Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mir Shakil ur Rahman

Mir Shakil ur Rahman (MSR) is the part owner of the Independent Media Corporation and Group Chief Executive and Group Editor in Chief of Jang Group of Companies of Pakistan. This media group publishes a number of Newspapers and Magazines in Urdu and English. IMC also owns the Geo TV network.
Business Week magazine, in a special report published in the issue of 11 July 2005, selected Mir Shakil ur Rahman in 25 Stars of Asia, for their role in bringing change in their respective field in Asia. They wrote that Geo TV launched by Mir Shakil ur Rahman has become one of the most popular TV channels in Pakistan. The GEO TV network has quickly evolved into Pakistan's biggest network of channels. The Jang Group of Publications was founded by Mir Khalil ur Rehman (MKR), father of Mir Javed ur Rehman and Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman.
He is the youngest son of Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman was the founder and editor of the Jang newspaper which has currently grown to be the most popular Urdu newspaper in Pakistan. Mir Khalil ur Rehman was born into a Mir (tribe) in Gujranwala. His ancestor originally belongs to Kashmir. When he was a college student in 1940, he started a newspaper for Muslims in pre-partition Hindustan fighting in World War II in Delhi. He called it Jang, or War. This was not an exaggerated name as some believed, but a statement against war and so Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman made it clear that he was doing this for the soldiers and not to encourage the Second World War. After the creation of Pakistan, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman took a loan of 5000 rupees from Abdul Ghani Barq of Ferozsons Printers and re-started the Daily Jang from Karachi. He continued to work at the newspaper till his death in 1992.
He also has 9 children 4 boys and 5 girls.
(source: Wikipedia)

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