Like almost all early news websites in Pakistan, www.thenews.com.pk was initially meant for providing overseas readers with online access to the digital version of Jang Group’s English language daily The News International. Over the last couple of decades, it has evolved into one of the most trusted Pakistani sources of news updates besides being a major attraction for the readers of blogs, views and analyses about the country’s politics and society.
According to its own claim, the website attracts some 700,000 visitors per month. These numbers have been achieved mostly on the back of major news stories and opinion pieces published by the daily The News International and its weekly magazine The News on Sunday. Of late, the website has also attracted many viewers with its news updates. It has been breaking news as and when it happens, thanks to a massive network of reporters that daily Jang, The news International and Geo News collectively have across Pakistan.
An added benefit readers have for being on www.thenews.com.pk is that it provides them links to some of Pakistan’s leading news sources – including but not limited to daily Jang and Geo News.
The website follows the same editorial policies as the rest of Jang Group publications – a conservative, middle of the road, market-minded approach.
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www.thenews.com.pk is owned by News Publications (Private) limited in which Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and his brother Mir Javed Rahman own 50% of shares each.
The Independent Newspaper Corporation (Private) Limited is the largest debenture holder at the company. It holds 47.37% debentures, followed by Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman (39.63%), his brother Mir Javed Rahman (12.38%) and a business executive working at Jang Group, Mansoor Rahman, (0.62%).
The Mir family through Jang Publications private ltd., Independent Newspaper Corporation private ltd., Combined Investments private ltd. and Jang private ltd. control at least 99% of shares at the News Publications Private Limited.
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The younger of Jang Group’s founder Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman’s two sons, he is generally known as MSR. He has expanded his father’s newspaper publishing business into a multi-billion-rupee media empire over the last four decades – becoming Pakistan’s biggest and the most powerful media tycoon in the process.
Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who mostly lives in Dubai, is one of the pioneers of online news platforms in Pakistan. Daily Jang became the country’s first newspaper in 1996 to have its internet edition. Since then, this edition has transformed into a fully-fledged news website in Urdu language and has become one of the country’s most browsed online news sources. As of now, almost all news platform owned by Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and his family have their own websites, each with a sizeable audience.
He has shown the same pioneering spirit in television industry and has set up several television channels. These include Pakistan’s most watched Urdu language news channel, Geo News, and the country’s only youth-focused channel, Aag (which closed down after a couple of years of its 2002 launch because it could not earn its keep).
Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s first foray into the news industry, soon after he finished his studies back in the late 1970s, was to run an English language evening newspaper, Daily News. He turned it into Karachi’s largest circulating evening newspaper soon after taking over its management.
He has held key positions in All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), a representative body of print media owners. He has also played a key role in the formation of Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) that represents businesses and individuals running televisions channels and radio stations in Pakistan.
Unlike his father who mostly stayed away from directly getting involved in politics, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman has never hesitated from taking on political leaders, parties and even governments. In the late 1990s, he had a bruising clash with the then civilian government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif who imposed punishing restrictions on daily Jang and its affiliated publications for their critical coverage of his government. Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and Maleeha Lodhi, who at the time worked as the editor of The News International, and some other members of the Jang Group staff faced treason charges for publishing news and views that Sharif did not like.
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A graduate of London School of Economics (LSE) and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), he has been associated with Jang Group since 1990.
He was a member of the editorial team that launched English daily The News International in 1991. He subsequently worked as the newspaper’s chief news editor, editor and senior editor. He was also a part of the editorial team that launched The News on Sunday, weekly magazine of The News International.
When, in 2000, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman decided to set up Pakistan’s first private television news channel, Imran Aslam was again instrumental in making it possible. He was made the channel’s founding president at its launch two years later.
Imran Aslam started his professional life in the late 1970s as a member of the personal staff of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan-al-Nahyan who at the time was the president of the United Arab Emirates. Later, he moved back to Pakistan to pursue a career in journalism.
In 1983, Imran Aslam became the editor of daily Star, an evening newspaper published by Pakistan Herald Publications Limited that also owns daily Dawn. He resigned in 1988 and worked in advertising, theatre and television over the next two years.
Since 2015, Imran Aslam has been working as the president of both Jang Group and Geo Television Network. His younger brother Talat Aslam is also working with Jang Group as the editor of daily The News International – a publication closely associated with www.thenews.com.pk.
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He is an Urdu language poet and journalist. Before joining Jang Group, he was associated with Samaa TV, a Karachi-based news channel, and Lahore-based Urdu language daily AajKal (which is no longer published).
Fazil Jamili was twice elected as general secretary of Karachi Union of Journalists and has been a member of the federal executive committee of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. He has also headed Karachi Press Club’s literary committee for years.
Fazil Jamili was born in 1968 in Pind Khan Khel village near Haripur city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Hazara division.
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the elder brother of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and is serving as the chairman of Jang Group. He does not deal with the day to day running of the group’s media outlet and has little to no say over their financial affairs. He does not have his own children but has adopted one of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s many children.
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The outlet 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. No verified online information is available about daily Jang’s ownership structure and its financial status.
Even the data obtained from SECP shows only its ownership structure and no record of its current or recent financial status.