Fehmida Riaz’s daughter refuses
The daughter of renowned poet Fehmida Riaz has refused to accept the presidential award announced by her late mother’s government as a protest against the kidnapping and violence of journalists and writers in the country. It should be noted that the Civil Award is given once a year by the government for outstanding performance and excellent services in their respective fields. President Arif Alvi had nominated 116 personalities, including Fehmida Riaz, for the Question Awards on the occasion of Independence Day on August 14 last year. However, due to the global epidemic of corona virus, the Presidential Awards ceremony was not held on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23 this year.
Later, on August 14 this year, 184 civil awards were announced for domestic and foreign personalities and all the nominees in 2019 and 2020 were awarded at a ceremony to be held on March 23 next year on the occasion of Pakistan Day. Will go This year, the President has awarded Sitara-e-Shujaat for 24 personalities, Sitara-e-Imtiaz for 27, Tamgha-e-Shujaat for 23, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for 46, Nishan-e-Imtiaz for 7, Hilal-e-Imtiaz for 2, Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam for one. Sitara-e-Pakistan for 2, Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam for 6, Sitara-e-Khidmat for one, Pakistan Medal for one, Quaid-e-Azam Medal for one and Presidential Medal of Excellence for 44 personalities were announced.
While the President of Pakistan has nominated foreign personalities for the awards, the President had also nominated several personalities from the fields of music, acting, literature and other fine arts for the awards.
In a post on the social networking site Facebook, his daughter Virta Ali Yojan wrote that the awards section was contacting me about Amy’s award ceremony. “How can I accept an award for his work at this time?” He wrote. It would be an insult to his lifelong struggle for justice and equality.
Fehmida Riaz’s daughter said writers and journalists are abducted, tortured and even killed, harassers are given awards and Karachi is left to rot in the sewers. “I refuse to accept the presidential award for my mother’s work. I am sure that if she were alive today, she would refuse,” he said.
Fehmida Riaz was born in Meerut in 1946 and was one of the famous Urdu poets of her time. She was a social critic, active in various human rights movements and was among those who campaigned against the military rule of General Zia-ul-Haq and the execution of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Fehmida Riaz was 72 years old and passed away on November 21, 2018. Earlier, Sai Taj Joyo, the father of Sarang Joyo, a Sindhi teacher and activist, had also refused to accept the Presidential Award (Pakistan’s emblem) due to the disappearance of his son. Was tortured.