This is recognition that I must be doing something right: Mehwish Hayat on her Tamgha-i-Imtiaz

This is recognition that I must be doing something right: Mehwish Hayat on her Tamgha-i-Imtiaz

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi star will be receiving the civil award from the President on March 23
12 Mar, 2019

On this March 23, Punjab Nahi Jaungi star Mehwish Hayat will be one of 127 people who will be bestowed a civil award by President Arif Alvi in honour of their work for Pakistan's betterment.

Mehwish will receive a Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, which is the fourth-highest decoration given to any civilian in Pakistan. Other entertainment figures being honored on March 23 include actor Babra Sharif and singers Attaullah Essakhelvi and Sajjad Ali, who are both being bestowed the Sitara-i-Imtiaz. Reema Khan is getting a Pride of Performance award.

Speaking to Images, Mehwish said it was life-affirming to receive this honour:

"I was very humbled by the news that the President of Pakistan has decided to bestow this honour upon me. For me, I have simply been pursuing my passion and to be recognised in this way with one of the highest civil awards is recognition that I must be doing something right.

"I took the decision very early to remain in Pakistan and to focus on building our nascent industry and I am proud of my contribution. For the past five years I have been blessed with some of the biggest hits of Pakistani cinema."

She also said that she shares the honour with her friends in the field without whom she could not have achieved any success:

"But I can not take credit for this alone and and as I receive the award on the 23rd I will be sharing it with all the directors, co-stars, writers, technicians and even the makeup artists and spot boys who have contributed to this success.

"I thank all my fans who have supported me through this wonderful journey. All I can say is that best is yet to come and I hope to keep making Pakistan proud of me. Pakistan Zindabad."

We wish Mehwish Hayat even more success in the years to come.


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Sameer Mar 12, 2019 11:28am
Reema should be nominated too. Even Mehwish seems unsure for why she is being honored.
Adnan Mazher Khan Mar 12, 2019 11:40am
This is ridiculous. What has she done to get nominated for the award. Many deserving and outstanding senior artists who have worked for decades in this industry needs recognition. Akhtar Shah Khan Jedi and Zeba Shehnaz are two examples to quote.
Rc Mar 12, 2019 11:53am
The award nomination committee definitely are very capable and wise people and made a fantastic choice :)
Nüman Allam Mar 12, 2019 11:55am
Ms Reema definitely deserve the sitara e Imtiaz.
Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Mar 12, 2019 12:03pm
This is an insult to all those well deserving individuals who did a lot for the country and humanity and never received any recognition for their contributions.
majid Mar 12, 2019 12:30pm
May be the president likes her acting.
Parvez Mar 12, 2019 12:32pm
Excellent choice ...... she deserves the recognition . Encouraging the youth in an industry that has been neglected for too long, is a step in the right direction.
Farrukh Arshad Mar 12, 2019 12:33pm
What is her accomplishment to receive this award ?
Zora Mar 12, 2019 12:51pm
Good to recognise young artists, but some one who really deserves this honour is Zeba Shahnaz and Ismael Tara.
jo Mar 12, 2019 02:22pm
Mehwish Hayat is one of those rare propakistani artists in modern times who has represented our country on different platforms. She comes across as mature and educated. I think she deserves the award.
JR Mar 12, 2019 05:02pm
Is she also a family friend ?
Harish Mar 12, 2019 05:33pm
Film Star Saima should also receive it and not to mention, MEERA!
Hassan Ul Haq Mar 12, 2019 05:46pm
Well it's a great decision by the selection committee, in one way or another the artist "Mehwish Hayat" has contributed in the success of the country's cinema industry. Praising country's big screen talent is quite important in order to honour their devotion but again there are alot of other legendary actors who should also be taken under consideration.
Badar Shaikh Mar 12, 2019 06:02pm
I wonder, are these awards really given to deserving people or to blue-eyed ones?
Jamil Soomro, New York City Mar 12, 2019 07:28pm
Tamgha-i-Imtiaz(Sitara-i-Imtiaz) was rightfully given to the great Dilip Kumar for developing better relations between Pakistan and India.Congratulations to Mehwish Hayat.
hanifsmile Mar 12, 2019 08:23pm
Why I mean Why ? Mehwish Hayat and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz ?
omar Mar 12, 2019 08:49pm
And Dr. Adeeb Rizvi has won none
Shahji Mar 12, 2019 10:21pm
Shaan Shahid, Saba Hameed should be on the top of the list
SK Mar 13, 2019 12:02am
She looks so different, why did she have plastic surgery? Ruined her original looks, very unnecessary
Bilal Khan Mar 13, 2019 12:17am
My father wrote the lyrics of “Ga mere manwa gaata ja re” of Pakistani film “Diya aur Toofan” in 1969 and brought the comedian Saeed Khan known as Rangeela and hundreds of many other artist to Pakistan film industry. He also made one of the firm Pushto film “Kala Khizan kala bahar” My father passed away in 2002 and like many he was never recognized for the work they did for the film industry.
TR Mar 13, 2019 02:54am
Anonymous Mar 13, 2019 02:59am
@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan exactly! Why not reward the highest civil honour to Pervez Hoodbhoy and other intellectuals? Why not Nasim Zehra-the only string theorist from Pakistan, and that too, a woman. Pakistan either awards the religious fundamentalists or the "entertainment" industry's contribution. A much more dismal picture is being displayed by the state of comments asking the highest civil awards to be given to the likes of Reema Khan!
Mubasher Mar 13, 2019 04:17pm
@Sameer agreed
isha Mar 14, 2019 05:56am
for what?? is she getting this award her half attempt at bad acting. others have spent decades on work before getting this nomination