The Hilal-i-Imtiaz[2] (English: Crescent of Excellence; Urdu: ہلال امتیاز‎, Hilāl-i Imtiyāz) is the second highest civilian award and honour given to both civilians and military officers of the Pakistan armed forces by the Government of Pakistan. It recognises individuals who have made an "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavors". It is a civilian award, and not limited to the citizens of Pakistan.

The honour is restricted to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their fields that led to international recognition to the State. It is awarded in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine, and science for civilians. It is announced every year on Independence Day, August 14, and given on Pakistan Day, March 23, by the President of Pakistan. For officers in the military, it is given for distinguished service, and is also the highest medal awarded to those at the rank of Major General or Lieutenant General (Army), Air Vice-Marshals or Air Marshals (Air Force) and Rear-Admiral or Vice-Admiral (Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines). Parliament's committee for Award and Recognition Services for State of Pakistan selects the names of individuals and sends their report to the Prime Minister; on his advice, the President makes the award in a ceremony that is broadcast by the PTV. The award is usually given to individuals, not groups, because the purpose of the award is to recognise the recipients' individual contributions.

The award is a disc of golden Jasminum between the five points of a pure gold star. The star has additional bright Jasminum; in its centre there is a green emerald with a golden crescent.

A special grade of the medal has a larger execution of the same medal design worn as a star on the left of the chest. In addition, it is worn as a sash on the right shoulder, with its rosette (yellow with white for civilians and green for military officers) with white and yellow edge, bearing the central disc of the medal at its center) resting on the left hip. At the ceremony, both medals can be worn at the same time according to their achievements. The medal is suspended on a ribbon, dark green with a light yellow and white central stripe and white edge stripes.

Awarded by the Sovereign, on the advice of the Government
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
Grades5 grade: Star (1st Class)
Badge (Second Class)
Ribbon (military only)
Collar Chain (4th class)
Medal (5th Class)[1]
First induction19 March 1957
Next (higher)Nishan-e-Imtiaz
Next (lower)Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz

Ribbons: military (only)

Some award recipients

See also


  1. ^ All these items are usually given all together. Only military officers from the Pakistan Defence Forces are awarded the ribbon which is attached to their uniform.
  2. ^ Also transliterated as Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
  3. ^ "Pakistan Sports Board / Awards / Squash". www.sports.gov.pk. Pakistani Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism / Pakistani Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (2011). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Recognition: President Zardari confers top civil awards (including award for Abida Parveen)". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 24 March 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Ansar Burney and Zia Mohyeddin awards info on Dawn (newspaper) Published 14 August 2012, Retrieved 10 November 2018
  6. ^ a b 182 Pakistan Civil Awards conferred Business Recorder (newspaper), Published 24 March 2006, Retrieved 10 November 2018

External links

Abdur Rahman Chughtai

Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1894–1975) was a painter artist and intellectual from Pakistan, who created his own unique, distinctive painting style influenced by Mughal art, miniature painting, Art Nouveau and Islamic art traditions. He is considered

'the first significant modern Muslim artist from South Asia', and the national artist of Pakistan. He was given the title of Khan Bahadur by the British Empire in India in 1934, awarded Pakistan's Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1960, and the Presidential medal for Pride of Performance in 1958.

Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari

Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari (Urdu: ابو الاثر حفیظ جالندھری‬‎) (born 14 January 1900 – 21 December 1982) was a Pakistani Urdu-language poet who wrote the lyrics for the National Anthem of Pakistan. Another widely used name in Pakistan is Hafeez Jalandhari, a spelling shown in most English language Pakistani newspapers.

Asif Ghafoor

Major General Asif Ghafoor is the current Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces. A two-star general of the army, he took office as DG ISPR on December 15, 2016. He is among the most popular officer of Pakistan Army.

Major General Asif Ghafoor was commissioned in an Artillery regiment in September 1988. He is graduate of Command & Staff College Quetta, Command & Staff College Bandung (Indonesia) and National Defence University, Islamabad. He holds master's degree in Strategic Studies.

The General has served on various staff, instructional and command assignments including Brigade Major Infantry Brigade, Assistant Military Secretary MS Branch, GHQ, Directing Staff Command & Staff College Quetta and Director Military Operations in Military Operations Directorate, GHQ. He has commanded his parent unit in Operation Al-Mizan, Artillery Brigade on Line of Control, Infantry Brigade on Eastern Border and a Division at Swat, Malakand. General is recipient of COAS Commendation Card for operations in Bajaur during 2008.

Asim Hussain

Asim Hussain, SI, HI is active in the fields of health, education, and Pakistani politics. He is chairman of Ziauddin Group of Hospitals in Karachi, and former Advisor of Prime Minister for Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources, Pakistan. He serves as the Chairman of Higher Commission of Sindh and Chairman of Petroleum Institute of Pakistan.

In recognition of his services to the nation in the fields of education and health care he has been conferred with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Hilal-i-Imtiaz.On the 27th of August 2015 Asim Hussain was detained by the Authorities in an ongoing operation within the city of Karachi launched by the Pakistani Army.

