Film and TV actress Mehwish Hayat, who recently received the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for her efforts in the Pakistani media industry, penned an emotional post on her Instagram.
The actor who was lauded for her performance in films Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani recalled her journey to the silver screen in the post and dedicated her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to all other girls in Pakistan who have a dream.
“Today, I share this with all the other girls in Pakistan who have a dream, to them I simply say, ‘Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams turn into reality’. Thank you also to all my family, friends and colleagues who have shared this wondrous journey and above all to all the fans who have supported me each step of the way and made me worthy of this award!” reads the post.
Hayat also thanked the government of Pakistan and the president for bestowing the honour upon her and “making the dream of that little girl come true”.
On March 23, President Arif Alvi conferred civil and military awards on 172 people, including 18 foreigners, for their contributions in various fields.
The investiture ceremony was held at President House in Islamabad.
Prominent recipients included Naeem Rashid, a Pakistani victim of the March 15 Christchurch attack who tried to tackle the terrorist and save lives. Others include former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Yasir Shah, singers Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi and Sajjad Ali, film actors Babra Sharif, Reema Khan, Shabbir Jan and Iftikhar Thakur, newscaster Ishrat Fatima, TV anchor Arshad Sharif and businessman Aqeel Karim Dhedhi.