Sarmad Khoosat’s Name Unexpectedly Removed from Sitar-e-Imtiaz List

In an unexpected turn of events, renowned Pakistani actor and director, Sarmad Khoosat, has revealed that his name has been inexplicably removed from the prestigious Sitar-e-Imtiaz list. The Sitar-e-Imtiaz is a time-honoured award that recognises significant contributions to the entertainment industry in Pakistan.

Khoosat, who was initially included in the list in August 2023, took to Instagram to share the perplexing news. He expressed his bewilderment and disappointment over the sudden disappearance of his name from the list. This revelation came just days before the official announcement of the awards, which is scheduled for March 23.

In his Instagram post, Khoosat stated, “My name has vanished from the 14 August ’23 list of Presidential Awards that everyone ‘officially’ and unofficially congratulated me for.” This unexpected development has left Khoosat and his followers questioning the rationale behind striking his name off the list.

In August 2023, Khoosat was among many distinguished individuals in the entertainment industry who were singled out for the coveted award. Other notable figures in the film industry who were recognised include Adnan Siddiqui, Zubaida (Naghma), and Hassan Askari for their contributions to acting, hosting, and film direction, respectively. Naseer Baig Mirza (writer, producer), Ajab Khan (calligrapher, painter), and Baqir Abbas (flute player) were also honoured.

In addition, Grammy winner Arooj Aftab was conferred with the Pride of Performance, the highest literary award for displaying excellence in the field of art and music. The Pride of Performance is a civil award presented annually by the president to Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals in recognition of their contribution to the art, sports, literature, science, and education.

As the nation eagerly awaits the official unveiling of the awards on March 23, speculation abounds. It remains to be seen whether these figures will retain their place in the much-awaited list.

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