Muhammad Farooq

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Muhammad Farooq
محمد فاروق
Muhammad Farooq,s Naat on PTV News.jpg
Muhammad Farooq,s Naat on PTV News
Born Sialkot District, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s)

Founder Editor Daily Evening Special Quetta

Pride of Performance Award from Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation[1][2]
Religion Islam
Relatives Lieutenant (retd) Karam ud Din, (Father)

Muhammad Farooq[3] (Urdu:محمد فاروق) is a journalist, Qari, Naat Khawan and newscaster from Pakistan.[4] He was the founder editor of first Pakistani evening newspaper,[5] Daily Evening Special from Quetta. He also worked as Joint Executive Editor Daily Mashriq Quetta.[6] Nowadays he is working in Daily Pakistan Lahore as a News Editor.[7] He also had worked for Pakistan Television Corporation(PTV) and Radio Pakistan.[8] Muhammad Farooq has also participated in many national and some international Mahafil-e-Qirat and Mahafil-e-Naat.[9] He has been awarded numerous national awards,[10][11] including the Pride of Performance Award (2000) from Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Pakistan Television also nominated him for PTV Award.[12][13]

Journalistic career[edit]

Muhammad Farooq

Muhammad Farooq started his career in journalism as a sub editor from the Daily Mashriq Lahore. He has also served as the Bureau Chief Lahore for Daily Mashriq Quetta. In 1997, Farooq moved to Quetta and was appointed as the chief news editor of the Daily Mashriq Quetta. On 10 August 2001, he launched first Pakistani evening newspaper Daily Evening Special from Quetta as founding editor.[14]

In 2004, Muhammad Farooq became as the Joint Executive Editor of Daily Mashriq Quetta.[15] He also served as editor in the Universal News Agency (UNA), in Quetta head office. During his journalistic career he also worked for Daily Din Lahore, Daily Akhbar-e-Lahore, Monthly Education Times Lahore, At present he is working as the news editor for Daily Pakistan Lahore, one of the leading newspapers of Pakistan.

He has also struggled for the freedom of the press and for the rights of working journalists.[16] He was an active member of the Quetta Press Club and Baluchistan Union of Journalists,[17] now also a council member of Lahore Press Club and Punjab Union of Journalists.


In 1997, Farooq joined Radio Pakistan (Quetta) as a newsreader. On 26 September 1997, Muhammad Farooq delivered first time this words "This is Radio Pakistan, now you listen news by Muhammad Farooq.[18]

In 2000, Muhammad Farooq has been awarded the Pride of Performance Award by Pakistani state radio in recognition of his work.[19][20][21] Farooq also worked many years for Pakistan Television as a newscaster.

Analyst and compere[edit]

He has been an analyst and compeer of Pakistan Television. He appeared in many talk shows regarding political and social issues, specially current affairs programs including "News Morning Show" and "Qadam ba Qadam" from PTV Quetta centre.[22]


As a script writer of Pakistan Television, Farooq wrote many scripts for different programs including current affairs. He focuses the different problems of people of Balochistan in his scripts. Farooq has also written scripts about Khushhal Pakistan Program, Rural Devolvement and Cities of Baluchistan. He has written many articles, columns, and translations in different magazines and newspapers.

As a Qari[edit]

Muhammad Farooq did his early Nazra education from Karachi by Qari Kal-e-Khan, and he learned Tajweed by Qari Hilal Ahmad Dehlavi, Imam and Khateeb of Tooba Mosque (Masjid e Tooba) Defense Housing Society Karachi.[23]

Farooq is the winner of Pakistani national Qur'an recitation contests, and also winner of many All Pakistan Inter Schools, Collegiate and Universities Qur'an reciting competitions.[24]

Muhammad Farooq has recited in front of many internationally famous and respected figures including Egyptian Qari Shaikh Sayed Abdul Aal Mutawlli, Qari Shaikh Anwar Shahaat Mahmood Anwar, Qari Shaikh Mahmood Shahaat Anwar, Qari Hussain Shah and Qari Abdur Rasheed Al Azhari.[25] Muhammad Farooq has also participated in many national and some international Mahafil-e-Qirat.[26][27][28] He has also hosted many Mahafil-e-Qiraat in different cities of Pakistan including Karachi, Quetta, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, and Lahore.

