Urdu Digest

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Urdu Digest is a monthly Urdu magazine in Pakistan. It is first digest in Pakistan and was first published in November 1960 in Lahore. Its appearance is similar to the famous American monthly, Reader's Digest. Its writings present a traditional way of religious Pakistani life and covers a large variety of topics. Urdu Digest is constantly performing the duty of character building and consciousness of Pakistanis for the last 53 years. The magazine also has been serving to strengthen the ideology of Pakistan and promoting national integration. Urdu Digest publishes translations of international literary stories, adventure stories, hunting stories and articles on science, technology, history, animals, education, health, positive thinking and business role models.

Dr. Ejaz Hasan Qureshi, Altaf Hasan Qureshi and Malik Zafar Ullah Khan are its pioneers and editors. Also Abad Shah Puri, Zia Shahid, Mohsen Farani and Syed Asim Mahmood worked for Urdu Digest as assistant editors. Now Tayyab Ijaz is the managing editor of Urdu Digest. He produced prominent changes in the magazine, especially in its design. Akhtar Abbas joined the Digest as editor in June 2011. He is known as a writer and editor, and was awarded by UNICEF five times as best editor.[citation needed] He is the writer of twenty books for teenagers. His one book Adab Zindgi Kay has sold more than 350,000 copies in Pakistan.[citation needed]

Urdu Digest has started many new projects, such as Urdu Forum. Wasi Shah has been selected as first Safeer-e-Urdu for 2012. Many other prominent scholars are on the panel of Urdu Digest.

Since 2003, the administration of Urdu Digest has also run the Karwan-e-Ilm Foundation, a noncommercial charitable organization to save and promote talent of Pakistan. The foundation has been providing financial assistance to deserving talented students who secure more than 75% marks in Matric and Intermediate Examinations, irrespective of creed and domicile and are pursuing education in professional and higher academic institutions in the sciences, engineering, medicine, commerce and agriculture.[1]

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