Asim Munir (soldier)

Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir Ahmed Shah HI(M) is a three-star rank general in the Pakistan Army who serves as the 23rd and current Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence, the premier intelligence agency of the country. He is from 17th OTS course and got commissioned in 23rd Battalion of Frontier Force Regiment. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in September 2018 and was subsequently appointed as DG ISI. He previously served at the coveted slot of Director General of Military Intelligence. He was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz in March 2018. He had earlier served as commander of Force Command Northern Areas. He is also a Hafiz-e-Quran.

Athar Abbas

Major General Athar Abbas is a former Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) who has been serving as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine since 2015. A two-star general of the Pakistan Army he served as DG of ISPR from January 2008 to June 2012. He retired from active military service after 35 years in June 2012.

Azhar Abbas (journalist)

Azhar Abbas is a senior journalist and currently the managing director of Geo News Karachi. He is in mainstream journalism since 1990. He started his career with English language daily newspaper as a reporter. He had completed his Masters in Economics from University of Karachi in 1990. He is recipient of Fulbright Scholarship and studied at Boston University and Newhouse School of Communication. Azhar abbas has also worked for Dawn News Channel as Director News and Current affairs. He joined Bol News when the network started but left after Axact scandal.

He is a strong supporter of journalistic community in Pakistan and their well being.

Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum

(Urdu: فرِیدہ خانُم ‬‎; Punjabi: فریدہ خانم‬) is a Pakistani classical singer from the province of Punjab. She is one of the few female singers of Pakistan who have had classical music training. She was conferred with the title of Malika-e-Ghazal (ملِکۂ غزَل‬; Queen of Ghazal) by The Times of India in 2007.

Javed Iqbal (judge)

Senior Justice Javed Iqbal (Urdu: جاوید اقبال‬‎; 5 October 1924 – 3 October 2015) was a Pakistani philosopher and senior justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was internationally known for his acclaimed publications on philosophy of law and modern Islamic philosophy in international and national journals.He was the son of the poet-philosopher Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, who inspired the Pakistan Movement. Javed authored various books on Pakistan's nationalism movement and political ideology. Apart from philosophy, Javed had a prolific career in the Judiciary of Pakistan and was a former Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court before being elevated to the Supreme Court. He received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2004.

Khalid Maqbool

Lieutenant General (retd) Khalid Maqbool Vohra, (Urdu: خالد مقبول), (born 1948) is a career Pakistan Army officer who remained the longest serving Governor of Punjab, the most populous province of Pakistan, in office under the General Pervez Musharraf government from October 2001 till May 2008. He was replaced by Salmaan Taseer, a business tycoon and owner of the WorldCall Group.

List of serving Generals of the Pakistan Army

This is the list of the serving generals of the Pakistan Army. At present, the army has two full generals, 30 lieutenant generals and 167 major generals.

List of serving admirals of the Pakistan Navy

This is the list of serving Admirals of the Pakistan Navy. At present, the navy has one full admiral, 6 vice admirals and 25 rear admirals. The list is arranged according to the admirals' respective seniority.

Mian Amer Mahmood

Mian Amer Mahmood (born 25 July 1960 Lahore) is a Pakistani businessperson and educator. He was mayor (called nazim in Urdu language) of the city of Lahore from 2001 to 2009.

Munnu Bhai

Munnu Bhai (6 February 1933 – 19 January 2018) was a newspaper journalist and columnist, poet and a writer of Pakistan. He was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2007 for his services to the nation. He died on 22 January 2018 in Lahore, aged 84. He was also rewarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award on 23 March 2018 for his notable literary services.

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi

Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi D.Litt. (HC), SI, HI (Urdu: مُشتاق احمد يُوسُفی‬‎ – Muštāq Ẹḥmad Yoūsufzai, 4 September 1923 – 20 June 2018) born in Tonk, Rajasthan, India 1923, belongs to Pashtun family Yousafzai tribe migrated with Mehmood Ghaznavi was a Pakistani satire and humour writer who wrote in Urdu. Yousufi also served as the head of several national and international governmental and financial institutions. He received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award in 1999 and the Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2002, the highest literary honour given by the Government of Pakistan.

Nadra Panjwani

Nadra Panjwani (or Nadira Panjwani) is a Pakistani philanthropist and former caretaker Provincial Minister of Sindh who served in 2007–08 caretaker ministry.

Nazir Naji

Nazir Naji (Urdu: نذیر ناجی‎) (b. 12 June 1965) is a Pakistani senior journalist and Urdu columnist. He served 27 years for Daily Jang as a senior Urdu columnist. He was formerly a chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters. In 2012, Naji left Jang Group and joined Daily Dunya as a Group Editor. He has been honored by Hilal-i-Imtiaz for his services in journalism.

Princess Sarvath al-Hassan

Princess Sarvath El Hassan (born Sarvath Ikramullah on 24 July 1947) is a Jordanian royal and the wife of Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan. She was born in Calcutta, then part of the British Raj on 24 July 1947, to a prominent Muslim family of the Indian subcontinent.

Rashad Mahmood

Rashad Mahmood (Urdu/Punjabi: راشد محمود‬), is a retired four-star rank army general in the Pakistan Army who served as the 16th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. He was appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on November 27, 2013. He retired on November 27, 2016.

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.