The Express Tribune

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The Express Tribune
Front Page on January 1, 2015
Front page on January 1, 2015
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Sultan Ali Lakhani
PublisherBilal Ali Lakhani
EditorNaveed Hussain
FoundedApril 2010[1]
Political alignmentCentre-left
Social liberalism
HeadquartersPlot 5
Off Korangi Road
Karachi, Pakistan
Sister newspapersDaily Express Edit this at Wikidata

The Express Tribune is a daily English-language newspaper based in Pakistan. It is the flagship publication of the Daily Express media group.[1] It is Pakistan's only internationally affiliated newspaper in a partnership with the International New York Times, the global edition of The New York Times.[2] Headquartered in Karachi, it also prints copy from offices in Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar.


It was launched in 12 April 2010, in broadsheet format, with a news design distinctive from traditional Pakistani newspapers.[1][3]

Its editorial stance identifies with social liberalism, and its readership is generally on the mainstream left of Pakistani political and social opinion. Topics the newspaper covers include politics, international affairs, economics, investment, sports, and culture. It runs a glossy called Express Tribune Magazine on Sunday, which includes social commentary, interviews, and a four-page supplement with recipes, reviews, travel advice, blogs, and technology news. As of 2012, it had the widest online readership in the country locally and internationally.[4]

Part of Express media group[edit]

The Express Tribune joins other brands of the Express media group including the Urdu-language Daily Express newspaper. It is accompanied by a twenty-four-hour Urdu news channel, Express News, and an Urdu entertainment channel, Express Entertainment. It also contains a technology supplement called '@internet'. It used to run an English-language news channel called Express 24/7, now defunct.

The paper's stated mission is "to defend the liberal values and egalitarian traditions we believe in, and which deserve to be upheld in writing that is both informative and insightful".[2]


The publisher of The Express Tribune, Bilal Ali Lakhani, is the son of Sultan Ali Lakhani. Its first managing editor, Muhammad Ziauddin, was previously associated with Dawn.[5] Its first editor, Kamal Siddiqi, was previously associated with The News. At present[when?], the executive editor of The Express Tribune is Fahd Hussain while Naveed Hussain is its editor.

The editorial consultant is Abul Hasanat, previously city editor of Dawn. The op-ed editor is Omar R. Quraishi, who was also previously associated with Dawn. The photographer Athar Khan was previously associated with The News Karachi.


Prominent columnists for The Express Tribune include investigative reporter Naveed Ahmad, former caretaker finance minister Shahid Javed Burki, The Express Tribune Publisher M. Bilal Lakhani, retired ambassador and former Interior secretary Rustam Shah Mohmand, retired lieutenant general and former federal secretary Talat Masood, Former General Manager of Gulf News Anwer Mooraj, Urdu scholar and University of Chicago Professor C. M. Naim, Amnesty International (India) Executive Director Aakar Patel, American journalist and academic Faisal Kutty, Retired Brigadier Shaukat Qadir, former Executive Editor of The Express Tribune M. Ziauddin, and Foreign Editor Robin Fernandez. Shahid Mahmood is one of the paper's political cartoonists. In addition to that, various independent journalists also contribute to The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune also accepts blog posts from individuals.[6]


The Express Tribune is available online via e-paper and through a live website that includes news and blogs. The print edition is available through hawker, via subscription, or at newsstands. The print edition includes a six-day-a-week copy of the Asia edition of the International Herald Tribune.

The Express Tribune is a supporter of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a local not-for-profit organisation providing education to children in need. Up to 30 percent of subscription profits are donated to the TCF.

Terrorist attack and self-censorship[edit]

On December 2, 2013, Express Media Group's offices were targeted in a terrorist attack in which three staff workers were killed.[7][8] Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain condemned the attack and said that it is the obligation of the government to ensure the safety of the people.[7] TTP later took responsibility for the attacks and declared the paper to be propagating against their militant group, citing it as their reason for the attack.

In March 2014, a New York Times story about what Pakistan officials knew in regard to Osama bin Laden's presence in the country was censored from the front page of the International New York Times in Pakistan by the local distributor, The Express Tribune.[9][10]

In 2016, a Chinese court accepted to hear a case regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. As such, the case got substantial coverage. However, in the Pakistani version (The Express Tribune) of the International New York Times, the picture accompanying this news story was censored and a blank space was left on the front page of the newspaper. Daily Times columnist Farman Nawaz raised several questions about this type of journalism in Pakistan.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Express Media Group". Dawn. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "About – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Express Tribune launches in Pakistan". The Express Tribune. April 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Lakhani, Bilal (2012-04-12). "Note from the publisher". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  5. ^ Tahir, Dr. Pervez (2021-12-02). "Muhammad Ziauddin". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  6. ^ "Latest Happenings, News Blogs". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  7. ^ a b "Express Media Group's Karachi office comes under attack". The Express Tribune. Agence-France Presse. December 2, 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  8. ^ Boone, Jon (28 February 2014). "Liberal newspaper Express Tribune cowed into silence by Pakistani Taliban". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  9. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (2014-03-22). "Times Report on Al Qaeda Is Censored in Pakistan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-10-06.
  10. ^ "Not fit to print: an insider account of Pakistani censorship". website. November 20, 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  11. ^ Nawaz, Farman (2016-02-05). "No-go areas for journalism in Pakistan". Daily Times. Retrieved 2022-10-06.

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