Career in Naat Khawani[edit]

He started Naat Khuwani, when he was student of Pakistan Navy School SRE 1 Shafa Karachi.

Naat Khawan Muhammad Farooq,s live interview on PTV News

Farooq has also many times won the All Pakistan Naat recitation competition.[29] After many years Muhammad Farooq restarted his career on Pakistan Television Quetta centre as a Naat Khawan, newscaster, script writer, analyst and compere.

He got national fame when he recited his most popular naat "Mujh ko kis din hogi tayaba ke safar ki agahi" in Urdu (مجھ کو کس دن ہوگی طیبہ کے سفر کی آگہی),Telecast on Pakistan Television.[30][31] He has also performed live on different Pakistani TV and Radio Channels. He also recorded Naats for Radio Pakistan and FM 101 radio from Quetta.[32][33] He also performed live these radio channels. In 2006, Pakistan Television nominated him as the best Naat Khawan for PTV Award from PTV Quetta centre.[34] Muhammad Farooq has also participated in many national and some international Mahafil-e-Naat.[35] He appears regularly on Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan.



Qur'an recitation[edit]

  • First Position All Pakistan Quraan Recitation Competition (1990)
  • Best Qari National Award (1992)
  • Award from Daily Jang Lahore
  • Wahdat-e-Pakistan Award
  • Award from Daily Mashriq Lahore
  • Award for Excellent Performance (2008), by Minhaj-ul-Quran International and Lahore Press Club. Presented by Nazim-e-Ala Minhaj-ul-Quran International Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi.[40]

Naat Khawani[edit]

  • First Position All Pakistan Naat Khawani Competition (1991)
  • Best Naat Khawan National Award (1993)
  • Wahdat-i-Pakistan Award (1993)
  • PTV Awards Best Naat Khawan (2006) Nomination


There are many different Serials and Programs written by Muhammad Farooq for Pakistan Television.


  • Khushhal Pakistan Serials (2002)
  • Pak Japan Friend Ship (2002)
  • Rural Youth (2002)
  • Karkardagi Serial (2003)
  • Dastan-e-Azm Serial (2003)
  • Umar Khan Achakzai (2003)
  • Qadam Ba Qadam Serial (2004)
  • Behtar Zindagi Behtar Mahole (2005)

Naat Khawani[edit]

Naats on PTV[edit]

  • Na pucho kitne sooraj jagmagae khana-e-dil main ( نہ پوچھو کتنے سورج جگمگائے خانہءدل میں )
  • Mujh ko kis din hogi tayaba ke safar ki aagahi ( مجھ کو کس دن ہوگی طیبہ کے سفر کی آگہی )
  • Wohi zikr-e- share habib hai wohi rahguzar khiayl hai ( وہی ذکر شہر حبیب ہے وہی راہگذار خیال ہے )

Naats on Radio Pakistan[edit]

  • Meri sari umar ka hasil jo bhi kuch hai jitna bhi kuch
  • Main hoon benawa main shikasta dil mujhe arzoo-e-wisal hai
  • Patte khushboo dhanak ( پتے خوشبودھنک )

Live performance[edit]

  • Allah hu Allah hu Allah hu Allah

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ "Best Urdu Newscaster Award (National)". Daily Balochistan News (Quetta). 12 November 2000. p. 2. 
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  15. ^ "Joint Executive Editor". Daily Mashriq (Quetta). November 2004 to 2006. p. Front. Retrieved 13 May 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ "Protest for the rights of working journalists in Lahore". Daily Mashriq (Lahore). 26 September 1994. p. Back Page. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
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  19. ^ Radio Pakistan's official Monthly Magazine "Ahang" 2001 January
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  33. ^ "PTV Introduction". PTV Award Best Naat Khawan Quetta center (2006) Nomination. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  34. ^ Faiza (31 December 2012). "Muhammad Farooq Naats Collection". Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
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