New Delh: Noted journalist, Iftikhar Gilani has bagged this year’s Shah Waliullah Muhaddis Dehlvi Award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.. Iftikhar Gilani was selected by the Delhi-based Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) for its 12th Shah Wali Ullah Award. The award carries a memento and a cash reward of rupees one lakh. It has been given to 11 persons since its inception in 1999 for their outstanding achievement in Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Law and other subjects.
The Institute for the first time has considered a journalist for its most coveted award. He was selected by a jury consisting of Dr. Manzoor Alam (Chairman, IOS), Prof. Mohsin Usmani, Prof Ishtiaq Danish, Prof. Afzal Wani and Prof. Zuhoor Ahmad Khan. The team was headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice A. M. Ahmedi.
The jury members later informed that Iftikhar was given the award for his contribution to ‘Journalism, Society and Indian Muslims’.
Iftikhar Gilani hails from Sopore in North Kashmir and has been based in Delhi for the last 26 years. Currently, he is Editor Strategic Affairs and Chief of National Bureau of Daily News Analysis (DNA), published from Mumbai, Pune, Indore, and Jaipur.
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