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Kawish Group

Kawish Publication (Private) Limited is part of Kawish Group of publications which is perhaps the biggest media group representing vernacular Sindhi press in Pakistan. The company is leading the Sindhi-language press in Pakistan in general and Sindh province in particular where Sindhi-speaking people are in majority. Owned by the Kazi family, the group runs too influential Sindhi papers: Kawesh and Koshish.

Key facts

Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Sectors

Publications; TV Broadcasting

Ownership

Individual Owner

The Kazi Family

The three Kazi brothers and the son of eldest brother have equal number of shares among them. Muhammad Aslam Kazi owns 25% of shares in the company, whereas Muhammad Athar Kazi (25%), Muhammad Ali Kazi (25%) and Muhammad Ayub Kazi (25%) hold the remaining shares.

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Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other TV Outlets

KTN Entertainment

Other Online Outlets

www.thekawish.com

Facts

Media Business

Publications

Kawish Publications (Private) Limited

TV Broadcasting

Kashish Television Network (Private) Limited

General Information

Founding Year

2006 (incorporation)

Affiliated Interests Founder

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Employees

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Contact

Post Box No 43 Hyderabad, Sindh

Tel.: 022-2784822, 2780027

Website: www.thekawish.com

Email: kawish12@gmail.com

Tax/ ID Number

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Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

USD 3.86 Million / PKR 374 Million (2012-13)

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

USD 0.0008 Million / PKR 0.08 Million (2012-13)

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Executive Board

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Other Influential People

Mohammad Aslam Kazi

is former CEO of Kawish Group of Publications. He is the eldest among the three brothers and the founder of the group. He motivated his siblings to launch their own newspaper after their father Muhammad Akbar Kazi married a second time. Before that brothers Akbar Kazi and Abid Kazi, were running the successful Ibrat newspaper. In 2018, Aslam was elected member of Executive Committee of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) – a representative body of print media owners - for 2018-2019 period. Also a master’s degree holder in economics, he has in the past served as editor of daily Sindh News and English daily Sindh Observer. He launched Kawish in 1990 and then KTN TV channel shortly thereafter.

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

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

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An information request was sent to the company on 14 January 2019 through a courier company and by email as well. No response was received from the outlet. The outlet refused to accept the information request MOM Pakistan sent through a private courier company and it was returned. A reminder was sent on 1 February 2019 through a courier company and on 04 February 2019 by email also. Again, there was no response from the newspaper and the outlet also refused to accept reminder from the private courier company and the company returned it to MOM Pakistan team. A right-to-know request was submitted on 12 February 2019 with Sindh Information Department of Sindh provincial government to seek details of advertisement released to the company’s media outlets during 2018. There has been no response from the Sindh Information Commission for 15 days as the law stipulated 15 days to provide data or give reason for non-compliance with the RTI request. After 15 days, a complaint was registered against the Sindh Information Department’s non-sharing of requested data with the Information Commissioner on 5 March 2019 and the commissioner has also not responded till to date. There is little online information about the Kazi family available.
Sources who were interviewed for this research work did not wish to be identified to escape any conflict with the owners of the group.
An interview was conducted with Ali Hasan, senior Hyderabad-based journalist, about the newspaper’s editorial policy and family background of the owners. An interview was conducted with an anonymous Hyderabad-based Sindhi journalist, about the group’s history, editorial policy and family background of the owners.

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