Islamic Research Academy
Islamic Research Academy is a think tank ideologically affiliated to a rightwing religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami, it is registered as a non-profit, non-government organization under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has its headquarters in Karachi and runs a publishing house – that publishes books, research articles and an Urdu language research journal called Maarif – as well as a book shop. A part of the academy is dedicated to publishing books and articles by and on Abdul A’ala Maudoodi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.
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editor-in-chief of daily Jasarat, he has worked in various newspapers including Hurriyat, a prominent Urdu daily in Karachi during the 1960s and the 1970s. He has been associated with daily Jasarat for the last 30 years or so.
a member of the executive board of Azad Papers Private Limited, he is a senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami. He has led his party’s councillors in Karachi’s elected city council between 2001 and 2005 when another Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Naimatullah Khan, served as the city’s nazim (mayor).
Muslim Pervaiz has also worked as the chief executive officer of daily Jasarat in the recent past.
a director of the Islamic Reserch Academy and a senior ideologue of Jamaat-e-Islami, he is also a director of Islamic Research Academy. He comes from a family of intellectuals. His father was a short story writer and the editor of a literary journal but, unlike his son, he followed a leftist ideology.
Daily Jasarat 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.
It could not be ascertained as to how and when did Islamic Research Academy come to own Azad Papers Private Limited, the company that owns daily Jasarat.
No verified online information is available about Islamic Research Academy’s ownership structure and its financial status. Since it is not registered under the Companies Ordinance 1984, the data obtained from SECP also does not provide information about its ownership structure and management as well as its latest financial status.
Interviews were conducted in June with Shahid Hashmi, a member of board of directors of Azad Papers Private Limited that owns and runs daily Jasarat and with Muzaffar Ejaz, a senior member of daily Jasarat’s editorial board.