Medal for good service
Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed Hassan conferred the 'Nishaan Muleege Sharafge Izzaiy', one of the highest ranking honors on Chief of the Naval Staff of Pakistan, Admiral Mohamed Asif Sandila, in recognition of the Pakistani Navy’s valuable assistance in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Admiral Mohamed Asif Sandila was the mission commander of the two Pakistan Naval Ships, P.N.S Tariq and P.N.S Nasr, which were on a goodwill visit to the Maldives when the tsunami hit the country. The Pakistan Navy ships took prompt action by responding to a critical situation and provided support and assistance to the disaster-affected people. The Pakistan Navy provided vital humanitarian assistance in conducting search and rescue operations, evacuating citizens and tourists from afflicted islands, conducting the initial damage assessment, and providing critical food and relief supplies to the devastated islands in the aftermath of the tsunami that hit the Maldives on December 26, 2004.
Speaking at the function, President Waheed noted that the PN proved to be a source of exemplary service and dedication which was symbolic of the longstanding fraternal relation between the Maldives and Pakistan. In his address, Admiral Asif Sandila thanked the government and the people of the Maldives for conferring on him the prestigious award and said he considered the award a great honor and pride for himself, the Pakistani Navy and his country.
Nishaan Muleege Sharafge Izzaiy (Order of Distinguished Rule of Muleege) was created in honor of Al-Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen and is one of the high-ranking honors conferred by the state.