A list of some of the big names receiving Presidential Civil Awards on March 23

A list of some of the big names receiving Presidential Civil Awards on March 23

Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat says his name was removed from the list.
22 Mar, 2024

The presidential civil awards are bestowed upon people from various professions who show excellence in their respective fields. The government of Pakistan released the list of the honorees on August 14, 2023 (Independence Day) and the accolades will be conferred on March 23, 2024 (Pakistan Day).

Here’s a list of some prominent artists and the awards they will receive.


  1. Rahat Ali Khan — Qawwali / Singing
  2. Mohammad Ahmed Shah — Culture
  3. Mehmood Ahmed Tahir Bhatti — Film Direction & Fashion Designing


  1. Bilal Lashari — Direction, Cinematography, Scriptwriting
  2. Satish Anand — Film Production / Distribution
  3. Javed Bashir Ahmad — Singing
  4. Faakhir Mehmood — Singing
  5. Shabnam — Singing


  1. Shazia Manzoor — Singing
  2. Dhai Bai alias Mai Dhai — Singing
  3. Hamayoon Khan Arts — Singing
  4. Inayat Hussain Bhatti (late) — Film Acting, Production, Direction, Scriptwriting
  5. Zulfiqar Ali Attre — Music Composing
  6. Ajab Gul — Acting / Direction
  7. Ishrat Abass — Drama / Theater / Radio / Actor
  8. Shakir Zeb — Music Direction
  9. Qadir Bux Mithoo — Comedy
  10. Mussarrat Kalanchvi — Urdu / Saraiki Fiction & Playwriting
  11. Adnan Siddiqui — Acting, Host, Production
  12. Zubaida (Naghma) — Film Artist
  13. Hassan Askari — Film Direction / Writing
  14. Sheema Kermani — Classical Dancing / Choreography
  15. Naseer Baig Mirza — Comparing, Writing, Producer


  1. Sajal Ali — Acting
  2. Juggan Kazim — Anchoring / Acting
  3. Abdul Batin Farooqi — Acting
  4. Almas Khan Khalil — Folk Pashto Singing
  5. Fazal Wahab Dard — Singing
  6. Ustad Rustam Fateh Ali Khan — Classical Singing
  7. Imran Aziz Mian — Qawwali
  8. Gulraiz Ghouri — Photography
  9. Rahmatullah Khan — Photography
  10. Khalid Bin Shaheen — Acting / Production
  11. Shahzad Rafique — Film Direction
  12. Fizza Ali Meerza — Production / Screen Writing
  13. Amjad Sheikh — Production / Distribution
  14. Abdul Wasay Chaudhary — Film / Drama Acting
  15. Farooq Hassan — Host

Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat said that his name was removed from the list of presidential award nominees announced on August 14. He took to Instagram to share the perplexing news, assuring people that he didn’t create the list himself.

“As far as I remember, (from the year I got the PP) the list disclosed on the 14th of August is the finalised list unless the recipient refuses to accept the award,” he wrote, sharing a screenshot of the list released initially.

Arooj Aftab was another big name conferred with the Pride of Performance. She received the award on August 14, 2023, in a ceremony held in Washington DC. However, Aftab’s name was not on the list shared by the government.

The full list is available here.


