The civil, military awards were conferred by president Asif Ali Zardari on the eve of Pakistan Day celebrations on Saturday during an an investiture ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad to award civil and military awards as part of the Pakistan Day celebrations.
Other high level Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf‚ Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari‚ Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza‚ former members of the Federal Cabinet‚ Senators‚ services chiefs‚ foreign diplomats and senior civil and military officials also attended the ceremony.
Afghan singer Shahperai Naghma received the president’s pride of permance award along with Shahida Minni and Shahida Latif.
Naghma was born as Shahperai (Fairy) on January 1, 1964, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. She belongs to the Pashtun ethnic group and is one the prominent Afghan singer who started in the early 1970s.
Naghma sings in Pashto and Dari (Persian). Her music is popular in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan.