Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Imran Aslam

Imran Aslam is a famous journalist and media personality from Pakistan. He is currently the president of GEO Television, a subsidiary of the Jang Group. Imran graduated from Government College Lahore. He subsequently studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and School of Oriental & African Studies where he read Economics, Politics, and International Relations.

He left Pakistan after a brief incarceration during which he suffered a period in solitary confinement and was subjected to torture in Baluchistan.At that time he was working on a dissertation on the political evolution of Baluchistan.He began his journalism career as the editor of The Star in the 1980s. He then become editor of The News in Karachi and was there for a decade through the 1990s. The News is an English daily published by the Jang Group.

Aslam has also written plays for television, but his most successful foray has been in theatre with the creation of the Gripps Theatre. Aslam's political satire provides the content for their performances. Other undertakings by Imran Aslam and Gripps have included the translations of Dario Fo's plays for children that have been localised for Pakistani audiences.

Imran Aslam worked for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, of the UAE before he turned to journalism.Imran Aslam was gravely injured in Balochistan, is reputed to have one functioning lung, and is a widely eccentric chain smoker (Gold leaf only). He has three brothers and one sister. He lives in Karachi with his wife (Farishtay Aslam) and their small son.