BiographyBorn in Sangla Hill, Mr Majid Nizami was the younger brother of Mr Hamid Nizami, who launched Nawai Waqt in 1940.He was the younger brother of veteran journalist and founder of Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper, Mr Hameed Nizami, and paternal uncle of Mr Arif Nizami, the founding editor of English daily The Nation and currently the editor of English daily Pakistan Today.Hameed Nizami died very young in 1962 at the age of 47, after which Mr Majid Nizami assumed the editorship of Nawa-i-Waqt, as his nephews were very young at that time. Mr Majid Nizami is mourned by his foster daughter Rameeza Nizami and family nephews, including Mr Shoaib Nizami, Mr Arif Nizami, Mr Tahir Nizami and niece Mrs Sarah Nizami.
EducationAfter matriculation, Mr Majid Nizami got admission to the Islamia College,Lahore. He was later enrolled at Lahore’s Hailey College as Hamid Nizami wished him to qualify as a chartered accountant.But the younger brother had other ideas. He switched over to Government College, Lahore, from where he obtained Master’s degree in Political Science and then went to London to study law. From London, he would regularly send ‘Maktoob-i-London’ (Letters from London) as well as special reports for Nawai Waqt.
CareerAfter completing his education, he step in to the journalism and join the newspaper of his elder brother Nawa e waqat. Majeed Nizami starts his newspaper Nida e milat but after the death of his elder brother he joint Nida e milat with Nawa-e-waqat. Majeed Nizami is one of the famous and experience journalist in Pakistan.
President of Muslim Students FederationHameed Nizami (late) was the founding president of Muslim Students Federation, the student wing of the Muslim League. Nawa-i-Waqt was established on the express instructions of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Nazaria-e-Pakistan TrustMr Majid Nizami as editor was renowned for his independent and fearless views. Anti-India and pro Kashmir policies were his hallmark. He was also the founder of the Nazaria e Pakistan trust and Aiwan e Karkunaan e Pakistan.
President of All Pakistan Newspapers SocietyMr Majid Nizami remained the president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE), professional bodies of publishers and editors, over the years.
ColumnsThe columns Mr. Majeed wrote were outstanding and based on truth. He has always been an inspiration for new comers. The veteran writer was always concerned about the Problem of Jamu Kashmir and he always took active part in Kashmir issue. He really was very worried about our muslim brothers of Kashmir. He has dedicated a part of his newspaper to Kashmir and everyday news of Kashmir and cruel behavior of Indian Army on Kashmir were published.
Friendly TiesMr Nizami was one of the few journalists who retained friendly ties with the Sharif family during their years in exile. After returning to Pakistan in 2007, the Sharifs distanced themselves from many journalists, but Mr Majid Nizami remained close to both Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif right until his death.
DeathThe founder of Nawa e Waqat Group, Majeed Nizami passed away on 26th July 2014. The senior journalist was suffering from heart problems and was taking treatment from Lahore. His funeral was attend by Mian Shahbaz Sharif along with Pervaiz Rasheed. Altaf Hussain also forwarded his condolences to Mr. Majeed Nizami family and said “I am deeply saddened at the demise of Majeed Nizami.” Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow on the demise of such great coulmist. President of Pakistan also expressed deep sorrow. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan also known as I.K was very sad and forwarded his condolences to the family of Mr. Majeed Nizami. Indeed a great loss for Pakistan because such personalities are born seldom.
Awards and Recognition
- Living Legend of Journalism Award in 2010
- Lifetime Achievement Award by All Pakistan Newspapers Society in 2011
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