Mashriq Group of Newspapers represents a media group in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which publishes leading Urdu-language newspaper Mashriq, meaning ‘East’ in Urdu, English daily The Statesman and runs Mashriq television channel in Pushto language, the most spoken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and viewers spread across Pakistan.
The group is not registered as company with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and MOM Pakistan found no certified document to look into ownership structure, shareholdings and other details. It is one of the strongest groups doing business in media industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bordering Afghanistan.
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belongs to a business family of Peshawar. He joined media business with successful bidding for privatization of state-run Mashriq newspaper in 1996. His late brother Zafar Ali Shah was active in politics and he was elected as member of National Assembly. Politically, the family was close to Pakistan People’s Party and it was ruling the then North West Frontier Province, now renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, when the family won the bidding for Mashriq newspaper. Before joining the media industry, Tajmir Shah was running the family businesses in construction sector. The family sways hold religiously as well as it is know ‘Saadat family’.
Daily Mashriq, Bilal Town,
Grand Trunk Road, Peshawar
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An information request was sent to the group on 11 January 2019 through a courier company and by email as well. No response was received from the outlet. 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. A right-to-know request was submitted on 12 February 2019 with Information Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to seek details of advertisement released to the newspaper during 2018. The Information Commission directed the relevant government authority to share the details under Right-to-Know law of the province. No details were shared despite the provincial Information Commission’s directive. A complaint under the law was lodged with Commissioner Information, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 5 March 2019 for non-compliance with the law by the authorities concerned. The commissioner again directed the concerned authority to share details under the law and no details were received by 03 May 2019.