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The Hilaali Imtiyaaz (Urdu: ہلالِ امتیاز‎, pronounced [hɪ.lɑː.lɪ ɪm.t̪ɪ.jɑːz]), also spelled and transliterated as Hilāli Imtiyāz ("Crescent of Excellence"), is the second highest civilian award and honour given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces by the Government of Pakistan. It recognises individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavors". It is a civilian award, and not limited to the citizens of Pakistan.

Hilaali Imtiyaaz
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Hilāli Imtiyāz
Awarded by the Sovereign, on the advice of the Government
TypeAward
EligibilityPakistani or Foreign citizen
Awarded forThe highest degree of service to the state, and for services to international diplomacy.
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignPresident of Pakistan
SovereignPrime minister of Pakistan
Grades5 grade: Star (1st Class)
Badge (Second Class)
Ribbon (military only)
Collar Chain (4th class)
Medal (5th Class)[1]
Statistics
First induction19 March 1957
Precedence
Next (higher)Nishaani Imtiyaaz
Next (lower)Sitaaraayi Imtiyaaz
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Ribbons: military (only)

The honour is restricted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their fields that led to international recognition to the State. It is awarded in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine and science for civilians. It is announced every year on Independence Day, 14 August, and given on Pakistan Day, 23 March, by the President of Pakistan. For officers in the military, it is given for distinguished service, and is also the highest medal awarded to those at the rank of Major General or Lieutenant General (Army), Air Vice-Marshals or Air Marshals (Air Force) and Rear-Admiral or Vice-Admiral (Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines). Parliament's committee for Award and Recognition Services for State of Pakistan selects the names of individuals and sends their report to the Prime Minister; on his advice, the President makes the award in a ceremony that is broadcast by the PTV. The award is usually given to individuals, not groups, because the purpose of the award is to recognise the recipients' individual contributions.

The award is a disc of golden Jasminum between the five points of a pure gold star. The star has additional bright Jasminum; in its centre there is a green emerald with a golden crescent.

A special grade of the medal has a larger execution of the same medal design worn as a star on the left of the chest. In addition, it is worn as a sash on the right shoulder, with its rosette (yellow with white for civilians and green for military officers) with white and yellow edge, bearing the central disc of the medal at its center) resting on the left hip. At the ceremony, both medals can be worn at the same time according to their achievements. The medal is suspended on a ribbon, dark green with a light yellow and white central stripe and white edge stripes.

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  1. ^ All these items are usually given all together. Only military officers from the Pakistan Defence Forces are awarded the ribbon which is attached to their uniform.
  2. ^ "Pakistan Sports Board / Awards / Squash". www.sports.gov.pk. Pakistani Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism / Pakistani Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (2011). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Recognition: President Zardari confers top civil awards (including award for Abida Parveen)". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 24 March 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Ansar Burney and Zia Mohyeddin awards info on Dawn (newspaper) Published 14 August 2012, Retrieved 10 November 2018
  5. ^ a b 182 Pakistan Civil Awards conferred Business Recorder (newspaper), Published 24 March 2006, Retrieved 10 November 2018
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Dawn.com (23 March 2019). "President Alvi confers top civil, military awards for excellence on Pakistan Day". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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