The Nishan-e-Pakistan (Urdu: نشان پاکستان‎‎, English: Order of Pakistan) is the highest civil award and decoration of Pakistan bestowed by the president on foreign nationals as well as for the highest degree of service to the country.[1] The award was established on 19 March 1957.[1]
TypeNational Civilian
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Presented by

Government of Pakistan
Established19 March 1957
First awarded1959
Last awarded2020
Next (higher)none
Next (lower)
The Nishan-e-Pakistan is conferred for the merit and distinguished services to the country, international community, and foreign relations. This award, like other civilian awards, is announced on 14 August each year and its investiture takes place on following 23 March. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal NPk.
Foreign recipients of Nishan-e-Pakistan
1958Haile Selassie I[2]Emperor of EthiopiaEthiopia
1960Hussein bin TalalKing of JordanThe Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
9 November 1959Mohammad Reza Shah PahlaviShah of IranImperial State of Iran
1960Queen Elizabeth IIQueen of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms
13 January 1961Josip Broz TitoPresident of YugoslaviaYugoslavia
1962Bhumibol AdulyadejKing of ThailandThailand
7 December 1957Dwight EisenhowerPresident of the United StatesUnited States
1 August 1969Richard Nixon[3]President of the United StatesUnited States
1983King BirendraKing of NepalNepal
23 March 1983Aga Khan IV[4]Leader of Ismaili MuslimsUnited Kingdom
19 May 1990Morarji Desai[5]Prime Minister of IndiaIndia
18 September 1992Hassanal BolkiahSultan of Brunei DarussalamBrunei
3 October 1992Nelson Mandela[6]President of South AfricaSouth Africa
10 April 1999Li PengPremier of the People's Republic of ChinaChina
6 April 1999Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani[7]Emir of QatarQatar
21 April 2001Qaboos bin Said [8]Sultan of OmanOman
1 February 2006King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud[9]King of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
24 November 2006Hu Jintao[10]President of the People's Republic of ChinaChina
26 October 2009Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[11][12]Prime Minister of TurkeyTurkey
2009Emperor Akihito[7]Emperor of JapanJapan
31 March 2010Abdullah Gul[13][14]President of TurkeyTurkey
22 May 2013Li Keqiang[15]Premier of the People's Republic of ChinaChina
21 April 2015Xi Jinping[16]President of the People's Republic of ChinaChina
23 May 2018Fidel Castro[17]President of CubaCuba
18 February 2019Mohammad bin Salman[18][19]Crown Prince of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
22 March 2019Mahathir Mohamad[20]Prime Minister of MalaysiaMalaysia
26 May 2019Wang Qishan[21]Vice President of ChinaChina
23 June 2019Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani[22]Emir of QatarQatar
23 March 2020Daren Sammy[23]West Indies cricketerSaint Lucia
14 August 2020Syed Ali Shah Geelani[24]Hurriyat LeaderIndia
5 November 2020Sefik Dzaferovic[25]Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina
See also
  1. ^ a b "Honour & Awards Policy Eligibility Processing of Awards" (PDF).
  2. ^ ከበደ, በሪሁን (21 September 1993). የአፄ ኃይለሥላሴ ታሪክ. Addis Ababa: አርቲስቲክ ማተሚያ ቤት. p. 1077.
  3. ^ Richard Nixon (1 August 1969). "Remarks on Accepting the Nishan-e-Pakistan". Retrieved 28 May 2016 – via The American Presidency Project, U.C. Santa Barbara.
  4. ^ "Mowlana Hazar Imam Receives Pakistan Award". Heritage Society. 23 March 1983. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ Shyam Bhatia (11 July 2001). "When India and Pakistan almost made peace". Rediff. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Mandela in Pakistan". The Independent. UK. 3 October 1992. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Chinese President 'Xi Jinping' awarded with Nishan-e-Pakistan". The News Teller. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Mamnoon confers top civil award on President Xi". DAWN.COM. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  9. ^ "King Abdullah ends Asian tour with state visit to Pakistan". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, D.C. 1 February 2006. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008.
  10. ^ Subramanian, Nirupama (25 November 2006). "Hu Jintao awarded Nishan-e-Pakistan". The Hindu (newspaper). Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Pakistan, Turkey can together bring peace to region: Erdogan". Associated Press of Pakistan. 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Erdogan conferred Nishan-e-Pakistan". The Nation. APP. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Nawaz thanks Gul for supporting Pakistan in hard times". The News International. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Turkish President arrives on four-day visit". Dunya News. 30 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Chinese PM awarded Nishan-e-Pakistan on arrival in Islamabad". The Express Tribune. AFP and Reuters. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Nishan-e-Pakistan award conferred on Xi Jinping". The Hindu. PTI. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Pakistan is honouring late Cuban leader Fidel Castro with Nishan-e-Pakistan today – here's why". Times Now. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  18. ^ "President Alvi confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman". The Express Tribune. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  19. ^ PTI (18 February 2019). "Pakistan confers highest civilian award Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Pakistan to confer highest civilian award on Dr M". Malay Mail. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan bestowed with Nishan-e-Pakistan by President Arif Alvi". The News International. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan bestowed with Nishan-e-Pakistan by President Arif Alvi". The News International. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Darren Sammy to become honorary citizen of Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  24. ^ Bhat, Tariq (14 August 2020). "Pakistan confers highest civilian award on Syed Ali Shah Geelani". The Week. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  25. ^ @PresOfPakistan (5 November 2020). "President Dr. Arif Alvi conferring the award of Nishan-e-Pakistan on Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, at Aiwan-e-Sadr" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
External links
Decorations and Medals of Pakistan
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