Remembering Mir Javed Rahman: A Tribute to a Journalism Icon

By Muhammad Ayaz, Deputy Editor, Akhbar-e-Jehan
  • 30 Mar - 05 Apr, 2024
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The passing of Mr. Mir Javed Rahman signifies the culmination of an illustrious era in journalism. Renowned as the Publisher, Printer, Group Chairman, Executive Editor of the Jang Group, and Editor-in-Chief of the esteemed weekly "Akhbar-e-Jehan," his departure leaves a void resonating across the realm of media.

Born on August 16, 1946, in Delhi, India, Mr. Rahman's journey commenced amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing world. Relocating with his parents to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he received his foundational education at St. Mary's Town and Country School. His pursuit of higher education led him to the University of Karachi and later to the University of Wales, England.

Inheriting the rich legacy of his father, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman, Mir Javed Rahman not only preserved but also propelled the Jang Group towards unprecedented heights in journalism. However, it was his profound connection with the weekly "Akhbar-e-Jehan" that truly defined his career. Often referring to it as his own progeny, he tirelessly labored to elevate "Akhbar-e-Jehan" to become the largest Urdu-language weekly magazine globally.

Assuming the mantle of Managing Editor at the tender age of 21 on January 15, 1967, Mr. Rahman demonstrated unwavering dedication to his responsibilities. Guided by the wisdom imparted by his father and drawing from insights gleaned from diverse historical magazines, he steered "Akhbar-e-Jehan" towards continual growth and relevance.

On June 30, 1968, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman delegated additional duties to Mir Javed Rahman, which included supervising "Jang" Rawalpindi. His journalistic odyssey, nurtured within the embrace of his father, culminated in his steadfast stewardship as Editor-in-Chief of "Akhbar-e-Jehan" from 1978 until his passing.

During his 53-year tenure with "Akhbar-e-Jehan," Mir Javed Rahman meticulously curated each page's content, ensuring its alignment with the publication's ethos. Despite his towering stature, he possessed a profound spirituality, exemplified by his devotion to The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As the month of Rabi' al-Awwal approached, he ensured the front-page prominence of "Rozatul Rasool," consulting esteemed scholars before finalizing its publication.

Reflecting on the Golden Jubilee of "Akhbar-e-Jehan," Mr. Rahman shared insights into the publication's evolution. From a circulation of 18,000 in 1978, he fervently prayed for its expansion, witnessing a steady rise to 1.25 million readers, a testament to his unwavering resolve and divine blessings.

Endowed with humility and a strong work ethic, Mr. Rahman embodied the ethos of servant leadership. Even amid severe illness, he remained steadfast in his commitment, overseeing operations from the hospital and demonstrating a remarkable knack for recognizing and valuing every individual's contribution.

As we honor Mir Javed Rahman's memory, we contemplate his multifaceted character and enduring impact. It is indeed a privilege to remember his contributions, and I am thankful for being selected by him for "Akhbar-e-Jehan," a memory that will forever remain dear to me.

This tribute seeks to encapsulate the essence of Mir Javed Rahman's remarkable journey, celebrating his indelible imprint on journalism and honoring his legacy for generations to come.