Nawaiwaqt (Urdu: نوائے وقت, lit. 'The Voice of Time') is an Urdu daily newspaper in Pakistan which is currently owned by Majid Nizami Trust. It was launched on March 23, 1940, under the leadership of Hameed Nizami (3 Oct 1915-22 Feb 1962). Hameed Nizami was the founder of this newspaper. His younger brother Majid Nizami (3 April 1928 – 26 July 2014) was the chief editor and publisher of Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications until he died in 2014 and then this group became the property of Majid Nizami Trust created by Majid Nizami himself in his lifetime. It is one of the most influential newspapers in the country. It has a special position in Pakistan's media, as the guardian of Pakistan's ideology, with well-established center-right and nationalist credentials. Currently, it is one of the four top influential Urdu newspapers in Pakistan. In 2016, Rameeza (adopted daughter of Majid Nizami) and actual daughter of Mian Arif and Ghazala Arif elected as the Managing Director of Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications by the Trustees of Majid Nizami Trust and was also elected as the Senior Vice President of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).
The front page of Nawa-i-waqt, May 22, 2010
|Editor||Saeed Ahmed Aasi|
|Deputy editor||Saeed Aasi|
|Staff writers||fazal huseen awan .... imtiaz ahmad tarar|
|Founded||Founded in 1940 by Hameed Nizami|
Nawa-i-Waqt by Majid Nizami Trust first came out on March 23, 1940, as a fortnightly periodical. It passionately supported the All India Muslim League. In those days it had a pro-American and anti-communist stance. The editors were Afaq Hussain Johar, a student of Islamia College, and Shabbar Hasan, a student of King Edward Medical University. They were influenced by a nationalist periodical Aligarh Opinion, which was launched by Syed Sibte Hassan, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and Dr. Ashraf who were close friends of Dr. Shabbar Hasan. On December 15, 1942 the fortnightly was turned into a weekly and finally into a daily on July 19, 1944.
The group which is owned by Majid Nizami Trust has several publications including the flagship Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper in Urdu and The Nation newspaper in English, Nida-i-Millat, a family magazine, and the monthly children's magazine, Phool.
Nawa-i-Waqt Group by Majid Nizmai Trust has also entered the electronic broadcast media with a 24-hour news and entertainment channel Waqt News in 2007. This channel is completely closed down in 2018.
Staff and columnistsEdit
Its well known staff include Malik Fida-ur-Rehman, Lt. Gen. Abdul Qayyum (retired), Saeed Aasi, Ajmal Niazi, Muhammad Usman Ajmeri(Late), Taiba Zia Cheema, Nazeer Ahmad Ghazi, Dr. Syed Mehboob, Fazal Hussain Awan, Dr. Akhtar Shumaar, Bushra Rahman, Qayyum Nizami, Professor Zahoor Ahmad Azhar, Aseer Ahmed, Sikander Baloch, Javed Siddique and Lt. Col. (R) Abdul Razaque Bugti.
Ahmad Kamal Nizami, shareholder of Nawaiwaqt group, son of Bashir Nizami and nephew of Hameed Nizami and Majid Nizmai.
Ahmad Jamal Nizami, Trustee of Majeed Nizami Trust.
Mujahid Hussain Syed, Trustee of Majid Nizami Trust.(Brother of Mushahid Hussain Syed, Member of Senate of Pakistan)
Azam Badar, Trustee/ Trust Secretary of Majid Nizami Trust. He have also served the group as Chief Accountant, Chief Operating Officer, Director Finance and Company Secretary for 28 years.
Arif Nizami (son of the newspaper founder Hameed Nizami) was a long-time editor of the English language daily newspaper The Nation but resigned due to differences with his uncle Majid Nizami before his uncle's death in 2014.
Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications by Majid Nizami TrustEdit
Magazines and newspapers published by this company are:
- Hameed Nizami, the founder of Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper on Dawn newspaper Published 27 July 2014, Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Profile of Majid Nizami on journalismpakistan.com website Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Rameeza elected as Senior Vice President of All Pakistan Newspapers Society Published 31 March 2016, Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Waqt News TV channel official website Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Profile of Arif Nizami on pakistantimes.com website Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Profile of 'Family Magazine' on epapers.pk website Retrieved 5 April 2018
- Homepage of 'The Nation' daily newspaper Retrieved 5 April 2018