ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday conferred civil and military awards on outstanding individuals at an investiture ceremony here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Federal Ministers, Parliamentarians, Services Chiefs, Islamabad-based diplomats and prominent citizens attended the ceremony. President Zardari decorated both civil and military personnel, including foreign nationals for their services to Pakistan. Over 217 individuals were conferred awards on Pakistan Day, out of which the President gave away around 120 civil and 10 military awards in different categories, at the special ceremony. The rest of awards were given at separate ceremonies held at the provincial headquarters. The provincial Governors decorated 48 individuals at Lahore, 22 at Karachi, 8 at Peshawar, 4 at Quetta and one at Gilgit. The Pakistan Civil Awards are given in recognition to the contribution of men and women who rendered meritorious service to the country in their respective fields of activity or performed exemplary acts of gallantry. The Pakistan Civil Awards were established on March 19, 1957. The announcement of civil awards is generally made on the Independence Day August 14, and the investiture on the following Pakistan Day. The President every year confers civil awards on Pakistani citizens in recognition of gallantry, or distinction in academics, sports etc. The awards are conferred for gallantry - act of bravery, heroism, courage and rendering of dedicated services with selfless devotion in human rights and public service. President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani later joined the guests at a reception.