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.
Pakistan Day Civil Awards ceremony (Session – 2).
President Dr. Arif Alvi conferring Civil Awards at an investiture ceremony, on Pakistan Day, at Aiwan-e-Sadr.#PakistanResolutionDay #OneNationOneDestiny #PakistanDay #CivilAwardsCeremony https://t.co/EhFxlxi7Xc
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2021
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.
I bow down my head in humility for this honour. Thank you for your prayers, support and well wishes. I pledge to do as much as I can for the arts, the artists, my country and the people. #prideofperformance 🏅 pic.twitter.com/NWTM0evufQ
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 23, 2021
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.
I cannot understand why it is so difficult for the Government of Pakistan to understand this:
• You do not award *alleged* harassers.
• You do not insult survivors.
— Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir (@ImaanZHazir) March 24, 2021
Well if she s talking about Ali Zafar, then I , for the first time ever will have to agree with her.
Sir koi dil hota hai, dimagh hota h, use kerlia jaye agar….kisi ko nawazne se pehle to kia bura hai
— laaaltayn (@thedelicatefish) March 24, 2021
Thinking about when "channo" came out and a few covers with coke studio everyone despised Ali Zafar. Now that the world knows he is a shithead pervert, he gets awards, suddenly he is everyone's fav. Pakistan hates women without ifs and buts.
— diwan (@DiwanFalsafa) March 24, 2021
Some explained why the government might have made the move. Most agree this is not a good look for the government.
P sure Ali Zafar's last 3 out 6 songs were done for the ISPR or sumthing 💀💀💀
— simps for allah (@safinotullah) March 23, 2021
This is very sad…
Ali zafar was a Youthia , for that reason he was awarded award…
— Saad zeb (@Saadzeb7) March 24, 2021
Who is she referring to? Who is that someone who's in showbiz and married into powerful lawyer family??
— Muhammad Haider Shafqaat 🇵🇰 (@haidershafqaat) March 23, 2021
The public talked about what the government could have done better.
— NHK (@nidahakim) March 24, 2021
So they decided to award Ali Zafar with pride of performance? More than achievement, I think its a sympathy award. The way our society sympathies with sexual harassers is by providing them with the best they could. Pakistan, trying to make him proud of himself, & thats fucked up.
— خراب عورت (@KharabAurat) March 24, 2021
The only conclusion to this is- they like perpetuating this behavior perhaps because it’s familiar to them and they see nothing wrong with it. Imagine, we are that county. Who awards alleged predators and try’s to silence the victims. So shameful
— Maheen Ghani (@maheenghani_) March 24, 2021
— Enfectious Ennui (@ErumSKhan) March 24, 2021
Then there was the backlash.
Pakistani men called Ali Zafar "khusra" until they found out he is a harasser. Now he's their hero.
PS Its a derogatory term they use for the trans community.
— The Donnie Darko (@TheDonnieDarko1) March 24, 2021
y’all think it’s hot here? wait til you go to hell for supporting Ali Zafar
— a (@burtmackliinFBI) March 23, 2021
Ali Zafar is an alleged sexual harasser till date and you are giving him such a noble award. disgusting!!
— Muhammad umar (@syedumar81) March 24, 2021
One and only serial harraser Mr Ali Zafar. How can such lecherous characters be awarded at the Presidency. Koye Haya hoti hay Koi Sharam hoti hay
— KHLAID IQBAL (@IqbalKhlaid) March 24, 2021
President ‘s pride of Performance for Ali zafar . PTI ‘s fervent and consistent promotion of mediocrity.
— Humaira Masihuddin (@HMasihuddin) March 24, 2021
She is absolutely right. It’s a bitter reality to see alleged harasser being awarded. The outrage is never respectful. Ali Zafar being well linked person gets favours even when exposed. https://t.co/qoeIALNEgJ
— Arshad Malik (@ArshadM26530541) March 24, 2021
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).
In 2020, he released an ‘unofficial cricket anthem‘ Meela Loot Liya. The actor-cum-singer was designated the government’s brand ambassador for Namal Knowledge City that year.
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