Mahmood Shaam

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Mahmood Shaam
محمود شام
Born Tariq Mehmood
(1940-02-05) 5 February 1940 (age 77)
Nationality Pakistani
Education B.A, M.A, in English literature, Persian and philosophy
Occupation Poet, journalist
Known for Most travelled journalist of Pakistan

Mahmood Shaam (Urdu: محمود شام‎) born Tariq Mahmood (Urdu: طارق محمود‎) on 5 February 1940, is a Pakistani Urdu language journalist, poet writer and analyst.[1] He is one of the best known and most travelled journalist of Pakistan. After serving Pakistan's largest newspaper Jang Group for more than 16 years continuously as Group Editor, he has joined ARY Digital Group on 21 September 2010 to launch a new Urdu Newspaper. He has written many books on different subjects.[2]

Early life[edit]


Shaam received his bachelor's degree in English literature, Persian and Philosophy from Government College Jhang in 1962. In 1964, he obtained Master's degree in Philosophy from Government College Lahore, a well reputed educational institute from where Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz also graduated. He was editor of the college magazine Ravi. He began his career in journalism as a student and worked for his study needs.[3]

Shaam has visited several countries during his journalistic career including United Kingdom, Singapore, Burma, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Malaysia, Switzerland, Syria, Qatar, Egypt, Italy, United Arab Emirates, India and Canada.[4]


As journalist[edit]

Shaam started his career as a journalist and he has worked for 48 years including 16 years in Jang group. He has written 20 books including poetry books in which he describes condition of the oppressed people of Pakistan. His several books were banned by the military government of Sindh in April 1978, till December 1985. He was also arrested on 4 August 1977 by Martial Law Authorities but after 90 days detention he was released in 1978.[5]

In his journalistic life he has interviewed the national and international leaders as like Yasir Arafat, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Tun Abdul Razak, Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, G.M. Syed, Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Maulana Bhashani, Mufti Mahmood, Asghar Khan and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi.[6]

Pakistani media states about him;

"Shaam has been in journalism for almost 50 years and is known as an author and poet and in certain circles as a progressive intellectual as well. He was considered close at one time to Pakistan Peoples Party leaders, including Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and was also jailed briefly during the martial law of General Ziaul Haq and saw his own weekly Mayaar (Standard) banned for some time under martial law regulations".[5]


He has worked as;[6]

Assistant Editor "Qindeel" Lahore, (1962–1964)

Magazine Editor Daily "Nawa-i-Waqt" Lahore, (1965–1967)

Editor Weekly "Akhbar-e-Jahan" Karachi, (1967–1970) and (1972–1975)

Special Correspondent for Sindh for Daily "Musawat" Lahore, (Jul 1970 – Apr 1972)

Editor/Publisher: Weekly "Mayar" Karachi, (Apr 1976 – 1978) & (1980–1994)



  • Cardio Spasm (A Long Poem) 1969[6]
  • Akhri Raqs (Last Dance) 1971[6]
  • Chehra Chehra Meri Kahani (My Story on Every Face) 1975[6]
  • Nawishta-e-Dewar (Writings on Wall) 1980[6]
  • Qurbanion Ka Mausam (The Season of Sacrifices) 1991[6]
  • Mohallon Mein Sarhadein (Frontiers within Streets) 1999[6]
  • Ayyan Ayyan Yo Yo, Urdu poems for children[6]

Other books

  • Roo ba Roo (Face to Face)[6]
  • Larkana Se Peking (Larkana to Peking ) 1972[6]
  • Larkana to Peking 1973[6]
  • Kitna Qareeb Kitna Door (So Near So Far) 1974, A travelogue[6]
  • Bhutto Key Akhri Ayyam (The Last Days of Bhutto) 1979[6]
  • Nai Awazen (New Voices) 1987, Interview with emerging leaders[6]
  • Benazir Bhutto – The Way Out 1988[6]
  • Benazir Bhutto – Ek Hi Rasta 1988[6]
  • Bartania Mein Khizaan (The English Autumn) 1992, Travelogue[6]
  • Taqdeer Badalti Taqreerain (Speeches that Changed Destiny) 1993[6]
  • Khawateen-o-Hazraat (Ladies and Gentlemen) 1998[6]
  • Shab-ba-Kher (Good Night) 1999, A political novel[6]
  • Roo ba Roo (Face to Face), New Edition – Interviews from 1967 to 1977[6]
  • One to One, Interviews from 1977 to 2002[6]
  • Bharat Mein Black List (Black Listed in India)[6]
  • Amrica Kia Soch Raha Hai (Urdu), American visit after 9/11[6]
  • Visiting American Mind – English Version[6]
  • Mumlikat Aey Mumlikat 2007[6]
  • Pakistan Per Qurban, The day with Benazir Bhutto (1970 to 2007)[6]


He has a website[6] of his own, which updates about his works[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mahmood Sham's new book launched". Daily 19 June 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "ARY group to launch Urdu newspaper". ARY News.TV. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mehmood Sham (Group Editor, Jang Group of Newspapers)". Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profile – Mahmood Shaam". Pakistan Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Jang Group Credibility Takes Another Hit". Pakistan Media 22 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "website". Mahmood Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Bearak, Barry (3 November 2001). "A Nation Challenged: The Mail; Pakistan Businesses Receive Anthrax-Tainted Letters". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Shahzad, Syed Saleem (6 November 2001). "Pakistan walks a bed of nails". Asia Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Anthrax cases hit Pakistan". BBC News. 2 November 2001. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 

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