President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari conferred the country’s third highest civil award, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz on Sarmad Ali, Managing Director of the Jang Media Group and President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) at a ceremony held at the Presidency Islamabad on the occasion of Pakistan Day (March 23).
The award was conferred upon him in recognition of his services for the development of the newspaper industry in Pakistan.
Ali has over 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and media management. He has served thrice as the president of the Marketing Association of Pakistan. He is also the president of the International Advertising Association’s Pakistan Chapter and serves on IAA’s global Board of Directors. He is a board member of the Management Association of Pakistan and is a member of FPCCI Standing Committee on Advertising.
Sitara-i-Imtiaz is conferred on people who have made an ‘especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavours’.