Ummat Publications Private Limited was incorporated in 2003 in Karachi, with three brothers, Abdul Rafiq Afghan, Abdul Nasir Afghan and Abdul Rauf Afghan, being its shareholders. The first of them owned 90% shares in it while the other two owned 5% shares each. Later, Abdul Rafiq Afghan acquired the shares owned by Abdul Rauf Afghan as well.
Apart from owning daily Ummat, an Urdu language newspaper, the company also publishes two magazines in the same language – weekly Takbeer and monthly Ghazi.
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Affiliated to the student wing of an Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, he first made a name for himself as a student leader in Karachi during the early 1980s. He was known to be a strong advocate of Islamic resistance, or jihad, against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. He reportedly also went to that country to take part in fighting.
After completing his education, Abdul Rafiq Afghan started working in Karachi at a pro-jihad Islamist weekly, Takbeer. He would later marry the only daughter of the magazine’s founder Maulana Salahuddin who was a champion of global Islamic causes and a sworn enemy of left-wing and liberal politics.
Before he launched Takbeer in the early 1980s, Maulana Salahuddin was the editor of daily Jasarat, the official media organ of Jamaat-e-Islami. He was murdered in 1994 outside his office allegedly by the members of a Karachi-based political party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
After Maulana Salahuddin’s murder, senior members of Takbeer’s editorial staff took over the magazine. They also expelled Abdul Rafiq Afghan from its editorial board. For some years after his expulsion, he and his wife, Sadia Salahuddin, remained estranged too.
She also initially alleged that he had killed her father in order to take over his media house. Before their split could be final, General Hameed Gul, a close friend of Maulana Salahuddin and also a former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan’s topmost secret agency, intervened and reconciled the two.
It was after their reconciliation that Takbeer came to be run by Abdul Rafiq Afghan who by then had already started publishing daily Ummat. He also publishes another Urdu language magazine, Ghazi, though its circulation is very small.
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Director and chief executive officer of Ummat Publications Private Limited, he was a student leader in Karachi during the early 1980s before he became a journalist and then a newspaper publisher.
Director and the brother of the company’s founder and chief executive officer Abdul Rafiq Afghan.
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A journalist since the early 1980s, he is the editor of daily Ummat. He was initially associated with daily Jang newspaper where he worked his way up to become its deputy editor. After he quit Jang in the early 1990s, he became the editor of Urdu News, a Karachi-based daily newspaper. He was also among the founding editorial team of Daily Ummat.
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.
The data obtained from SECP shows only its ownership structure and no record of its current or recent financial status.