Dr. Umar Saif Honored with First Sitara-e-Imtiaz in Information Technology

Dr Umar Saif, the chairman of PITB, has been awarded the first Pakistani Sitara-e-Imtiaz in Information Technology.

Under Saif’s leadership, PITB has completed dozens of projects that leverage information technology for the betterment of the masses. For using ICT to solve civic issues and fostering an IT ecosystem in Pakistan, he has been honored with the nation’s third highest civilian honor.

The award is the latest in a long list of achievements for Umar Saif, whose work was highlighted by the President of the World Bank last year as one of three global examples of good governance.

Some notable projects undertaken by the PITB under the leadership of Dr. Umar Saif are a crime reporting sytem, I3C center to help Punjab Police, tools to improve healthcare, flood monitoring system and an electronic challan system. Alongside his work at PITB, Dr. Umar Saif has also established Plan9, Pakistan’s largest startup incubator.

Talal is the Director of Content and Strategy at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • Monis Rehman, Farhan Masood, Nabeel Ahmad, Alvi Brothers and many others deserve more than this blue eyed person :)/
    all you just need for achieving this award is TC. and I hope you know what I mean to say :)

    • You have absolutely no idea who is Umar Saif. The list of people you mentioned are entrepreneurs. How has Alvi brothers’ or Monis Rehman’s businesses helped IT industry of Pakistan?

  • Well! Self praise has gone way wrong. He doesn’t have his facts together. The first Sitara-i-Imtiaz in IT went to brave Tariq Malik, former Chairman NADRA whome Umar Saif’s govt according to IHC verdict – harrassed, vitimized and threatened due to his honesty!

  • Don’t let me put paint over the award – enjoy the award by all means, but sorry to say, a lot of the stuff PITB has done is what just a tech-savvy teenager could achieve. Distribution of laptops among other half-baked ideas might seem nice to those who are incapable of ideas themselves, but it doesn’t fulfil the criteria of a National achievement.

    Systematic changes of a scale that reflects responsibilities towards a population of 100 million souls – now that would be something to talk about. But then, criteria for awarding these medals has really hit rock bottom as of lately; I mean, an HEC enlisted plagiarist has been given a National medal.

    Do these people even have a clearly set-out criterion?


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