March 23, 2019
ISLAMABAD – M. Ziauddin, a former executive editor of The Express Tribune, has revealed he declined a civil award on Pakistan Day six years ago.
He disclosed this in response to a tweet by journalist Zahid Gishkori who himself worked for that paper back then.
Gishkori recalled that six years ago he received a call from the Cabinet Division which said the government had nominated Ziauddin for the President’s Award for Pride of Performance and they needed some details.
Exactly 6yrs ago, I received a cal from Cabinet Division that Govt nominated @etribune's Exc Editor @MuhammadZiauddi for Pride of Performance Award & thy need some details.I told Zia Sb.He asked me to tel the concerns that 'M.Ziauddin thanks & says he w'd not take this award.'— Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) March 23, 2019
When he informed Ziauddin about it, he told him to tell the relevant officials he would not accept the award.
Thank you Zahid for recalling the offer. But the actual letter I had received for my bio had mentioned a much higher award than pride of performance. I wrote them back thanking and declining the offer.— Muhammad Ziauddin (@MuhammadZiauddi) March 23, 2019
Ziauddin thanked Gishkori on Twitter for recalling the offer and pointed out that the award he declined was much higher than the pride of performance.
Photo: Twitter (@MuhammadZiauddi)
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