The Government of Pakistan has awarded prestigious civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) to the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster, media consultant and Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka Mohamed Jamaludeen.
He was decorated with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain in an impressive ceremony on the National Day of Pakistan held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in Islamabad. The award was conferred on Jamaaldeen in recognition of his commitment to the freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir and his meritorious services to the Kashmir Cause, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.
Sitara-e-Imtiaz, is the third highest honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan, which recognizes individuals who have made “especially meritorious contribution to the world peace, security or national interests of Pakistan, cultural or other significant public endeavors”. It is one of the most distinguished civil decorations to the individuals who have made outstanding contribution in their respected fields such as literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science, which prompted the recognition of the country on international level. This award is not limited to the citizens of Pakistan, and it can also be awarded to foreign citizens based on their achievements and services done to the State of Pakistan.
Jamaludeen, Former Director Radio Ceylon had dedicated his post retirement life in support of Kashmir cause since 1991. Born on 23rd March 1934, he graduated from University of Lucknow, India. During his stay in India he visited Kashmir as a young student and developed sympathy and affection for the Kashmiri people who were compelled to live in oppressed environment.
On retirement from Radio Ceylon, he established “Kashmir Study Forum” in early nineties. The prime goal of this organization was to create awareness in Sri Lankan people about the Kashmir cause. The Forum commemorates Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February and the Kashmir Black Day on 27th October every year. He has also published a book titled “Kashmir an Orphan in the United Nations”.
During the Special Investiture Ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain conferred 70 military and 84 civil awards upon various personalities from different walks of life for their meritorious services in different fields on the occasion of Pakistan Day.
The Special Ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, high civil and military officials and people belonging to different walks of life.