Cover of the Nov. 22 & 29, 2010, issue
|Publisher||Iqbal Z. Ahmed|
|First issue||September 5, 2010|
Newsweek Pakistan is published by AG Publications, a company wholly owned by Associated Group (AG), under license from The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC. The licensing agreement with AG Publications follows similar publishing alliances for Newsweek editions. Newsweek's Asia Pacific edition, published in Hong Kong, has been available in Pakistan for over 50 years. Newsweek Pakistan replaced the Asia Pacific edition, and carries reportage, analysis and opinion on Pakistan in addition to the content featured in the international edition. The Pakistan edition draws upon both its own editorial staff and Newsweek’s international network of correspondents.
Fasih Ahmed, who has reported for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, is the editor of Newsweek Pakistan. Ahmed won a New York Press Club award in 2008 for Newsweek’s coverage of the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Newsweek Pakistan debuted on August 31, 2010.
The cover of Newsweek Pakistan's first issue, captioned "The World's Bravest Nation: Pakistan," showed a boy displaced by the 2010 summer floods in Pakistan, the worst natural disaster in the history of the country. The magazine donated net proceeds from the sale of this debut issue to the U.N.'s World Food Program.
The debut issue featured an exclusive interview with Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, and also included an article on Pakistan by Ron Moreau, author of the October 2007 Newsweek cover story, "The Most Dangerous Nation in the World is not Iraq. It's Pakistan."
In his editor's note for the inaugural issue, Fasih Ahmed wrote that the idea for a Pakistan edition of Newsweek was spawned during his conversation with then-editor of Newsweek International, Fareed Zakaria, on January 8, 2008. They were returning from an interview with former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif.