March Issue 2012

By | People | Society | Published 12 years ago

The second Engro Excellence Awards, regarded as one of the most prestigious civilian awards in Pakistan, were held at a glossy ceremony conducted by Imran Aslam and Feryal Gauhar, at the Mohatta Palace on February 13. Three notable Pakistanis, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi of SUIT, economist Dr. Hafeez A. Pasha and sculptor Shahid Sajjad were rewarded for their excellence in the fields of social and humanitarian services, social sciences and the arts respectively. The awards were scrupulously decided by an esteemed jury comprising Dr. Ishrat Hussain as chairman alongside Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, Dr. Nafis Sadik, Prof. Anita Ghulam Ali, Iftikhar Arif, Nasreen Kasuri and Noor Jehan Bilgrami. The recipients were presented an Engro excellence medallion as well as a cash prize of five million rupees each.

Dr. Adeeb Rizvi got a standing ovation when he received his award and donated his prize money for the progress of SUIT. Shahid Sajjad, who made it to the ceremony despite his illness, thanked Engro for recognising his accomplishments, while Hafeez Pasha’s sister collected the award on his behalf.

Dr. Ishrat Hussain praised Engro’s noble efforts in this regard and said, “The enthusiastic response that we received shows that the people of Pakistan want the efforts of Pakistanis who have made a difference acknowledged and recognised in front of the world.”

Asad Umar, president and CEO Engro Corporation, also spoke of the monumental success of the first awards that inspire excellence, year after year.

“These rewards are a testament to the excellence of Pakistanis who need to be actively promoted as role models of our youth,” he added.

This article was originally published in the March 2012 issue of Newsline under the headline “To Honour and Inspire.” Look out for the latest issue of Newsline at newsstands across Pakistan.

The writer is freelance journalist.

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