Dilip Kumar only Indian actor to receive highest Pakistan honour 'Nishan-e-Imtiaz'
As legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away, condolences kept pouring in. Asianet Newsable traces one of his rare achievements as the only Indian actor to have been honoured with 'Order of Excellence' from Pakistan.
While the legendary actor Dilip Kumar has won Indian honours like Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bushan, Dadasaheb Phalke, what is more interesting is that he is also the only Indian recipient of neighbouring Pakistan's 'Order of Excellence'.
Nishan-e-Imtiaz is awarded for achievements towards world recognition for Pakistan or an outstanding service for the country. But this is not limited to citizens of Pakistan but also citizens from other countries.
A person who has accomplished duty beyond what is assigned, a person excelled in military service, one who has shown eminence, excellent service in a significant field of activity like art, literature, sports, science, medicine and others are considered for the honour.
According to the Pakistan government, this prestigious award is equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom (United States) and Order of the British Empire (United Kingdom).
Recognizing Dilip Kumar's immense contribution to cinema and his connection to Peshawar, British India as he was born here in 1922, the Pakistan government on its Independence Day honoured him with the badge of the 'Nishan-e-Imtiaz' in 1998.
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