ISLAMABAD - The government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2014 Spring Imperial Decorations for 55 persons including Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi, honorary consul general of Japan in Peshawar.
Afridi will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his significant contributions to promoting exchanges and friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan, and to Japan's economic and development assistance in the border region with Afghanistan.
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata will host a conferment ceremony for Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi on May 27, 2014.
Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi was born to a family of Afridi tribe chief in the Tirah Valley, FATA, on November 5, 1955. The Afridi is an influential tribe in the Pashtun community, which stretches across FATA and Afghanistan. In October 1979, he was employed by the Afghan Refugee Organisation of the government of the then North West Frontier Province, and had engaged in assistance for the Afghan refugees in Pakistan for many years.
During his career as refugee assistance official, he and the embassy of Japan in Pakistan had a chance to have associations with. Since then, Afridi has dedicated himself to protect Japanese nationals in Pakistan. In 2004, he was appointed as honorary consul general of Japan in Peshawar and has continued his tremendous efforts in ensuring safety of Japanese nationals. At the same time, his contribution to Japan has also extended in terms of promoting Japanese culture. Through his activities as chief executive of Learning Awareness & Motivation Programme (LAMP), a local NGO, Afridi has been instrumental in implementing Japan's economic and development assistance in FATA.