PESHAWAR: Four Chitralis, including two women, were honoured with the Pride of Pakistan award for bringing laurels to Pakistan in the fields of medical, sports, social work and education.
The four recipients of the national awards are: prominent educationist, literary figure and social worker Sher Wali Khan Aseer, his daughter Dr Zubaida Sirang Aseer, sportswoman Karishma Ali and social worker Hidayatullah.
The investiture ceremony was held in connection with Pakistan Day to honour all those who brought laurels to the country by their outstanding performance in their respective fields.
Dr Zubaida Sirang Aseer is a world renowned opthalmologist whose book ‘Optics Made Easy’ became bestseller on Amazon Book ranking. She contributes to the betterment of society in numerous ways in the remote areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.
Sher Wali Khan Aseer is a renowned educationist, poet and writer who contributed immensely in the field of education in Chitral. After retirement from government service, he established a girls college in a remote valley of Yarkhun to lift women out of the educational backwardness.
Mr. Hidaytullah is a popular philanthropist and CEO of a charity organization, ROSE. He has been very active in helping the needy and poor extending financial assistance specially to students pursuing higher education in various fields of studies.
Karishma Ali from the Garam Chashma valley has recently shot to prominence in sports. She is a renowned soccer player and has also been the recipient of national and international awards before this.
Talking to ChitralToday, the four personalities said: “Today is a happy day for us. We are all grateful to the government, especially the ISPR, for the award given to us. Today is not only a happy day for us but for the entire Chitrali nation.”
Dr. Zubaida Sirang said her message to all the boys and girls who belong to the medical field was to work hard and for the people of their area. The health sector is an honorable sector and no less than worship.