Fylde Euro MP Sajjad Karim has been presented with Pakistan’s highest national honour to non-Pakistanis for services that have helped the country.
He was awarded the Sitara-i-Qaid-i-Azam in Islamabad by Mamnoon Hussain, the President of Pakistan, joining ranks with the Queen and Nelson Mandela.
I feel truly privileged to be presented with this award and I will never forget this day
Dr Karim has been one of the most prominent British politicians to advocate Pakistan’s case within the EU.
Links have developed significantly over the past decade through his efforts, which include founding the European Parliament Friends of Pakistan group in 2004.
He said: “So many individuals played a role in developing stronger links between the EU and Pakistan, I am merely fortunate to be recognised on all of their behalf.
“I feel truly privileged to be presented with this award and I will never forget this day.”