Orya Maqbool Jan

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Orya Maqbool Jaan
اور یا مقبول جان
Born Gujrat, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Citizenship Pakistani
Education University of Balochistan
Alma mater University of Punjab, University of Balochistan
Occupation Poet, Journalist
Employer Neo News, Daily Dunya
Known for Islamist talk show host and writer, author of several column's.

Orya Maqbool Jan (Urdu: اور یا مقبول جان‎) is a Pakistani columnist and a former bureaucrat who hosts a right-wing talk show on Neo News.[1][2][3]

Jan is known as a prominet critic of liberal activists including Malala Yousafzai, Asma Jahangir and Pervez Hoodbhoy.[4] Jan has also been critical of Ahmadiyya Jama'at, feminism, atheism, secularism and progressivism.[5][6][7] Jan has faced extensive criticism from activists over his campaign against liberal academics and encouraging his supporters to spy, and publicly humiliate, progressive academics.[8]

Career and education[edit]

Jan belongs to Kaira family of Gujjars from Gujrat, Pakistan.He is the 2nd cousins of Qamar Zaman Kaira. Jan received a Master's degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore, and LL.B from University of Balochistan, Quetta. He has served as deputy commissioner and district magistrate of three districts. He worked as a managing director of Baluchistan water and sanitation authority. He is presently Director, Social welfare, Human rights and Women development. and is overall in charge of community development. He is also project director of UNICEF in the projects on advocacy and communication of rights of children and women development.[9][10] He has also served as director general to Sustainable Development of the Walled City Project in Lahore and as executive director ECO, Cultural Institute, Tehran and information secretary to the government of the Punjab.[11] Jan is also a member of the National Academic Council of the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad.[11]

Television plays[edit]

He has written five television plays of Pakistan Television titled Roazan in 1991, Gardbad in 1993, Shaharzad in 1994, Qafas in 2000, and Qafla in 2004 . He has also written a number of tele-films and assorted plays in Pakistan. The play Gardbad was nominated for best playwright. He has received PTV award of best Playwright of the Decade for 1987 – 97.[9][10]


  • Qamat (poetry), 1988[10]
  • Harf-e-Raz (collection of columns)[10]
  • Mujhey hey Hukme Azan (collection of columns)[10]
  • Gardbad (play)[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Challenging Orya Maqbool Jan and Ansar Abbasi". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Hate speech and NAP". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Why is Balochistan in love with Orya Maqbool Jan?". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Shooting Malala – again". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Challenging Orya Maqbool Jan and Ansar Abbasi". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  6. ^ "The movement of female anatomy isn't endangering our culture, Orya Maqbool Jan. Your sick mentality is". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Blasphemy bulls-eye". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Orya Maqbool Jan's hysterics are creating an atmosphere of fear among the teaching community". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b "Details of Orya Maqbool Jan". Pakistan Herald.com. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Ilyas, Aamir (8 February 2012). "Biography of Orya Maqbool Jan". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Orya Maqbool Jan". Profile of Orya Maqbool Jan on Institute of Policy Studies website. Retrieved 1 Jan 2017. 

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