USA: Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honour bestowed by the State of Kentucky (USA). Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments, contributions to society, remarkable deeds, and outstanding service to the nation. The Governor of Kentucky bestows the honor of a colonel's commission, by issuance of letters patent.
Farhan Wilayat Butt, a philanthropist, social activist and interfaith harmonizer from Lahore is the first Pakistani to receive this prestigious title. He established Sindh Water Relief Project (a charity project founded by him for arrangement of clean drinking water for underprivileged and marginalized communities residing in the desert areas of Tharparkar). Till today, he has constructed more than 200 water wells, hand pumps, summer pumps and solar pumps. He also conducts interfaith activities to raise his voice for the rights and protection of religious minorities and to fight against religious extremism, sectarian violence and racial intolerance in Pakistan.
Keeping in view his remarkable achievements in the fields of philanthropy and interfaith harmony, the Governor of Kentucky bestowed him with the highest title of honour of Kentucky State.