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Earlier this week, a list of 127 people (including foreigners) was released who will be awarded the civil award on March, 23 (Pakistan Day). Popular actress Mehwish Hayat is one of the recipients of the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, however, some people don’t seem happy with the government’s decision.

In fact a local publication went as far as alleging that the actress — who has worked in several blockbuster films and TV dramas in the past few years — is being given the civil honour because of political connections with the government.



Read: Mehwish Hayat to receive Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on Pakistan Day 


Following a wave of criticism, Mehwish’s colleagues have now stepped forward and have extended their support to her. Mahira Khan was among the first ones to tweet:


While, singer Shehzad Roy congratulated Mehwish for the great achievement:



Ahmed Ali Butt was all praises for the Load Wedding star’s work:



Azfar Rehman pointed out the period of Mehwish’s contribution to Pakistani cinema for all the naysayers:



Osman Khalid Butt, who has always voiced his opinions publicly, extended his support and called the defamatory story disgusting:



Director Nadeem Baig — who has worked with Mehwish in films Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2 and Punjab Nahi Jaungi — praised her for the work she has done and demanded that the publication post an apology:



On a lighter note, her Actor-in-Law co-star Fahad Mustafa pointed out that she is meant to win bigger honours, therefore, she wasn’t awarded the Lux Style Award:



Actress Ushna Shah congratulated Mehwish on bruising fragile male egos:



And another colleague Armeena Khan started a Twitter hashtag for Mehwish:


Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad also slammed the publication for posting vile content and invalidating a woman’s efforts. While Faysal Qureshi raised a question on the quality of journalism practised at the publication:



Humayun Saeed, who has worked alongside Mehwish in many projects, said she deserves all the praise and recognition: