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The Awans have played and continue to play, prominent roles in areas as varied as sufism, Muslim jurisprudence, politics, the armed forces, academia, literature and sport. These include figures such as:

  • Hazrat Sultan Bahu,[1] [2]
  • Khawaja Shams ud Din Sialvi, Sial Sharif [3]
  • Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad (Faqih and eminent legal scholar of the Qur'an, Hadith, and the Hanafi school of Islamic law)[4][5][6]
  • Qazi Mazhar Qayyum (Raees-Azam Naushera. Eldest son of Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad. Renowned Hakeem, who wielded considerable political influence in the Punjab, prior to and following creation of Pakistan)[6]
  • Khan Sahib Qazi Zafar Hussain (Youngest son of Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad and brother of Qazi Mazhar Qayyum. Awarded the title of Khan Sahib by the British Crown)[6]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Qazi Altaf Hussain (Eldest son of Qazi Zafar Hussain. Served in the 11th Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force) Regiment, and former Commandant of the Zhob Militia)[7]
  • Malik Amir Mohammad Khan The Nawab of Kalabagh, Governor of West Pakistan, 1960–66)[8]
  • Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan (Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Pakistan) and a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora. Grandson of Malik Amir Mohammad Khan)
  • Sumaira Malik (Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. During the tenure of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, headed the Ministry of Women Development and Ministry of Youth Affairs. Granddaughter of Malik Amir Mohammad Khan, and niece of the former President of Pakistan, Farooq Leghari)
  • Air Marshal Nur Khan (Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Air Force, 1965–69, Governor of West Pakistan, 1969–70, and recipient of the Hilal-i-Jurat, Pakistan’s second highest military award. A close relative of Malik Amir Mohammad Khan)[9]
  • Malik Meraj Khalid (Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Minister of Punjab, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, and Rector of the International Islamic University Islamabad)[10]
  • Zaheer-ud-din Babar Awan (Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and prominent leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Federal Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, and recipient of one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honours, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz)
  • Malik Zahoor Ahmad (Former Minister of Information at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., political analyst specialising in the Middle East and South Asia, and CNN commentator)
  • Zain Awan (Indian journalist. Currently Asia and Australasia correspondent for Al Jazeera English)
  • Malik Muhammad Arif (Prominent cameraman and reporter who worked for the Pakistan Television Corporation and SAMAA TV)
  • Dr. Akil N. Awan (British academic and the current RCUK Fellow in the ‘Contemporary History of Faith, Power and Terror’ and Lecturer in both International Terrorism and Contemporary Islam in the Department of History and the Department of Politics and International Relations, at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL))
  • Lieutenant General Akhtar Hussain Malik (Recipient of the Hilal-i-Jurat)
  • Lieutenant General Abdul Ali Malik (Recipient of the Hilal-i-Jurat)
  • Lieutenant General Ghulam Muhammad Malik (Former Commander of the X Corps (Pakistan))
  • Lieutenant General Muhammad Safdar (Governor of Punjab (Pakistan), 1999–2001, Former Ambassador to Morocco, and Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Punjab)
  • Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum (Former chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories, and former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills. Recipient of the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s second highest civilian award, and the highest medal award that can be given to those who have attained the rank of Lieutenant General)[11]
  • Major General Tajammul Hussain Malik (Commanding Officer of the 205th Infantry Brigade at the Battle of Hilli, and former commander of the 23rd Infantry Division).
  • Major General Ameer Faisal Alavi (First General Officer Commanding of the elite Special Service Group of the Pakistan Army)[12]
  • Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed (Recipient of the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan's highest military award)
  • Lance Naik Sher Shah (VC) Awan (Recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest recognition for valour “in the face of the enemy” that was awarded to British Empire personnel)
  • Subedar Hajji Fateh Khan Awan (Recipient of the Indian Order of Merit and the Italy Star)
  • Sultan Bahu (Sufi poet-saint. Founded the Sarwari Qadiri Sufi order)[13]
  • Maulana Ameer Mohammad Akram Awan (Famed Sufi, Shaikh of the Naqshbandia Owaisiah Order, mufassir, philosopher and reformist, Dean of the Siqarah Education System, and head of a welfare organisation, the Al-Falah Foundation)
  • Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada (Leading Muslim scholar, mufassir, intellectual)
  • Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi (Renowned author, poet and journalist. Founded, published and edited the prestigious literary journal Funoon, served as Secretary of the Progressive Writers Movement and was a recipient of the President’s Pride of Performance, the Pakistan Academy of Letters Lifetime Achievement award, as well as the Sitara-i-Imtiaz for Literature)[14]
  • Dr. Naheed Qasimi (Writer and literary critic. Daughter of Ahmad Nadeem Qasimi)
  • Wasif Ali Wasif (Eminent Sufi author and poet)
  • Dr. Rafiq Anjum Awan (Gojri poet, scholar and researcher. Recipient of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Best Book Award in 1995 & 2007)
  • Saadat Awan (Pakistani American musician and vocalist, member of The Cassettes and the Metropolitan band)
  • Samina Awan (British Pakistani actress. Nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her starring role in Love + Hate)
  • Shoaib Malik (International cricketer, and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Married to Indian tennis player, Sania Mirza)
  • Saleem Malik (Former international cricketer, and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team)
  • Mohammad Akram (Former Pakistani international cricketer)[15]
  • Akhtar Ayub (Pakistani first-class cricketer, who was also a member of the Pakistan U-19 cricket team that won the 2006 U/19 Cricket World Cup)[16]
  • Imran Awan (International cricketer of Pakistani origin, who has represented the United States national cricket team)
  • Muhammad Ramzan Malik Deputy Secretary(Federal Secretariat)recipient of President's Civil Award "TAMGHA -I-IMTIAZ" for public service.
  • Doctor Firdous Ashiq Awan[Information Minister of Pakistan Peoples Party Government
  • Allama Muhammad Yousuf Gabriel belongs to village Khabekki wadi soon sakaser from Awan family. He has written many books on Islam, Quran, Atomic Hell and Quran, Mysterious Universe and Quran, Chirya ghar ka election, atomi jehannam aur quran hakim, Naghma Gabriel Ashob, Nala e Gabriel, Soze Gabriel and two books of allama have been published in America recently The Miracles of the Quran and Quran phenomenally characterizes the atomic hell. He is laid rest in malakabad wah cantt.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Munaqab Sultani, Hamid Ahmed
  2. "Great Sufi Poets of The Punjab" by R. M. Chopra (in English), 1999.
  3. Anwar Shamsia, A biography of Sufi Khawaja Shams ud Din Sialvi
  4. Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad, Lambert M Surhone, Mariam T Tennoe, Susan F Henssonow, VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller AG & Co. 2010.
  5. http://www.archive.org/details/AnExtractFromanwarShamsiaABiographyOfFamousSufiKhawaja
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sarwar, S., 2002, Wadi Soon Sakesar: The Soon Valley, Al-Faisal Nashran, p.35, p.149, p.152, p.163, p.177.
  7. Qazi Altaf Hussain,Lambert M Surhone, Mariam T Tennoe, Susan F Henssonow, VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller AG & Co. Kg, 2010
  8. Feldman, H., 1972, From Crisis to Crisis: Pakistan 1962-1969, Oxford University Press, p.57.
  9. Khan,R., 1999, The American Papers: Secret and Confidential India-Pakistan-Bangladesh Documents, 1965-1973, Oxford University Press, p.265.
  10. web|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-107848103.html |title=City: Awan community grieved over Malik's demise. - PPI - Pakistan Press International | HighBeam Research - FREE trial |publisher=Highbeam.com |date=2003-06-13 |accessdate=2010-12-29}}
  11. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Office+bearers+of+Tanzeem-ul-Awan+elected.-a0199039183
  12. news| url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1132951/My-soldier-brother-died-honour-Nobel-laureate-V-S-Naipauls-wife.html | location=London | work=Daily Mail | title=My soldier brother who died for honour, by Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul's wife | date=31 January 2009}}
  13. Puri, J.R. & Khak, K.S., 1998, Sultan Bahu, Radha Soami Satsang Beas, p.6.
  14. web|author=Mazhar Iqbal |url=http://mazhar.dk/film/news/2006_2.htm |title=Pakistan Film News July 2006 |publisher=Mazhar.dk |date= |accessdate=2010-12-29}}
  15. web|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/41282.html |title=Mohammad Akram | Pakistan Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials |publisher=ESPN Cricinfo |date= |accessdate=2010-12-29}}
  16. web|url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/player/232492.html |title=Akhtar Ayub | Pakistan Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials |publisher=ESPN Cricinfo |date= |accessdate=2010-12-29}}

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