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ستارہِ امتیاز
Obverse Neck Medals for
Left: Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civilian)
Right: Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Awarded by the President of Pakistan
RibbonHilal-e-Imtiaz (Civilian).png
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) Sitara-e-Imtiaz.png
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
EligibilityPakistani or Foreign citizen
Awarded forThe highest degree of service to the state, and for services to international diplomacy.
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignPresident of Pakistan
SovereignPrime minister of Pakistan
First induction19 March 1957
Next (higher)Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png
Next (lower)Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.png

The Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Urdu: ستارہِ امتیاز, lit.'Star of Excellence') also spelled as Sitara-i-Imtiaz, is the third-highest (in the order of "Imtiaz")[1] honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan. It recognizes individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavours".[2]

This award is not limited to the citizens of Pakistan, and it can also be awarded to foreign citizens based on their achievements and services done to the State of Pakistan (see Władysław Turowicz). While, it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military officers of the Pakistan Defence Forces worn on their uniform for recognition of their services to the country. Like other awards, it is a highly restricted and prestigious award only given to those who have done great services to the country. It is one of the most distinguished civil decorations to the civilians who have made outstanding contribution in their respected fields such as literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science, which prompted the recognition of the country on international level.

It is given to a person who has accomplished duty beyond what is assigned to him/her. To receive this honour, the individuals are expected to show eminence and be outstanding in providing excellent service in a significant field of activity beyond what they are assigned to.

For officers in the military, it is given after distinguished service, and is also the highest medal that can be awarded to those at the rank of Brigadier-General or Major-General in the (Army), Air-Commodores or Air Vice-Marshals in the (Air Force) and Commodore or Rear-Admiral in the (Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines).

The Parliament's Committee for Award and Recognition Services for State of Pakistan, selects the names of individuals and sends final report to the Prime minister of Pakistan. On advice of the Prime minister, the President organizes a colourful ceremony that is telecast and broadcast by the Pakistan Television Corporation. The award is usually given to individuals one by one and not in groups because the whole purpose of the award is to assess the recipient's individual capabilities in par excellence.

The award is a disc of golden Jasminum which stands between two and five points of the star, and is also of pure gold. The star is in the form of a five pointed star, with additional bright coloured Jasminum filling in space between points of the star. In the middle of the star, a well polished green emerald circumference fills the inside of the golden star. A smaller golden star is situated in the middle of the emerald field.

A special grade of the medal/award has larger execution of the same medal design worn as a star on the left chest. In addition, it is worn as a sash on the right shoulder, with its rosette (yellow with white (for civilians) or/ green (for military officers only) with white and yellow edge, bearing the central disc of the medal at its centre, resting on the left hip.

At the formal ceremony, both medals can be worn at the same time depending upon the individual's achievements. The medal is suspended on a ribbon, dark green colour with a light yellow and white central stripe with white edge stripes.

Grades of the Order of Imtiaz[edit]

This award is the 3rd Grade in the Order of Imtiaz (Excellence). The four Grades in the Order of Imtiaz are:

  1. Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence; Urdu: نشانِ امتیاز)
  2. Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence; Urdu: ہلالِ امتیاز)
  3. Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence; Urdu: ستارہ امتیاز)
  4. Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence; Urdu: تمغہِ امتیاز).[3]











Service Ribbon Insignia[edit]

The ribbon for the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) is:

  • Yellow with a white centre band and a narrow Pakistan Green stripe in the middle.

The ribbon for the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) is:

Recipients of Sitara-e-Imtiaz[edit]


  • Lieutenant Colonel Shaukat Syed (1959)









  • Mr Iftikhar Ahmad, PSP, (DIG Police, Multan) (Punjab)
  • Dr. Riazul Islam (Historian)[14]
  • Professor M. Sultan Farooqui
  • Professor Kazi Abdul Shakoor
  • Professor Faiz Muhammad Khan


Inzamam ul Haq (Former Test Captain) in 2005


  • Liaquat H. Merchant (Banking Litigation, Services rendered in health and education sectors)
  • Mohammad Hussain Dadabhoy (2006)[15]
  • Dr Faiz Mohammad Khan (2006)[15]
  • Sultan Ali Allana (2006)[15]






  • Rao Maaz Khalid (Car Enthusiast)
  • Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas
  • Saeed Akhtar (Portrait Painter)
  • Mohammad Yousuf (Former Test Player) in 2011




