ISLAMABAD: The annual Agahi Awards for excellence in journalism were held Saturday at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).
Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President, Agahi and Amir Jahangir Chief Executive Officer, Mishal Pakistan founded these awards in 2012.
The following were the award winners: Naveen Mangi (Bloomberg) Business and Economy; Maliha Naz Rana from Herald in Health and Primary Education; Shakeel Ahmad (DawnNews) Higher Education and Training; Zahir Shah Sherazi (DawnNews) in Infrastructure; Abdur Rauf (The Express Tribune) for Institutions; Maimoona Saeed (Geo News) for Labor Market Efficiency; Ghulam Mohiuddin (Aaj TV) for Environment; Shabina Faraz (Jang) in Climate Change; Zahid Gishkori (The Express Tribune) in Flood and Disaster Reporting;, Sehrish Wasif (The Express Tribune) in Disaster and Catastrophe; Xari Jalil (Dawn) in Governance; A.B. Arisar (Dawn) in Corruption; Asad Kharal (The Express Tribune) for Law & Order; Hanif Samoon (Dawn.com) in Health; Din Muhammad Watanpal (Daily Qudrat, Quetta) for Child Survival; Sarwar Baloch (VSH News) in Health & Nutrition; Ali Usman (The Express Tribune) for Non-Communicable Diseases; Zia ur Rehman (The Friday Times) for Polio Immunization; Aslam Chandio (Online News Agency) for Energy, Water & Food Security; Sarah Munir (The Express Tribune) on Media Ethics; Syed Ali Shah (DawnNews) for Media Safety; Ashraf Javed (The Nation) for Crime Reporting; Shahzada Irfan Ahmad (The News) for Corporate Social Responsibility, Zahir Shah Sherazi (Dawn News) in Democratic Values and Dignity; Bina Shah (Blogger) in Education; Zia ur Rehman (The Friday Times) for Extremism and Terrorism; Shahzada Irfan Ahmad (The News) in Gender; A.B. Arrisar (Dawn) in Gender - Economic Opportunity; Abdul Shakoor (APP) in Gender - Health and Survival; Zia ur Rehman (The Friday Times) in Gender - Political Empowerment; Aamir Saeed (Pique Magazine) for Human Rights; Fazal Khaliq (The Express Tribune) in Child Protection; Kiran Nazish (Dawn.com) for Child Rights; A.B. Arisar in Gender -Domestic Violence; Zia ur Rehman (The Friday Times) in Minorities & Marginalized Communities; Mehtab Haider (The News) in Political & Regularity Environment; Jawwad Rizvi (The News) in Market Environment; Faseeh Mangi (Bloomberg) in Infotainment, Mubashar Zaidi (Dawn.com) in Journalism for Peace; Muhammad Irfan Haider (Picture) (Dawn) for Conflict Reporting; Asad Kharal (The Express Tribune) in Judiciary; Zeeshan Anwar (Daily Express) in Court Reporting, Zahir Shah Sherazi (Dawn.com) in Photo Journalism; Aslam Chandio (Online News Agency) in Sports.
Geo New won the Peoples' Choice Award for the Favorite News Channel for the second year running.
The Current Affairs Anchor of the Year Award went to emerging anchors - Iqrar ul Hassan (ARY News) and Alia Nazki (BBC Urdu), as the Emerging Current Affair Anchor of the Year in the male and female categories. Investigative Journalist of the Year award was won by Asad Kharal (The Express Tribune).
Ejaz Haider of Capital TV was awarded the Most Credible Anchor based on the Media Credibility Index developed in collaboration with more than 10 journalism schools in Pakistan.
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