Nawa-i-Waqt (Urdu: نوائے وقت, lit.The Voice of Time) is an Urdu daily newspaper in Pakistan. 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.[2] 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.[3] 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 Majid Nizami (daughter of Majid Nizami) serves as the Managing Director of Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications and was also elected as the Senior Vice President of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).[4]

The front page of Nawa-i-waqt, May 22, 2010
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatPrint, online
EditorSaeed Ahmed Aasi
Deputy editorSaeed Aasi
FoundedFounded in 1940 by Hameed Nizami
Political alignmentCenter-right
HeadquartersLahore, Pakistan


Nawa-i-Waqt 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 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.

This newspaper had supported the Pakistan Movement for the creation of Pakistan.[2][3]

Nawa-i-Waqt Group has also entered the electronic broadcast media with a 24-hour news and entertainment channel Waqt News.[5] This channel is not only available on television broadcast, but also streamed live on the Internet.

Staff and columnists

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.

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.[6]

Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications

Magazines and newspapers published by this company are:

  • Phool - monthly magazine for children in Urdu language
  • Family Magazine - Weekly for Women in Urdu language[7]
  • Nida-i-Millat - a weekly magazine in Urdu language
  • The Nation - A daily English newspaper from Lahore, Pakistan[8]

See also


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