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-Pakistan
Akihito Emperor of Japan
Recipients of the Hilal-e-Pakistan
Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan), stands second in hierarchy of civilian awards after the Nishan-E-Pakistan.
|1958||Emperor Haile Selassie||Emperor of Ethiopia||Ethiopia|
|1989||Ruth Pfau||Nun and Leprosy Doctor||Germany|
|2005||Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan||United Arab Emirates|
|2012||Yang Jiechi||Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China||People's Republic of China|
Recipients of the Sitara-e-Pakistan
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||Pakistan|
|1965||Air Commodore Władysław Turowicz||military scientist and engineer||Pakistan and Poland|
|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|
|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|
|Sandy Gall||journalist||Great Britain|
|Habibullah Khan Khattak||for action in Burma during World War II||Pakistan|
|Bronte Clucas Quayle, CB, OBE, QC,||for his services in drafting the Constitution of Pakistan.|
|1991||James M. Shera, MBE||Politician, Head of the International Curriculum Support Services, Education Department||Great Britain|
|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||Khalid 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||Great Britain|
Recipients of the Tamgha-e-Pakistan
Tamgha-e-Pakistan (Medal of Pakistan), stands fourth in hierarchy of civilian awards after the Nishan-e-Pakistan, Hial-e-Pakistan, Sitara-e-Pakistan.
|1959||Sartaj Aziz||Economics||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa||Pakistan|
|1967||Hermanegild Marcos Antonio Drago||Community||Sindh||Pakistan|
|1971||Ahmed Hussain A Kazi||Public Service||Sindh||Pakistan|
|2012||Emmanuel Nicholas||Community (Education)||Sri Lanka|
|2012||Li Xiaolin||Community (Investment)||China|
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- "In recognition of his sense of commitment in promoting social and economic welfare activities of Pakistan"
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