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Ariful Haque Arif

Early Life:

Ariful Haque Arif ,a self made through out,was born in a remote village of Indian Occupied Kashmir Peer Badesar on Jan,10 1940 and was only 7 years when his family was forced by Indian troops to leave their homeland along with thousand others after creation of Pakistan. His family with other thousand refugees was sent to settle temporarily at Chak Jamal near District Jhelum in military barracks. He started his early education there in a temporary primary school. His family then shifted to a village Dheri Sahibzadian near Khui Ratta and got admitted in Primary school Khui Ratta.He would travel about 5 Kilo meter bare foot for years because of poverty, his family was passing through. He passed his Matriculation Exam from Government High School Khi Ratta in 1960 and got 3rd position in his school.He decided to shift Karachi in search of employment and to seek further education, soon got a job in Karachi Port Trust where he managed to continue his education. He passed his intermediate examination in 1964 from Urdu Arts College and B.A. from S.M.Science College in 1966. Personal Life: Ariful Haque Arif got married on May 15, 1970 in Karachi.He has 2 sons Ijaz Arif and Dr Jawad Arif and 3 daughters Dr Rabia Arif, Dr Hina Arif and Dr Sarah Arif.All except Dr Sarah Arif are married and settled in USA.His eldest son Ijaz Arif is one of the few top consultant of IT networking having highest degree of networking CCIE and also doing masters in liberal sciences and is presently working as principal engineer in world known telephony company Verizon and is based in Dallas, USA. Whereas his other son Dr. Jawad Arif MD is famous practicing psychiatrist of California where as his daughters had passed all examinations of ECFMG.He is grand pa/father of 8 children, Hammad Zafar, Hasan Zafar, Moosa Abdullah Arif, Ibrahin Abdullah Arif, Mohammad Abdullah Arif, Ahmed Ali Arshad, Asad Ali Arshad and Maryam Jawad.


Qualification:

Masters of Arts (MA) Journalism from university of Karachi in 1968, Fazil e Urdu in 1962 from Punjab University.

Experience, Achievements, and Major projects:

Ariful Haque Arif is one of the senior most journalist having 46 years of print and electronic media experience. He has 36 years experience of print media working as a journalist in The Jang Group of Newspapers and 10 years in Electronic Media in Geo TV Network. He worked for 36 years in Jang and later on was selected to head a new department of Censor in Group’s new TV Channel Geo in October,2002, as Director, he is presently serving on this position. He had the honor to work with Mir Khalil ur Rahman the founder of The Jang group for 26 years and with Mir Javed Rahman and Mir Shakil ur Rahman for 35 years and 10 years with Mir Ibharim Rahman and thus he is the only one who had the honor to work with three generations of the group. Mr. Arif has joined the Jang group as sub editor on 16th April 1967 and was elevated to the position of District page In-charge of Jang after 3 years in 1971.Later on he was transferred to reporting section and assigned to work as reporter and he continued working in this capacity for 32 Years on different periods, first as political reporter, court reporter and then diplomatic correspondent. He was also promoted to the position of chief reporter twice from 1975 to 1986. During the political reporting period, he was responsible to cover and interview the visiting Heads of states of foreign countries and Heads of State and Prime Ministers of Pakistan and other visiting foreign dignitaries. He also covered first Asian Islamic Conference of Islamic Countries held in Karachi in the year 1978.He also visited Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1984 to cover the foreign ministers of Islamic countries during General Ziaul Haque Era. As a court reporter he reported many high profile political cases in superior courts.A Few of them to mention are relating to arrest of Altaf Gohar , Chaudhay Zahoor Illahi, Muhammad Sallahuddin editer Takbeer and The daily Jasarat, Abdul Hamid Jitoi, Illahi Buksh somroo , Sher Muhammad Muree and Ghaus Buksh Bazinjo and ban on The Daily Jasarat during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (1972-77)regime. Corruption case against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari and suicide case of Asif Ali Zardari, Murtaza Bhutto murder inquiry tribunal 1996-1997 and Nawaz Sharif plane hijacking case and appeal against the decision of ant terrorist court in Sindh High Court. Mr. Arif also conducted the Jang forum with the prominent politicians, Ulemas, Social workers, and other personalities of Pakistan and abroad. In 1993 he was transferred and assigned to establish The Jang London Bureau in Karachi. He took the task as a challenge and established the London bureau which later on turned to be the full fledge news paper office which is now brining out the Daily Jang London. He was again selected from amongst the many senior colleagues to head a new department Censor board with the launching of Geo TV in October 2002 first as Chief of this department and later on promoted to the position of Director. This is very important department of any TV channel. He is also Head of Department of Religious Affairs of Geo working as Group Director.

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