The Nishan-e-Pakistan (Urdu: نشان پاکستان, English: Order of Pakistan) is the highest of civil awards and decorations given by the Government of Pakistan for the highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan. The award was established on 19 March 1957.
The Nishan-e-Pakistan, unlike other honours, is a highly restricted and most prestigious award and is only conferred for the merit and distinguished services to the country, international community, and foreign relations. This award, like other civilian awards, is announced on 14 August each year and its investiture takes place on following 23 March. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal NPk.
Foreign recipients of Nishan-e-PakistanEdit
Recipients of the Hilal-e-PakistanEdit
Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan), stands second in hierarchy of civilian awards after the Nishan-E-Pakistan.
Recipients of the Sitara-e-PakistanEdit
Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan), stands third in hierarchy of civilian awards after the Nishan-e-Pakistan and the Hilal-e-Pakistan.
|1958||Aslam Khattak||Politician/chairman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|1959||Abdus Salam||Scientist and Science Advisor to the Government of Pakistan||Pakistan|
|1965||Air Commodore Władysław Turowicz||military scientist and engineer||Pakistan|
|1965||Vice-Admiral Syed Mohammad Ahsan||Naval intelligence officer and Chief of Naval Staff||Pakistan|
|1966||A G N Kazi||Chairman Water and Power Development Authority||Pakistan|
|1970||Jamil Ansari||Editor-in-Chief Dawn 1965-1972||Pakistan|
|1971||Rear Admiral Leslie Mungavin||Naval Officer||Pakistan|
|1972||Chief Justice Bashiruddin Ahmed Khan||Judge||Pakistan|
|Akhtar Hameed Khan||Social scientist, he pioneered microcredit, microfinance, and rural development initiatives||Pakistan|
|Syed Hashim Raza||Former Governor of East Pakistan, first administrator of Karachi (1948-1951)||Pakistan|
|1998||Himalaya SJB Rana||First governor of Central Bank of Nepal, Former UN delegate to Pakistan - for his role in the development of Pakistan-Nepal friendship||Nepal|
|2002||Mumtaz Tarar||Chairman Human Rights commission||Pakistan|
|Habibullah Khan Khattak||for action in Burma during World War II||Pakistan|
|Bronte Clucas Quayle, CB, OBE, QC,||for his services in drafting the 1962 Constitution of Pakistan||Australia|
|1991||James M. Shera, MBE||Politician, Head of the International Curriculum Support Services, Education Department||United Kingdom|
|2006||Grace Warren||surgeon, leprosy expert||Australia|
|2009||Greg Mortenson||humanitarian, Central Asia Institute - for promoting girls' literacy and education, and establishing schools in Pakistan||United States|
|2008||Khaled Almaeena||journalist, Saudi Gazette - Journalism||Saudi Arabia|
|2009||An Qiguang||Former Counsel General of China in Karachi for his notable services in strengthening the relations between Pakistan and China||China|
|2012||Rowan Douglas Williams||Anglican bishop, Archbishop of Canterbury, public services to Pakistan||United Kingdom|
|2014||General C. S. Weerasooriya||Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan||Sri Lanka|
|2018||Kimihide Ando||Chief Executive Officer Mitsubishi Corporation Pakistan, services to Pakistan||Japan|
|2018||Haris Silajdžić||Bosnian politician, former member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, services to Pakistan||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|2018||Song Jong-hwan||diplomat, former Korean ambassador to Pakistan, services to Pakistan||South Korea|
|2018||Sadiq Khan||British politician, Mayor of London, services to Pakistan||United Kingdom|
Recipients of the Tamgha-e-PakistanEdit
Tamgha-e-Pakistan (Medal of Pakistan), stands fourth in hierarchy of civilian awards after the Nishan-e-Pakistan, Hilal-e-Pakistan, Sitara-e-Pakistan.
|1965||Rashid Ahmed||Naval officer||Pakistan|
|1967||Hermanegild Marcos Antonio Drago||Community service||Pakistan|
|1968||Aslam Azhar||Television Broadcasting||Pakistan|
|1971||Ahmed Hussain A Kazi||Public Service||Pakistan|
|1987||Neerja Harish Bhanot||Public Service||India|
|2012||Emmanuel Nicholas||Community (Education)||Sri Lanka|
|2012||Li Xiaolin||Community (Investment)||China|
|2018||Muhammad Ayhan Murtaza||Community (Education)||Pakistan|
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