of Asian No 1 and World No 7 as a junior tennis player and beat several top ranking world juniors of his time such as Andy Roddick and Taylor Dent of America, European Champion Oliver Rochus of Belgium, Russian Champion Artem Derepasko and South America Champion Flavio Saretta etc. After starting his mens career in 1998, Aisam continued to show his talent as he represented Pakistan not only as the No 1 player in Davis Cup competitions but also in international tennis competitions all over the world on all five continents. In 1998, he was awarded the 'roll of honour and 'gold medal by GC University Lahore and Punjab University Lahore. During the period of 1998 and 2004, he won 33 singles and doubles titles and ended up runner-up on 20 occasions in international tennis tournaments in various countries of the world such as Japan, India, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand, France, Holland, Germany, Uzbekistan, UK etc. In 2001, he was the first Pakistani to qualify for the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Championship UK after a gap of 34 years. On the occasion of August 14, 2010, like every year, the government of Pakistan announced civil awards for distinguished Pakistanis in recognition of their outstanding services and achievements in their respective fields. One well-deserved name included in the list is that of the Pakistan historys most outstanding and accomplished tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi who has been granted 'Sitar-i-Imtiaz. Aisam was previously given the 'presidents award for pride of performance on August 14, 2004 and his reconsideration for a higher award this time shows that the people responsible for taking decisions in this regard have a thorough and comprehensive system of scrutinising and adjudication and they do not forget a person after giving him one time recognition but also continue to observe and monitor further progress and contribution of the incumbents and wherever a notable progress is seen then they upgrade the award accordingly. Tennis is an individual and most competitive game in the world and at international level no other Pakistani has ever attained the level of excellence Aisam has. In 2002, he became the first Pakistani and first Muslim to receive The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award from the ATP Tour USA. This award is given each year to one or two persons in the world who have rendered outstanding services toward the cause of humanitarian service, sportsmanship of the highest order and/or contribution to world peace and understanding. The list of recipients includes such great names as legendary leader Nelson Mandela of South Africa. In recognition of his achievements, he was granted Presidents Award for Pride of Performance in 2004. Aisam continued his pursuits and achievements in international tennis and played a remarkable role in Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia for Pakistan in 2005. He won three gold medals for Pakistan in these games and tennis was the only discipline in which Pakistan won gold medals. Thus he confirmed Pakistans leadership in the Muslim World as far as the game of tennis goes. In the same year, he earned another great laurel for Pakistan when he won all his matches against Taiwan and Thailand in Davis Cup ties and lifted Pakistan to World Group Qualifying for the first time. On international circuit, he continued to win title at all level and has raised his singles and doubles titles number to 60. On the Davis Cup side too, he has become the most accomplished player of Pakistan for all items with 46 match wins to his credit. We wish that he may soon complete his 50 wins in Davis Cup times which is not so common a mark in international tennis. He has also given the nation the pleasure of beating top ranking world tennis player in singles or doubles events. The list of his victims includes such illustrious name as world no 9 Paradon Srichappon, world no 3 Roger Federer, world no 1 doubles Nedad Zimonijic, world no 11 and French no 1 Richard Gasquet, Canadian no 1 Frank Dancevic, one of top Americans Mandy Fish, top Brazilian Ricardo Melo, top German Benjamin Becker, Australian no 2 Chris Guccione and all time worlds best doubles pair of Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan of USA. Aisam is not only a top Pakistani tennis player on the circuit but has also been labelled as an ambassador of Pakistan in international sports and a torch-bearer of Pakistans soft image in the world. Various international organisations and media have rated him a role model athlete. Last year world Peace and Sport Forum of Maraco declared him a 'champion for peace and are carrying out several programmes and peace campaign with him. Keep up the good work Aisam, we are proud of you. In these difficult days for Pakistan, you have been a beacon of hope.