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Dawn Group

The company, the Pakistan Herald Publications, came about as a result of legal wrangling over the ownership of daily Dawn after its founder Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was also the founding governor general of Pakistan, died in 1948. His sister Fatima Jinnah, his political party Muslim League and the government of Pakistan all claimed the ownership of the newspaper as did the heirs of Haji Abdullah Haroon who was the biggest investor in the trust that ran it. Over 18 months or so after Jinnah’s death, the dispute became so intense that Haji Abdullah Haroon’s family decided to stop the publication of daily Dawn. They instead set up Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited and started another daily newspaper, Herald.


When, finally, daily Dawn was not published on April 1, 1950, people of Pakistan and newspaper hawkers became highly enraged over the closure of what they saw as their beloved Jinnah’s newspaper. They, therefore, boycotted the distribution and purchase of Herald, forcing the family of Haji Abdullah Haroon to discontinue it and resume the publication of daily Dawn four days later – but under the banner of Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited.


Today, Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited, is part of a private Karachi-based business conglomerate, Dawn Media Group, owned by the family of Amber Haroon Saigol, a granddaughter of Haji Abdullah Haroon. The group has been publishing newspapers and magazines – including daily Dawn – for the last seven decades. Since the mid-2000s, the group has been also running a 24/7 news channel, Dawn News, and an English language news website,

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Not a formally registered group

Business Sectors

Printing and publishing; radio and television broadcasting; production;


Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Daily Star

Other TV Outlets

Dawn News

Other Radio Outlets

City FM 89

Other Online Outlets


Media Business


Pakistan Herald Publication Private Limited

TV Broadcasting

Aurora Broadcasting Services (Private) Limited

Film Production

Herald Entertainment Private Limited

Radio Broadcasting

Kohinoor Airwaves (Private) Limited


Oils and lubricants

Haroon Oils Private Limited

Trade & Commerce

Pakistan Herald Mercantile (Private) Limited

General Information

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon

was the mayor of Karachi (1954-55), federal interior minister (1978-84), federal defence minister (June-December 1988), governor of Sindh province (1990-1993 and 1994-95) and the co-founder of an English language daily Khaleej Times, launched in 1978 from Dubai.

His father, Haji Sir Abdullah Hussain Haroon, was a prominent businessman and politician in the British India. He was a member of the Karachi Municipality twice (1913-16 and 1921-34), a member of the Indian National Congress (1917-19) and the president of Sindh Provincial Muslim League (1920-30).

Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon’s brother, Yusuf Abdullah Haroon, briefly worked as chief editor of Dawn in 1966 after its long serving editor Altaf Hussain became a minister in the cabinet of Pakistan’s first military dictator General Ayub Khan. Yusuf Abdullah Haroon was also a member of the last central legislative assembly of the British India, Jinnah’s aide-de-camp, the governor of West Pakistan (March–September 1969) and chief minister of Sindh province (1949-50).

Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon’s other brother, Said Abdullah Haroon, set up Eastern Film Studios in Karachi in the mid-1950s. He was also the founding editor of Eastern Film, a monthly magazine launched in 1959 to cover Pakistan’s nascent cinema.

The three brother – Yusuf Abdullah Haroon, Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon and Said Abdullah Haroon – also cofounded Haroon Oils, an importer and distributor of motor oils and lubricants, in 1964.

Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon’s daughter Amber Haroon Saigol is the chairperson of Dawn Media Group which includes Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited. His nephew, Hameed Haroon, is the Chief Executive officer of the company.

Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon’s other nephew, Hussain Haroon, was Pakistan’s foreign minister (May-August 2018), Pakistan’s permanent representative in the United Nations (2008-12) and the speaker of the provincial assembly of Sindh (1985–86).




Haroon House, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road,

Karachi 74200 Pakistan

Tel.: +92-21-35675131-34


Website :

Tax/ ID Number

0800854-0 (Pakistan Herald Publications)

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Executive Board

Hameed Haroon

A nephew of the company’s founder Mehmoud Abdullah Haroon, he is also its chief executive officer. He started his professional career back in the late 1970s as the deputy chief executive of Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited that owns daily Dawn. He took over as the Chief Executive Officer of the company in the late 1990s and subsequently served many stints as the president of the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS), an association that represents the country’s newspaper owners.

Over the last forty years, Hameed Haroon has started many publications. These include an evening newspaper, daily Star, an advertising magazine, Aurora, and a technology magazine, Spider, (that closed down in 2015). He also changed the company’s flagship magazine, Herald, in the early 1980s from a society journal into a current affairs one in. Since then, the magazine has become one of the most credible sources of news, views and reviews in the country.

A patron of arts and culture, Hameed Haroon has played a major role in the restoration and revival of many historical buildings in Karachi. He also hosts a music show on City FM 89 radio station and has compiled and published collectors’ editions of books on world renowned painter Sadequain and globally famous poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz – among some others.

Other Influential People

Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani

A daughter of Amber Haroon-Saigol, she is the Managing Director of City FM 89 radio station, Chief Operating Officer of Aurora Broadcasting Services Limited that owns Dawn News television, Chief Executive Officer of Herald Entertainment (Private) Limited and Deputy Chief Executive of the Pakistan Herald Publications (Private) Limited. She is married to Danish Ali Lakhani whose paternal uncle Sultan Ali Lakhani owns Express Media Group.

Further Information

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ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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The company was sent information request on 11 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email on 10 January 2019. However, the company respondedon 20 February 2019 after a reminder was couriered on 1st February 2019 and emailed on 4 February 2019. The information it shared was partial. Its financial and administrative information is also not available online. The financial information, including about the revenues, profit and the number of employees, used in this company profile, has been obtained from a report the company submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan

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