Singer and philanthropist Shehzad Roy is being awarded with Pakistan’s third highest civilian honour, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, today.
The singer shared this big news with his fans through a tweet.
I will be honored with the Sitara-e-Imtiaz tomorrow in Islamabad. I know of so many unsung heros who may never be publicly recognised but they work everyday to reform our society. I dedicate this award to their selfless dedication.
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) March 22, 2018
As mentioned in the tweet, Roy has dedicated this award to “many unsung heroes who may never be publicly recognised but work every day to reform our society”
The singer was first awarded for his efforts to rehabilitate the victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Roy has also been a recipient of another national award, Sitara-e-Eissar (Star of Sacrifice) in 2006. He was awarded for his organisation rehabilitation work after the 2005 Nothern Pakistan earthquake.
The popular singer has also been appointed as the new National Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He was also selected to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Olympics.
Shehzad Roy’s singing career kicked off in 1995 and so far he has recorded six albums. His hit songs included “Saali,” “Teri Soorat” and “Kangna,” but is most famous for his 2008 socio-political album Qismat Apney Haath Mein.
He is also the president and founder of a non-government charitable organisation, Zindagi Trust that strives to improve the quality of education available to the average Pakistani.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs awarded the 2009 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship to Shehzad Roy to recognize his commitment to providing better learning opportunities in government-run schools in Pakistan.
Sitara-e-Imtiaz is one of the highest civilian awards of Pakistan and it is awarded to recognize the efforts of individual for showing excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering, welfare, literature, arts, sports and media.
This year, President Mamnoon Hussain will present ‘Pakistan Civil Awards’ to 141 Pakistanis as well as foreign nationals today on the eve of Pakistan Resolution Day.