Pride of Performance

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Pride of Performance
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Awarded by
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Government of Pakistan
TypeLiterary award
EstablishedMarch 19, 1957[1]
CountryPakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan
RibbonPresident's Award for Pride of Performance (1978-83) Pakistan.svg
Awarded for"meritorious contribution to the field of literature, arts, sports, medicine and science".[2]
First induction1958
Last induction2021[3]

The Pride of Performance (officially known as Presidential Pride of Performance)[4][5] is an award bestowed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to recognize people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the field of literature, art, sports, science and education". The Pride of Performance is the highest national literary award of Pakistan[6] conferred upon its citizens and, while it recognizes literary contribution, it can also be conferred upon foreign nationals.[7] It is usually awarded by the president once a year at the Pakistan resolution day, but announcements are made at independence day ceremony held on 14 August.[1] The award recommendations are made by the country's administrative units or respective ministry to the state governments where officials send it to the Cabinet Secretariat and then president or federal government for final approval.[8][9]

The president's Pride of Performance award which was possibly first awarded in 1958, can also be conferred posthumously under a constitutional amendment Article 259 of clause two.[10][11] It was delayed twice in the history of Pakistan. The fourth president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the first ruler who didn't confer or announce the award, and later in 2018, due to disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the award was subsequently delayed.[1]


The Pride of Performance award, including civil decorations was established in 1957 under the Decorations Act, 1975, enacted or modified in 1975. The award seeks to recognize notable achievements which are determined by the Pakistan Warrant of Precedence of 1980.[7]

List of recipients[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ahmed, Shakeel (12 March 2018). "No Pride of Performance awards this year". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ NewsBytes (26 March 2018). "Pakistani artists honoured at March 23 ceremony". The News International. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ APP (2021-03-23). President confers civil awards on prominent personalities Retrieved 2021-03-24. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Veteran journalist Idrees Bakhtiar, 75, passes away". Pakistan Today. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Reema grateful for receiving Pride of Performance". The Nation. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Explained: What is the row over Pakistani film Zindagi Tamasha?". July 26, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Honour & Awards Policy Eligibility Processing of Awards" (PDF).
  8. ^ Correspondents, Our (23 March 2015). "President decorates 159 with civil awards - Pakistan". The News International. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  9. ^ Ali, Sarwat (2 February 2020). "A tribute to tabla player Muhammed Ajmal Khan - Encore". Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Letter & Enclosure" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Recommendations for civil awards" (PDF).