ISLAMABAD – President Mamnoon Hussain conferred Nishan-e-Imtiaz to senior military leadership in recognition of their valuable services at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat were awarded with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, federal ministers, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Navy Chief Admiral Zakaullah and senior officials were present in the ceremony.
The Nishan-e-Imtiaz is one of the state-organized civil decorations of State of Pakistan. It is the highest award given to any civilian in Pakistan based on their achievements towards world recognition for Pakistan or an outstanding service for the country.
The award was established in 1957, following the proclamation of State of Pakistan as a Parliamentary republic, by the 1956 Constitution. The award is the top decoration in the country, given to a person who has accomplished duty beyond what is assigned to him/her.
The award is not just limited to citizens of Pakistan and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel.