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Pride of Performance

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Pride of Performance
تمغہِ حسنِ کارکردگی
An image with a star and crescent placed in the centre along with the words "Sadarti Aizaz Barai-Husn-Karkardagi" (presidential award for pride of performance) inscribed in nastaliq
TypeLiterary award
Awarded forNotable achievements in the field of art, science, literature, sports, and nursing.[1]
Country Pakistan
Presented by Government of Pakistan
Established19 March 1957; 67 years ago (1957-03-19)
First awarded1958
Last awarded2020
Service ribbon of the Pride of Performance
Next (higher)None[a]
Next (lower)none

The Pride of Performance (Urdu: تمغہِ حسنِ کارکردگی), officially known as Presidential Pride of Performance, is an award bestowed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to recognize people with "notable achievements in the field of art, science, literature, sports, and nursing".[1][2] The Pride of Performance is the highest national literary award of Pakistan[3] conferred upon its citizens and, while it recognizes literary contribution, it can also be conferred upon foreign nationals.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8][9] It was delayed twice in the history of Pakistan. The fourth president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the first ruler who did not confer or announce the award, and later in 2018, due to disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the award was subsequently delayed.[5]


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.[4]

List of recipients[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Honour & Awards Policy" (PDF). cabinet.gov.pk. 2018-12-22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-12-22. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  2. ^ NewsBytes (26 March 2018). "Pakistani artists honoured at March 23 ceremony". The News International. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Explained: What is the row over Pakistani film Zindagi Tamasha?". July 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Honour & Awards Policy Eligibility Processing of Awards" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b Ahmed, Shakeel (12 March 2018). "No Pride of Performance awards this year". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  6. ^ Correspondents, Our (23 March 2015). "President decorates 159 with civil awards - Pakistan". The News International. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  7. ^ Ali, Sarwat (2 February 2020). "A tribute to tabla player Muhammed Ajmal Khan - Encore". thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Letter & Enclosure" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Recommendations for civil awards" (PDF).
  1. ^ the Pride of Performance is the only literary award conferred by the government of Pakistan. It is not mentioned in the hierarchy of civilian awards. Please see reference or official website of the cabinet