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Islamic Research Academy

Islamic Research Academy is a think tank ideologically affiliated to a rightwing religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami, it is registered as a non-profit, non-government organization under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has its headquarters in Karachi and runs a publishing house – that publishes books, research articles and an Urdu language research journal called Maarif – as well as a book shop. A part of the academy is dedicated to publishing books and articles by and on Abdul A’ala Maudoodi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.

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Azad Papers Private Limited

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Athar Hashmi

editor-in-chief of daily Jasarat, he has worked in various newspapers including Hurriyat, a prominent Urdu daily in Karachi during the 1960s and the 1970s. He has been associated with daily Jasarat for the last 30 years or so.

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Daily Jasarat was sent information request on 14 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. It did not respond even after a reminder was couriered on 1st February 2019 and emailed on 4 February 2019.
It could not be ascertained as to how and when did Islamic Research Academy come to own Azad Papers Private Limited, the company that owns daily Jasarat.
No verified online information is available about Islamic Research Academy’s ownership structure and its financial status. Since it is not registered under the Companies Ordinance 1984, the data obtained from SECP also does not provide information about its ownership structure and management as well as its latest financial status.
Interviews were conducted in June with Shahid Hashmi, a member of board of directors of Azad Papers Private Limited that owns and runs daily Jasarat and with Muzaffar Ejaz, a senior member of daily Jasarat’s editorial board.

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