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The Nishan-e-Pakistan (Urdu: نشانِ پاکستان, lit. ' Grand Cross of the Order of Pakistan') is the second grade of the Order of Pakistan, the highest civilian award of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is awarded to "those who have rendered services of highest distinction" to the national interest of Pakistan. Nishan is awarded to government officials and civilians, including citizens of Pakistan and foreign nationals. In the Pakistan honours system, Nishan-e-Pakistan is equivalent to Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military gallantry award. Established on 19 March 1975 under the Decorations Act, 1975, the award is not correlated to the rank or status of a person.
|Awarded by |
Government of Pakistan
|Established||19 March 1957|
|Eligibility||Heads of State|
|Criteria||"rendered services of highest distinction" to the national interest of Pakistan.|
|Next (higher)||Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Pakistan|
|Next (lower)||Grand Officer of the Order of Pakistan|
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This award, including other civilian awards, is announced on Independence Day (14 August) each year and its investiture takes place on the following Pakistan Resolution Day (23 March) by the president of Pakistan and, while it is the highest civilian award, it can also be awarded posthumously. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal NPk.