MR. SHARIF FAROOQ
The Daily “ITTEHAD” Islamabad/Abbottabad/Peshawar
Vice President Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors Emeritus Member of the Executive of All Pakistan Newspapers Society
Born on September 11, 1925 in Lahore, Mr. Sharif Farooq started his journalistic career by joining the Daily “INQILAB” in 1948 and Daily “EHSAN” in 1950. He moved to Peshawar and joined the leading Newspaper of its time Urdu/Pushto Daily “SHAHBAZ” as its Editor and served it from 1952-61. Because of COLD WAR period INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS being faced by Pakistan in general and PESHAWAR REGION in particular, he left for London and joined renowned Daily “NAWA-i-WAQT” as its Bureau Chief, become Member of the House of Commons Press Gallery Committee and Common-wealth Correspondents Association. During his stay in London, he saw the downfall of McMillan government because of Christine Kealer Scandal 1963. He had the chance to see the rejection of Britain’s Membership to become E.U’s Member at Brussels by France and as a result weeping P.M Edwards Heath.
Continuing his service with NAWA-I-WAQT. He came to Lahore, became its Chief Reporter in 1964, covering 1965 Indo-Pak War. Presidential Election between Madr-i- Millat Fatima Jinnah and Field Marshal Ayub Khan. He also had the chance to get Z.A Bhutto’s first EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW the same very evening when he launched his Pakistan Peoples Party in Lahore in 1967.
He started Weekly “JEHAN NUMA” on the patron of Newsweek and Time, in 1972. He rejoined “NAWA-i-WAQT” Rawalpindi/Islamabad to take charge as its Edition Incharge. IN 1973 HE WENT TO SIMLA WITH QUAID-I-AWAM BHUTTO TO COVER THIS HISTORIC TALKS. He had also the chance to meet late Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman who was responsible to secede from Pakistan in Dacca with Pakistani leadership. In 1975 he was assigned to start Daily “NAWA-i-WAQT”, Edition from Peshawar but the proposal was withdrawn, thus Mr. Farooq started his own Daily “JIHAD” Peshawar, which is being published from Peshawar/Islamabad. Later on, Daily “ITTEHAD” was launched from Abbottabad, Islamabad and Peshawar.
Mr. Sharif Farooq wrote many books. The main theme of these books is to highlight how these countries became great economic powers etc. As a journalist he visited numerous countries of the world including Netherlands, USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Iran, Uzbekistan, China, Japan, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Turkish and India etc.
He attended briefings of many international leaders including President Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Premier Chou en Lai, Gamal Nasir, P.J Nehru, Mahatir Muhammad, King Saud-al-Faisal Shaheed, General Musharraf, General Zia-ul-Haq, F.M Ayub Khan, Benazir Bhutto, Bacha Khan, Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Maulana Maudodi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, General Shah Nawaz (INA), Syed Attaullah Shah Bukhari.
His books “QUAID-I-AZAM JINNAH, FREEDOM FIGHTER OF THE SUB-CONTINENT” became so popular that its English, Arabic, and Persian versions are being published.
His other books include Lincoln Kay Watan Main. Ata Turk Kay, Watan Main. Almia-i- Kiberis. HAQAQ-I-TURKIYA. Pakistan Maidan-i-Jang Main. (INDO-PAK 1965 War).
Wafaqi Jamhoria Germany, Daulat-ul-Kuwait, Kuwaiti Arabic Poetry. Kuwait-Iraq Demarcation. Visit to China. Translation of Khutbat-al-Faisal of late Shaheed Shah Faisal. Naara-i-Inqilab and Paigham-i-Inqilab (Speeches by Late F. M. Muhammad Ayub Khan). His Auto-biography and 25 other books are under process of publication. Mader-i-Millat-Sarma-i-Millat got first prize amongst 47 writers of Pakistan in open competition His other books include Ghulam Faruque Khan, Revolutionary Builder of Pakistan. His new book is about Baroness Saeeda Warsi, Co-Chair Conservative Party and first ever Asian origin Muslim Minister of UK Cabinet. Karwan-i-Azadi—struggle of Non- Muslim leaguer Freedom Fighters.
PROFILE OF MR. TAHIR FAROOQ,
“ITTEHAD” GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS
Mr. Tahir Farooq Editor Daily “ITTEHAD” has got an extensive experience of journalism and investigative Reporting since 1989. His journalistic career spans over a period of more than twenty years that includes practical orientation of journalism, international official media visits along with establishing and expanding his regional Newspaper “ITTEHAD” from Abottabad to Islamabad with simultaneously publishing from Peshawar to Karachi since 2004.
Mr. Farooq has been involved on special reporting and editing assignments and participated in various international events including Pak- Germany media dialogue organized by the Federal Foreign office of Germany in Berlin July,2009; as an International Observer at Presidential Elections, in 2007 and 2010 of Azerbaijan, participated at World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue held in Azerbaijan on 17th April 2011 presided over by President of Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, visited Uzbekistan in 2011as part of
delegation of Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industries. In 2007 he was invited by Election Committee of Uzbekistan to observe Presidential and Parliamentary elections. During his visit to TNRC, Mr. Farooq interviewed President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus H.E. Dr. DerviÅ� EroÄ�lu, Foreign Minister, and also the speaker of the Parliament and other dignitaries of T.R.N.C. Mr. Farooq is an active member of Asian Society of Civilizations and in his role as member visited Arab Republic of Egypt in 2007, State of QATAR, Uzbekistan in 2007, Germany in 2009 to attend Media Dialogue organized by Federal Foreign Office, attended O.I.C Conference in Azerbaijan in 2009, visited France in 2009, participated in the 14th July celebrations in Paris and visited Iran with Parliamentary Delegation of Pakistan on the invitation of
Iranian Government in June 2009.
Of his contributions in journalistic writing, Mr. Farooq has published several special reports, interviews conducted of eminent political; personalities, a book on Azerbaijan in Urdu language on the request of the Embassy of Azerbaijan, Islamabad titled “Azerbaijan – Short State Hood History” and
translation and compilation of a comprehensive study report of German Embassy in Urdu language, titled, “Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Pakistan”.