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Mir Khalil ur Rehman Death 25 January

Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman (1927 – 25 January 1992) was the founder and editor of the Jang Group of Newspapers which currently publishes many Urdu and English newspapers in Pakistan. A self-made newspaper magnate, he ranks among the most successful newspaper entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

Mir Khalil ur Rahman was born in 1927 to a middle-class family in the town of Gujranwala, Punjab, where he received his basic schooling and college education. He received his degree in Accounting from the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. During the Second World War, his parents moved to New Delhi, the capital of India. It was here that he discovered his love for journalism. The world of newspapers attracted him far more than the dull books of accounting. He had a passion for reading and writing and a fondness for newspapers and magazines. He sat glued to his radio set, listening to the latest war news.

In 1940, when he was still a student, he started a newspaper for the Muslims during World War II in Delhi. He called it the Jang, or War. Some of his critics said, at that time, that he encouraged the war hysteria by selecting a name like that for his newspaper but Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman made it clear that he was doing it for the soldiers and not to encourage the Second world war.

Career

After the independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947, Mir Khalil moved to Karachi, first capital of the newly created state of Pakistan, and started publishing the Daily Jang from there which was funded by a loan of 5000 rupees from Abdul Ghani Barq of Ferozsons Publishers of Lahore. Pakistan’s first Governor General and founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was delighted by this move and offered the government’s help in running it. Mir, however, declined the offer saying that the freedom of the press was his motto and goal for journalism in Pakistan. Mir also helped in the founding of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors. He opposed, tooth and nail, any government measures or action which curbed the freedom of the press in Pakistan.

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