Wajahat Masood (Urdu: وجاہت مسعود) is a Pakistani newspaper columnist and a political analyst. He is widely considered to be a liberal, and a human rights activist. He is currently working with the Urdu-language newspaper Daily Jang. He has earlier worked with BBC and other organisations.
Early life and career
Wajahat Masood was born in 1966. He did his graduation from Government College University, Lahore and M.A. English from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Then he went on to earn an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds, UK.
He has been active in three fields: education, human rights and journalism. In 1994, he founded and then worked as a director for the Democratic Commission for Human Development for 11 years besides acting as a consultant for different international development agencies. Wajahat Masood trained thousands of young activists in the villages of Pakistan in human rights and human development.
He was associated with national dailies such as The News International, The Post (Pakistani newspaper) and Aaj Kal. He also worked as the editor of monthly magazine Nawa-i-Insaan, Daily Mashriq and weekly Hum Shehri. He was a columnist for BBC Urdu service during 2005-08.
He was teaching at Beaconhouse National University till July 2015, when he resigned from that position. He is currently editing E-paper Dunyapakistan.com besides writing a bi-weekly column for the most widely circulated Urdu language newspaper in the country, Daily Jang.
Pakistan's veteran journalist and columnist I.A. Rehman has talked highly of Wajahat Masood's journalistic abilities in his recently published book. I.A. Rehman says that Wajahat Masood not only informs his readers but also helps them understand the larger picture in terms of the political situation in Pakistan.
Wajahat Masood has authored several books on politics, history, culture and literature including Mahaasray Ka Roznaamcha which has 82 of his newspaper columns published in 2012-13.
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award for journalism by the President of Pakistan in 2016
- National Bibliophile Award in 2013
- Shah Talha Iqbal (7 January 2018). "NON-FICTION: THE UNAPOLOGETIC COLUMNIST (profile of Wajahat Masood)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- President urges writers, intellectuals role for tolerant society Business Recorder (newspaper), Published 26 March 2015, Retrieved 7 April 2019
- Journalists celebrate 'Baba Nagi' Dawn (newspaper), Published 25 November 2018, Retrieved 7 April 2019
- Profile of Wajahat Masood on Centre for Social Justice (Pakistan) website Retrieved 7 April 2019
- Right to information: Implications of new law worry experts The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 18 November 2014, Retrieved 7 April 2019