This Pakistan Day, the President of Pakistan, will confer Civil Awards on many civilians including the talented Mehwish Hayat who will receive the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for her services to the entertainment industry. However, trolls on Social Media seem to have lost it as if they were robbed of an award that should have been conferred on them.
Truly overwhelmed by the award of Medal of Excellence to be bestowed on me. Shows that years of blood,sweat,tears & hardwork pays off. Hope that this acts as inspiration 2 all the girls who see me as a role model.U cn achieve anything in this world!don’t let any1 tell u otherwise
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) March 13, 2019
First of all, we should know what Tamgha-i-Imtiaz stands for and who can qualify for it. Tamgha-i-Imtiaz is the Medal of Excellency and it is the fourth highest decoration that is awarded to any civilian in Pakistan, based on their accomplishments. It is solely a civilian award but it is also given to the military personnel and foreigners. In the past, it has been given to Atif Aslam, Saba Qamar, Hadiqa Kiani etc.
As soon as the list was revealed, the social media police started trolling Mehwish Hayat. Their main concern was that she didn’t deserve the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz as she is ‘in their mind’ not that big an actress. However, legendary film actor Shaan Shahid congratulated the actress for such an honor and after that many celebrities took to Social Media to bash the criticism that has no foundation in the first place.
#proudpk congratulations to all the winners of sitara Imitiaz & pride of performance .specially Babara Shareef Jee for her 5decades of service for films Reema Khan for her unstoppable passion & 2decades of service to films ,Mehwish Hayat for making us proud of her craft🎥🇵🇰❤️
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) March 12, 2019
Her Jawani Phir Nahi Ani co-star Ahmed Ali Butt was one of the first people to congratulate Mehwish on her achievement.
Congratulations to @MehwishHayat for #TamghaeImtiaz you have always shown excellence towards ur profession & its no surprise that you are getting the medal. Always been proud & fan of your work Allah bless you always. Congratulations to everyone who are also getting recognition
— Ahmad Ali Butt (@ahmedaliB) March 15, 2019
Her most frequent collaborator Humayun Saeed also congratulated his Dil Lagi, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Punjab Nahi Jaungi leading actress and praised her immensely.
Congratulations Mehwish Hayat on your Tamgha-i-Imtiaz. We are all proud of your immense hard work that has led to this achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to all the other recipients of Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance as well! @MehwishHayat pic.twitter.com/5pdlYAJCkY
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) March 15, 2019
Her buddy Azfar Rehman also shared his views on trolling and supported Mehwish Hayat.
@MehwishHayat Congrats Buddy , its really sad how certain portals have stooped down to the level of defaming you. Your contribution to cinema 2013-18 is a big punch in their face. Enjoy your success 2019 is yours.
— Azfår Rehmån (@OfficialyAzfar) March 15, 2019
Osman Khalid Butt also congratulated Mehwish and motivated her with his Tweet.
Congratulations, Mehwish – your work speaks for itself. That someone would defame your character for the sake of retweets and gossip is absolutely disgusting. https://t.co/lst5X2gsGm
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) March 15, 2019
Her Actor In Law and Load Wedding ‘hero’ Fahad Mustafa also wished Mehwish all the best for the future.
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) March 14, 2019
Popular actress Armeena Khan tweeted in support of Mehwish Hayat and announced that she was standing with her without prejudice.
#congratulationsMehwishHayat I stand with ALL my fellow actresses without prejudice ❤️❤️
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) March 14, 2019
Another popular actress Ushna Shah tweeted that Mehwish deserved the Civil Award and the people who are trolling her are the ones who are jealous of her success.
So proud of @MehwishHayat for not only winning the well deserved Tamgha-e-Imtiaz but bruising hundreds of fragile male egos! #congratulationsmehwishhayat your contributions to Cinema are no less than your male counterparts who have been awarded this.
— Ushna Shah (@ushnashah) March 14, 2019
One of the winners of the same award Hadiqa Kiani also took to Social Media to congratulate Mehwish Hayat.
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I received my Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2006. It was an incredible moment for me, I remember feeling so overwhelmed – my country, my Pakistan, had recognized my love for it. I have continued to work in Pakistan and FOR Pakistan despite the criticism and sexist/aegist rhetoric against me but it seems every year our country gets more and more hateful and less understanding? I cannot imagine being honored with the highest civilian award in the time of social media – the scrutiny, the cyber bullying, it’s just awful. Why can’t we steer clear of spreading hate, we’re all guilty of being judgmental at times but why spread hate when you can spread love and tolerance and appreciation for your fellow countrymen. Appreciate the good work our people are involved in and encourage the good work, look past the hate. Build a more united country 🙏🏼
Other celebrities including Meesha Shafi, Nadia Hussain, and Aima Baig also replied to Hadiqa’s post, showing that the whole fraternity was behind Mehwish Hayat.
Yes! Mehwish Hayat you deserve the medal and we all stand with you. Way to go Mehwish!