ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said that two of its officers Shahbaz Hussain and Liaquat Ali Warraich have been conferred civil award “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” by President Mamnoon Hussain.
“It is a matter of great honour and pride for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Shahbaz Hussain and Liaquat Ali Warraich have been conferred civil award “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” by the President on August 14, 2016,” the ministry said in a statement.
The two officers have been conferred with the award in recognition of their meritorious services during the Mass Evacuation of more than 7,000 stranded Pakistanis from Libya in 2014. Both the officers have been decorated with the award on March 23, 2017.
Despite grave threat to their lives, the officers displayed exceptional courage while performing their duties in the Embassy of Pakistan, Tripoli to ensure protection and safe evacuation of stranded Pakistanis from conflict zones, during the crisis, Spread over four months, the operation entailed locating individual Pakistanis, moving them to safe locations, providing basic amenities at those locations and ensuring safe repatriation.
The sense of responsibility and dedication, well beyond the call of duty, is in line with the highest tradition of diplomatic assighment that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expects from its officers. NNI