Pakistan Times

Pakistan Times (1947–1996) was a Pakistani newspaper, originally established by the leftist Progressive Papers Limited based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Pakistan Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Youth Group Limited
Founder(s)Mian Iftikharuddin, Umair Ahmad (Co-founder)
PublisherYouth Productions[1]
PresidentDr Anjum Rehmani
Editor-in-chiefMaira Iftikhar
EditorIffit Batool
Deputy editorSaira Iftikhar
FoundedFebruary 4, 1947; 73 years ago (1947-02-04)
RelaunchedJanuary 1, 2019; 22 months ago (2019-01-01)[citation needed]
CityLahore, Karachi, Islamabad
Sister newspapersThe Youth International

Historical backgroundEdit

It was owned and operated by Mian Iftikharuddin, a Punjabi politician formerly of the Indian National Congress but of All-India Muslim League after 1946. The newspaper started publication on 4 February 1947. Its editor-in-chief in the 1940s was the communist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. After his arrest in 1951 in connection with the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case, Mazhar Ali Khan served as the editor-in-chief.[2][3][4] The Pakistan Times continued to be an influential newspaper in the 1950s, with its disparaging criticism of the government in participating in the US-sponsored military alliances.[5]

In 1964, the National Press Trust was set up by the Ayub government as a front organisation for managing the newspapers including the Pakistan Times.[6][7] In the 1980s, ten journalists and management staff of the Pakistan Times were dismissed by the Zia ul-Haq regime for their connections to the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy and for signing an appeal for "Peace in Sindh" movement.[8]

The National Press Trust was privatized in 1996. The same year, the Pakistan Times was closed down.[9] Pakistan Times was Relaunched by Youth Group Limited media group Youth Productions, and Co-founder is Umair Ahmad.[10]


  1. ^ "With Youth Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  2. ^ I.A. Rehman (15 June 2017). "An outstanding journalist (Mazhar Ali Khan of Pakistan Times)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ Jaffrelot 2015, p. 413.
  4. ^ All Handouts for Mass Communication - Virtual University of Pakistan Retrieved 30 July 2019
  5. ^ Tikekar 2004, p. 283–284.
  6. ^ Tikekar 2004, p. 284.
  7. ^ Pakistan Press Reference website, Retrieved 30 July 2019
  8. ^ Jaffrelot 2015, p. 417.
  9. ^ Kalia 2015, p. 56.
  10. ^ McCarry 2019, p. 69.


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