First Pakistani Astronaut Namira awarded Power 100 Trailblazer Award
09 October, 2012
First Pakistani Astronaut Namira Salim was awarded the Power 100 Trailblazer Award at the final awards ceremony for the Pakistan Power 100, which was held in London on the September 29.
Namira was honoured with a Trailblazers Award for her efforts to promote international peace and harmony as the first Pakistani at the North and South Poles, as the first Asian to skydive over Mount Everest and for her upcoming flight into space with Virgin Galactic. Namira has raised her universal peace flag "Peace Making with National Souls" at all three poles and at top summits of the UN Generally Assembly, UNESCO and SAARC. In August 2011, Namira became the Honorary Consul of Pakistan to the Principality of Monaco.
Namira Salim also had the distinction of being placed on the Pakistan Power 100 and Women Power 100 list amongst other eminent personalities like National Assembly Speaker Fahemida Mirza and Foreign Minister Hina Rabanni Khar.
Hundreds of dignitaries from the international Pakistani community were in attendance at the Power 100 event, which also played host to a multitude of non-Pakistani invitees who came to show their support for Pakistan and the British Pakistani community.
They were joined by many leading who attended from Pakistan including Abdul Sattar Edhi, Naeem Zamindar, Zouhair Khaliq, Mona Kasuri, Tehmina Durrani, Monis Rahman, Naeem Ghauri, Rashid Rana and Amin Gulgee.
The event began with a warm and lively reception where guests and nominees chatted and relaxed before heading into the main hall for the awards ceremony. The proceedings began with a message from the founder of the Pakistan Power 100, Khalid Dar, who thanked all the invitees and nominees for attending and explained about his vision for the Power 100 and why it was so important.
The indomitable Abdul Sattar Edhi, who managed to attend the event despite ill health and a hectic schedule, received the Humanitarian Lifetime Award for his lifelong commitment to bettering the lives of all Pakistanis. Edhi's speech was a seminal moment at the event and received a standing ovation at the end, with many of the attendees moved to tears by his selfless and heartfelt words.
Speaking about the event, Namira said, "I am very happy to have received recognition from my own countrymen about my efforts to promote peace between nations, particularly Pakistan and I thank Khalid Dar and the panel for honouring me."