|Born||3 August 1966|
|Education||M.A. English, University of Punjab (Pakistan) |
LLM, University of Leeds (UK)
Human rights activist
Analyst & columnist
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 is working for truth. He has earlier worked with BBC and other organisations.
Early life and career
Wajahat Masood was born in 3 August 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. Wajahat Masood has been acting as chairperson, Center for Social Justice since 2014.
He was associated with national dailies such as The News International, The Post (Pakistani newspaper) and Daily 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 has been a political analyst for Pakistani television (PTV), Samaa TV, AAP News and Radio Pakistan. In addition, he appears as a TV commentator for different private television channels in Pakistan and abroad.
He was teaching at Beaconhouse National University till July 2015, when he resigned from that position. He has taught at University of the Punjab, Government College University, Lahore, National College of Arts (Lahore) and Lahore School of Law. He is currently Chief Editor of E-paper Humsub. He was the founding editor of Dunyapakistan.com. He is a highly acclaimed Urdu language columnist. He writes three columns a week 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 booklets and books on politics, history, culture and literature.
- Mahaasray Ka Roznaamcha
- Aman Mumkin Hai
- Jamhooriat ke 100 Baras
- What is Democracy
- What is Critical Thinking
- What is Secularism
- What is Fundamentalism
- The dynamics of Khan’s victory
- Icon of democracy
- The people’s party
- Certainly no time to die
- Soft-crust religious extremism
- A captive freedom
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
- "Our Publications". DCHD. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "The dynamics of Khan's victory | Encore | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "Icon of democracy | Special Report | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "The people's party | Encore | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "Remembering Asif Farrukhi | Literati | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "Soft-crust religious extremism | Special Report | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
- "A captive freedom | Dialogue | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 19 April 2022.