Khizar Khan, an attorney of Pakistani descent working for the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, will receive the highest US Civil Award from President Joe Biden.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award, according to a statement released by the White House on Friday. It is given to people who have distinguished themselves by contributing significantly to the prosperity, values, or security of the US, international peace, or other significant societal, public, or private endeavors.
President Joe Biden chose Khan for the prestigious honor out of 17 deserving recipients, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and late Senator John McCain (posthumously).
The White House added that 17 Americans represent the spirit of the country—diligent effort, perseverance, and faith—and show the strength of possibilities.
Former President John F. Kennedy founded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is awarded to people who have made noteworthy accomplishments.
Khizar Khan was renowned for being a vocal supporter of legal equality and religious liberty. Khizar Khan, a fervent opponent of former US President Donald Trump, gained notoriety for his 2016 convention speech in which he questioned whether the Republican leader had ever read the US Constitution.
Gujranwala-born In 1980, Khizar Khan immigrated to the US. His son Humayun, a former US army captain, died in Iraq in 2004 while performing official business. He also won prestigious military decorations for bravery.