‘National Order of Merit’: Marvi Memon honoured with prestigious French award

  • Memon spent her childhood in France and attended secondary school there
Pakistan

PARIS – Pakistan’s Minister for state and chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Marvi Memon, has been awarded with a high French civilian award, “National Order of Merit”, by France’s President Emmanuel Macron.


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French Ambassador to Pakistan Martine Dorance presented the award to Memon in a reception held at the French Residence yesterday.

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Federal Ministers Balighur Rehman and Khurram Dastgir, and Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz were present at the ceremony, among others.

“The National Order of Merit is an order of the State awarded by the President of the French Republic, which was launched in 1963 by the President Charles de Gaulle to reward French and foreign nationals for their distinguished achievements,” according to a press release.

The French award is conferred not just on French nationals but also foreign individuals for their achievements.

Memon spent her childhood in France and attended secondary school there.

She has been elected to the National Assembly twice – in the general elections of 2008 and 2013. Memon took charge as the chairperson of the BISP social welfare scheme in February 2015.

Thanking French President Emmanuel Macron, Memon talked about similarities in the struggles of Pakistan and France in dealing with terror attacks. “France has emerged on the international scene as a forceful voice for the oppressed and marginalised,” she said in her speech.

“It would be no exaggeration to say ‘poverty has a woman’s face’,” Memon added, highlighting BISPs efforts for poverty alleviation in Pakistan.

“Prime Minister not resigning and we will win hearts and minds and all come what may,” she later tweeted with pictures of the ceremony.