Farooq Paracha

Farooq Paracha was a Pakistani print and television journalist. He is the father of Pakistani columnist and cultural critic, Nadeem F. Paracha.
Farooq Paracha was a staunch supporter of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the late sixties and seventies and was blacklisted by the dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq when Zia toppled the populist PPP leader and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a 1977 military coup. He spent much of the eighties as an advertising concept-writer before returning to journalism after Zia's death in 1988.
Though already known as a fiery left-wing journalist, Paracha became known as a television journalist when he became General Manager Special Programs at Pakistan's first private TV channel, NTM. His political and social talk shows for the channel dealt with thorny social issues.
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