Lahore: In 1947, after the partition of Indo-Pak, Pakistan Times was launched by the Pakistani Government as an official English Pakistani newspaper. The Leftist Progressive Papers Limited initially started it. The paper founded and functionally operated by the Mian Iftikharuddin, a Punjabi politician formerly of the Indian National Congress but All-India Muslim League after two national concepts of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinha in 1946.
The first newspaper published on 4 February 1947. Its editor-in-chief within the 1940s was the communist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. After his arrest in 1951 about the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case, Mazhar Ali Khan served because of the editor-in-chief. The only Pakistan Times newspaper continued to be an influential newspaper within the 1950s, with its disparaging criticism of the govt in participating within the US-sponsored military alliances.
During the military regime of Pakistan Army General Ayub Khan, rigorous pre-censorship imposed on the press including the Pakistan Times. In April 1959, the Government took over the Progressive Papers Limited under the Pakistan Security Act.
In 1964, the official Pakistani National Press Trust was set up by the Army General Ayub Khan government as a front organization for managing the newspapers including the Pakistan Times. In the 1980s, ten journalists and management staff of the Pakistan Times were dismissed by the Pakistani Army General Zia ul-Haq regime for there connections to the Movement of the Restoration of Democracy and for signing an appeal for “Peace in Sindh” movement.
The National Press Trust privatized in 1996. The same year, the Pakistan Times closed down. Pakistan Times Relaunched by Youth Group Limited media group Youth Productions in 2019, and Co-founder is Umair Ahmad. A strong motive is behind the relaunch of the newspaper. Media experts and international media called relaunch of Pakistan Times a Miracle Magic, on the other hand, reforms in media laws by Imran Khan government may effect Pakistan Times. The financial expert called 2020 the toughest year for the newspaper.