JournalismPakistan.com July 27, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Dawn on Sunday said that Majid Nizami, the Editor-in-Chief of Nawa-i-Waqt group of newspapers, was an intrepid journalist and his death has left a bog void in Pakistan's media scene.
"Mr Nizami worked tirelessly to advance the political causes in which he believed. He established a number of new ventures in Urdu and English after he took over the Urdu daily Nawa-i-Waqt following the death in 1962 of its founder, his brother Hameed Nizami," Dawn said in an editorial.
"He expanded it to transform it into what it is today - Nawa-i-Waqt Group and Publications, which now includes the English daily The Nation, two weekly magazines, the monthly Phool and Waqt TV."
Recalling his role in the Pakistan Movement, the paper said that after freedom, he was given a sword of honor by Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first prime minister.
"Perhaps his greatest achievement was the bold editorials he wrote in Nawa-i-Waqt during some of the harsh periods of military rules that Pakistan has witnessed. The paper gained in prestige and its circulation grew - because of his stinging criticism of the government of the day in a style and diction that was all his own."
The paper said that despite his fierce criticism of government policies, he received many state awards, including the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the Sitara-i-Pakistan and the Nishan-i-Imtiaz.
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