About Pakistan Press Agency (PPA)
Pakistan Press Agency (PPA) was established in 1990 in Karachi by Mr. Akhtar Jamal (an experienced journalist who served several reputed international news organizations for more than ten years in Ankara, Vienna and Beirut)) as its Chief Executive and Mr. M. N. Deen, (who had retired as director of Press & Information Department, Government of Pakistan) as its managing editor. (Unfortunately Mr. Deen expired in 1998).
Initially PPA started its work with Jang Group of Newspapers for which Mr. Jamal had already worked for years.
On April 30, 1990 PPA established its Islamabad Bureau office which was inaugurated By Mr. Jamal and attended by the founder and the then Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group of Newspapers, Late Mir Khalil ur Rahman. The ceremony was attended by two other federal ministers and several prominent journalists, diplomats and VIPs.
PPA gained popularity during Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and the 1991 First Gulf War due to massive coverage with its correspondents in Middle East particularly in Sydney, Melbourne, Ankara, Istanbul, Beirut, Tehran, Cairo and Baghdad.
More than one hundred thousand stories of PPA have already been published during last one decade particularly in Karachi newspapers. Daily Dawn also published several PPA exclusive stories as its main lead.
Apart from more than a dozen Urdu newspapers, several English dailies, including Pakistan Observer (Islamabad), The News International (Karachi), Jang London, Frontier Post (Peshawar) and Daily Statesman pulished PPA stories.
Mr. Akhtar Jamal has traveled widely and attended dozens of Heads of the States Summit Meetings of different regional and international organizations including OIC, ECO, NATO, SAARC etc. He also speaks more than six foreign languages and specializes in regional political and geo-strategic developments.
In 1998 PPA published its first book “Who is Who in Pakistan” edited by Akhtar Jamal.
PPA has two main offices in Pakistan, Islamabad and Karachi.