Medal for good ser­vice

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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.

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