October 3, 1915|
Sangla Hill, Lyallpur, Punjab, British Indian Empire
|Died||February 22, 1962
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Taxali Gate Cemetery|
|Nationality|| United Kingdom (1915-47)
|Education||BA and MA in English literature|
|Alma mater||Islamia College
|Children||Majid Nizami (brother)|
Hameed Nizami (Punjabi, Urdu: حمید نظامی; b. 3 October 1915 – 22 February 1962), was an eminent journalist, literary figure, Pakistan Movement activist, and the founder as well as the editor-in-chief of the Urdu-language newspaper, the Nawa-i-Waqt (lit. Daily Times).
He earned national prominence for penning several political articles and opinionated columns in support of successful Pakistan Movement whilst played crucial role in the growing influence of the print journalism in Pakistan.
Hameed Nizami was born in the remote railway junction located in Sangla Hill, few miles far from the vintage Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Punjab, British Indian Empire, on 3 October 1915. He hailed from a Punjabi family and initially studied at the local school in Faisalabad at his own expense. He attended the Islamia College where he gained BA in Journalism. Furthermore, he attended the Punjab University where he attained the MA in English Literature.
During his years in college, he was politically active, having found and served president of the Punjab Muslim Federation of the Muslim League. His role as student leader and journalist led him to become closer to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. After attaining master's degree in journalism, he joined the press directorate of the Punjab government for a short brief of time before joining the literary staff of the Orient Press.
In 1940, Nizami left the Orient Press in order to establish the Nawa-i-Waqt, which he became newspapers' first editor-in-chief from Lahore on 23 March 1940. The Nawa-i-Waqt was a monthly newspaper but he quickly converted the newspaper into weekly on 15 December 1942. After hiring more staff and gaining more credibility, the Nawa-i-Waqt began publishing its articles and news headlines on daily purposes on 19 July 1944. The first edition of the Nawa-i-Waqt came out on 22 July 1944 a Muslim prayer and a message of the Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Nizami's efforts made Nawa-i-Waqt with all its limitations a powerful voice of the people for the cause of Muslim League and penned several articles for the support for the Pakistan Movement. He was noted as the strong spokesman for the support support of democracy in the country, and harshly penned a column against the first martial law imposed by President Iskander Mirza. Through his newspaper, he took hard stance on communism and supported the capitalism stance during 1950s.
Death and legacy
Hameed Nizami died on 25 February 1962 in Lahore. His death was mourned throughout the country. After his death, the newspaper founded the "Hameed Nizami Memorial Society" (HNMS) dedicated to his style of journalism, and held memorial session in remembrance of his name each and every year. His journalism style was influenced by the renowned philosopher, Iqbal, and had conveyed his words in articles penned by him. To many conservative politicians, Nizami is noted as a crucial figure in shaping the print media in Pakistan.
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