Islamabad—Speakers at a book launching ceremony here Sunday paid tribute to late Mehmood ul Haq Alvi and urged the government to announce a civil award for him in recognition of his services for humanity. Speaking at the launch of book titled “Kashmosh Falahkar” written by renowned writer Aslam Bazmi, Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) of Punjab, Mian Rafiq said Mehmood ul Haq Alvi was a legend, whose noble deeds would be remembered forever. He added a civil award should be announced for the great personality to recognize his services for the poor people of the country and he would also float the idea on the floor of Punjab Assembly. Chief Executive Punjab Institute of Cardiology Dr Nadeem Ayaz Malik said Dr Alvi spent the whole life in service of humanity and the wide network of social welfare organizations set up by him was a testimony to the fact. He was a man of principle and had made no compromise on his principles, Dr Malik said, adding that he showed strong determination and perseverance during ups and downs in his life and continued working for uplift of the poor. Former federal minister Raja Shahid Zafar while appreciating the work of Aslam Bazmi, said stories about the life of great social figure had been beautifully narrated in the book. He had a close association with Dr Alvi who always shared sincere suggestions and piece of advice when he was asked for, he added. Lt Gen (r) Faiz Ali Chishti said the book had greatly embodied events which took place in the life of Mehmood ul Haq Alvi and highlighted his qualities. Aslam Bazmi said in his book he had minutely narrated the details about Dr Alvi, who spent his whole life in service of humanity. Other speakers including Hamid Mir and Ghazanfar Mehdi said Dr Alvi’s life was a source of guidance for the coming generations.