Lahore: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer today recommended that Pakistan’s civil award should be presented to tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian partner Rohan Boppana for their performance in the US Open.
Addressing a reception he hosted in honour of Qureshi at Governor House here, Taseer said: “I recommend that the civil award be given to Aisam and Bopanna.”
Through the performance of Qureshi, Pakistan wanted to tell the world that it is a peace-loving nation, Taseer said. He awarded a gold medal and Rs 500,000 to Qureshi.
Qureshi’s feats have made the country proud and lessened the miseries of people who are struggling with the country’s worst-ever floods, he said.
Qureshi’s hard work had paid off and also conveyed a message to other youngsters to follow in his path, he added. During a separate meeting with Qureshi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the tennis star was a national hero and the whole nation was proud of him.
Sharif said Qureshi’s success in the Grand Slam had come as a breath of fresh air for Pakistan.