Rameeza Majid Nizami
Rameeza Majid Nizami officially inherited the influential Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications from her father Majid Nizami after his death in 2014 but had already joined the group in 2009 and worked to help both the groups flagship dailies, Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation, modernize for new times by shifting their erstwhile ideological focus from right-of-center to the center. In 2018 she also decided to close down Waqt News TV channel about a decade after it was launched to cut business losses for the media group. Rameeza is known as an astute professional and shuns publicity unlike most of Pakistani editors but remains an active participant of the newspaper industry’s representative association, the All Pakistan Newspaper Society (APNS). She served as its senior vice-president for the period 2015-16. Her estranged uncle, Arif Nizami, operates a parallel media group, the Nawa Group, and is the editor of Pakistan Today English daily newspaper and CEO of Channel 24 Urdu news TV channel.
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during whose period www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk website was founded, is the father of Rameeza Nizami, was arguably one of the most well-known journalists in Pakistan’s media history. He was the chief editor and publisher of Nawa-i-Waqt group of publications having taken over the helm after his founder brother Hameed Nizami died in 1962. Majid was known for his strong personal nationalistic bent that extended to a professed mission for his group of publications. He was an ardent supporter of ‘nazaria-i-Pakistan’, or ‘’Ideology of Pakistan,’ which the state roots into an anti-India omnipotent policy. For the period 1999-2014 he served as the vocal chairman of the ‘Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust,’ established by late Punjab Chief Minister Ghulam Hyder Wyne in 1992 with the professed mission of promoting the ‘ideology of Pakistan’. He served as the editor of Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper for an astonishing 48 years and was bestowed with some of the highest state honours for civilians, including Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) and Sitara-i-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan). By the media industry itself Majid was bestowed the Living Legend of Journalism Award in 2010 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 by the All Pakistan Newspaper Society.
The Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Publications does not have a dedicated website showcasing basic information about its media outlets, owners, shareholders, revenues and other relevant information and neither do the websites of Nawa-i-Waqt or The Nation. The media outlet was sent information request on 11 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. There was no response to the request. A reminder was couriered on 1 February 2019 and emailed on 4 February 2019. There was no response from the outlet to date. The audience data was obtained from Gallup Pakistan for the year 2018.