Mehwish Hayat dedicates her award to all girls with big dreams

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ISLAMABAD: Film and TV actress Mehwish Hayat, who received the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for her efforts in the Pakistani media industry ON Saturday (23rd March), penned an emotional post on her Instagram.

The actor who was lauded for her performance in films Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani recalled her journey to the silver screen in the post and dedicated her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to all other girls in Pakistan who have a dream.

“Today, I share this with all the other girls in Pakistan who have a dream, to them I simply say, ‘Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams turn into reality’. Thank you also to all my family, friends and colleagues who have shared this wondrous journey and above all to all the fans who have supported me each step of the way and made me worthy of this award!” reads the post.

Hayat also thanked the government of Pakistan and the president for bestowing the honour upon her and “making the dream of that little girl come true”.

On March 23, President Arif Alvi conferred civil and military awards on 172 people, including 18 foreigners, for their contributions in various fields. The investiture ceremony was held at President House in Islamabad.

The 36-year-old load wedding artist had recently been receiving a lot of backlash by people who were criticising her for not having done enough to be receiving Tamgha-i-Imtiaz. However, greeting started pouring in after she received the award.

Mehwish Hayat in a recent picture comes forth shutting up trolls, as she landed at Islamabad airport unfazed by all the staunch criticism, on Friday. In a message on Pakistan Day she stated: “Today let’s think about the vision our forefathers had in Lahore in 1940. I am a proud daughter of Pakistan who can hold her head up high in the world because of their sacrifices”.

Prominent recipients included Naeem Rasheed, a Pakistani victim of the March 15 Christchurch attack who tried to tackle the terrorist and save lives. Others include former Pakistan cricket captain WasimAkram, WaqarYounis, Yasir Shah, singers Attaullah Khan Esakhelvi and SajjadAli, film actors Babra Sharif, Reema Khan, Shabbir Jan and Iftikhar Thakur, newscaster Ishrat Fatima, TV anchor Arshad Sharif and businessman Aqeel Karim Dhedhi.