is a Pakistani publisher
of the Lahore
-based The Friday Times
, Pakistan's first English-language independent newsweekly.
Born of a wealthy family with shrewd business acumen – her brother and father run a family owned leading food company ; her highly successful maternal uncle was a businessman who helped start up LUMS
, now Pakistan's most prestigious management sciences university, and is a first cousin of Syeda Abida Hussain
and Syed Fakhar Imam – Jugnu Mohsin
was inspired by husband Najam Sethi
to combine her money and cutting wit for civic purposes. She regards herself as holding "the Establishment" accountable. In 1984 Najam had been arrested under martial law for releasing books with his book publishing firm Vanguard Books. The press hardly took notice and the couple were determined to set up their own paper.
Jugnu Mohsin received her LLB
degree from Cambridge University
. Before partnering her husband professionally, Jugnu was a practicing lawyer and member of the Women's Action Forum
In May 1989 the Lahore-based couple did just that, thus establishing Pakistan’s first independent English newsweekly The Friday Times
which has since been criticising successive governments with its outspoken equal opportunity
criticism. The Friday Times
was first published on 25 May 1989.
This, allies would maintain, is what lead to one eventful May 1999 when Sethi was dragged from his bedroom in the middle of the night and imprisoned... Read More