Nijaat (Urdu: نجات, English: Liberation) is a thirteen-episode Pakistani television drama serial produced by Pakistan Television Corporation.[1] The drama shows the different roles of women in Pakistan. It compares the women in the village to the urban women. It emphasizes family planning, child labor and community health reforms.[2]

The opening title screen for Nijaat
GenreDrama, Family
Written byAsghar Nadeem Syed
Directed bySahira Kazmi
StarringAtiqa Odho
Huma Nawab
Latif Kapadia
Marina Khan
Noman Ijaz
Sajid Hasan
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Sahira Kazmi
Production location(s)Sindh, Pakistan
Editor(s)Naeem Siddiqui
Original networkPTV
Original release1993 (1993)


This drama is based on the interwinding stories of three families in a village in Sindh, Pakistan: Zareena, a health worker, and her family; Sajida and Huzoor Bakhsh, who have so many children that Sajida has very poor health; and Ali Asad, a local government worker (Assistant Commissioner), and his wife Tania. The drama follows their hopes and frustrations as they strive for a better future while trying not to sacrifice the past.[3]

Cast and Characters

CharacterPlayed byNotes
Huzoor BakhshNoman IjazHunter and later tries to establish a shop.
SajidaAtiqa Odho[4]Housewife facing maternity and other domestic issues. She helps Tania in her handicrafts (embroidery) institute.
ZareenaHuma NawabNurse at the local clinic
Ali AsadSajid HasanAssistant Commissioner (Assistant Commissioner of the Tehsil. Before coming to the village, he was a medical doctor.
TaniaMarina KhanWife of Assistant Commissioner. Previously, she was a model.
MakhdoomLatif KapadiaFather of three children, including Zareena. Seen as a character with no consideration of his family. He tried to marry young Kulsoom, in exchange for his daughter Razia for Qadir Baksh.
Qadir BakhshYousuf Ali[5]Brother of Huzoor Bakhsh. He came from Dubai. He helps set up a shop for his brother. He was involved in criminal smuggling including child smuggling. Typical village man who likes to boast and share his good times with his people.
Masi TaqdeeraVillage match-maker
Ustad jiMalik AnokhaOwner of the local hotel
Zehra KhatoonReligious preacher
KashiSon of Huzoor Bakhsh. He tries to flee the village for the city. He is kidnapped by a criminal mafia in the city which trains him to pick pockets. Later, he ends up on the Qadir Bakhsh's boat with many other children, who are being smuggled to the Middle East.
TariSon of Huzoor Bakhsh
KulsoomSister of Huzoor Bakhsh
RaziaDaughter of Makhdoom
Master jiTeacher at the village school
RasheedCompounder (pharmacist) at the village clinic


The background score is composed by Arhad Mehmood. The drama features the following songs:

Track listing
1."Mera dard naghma-e-bay-sada"Faiz Ahmad FaizNayyara Noor 
2."Zard mitti ki aghosh mein" Tina Sani 
3."Dekhte hi dekhte hamein pyar hua" Alamgir 
4."Phool barsein pyar ki raahon mein" Alamgir 

Social Impact

A study was undertaken to evaluate the social impact of this drama on contract to Johns Hopkins University/Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) by Aftab Associates (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore, Pakistan. The support for this study was provided by International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.[6] The usefulness of findings from qualitative evaluations of 'Nijaat' (and Alang-Alang in Indonesia) has led to further collaborations between JHU/PCS and filmmakers.[7][8] The screenplay was written by renowned playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed.


  1. "Nijaat - WorldCat Library". WorldCat libraries. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2., Nijaat (PTV drama serial) on website, Retrieved 26 October 2016
  3. "Nijaat". Center for Communication Programs. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4., Cast of PTV drama serial 'Nijaat' on website, Retrieved 26 October 2016
  5., TV actor Yousuf Ali (Stars Who Died Young) on website, Retrieved 26 October 2016
  6. Aftab Associates (1 February 1994). "A qualitative evaluation of the impact of "Nijaat" (a social drama) in the rural vicinity of Lahore, Pakistan" (PDF). International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  7. Wilkins, Karin Gwinn (2000). Redeveloping communication for social change : theory, practice, and power. Lanham, [Md.]: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-8476-9588-1.
  8. Gumucio-Dagron, edited by Alfonso; Tufte, Thomas (2006). Communication for social change anthology : historical and contemporary readings. South Orange, N.J.: Communication for Social Change Consortium. ISBN 0977035794.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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