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DAWN (newspaper)

The January 1, 2015 front page of
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Dawn Group of Newspapers
Publisher Khawaja Kaleem Ahmed
Editor Zaffar Abbas
Founded 26 October, 1941 Delhi, British India
Political alignment liberal, centrist and progressive[1]
Headquarters Karachi, Pakistan

DAWN is Pakistan's oldest and most widely read English-language newspaper in Pakistan. One of the country's three largest English-language dailies, it is the flagship of the Dawn Group of Newspapers, published by Pakistan Herald Publications, which also owns the Herald, a magazine, Spider, an information technology magazine and Aurora, an advertising, marketing and media magazine.

It was founded by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Delhi, India, on 26 October 1941 as a mouthpiece for the Muslim League. The first issue was printed at Latifi Press on 12 October 1942.[2] The newspaper has offices in Karachi (Sindh), Lahore (Punjab), and the federal capital Islamabad, and representatives abroad.[3] As of 2010, it has a weekday circulation of over 109,000.[4] The CEO of Dawn group is Hameed Haroon, and the current editor of Dawn is Zaffar Abbas.


  • Early history 1
  • Features 2
  • 24-hour news channel 3
  • Relations with Wikileaks 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7

Early history

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of the DAWN Newspaper

Dawn began as a weekly publication, published in New Delhi. Jinnah summed up the paper's purpose when he stated:

"The Dawn will mirror faithfully the views of Hindustan's Muslims and the All Hindustan Muslim League in all its activities: economic, educational and social and more particularly political, throughout the country fearlessly and independently and while its policy will be, no doubt, mainly to advocate and champion the cause of the Muslims and the policy and programme of the All Hindustan Muslim League, it will not neglect the cause and welfare of the peoples of this sub-continent generally".[5]

Dawn became a daily newspaper in October 1942 under the leadership of its first editor, Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and Governor General of the British Raj both of whom wanted a united India.

In 1947, senior Dawn staff led by Altaf Husain set off for Karachi to launch a local edition starting 15 August 1947.


Dawn regularly carries syndicated articles from western newspapers like The Independent, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

On Sundays, the weekend advertiser carries three sections namely "Ad Buzz", "Career" & "Real Estate".[6]

24-hour news channel

After two months of test transmissions, the publishing company behind the newspaper launched Pakistan's first 24-hour English news channel, Dawn News, in July 2007. However, due to financial difficulties, the broadcast language was switched from English to Urdu in May 2010.

Relations with Wikileaks

On 19 May 2011, Dawn Media Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, for the exclusive first use in Pakistan of all the secret US diplomatic cables related to political and other developments in the country.[7]

An announcement printed in the newspaper and posted on the website read:

"The Dawn Media Group and Julian Assange, Chief Executive of Sunshine Press Productions, the publishing arm of WikiLeaks, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exclusive first use in Pakistan of all the secret US diplomatic cables related to political and other developments in the country."[7]

See also


  1. ^ Durrani, Ammara (2009), "Pride and Proliferation: Pakistan's Nuclear Psyche After A. Q. Khan", South Asian Cultures of the Bomb: Atomic Publics and the State in India and Pakistan ( 
  2. ^ Jinnah, Mahomed Ali (1976). Plain Mr. Jinnah 1. Royal Book co. p. 236. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Our International Business Representatives". Dawn Media Group. 
  4. ^ "The Inside Pages: An Analysis of the Pakistani Press" ( 
  5. ^ Aqeel-uz-zafar Khan. "Jinnah and the Muslim press". JANG Newspaper Group. 
  6. ^ "Advertise DAWN". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Announcement, Memorandum of Understanding between Dawn Media Group and Sunshine Press Productions. 20 May 2011. Retrieved

External links

  • Official website
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