Early life and career
Jawed Iqbal was born at Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. He has professional experience of 38 years. Jawed Iqbal is associated with Daily Jang, the Urdu language newspaper with the largest circulation within Pakistan and overseas. Jawed's approach is modern and cartoons fresh which is very hard to maintain for a cartoonist over three decades. Pakistan has very strict blasphemy laws and also a culture of political violence. Cartoonists in Pakistan have to be careful when making their cartoons. Still Pakistani cartoonists find ways to make fun of people in power and also the religious extremists. Jawed Iqbal says he does not make fun of religion and sex. Instead, his focus is on common man and his everyday problems. His cartoons are about rolling power outages, gas shortages and current political personalities. Jawed Iqbal also says that a cartoon should leave an instant impact on the viewer. He adds that a cartoonist has to sugarcoat a bitter fact and present it in a funny way to the public. Without offending people or humiliating them, a good cartoonist entertains and informs the public. This was the consensus view of a panel of Pakistani cartoonists in 2015 who met at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan.
He is the author of eight books of which two were very popular travelogues: Modern Ibn-e-Batuta and Modern Columbus.
Awards and recognition
- Up front: The chemistry of caricatures - Cartoonist Jawed Iqbal on Dawn (newspaper), Updated 21 September 2014, Retrieved 11 September 2017
- Sugarcoating bitter facts, Dawn (newspaper), Published 13 December 2015, Retrieved 11 September 2017
- Cartoonists tread fine line in Pakistan, The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 10 January 2015, Retrieved 11 September 2017
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