The billionaire tech entrepreneur was granted the ‘Crescent of Pakistan’ for his philanthropy
Pakistan has honored Microsoft founder Bill Gates with a prestigious civilian award for his foundation’s work to fight diseases like tuberculosis and polio, granting him the prize during a visit to Islamabad.
Gates received the Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan) award – the nation’s second-highest civilian honor – after meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday. The prize was presented to Gates by President Arif Alvi during a live televised ceremony. Gates was presented with the award “in recognition of his work to alleviate poverty and diseases,” according to the Associated Press.
The award is granted only once each year by the president and is not limited to Pakistani citizens, open to anyone who contributes to the country’s national interests, culture “or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been working for many years to eliminate diseases such as polio from Pakistan. Last year, there was only one case.
Congratulation @BillGatesYou were awarded the “Crescent of Pakistan”, Hilal and Pakistan Award. This is a well-deserved award for the extraordinary and valuable services you have rendered in combating poverty, disease and injustice around the world.#Pakistanpic.twitter.com/tRriQQq6Is
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) February 17, 2022
The occasion was also commemorated by Prime Minister Khan. tweetThe billionaire was thanked for sharing a photograph of him with them. “his immense contribution.” Cabinet Minister Faisal Javed Khan, meanwhile, said Gates was granted a “well deserved honor” for his “valuable, exceptional and extraordinary services fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world.”
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