Taj Ahmad Mar 22, 2024 11:14am
President’s award is a great way to appreciate your work for your country in films and television drama series.
Ishrat Hyatt Mar 22, 2024 12:05pm
It may be an oversight or some bigoted official. Who knows?
Yusuf Mar 22, 2024 12:05pm
Name of the Late Shahid Zaidi ( Zaidis Studios Lahore) is a notable and glaring omission. Just how much sucking up do these lists entail?
Sayed Mar 22, 2024 12:07pm
Unfortunately after viewing this list seems our country has only talent in fine art drama film singing and we don’t have professors scientist peacemaker literature talented students to be proud doctors engineers inventor …….etc really sad looks genuine downfall of nation or we are in wrong hand who cannot identify how to elevate nation and where are right people to select for these awards shame on them
NYS Mar 22, 2024 12:09pm
Sarmad K and Arooj Aftab grievances keep in view before deliverance of Presidential awards respectively
Abdus Salam Mian Mar 22, 2024 12:26pm
Does it include any one from KP ?
Abdus Salam Mian Mar 22, 2024 12:28pm
Any one for KP ?
Syed Irfan Mar 22, 2024 12:42pm
Why have they removed Sarmad Khoosat - the most talented and the most creative film-maker we have in our country????
Saad Mar 22, 2024 12:43pm
All from Acting/Singing/Film/Drama who are for people's leisure time. None from Teaching, Science, Research, Engineering, Medical, Politics, Industries, Trade, Journalism, etc. who value people's constructive time.
Syed Hasni Mar 22, 2024 02:33pm
Rahat Ali Khan — Qawwali / Singing- Really ? Not after that video surfaced depicting him assaulting his disciple ہوا ہے شہ کا مصاحب پھرے ہے اتراتا وگرنہ شہر میں غالبؔ کی آبرو کیا ہے Even King Charles' British Asian Trust, after the incident severe all ties with the artist.
MBA Mar 22, 2024 04:40pm
How come, we are not even able to list the president awards correctly?! The new president (!?!) should change his team a bit to make place for competent people - not only schifarisi and good friends.
Tahira Ahmed Khan Mar 22, 2024 05:51pm
I wonder when 'Munni Begum' will get an award for her singing ??? She has been performing since the mid seventies as I can remember..
Ehsan Mar 22, 2024 07:13pm
These people work very hard to project the soft image of Pakistan. Absence of sarmad khosat sb from the list shows callous politics
Jawaid kamal Mar 23, 2024 04:37am
Exclusion of Sarmad and inclusion of Rahat are both pathetic.
Zeeshan Bukhari Mar 24, 2024 05:50am
Pride of performance award is a great way to appreciate your work for your country in Qari,Naat Khawani And Sufi Somg.
Ahmad Khan Mar 24, 2024 01:37pm
Abdul Salam Mian: Ishrat Abbas, Batin Farooqi, Ajab Gul are from KPK
M Asif Shabbir Qureshi Mar 24, 2024 08:35pm
There is not a single award for those who work for the country in the field of knowledge, engineering, social work , science, health , nothing but just the. Film industry is it good for this nation ????
M.M. azhar Mar 25, 2024 01:58am
Grapes are sour
Laila Mar 25, 2024 03:04am
No award for Sarmad Khoosat? REALLY?? The man is so underrated. Your selection of recipient is very overrated. Internal politics everywhere. SMH
Haroon Mirza Mar 25, 2024 07:35am
So sad, not a single name in: Scientific Research, Engineering, Economics, Medicine, Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science. This clearly shows Government priorities.
faro Mar 25, 2024 12:55pm
for my own understanding these awards only for showbiz related or some other field performances. i did not see any other creative field science technology etc
Shakil Khan Mar 26, 2024 12:19am
If you have needed talent,confidence you do not need awards. Let awards seek you,instead you seeking it
Naqaad Mar 26, 2024 11:08am
Urdu Literature’s Living legend Razia Fasih Ahmad… Once again ignored for the National Awards…Is it continuation of highest level of bias and discrimination or just plain incompetence and ignorance about Urdu Literature?
JABBAR JAMALI Mar 26, 2024 02:12pm
Not a singal award has awarded to any scientist, softwar developer or inventer,
Ehteshamul Haque Mar 26, 2024 07:39pm
If you choose to be a qawwal then you have the highest probability of getting an award. Our nation is moving towards the right direction.
Nazia Ajmal Mar 27, 2024 01:06am
No appropriate criteria for awards feeling so should be worth while and fitting into the criteria and standard as national hero.... Few were well deserved only as Answer Masood (who spent life in a field)etc..not so called actresses and story writer of cheap dramas...