Netizens Criticize Government’s Move to Award Ali Zafar with ‘Pride of Performance’

People questioned why the singer is being handed civil accolades amid a sexual harassment scandal.

On Pakistan Resolution Day, the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi conferred civil awards on 88 Pakistani and foreign nationals in recognition of their services. One of the recipients is Ali Zafar and Netizens have a lot to say about this.


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88 people were handed various civil accolades for their major contributions in different fields. The award ceremony took place at Aiwan-i-Sadr.

According to Radio Pakistan, the awards included six Nishan-i-Imtiaz, three Hilal-i-Imtiaz, 24 Sitara-i-Shuja’at, eight Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 14 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, one Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, one Sitara-i-Khidmat, one Tamgha-i-Pakistan, 22 Tamgha-i-Shuja’at, and eight Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.

Ali Zafar was the recipient of the President’s ‘Pride of Performance’ award. Given all the controversy surrounding his legal battle with Meesha Shafi over her sexual harassment allegations and his subsequent defamation lawsuit against the songstress, Netizens had a lot to say.


People questioned why the singer is being handed civil accolades amid a scandal.


Some explained why the government might have made the move. Most agree this is not a good look for the government.



The public talked about what the government could have done better.



Then there was the backlash.



Ali Zafar and His Awards

How many awards and accolades has the Channo singer accumulated since the Meesha Safi scandal? Ali received the accolade of ‘Artist of Peace’ from Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) in 2018.

The Teefa in Trouble actor won the award for Lux Style Award in the category Best Film Actor’ – Viewers’ Choice in 2019.  He was also nominated as Best Actor – Critics’ Choice.

That same year he was honored as ‘Music Icon of the Generation’ at the Shaan-e-Pakistan Achievement in Music Awards 2019.

Aside from that other landmark achievements include, making the lists of vocalists for Pakistan Super League anthems Seeti Bajay Gi (2017), and Dil Se Jaan Laga De (2018). Other songs on the PSL soundtrack include Ab Khel Jamay Ga (2017).


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In 2020, he released an ‘unofficial cricket anthemMeela Loot Liya. The actor-cum-singer was designated the government’s brand ambassador for Namal Knowledge City that year.


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