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Express Media Group

Express Media Group was founded in 1998 with the launch of an Urdu daily, Express. Since then, it has also been publishing an English language daily, Express Tribune, a Sindhi language daily, Sindh Express, and some television channels including Express News and Express Entertainment. It owns and runs three of the ten most viewed news websites in Pakistan – www.express.pk, www.express.com.pk and www.tribune.com.pk – as well. The group includes several media companies such as Television Media Network Private Limited (that owns and runs television channels), Express Publications Private Limited (which owns and runs newspapers) and Express Digital Private Limited (which runs websites).

Express Media Group itself is a part of a larger business conglomerate, Lakson Group. Its business portfolio includes agriculture-based industry, call centers, non-durables consumer goods, fast food, financial services, media, paper and board, printing and packaging, information technology, power generation, drug manufacturing and travel.

The Lakson group is owned and run by four brothers – Sultan Ali Lakhani, Amin Muhammad Lakhani, Zulfiqar Ali Lakhani and Iqbal Lakhani – and their children. They have overlapping ownerships in various businesses of Lakson Group but have divided their management rather neatly. So, while Sultan Ali Lakhani and his son Bilal Ali Lakhani run Express Media Group almost exclusively, other businesses of the group are run by other members of their family.

The family is also closely linked to other members of Pakistan’s business elite. For instances, Danish Ali Lakhani, who is a nephew of Sultan Ali Lakhani, is married to Nazafreen Saigol who is the deputy chief executive of Dawn Media Group and whose father Azam Saigol was a part of Saigol Group, an old and large business house which has its headquarters in Lahore and has a highly diverse and successful business portfolio.

Key facts

Mother Company

Lakson Group

Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Not a registered group

Business Sectors

Agriculture-based industry; Call centers; non-durables consumer goods; fast food; financial services; media; paper and board; printing and packaging; information technology; power generation; drug manufacturing; travel

Ownership

Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Express Tribune (English daily)

Other TV Outlets

Express Entertainment

Other Online Outlets

https://food.tribune.com.pk

Facts

Media Business

Publishing

Century Publications Private Limited

Publishing and printing

Matrix Press Private Limited

Publishing and broadcasting

Express publications Private Limited

Television broadcasting

Television Media Network Private Limited

Business

Information technology and communication

Cybernet

Financial services

Century Insurance Company Limited

Investment management

Siza Private Limited

Construction

Siza Services Private Limited

Paper and Packaging

Century Paper and Board Mills

Fast moving consumer goods

Colgate-Palmolive Company Pakistan

Food and agriculture

Ajinomoto Lakson Pakistan Private Limited

Healthcare

Siza International Private Limited

Travel

Princeton Travels Private Limited

Power Generation

Lakson Wind Power Generation Private Limited

General Information

Founding Year

1998

Affiliated Interests Founder

Sultan Ali Lakhani

born in 1948 in Gondia, a town in what is now India’s Maharashtra state. His family subsequently moved to Karachi where his father Hassanali Karabhai set up a business in 1954. Over time, this business would expand and become Lakson Group which is now one of the largest commercial and industrial conglomerates in Pakistan.
Sultan Ali Lakhani worked as the group’s chairman till 1988 and is serving as its advisor presently. He is also the chief executive officer of Express Media Group which is wholly owned by Lakson Group and includes Television Media Network Private Limited (that owns and runs some television channels including Express News and Express Entertainment), Express Publications Private Limited (which owns and runs Urdu language daily Express, English language daily Express Tribune and Sindhi language daily Sindh Express), and Express Digital Private Limited (which runs three major news websites – www.express.com.pk, www.express.pk and www.tribune.com.pk – among others).
Sultan Ali Lakhani has been serving as the honorary consul of Mexico in Pakistan since long. He dabbled in politics too and remained a member of Senate, the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament, between 1988 and 1994 as a representative of a center-right party, Pakistan Muslim League. He once also famously pleaded guilty of committing bank fraud after he was arrested in 2000 by the National Accountability Bureau and kept in detention for nine months.

Employees

Missing Data

Contact

5 Expressway Off Korangi Road

Defence View, Karachi, Pakistan

Tel.: +92(0)-21-35800051

Fax: +92(0)-21-35800050

Email: smhumayun@cici.com.pk

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

Missing Data

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

Missing Data

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Executive Board

Sultan Ali Lakhani

Director and chief executive officer, he is the advisor to Lakson Group and has been serving as the honorary consul of Mexico in Pakistan since long. He remained a member of Senate, the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament, between 1988 and 1994. He also pleaded guilty of committing bank fraud after he was arrested in 2000 by the National Accountability Bureau and kept in detention for nine months.

Other Influential People

Danish Ali Lakhani

a nephew of Sultan Ali Lakhani and runs Cybernet, a part of Lakson Group of Companies, that provides Internet, cable television and phone services under the brand name Stormfiber. He is married to Nazafreen Saigol who is deputy chief executive at Dawn Media Group that owns daily Dawn and its website dawn.com as well as some other publications. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of Dawn News television and City FM 89 radio station.

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

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

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Meta Data

The company was sent information request on 15 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 its 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.

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