LUMS Alumni Receive National Award
In a moment of great pride for LUMS, the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, and the Governor of Punjab at that time, Chaudhry Sarwar, awarded two prominent LUMS alumni with the prestigious Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in ceremonies at the President House and Governor House respectively on this year’s Pakistan Day. The national award was conferred on them for excellence in their chosen fields.
A household name in the Pakistani media landscape, Momina Duraid from the class of MBA 1997 was awarded for her significant contributions to the national drama and film industry. The late Mansoor Hassan Siddique (d. 2020), from the class of MBA 1998, was awarded posthumously for his dedicated public service through his work at the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) at the State Bank of Pakistan.
Having accepted the award on his behalf, Siddique’s wife, Munazza Mansoor said, “Mansoor was the definition of a self-made man, who by the end of his short 50 years had devoted himself to the betterment and prosperity of Pakistan and its economic standards. He believed that LUMS had a great impact on his journey to becoming a significant team member of the State Bank and FMU, providing him a platform to grow and thrive in his chosen career. So today, I stand proud and elated that the Government of Pakistan has given us the opportunity to see the fruit of his lifelong efforts in the form of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, allowing him to leave a mark on the world for many years to come and setting a great example.”
A winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2019, Siddique was a much-respected member of the LUMS alumni community also.
Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Vice Chancellor LUMS, commented, “On behalf of the entire LUMS community, we are so proud of this extraordinary achievement and congratulate Mansoor Siddique’s family and loved ones for his significant contributions to Pakistan. His well-deserved recognition continues to inspire fellow alumni as he leaves an important legacy for those who are following in his footsteps.”
Indeed, LUMS alumni continue to make strides across different fields as both Duraid and Siddique join three more alumni from previous years who were conferred with this honour. Namely, Dr. Umar Saif (BSc 1998), who was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his contributions to the country’s public and education sectors; Ayesha Raza Farooq (MBA 1995), who was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for her efforts towards Polio eradication in Pakistan while she was a member of the Senate; and Luqman Ali Afzal (BSc 2002), who was awarded the country’s first Pride of Performance for entrepreneurship for his success in leading the Monal Group.
Nuzhat Kamran, Director of Advancement, LUMS, expressed her pride at the honours and said, “It is so heartening to see our alumni receive such prestigious recognition for their work. A huge congratulations to them on this momentous occasion! We at LUMS are beyond proud of all that you do, and we are always rooting for you.”