Dr. Hafeez ur Rehman Hoorani Science (Physics) Sindh, Pakistan
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Science (Biotechnology) Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Muhammad Aslam Noor Science (Mathematics) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Tariq Mahmood Fatik Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Munir Ahmad Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Nadeem Ghaffar Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Brig (R) Munawar Hussain Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Aleem Arshad Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Ayaz Ayub Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Khalid Naseeruddin Shaikh Engineering Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Nayyar Ali Dada Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Syed Ather Enam Medicine Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Mahboob Ali Medicine
Dr. Eice Muhammad Medicine
Mrs. Shahnaz Wazir Ali Education
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rasul Jan Science KPK, Pakistan
Mr. Mohsin Raza Arts (Music) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Mustansar Hussain Tarar Literature Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Yussuf Shaheen Daudpota Literature Sindh, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Halil Toker Literature Turkey
Mr. Luca Maria Olivieri Services to Pakistan Italy
Prof. Dr. Nergis Mavalvala Services to Pakistan USA
Mr. Yang Wei Services to Pakistan China
Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra Public Service Sindh, Pakistan
Mian Ijaz ul Hassan Art Punjab, Pakistan




Dr. Shahzad Nasim Services to Pakistan Singapore
Dr. Zaid Ahmed Al-Muhaisen Services to Pakistan Jordan
Prof. Javed Iqbal Services to Pakistan Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Asif Mahmood Services to Pakistan USA
Mr. Najeeb Ullah Ghauri Services to Pakistan USA
Dr. Pavel Bem Services to Pakistan Czech Republic
Dr. Selamic Kilic Services to Pakistan Turkey
Dr. Berislav Gaso Services to Pakistan Croatia
Mr. Zia Aftab Engineering (Electronics) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Safdar Moavia Engineering (Mechanical) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Rehan Majid Engineering (Mechanical/ Aerospace) Sindh, Pakistan
Dr. Rizwan Hussain Science (Chemistry) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Abdul Qayyum Engineering (Mechanical) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Muhammad Ilyas Engineering (Mining) Punjab, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti Science (Physics, Nano-Science & Nanotechnology) Punjab, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Ayub Sabir Education KPK, Pakistan
Dr. Kamran Vasfy Academic Distinction (Medicine/Destist)
Mr. Asrar Ahmad (Ibne Safi) (late) Literature Sindh, Pakistan
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani[29] Public Service Sindh, Pakistan
Allam Razi Jafar Haqvi Public Service Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Muhammad Javed Afridi Public Service KPK, Pakistan
Mr. Ahmedullah Public Service (Highest Tax Payer)
Mr. Rehan Hassan Public Service (Highest Tax Payer)
Justice (R) Nasira Iqbal Public Service


Mr. Abdul Hamid Science (Physics) Punjab, Pakistan
Raja Shahid Nazir Engineering (Mechanical) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Abdul Majeed Tilokar Engineering  (Metallurgy) Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Sajid Baloch Engineering (Electronics) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Naeem Ullah Dar Engineering (Mechanical) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Haider Ali Bhatty Engineering  (Aerospace) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Muhammad  Saleem Engineering  (Chemical) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Amin Bahadur Engineering (Mechanical) KPK, Pakistan
Mr. Faizan Mansoor Engineering  (Nuclear Safety Regulation) (Islamabad)
Mr. Muhammad  Aniq Engineering  (Civil) Sindh, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Nisar Ahmed Siddiqui (Late) Education Sindh, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Farhan Saif Education Punjab, Pakistan
Ms. Bushra Ansari[31] Arts (Acting) Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Talat Hussain[31] Arts (Acting) Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Muhammad Imran Qureshi Arts (Miniature/Painting) (Punjab)
Ms. Sultana Siddiqui Arts (Drama Writer/Director/Producer) Sindh, Pakistan
Syed Farooq Qaiser Arts (Puppeteer/Writer) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Naeem Altaf Bukhari Arts (Anchorperson) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Abdul Qadir (Late) Sports (Cricket) Punjab, Pakistan
Sr. Ruth Lewis (Late)[32] Public Service
Brig. Rana Arfan Shakeel Ramay Public Service Punjab, Pakistan
Col. Sarwar Sultana Public Service Punjab, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Public Service Sindh, Pakistan
Ms. Sabina Khatri Public Service Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Ahmed Irfan Aslam Public Service
Mr. Adnan Asdar Ali [33][34] Philanthropy Sindh, Pakistan
Pir Syed Lakht e Hassanain Philanthropy Punjab, Pakistan


Dr. Muhammad Masood ul Hassan Science (Physics) Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi Science (Industrial Biotechnology) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Aslam Umer Engineering (Mechanical) Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Tariq Hameed Engineering (Nuclear) Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Muhammad Shahzad Control  Design System Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Syed Waqar Azim Engineering (Mechanical) Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Naveed ur Rehman Avionics & Aerospace Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Muhammad Iqbal System Engineering Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Arshad Nawaz Khan Engineering (Chemical) Punjab, Pakistan
Ms. Abida Riaz Shahid Alias Nelo (late) Art (Acting) Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Rashid Ali Rana Fine Arts Punjab, Pakistan
Mr. Shahid Abdullah Architect Sindh, Pakistan
Syed Akeel Bilgrami Architect Sindh, Pakistan
Mr. Salman Iqbal Sport (Services to Cricket)
Maj. Gen. Arshad Naseem Public Service Punjab, Pakistan
Ms. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha Social Work
Mr. Mehmood ul Haq Alvi (late) Philanthropist


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