RAWALPINDI: The President of Pakistan has approved 380 Civil Awards on the occasion of the country’s 23rd Independence Day. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Commanders-in-Chief of the PAF and Navy, and Governors of Baluchistan, Sind and NWFP are among the recipients of the awards.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr Justice Hamoodur Rahman, has been awarded Hilal-i-Pakistan. He is the only recipient of this award this year. The President has awarded Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam to the Commanders-in-Chief of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy, and to Mr Justice Abdus Sattar, the Chief Election Commissioner, and Lt-Gen Khwaja Wasiuddin. — Agency

[Meanwhile, as reported by an agency in Dacca,] The President, Gen A.M. Yahya Khan, said that Pakistan’s destiny could be achieved only through the establishment of a fully democratic order. In a message to the nation on Independence Day, the President said that “all our efforts are directed towards that end”.

While reminding the people of their role … “the need of the hour,” he said, “was that all of us should act with moderation, sobriety and mutual forbearance”. “After all, our ultimate objective is the same, namely, the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of Pakistan,” he added.

Published in Dawn, August 14th, 2020