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Book Publishing and Printing Industry in Pakistan

July 09, 2019 by Administrator

Urdu fiction holds huge importance in the literary history of Pakistan. Authors like Mirza Haadi Ruswa wrote Umrao Jaan Ada and made a huge impact on the Urdu literature. These authors wrote not only to entertain people but to educate them as well before the Indo-Pak partition when society was under a great influence of British values.   

Pakistan has a rich history of producing great poets and writers. That’s the reason that the printing and publishing industry of Pakistan started to grow gradually.    

Printing and Publishing Industry

Publishing and printing books in Pakistan can be compared back to the nineteenth century because of the similarity of the subject matter of the books. These subjects mainly dealt with religious and philosophical themes and were restrained.     

After the 1st World War, new printing methods were introduced and with the help of these improved methods the printing industry started to develop. In Pakistan, the major publishing centers are based in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Lahore has enormous publishing houses and stands out due to its great facilities.   

Publishing industry of Pakistan has a profitable market for religious and Urdu books abroad. A large number of books are exported to East Africa, Malaysia, and the Middle East.

Here are the major areas in which a large number of books have been written and published in Pakistan.       

Urdu Literature 

In different genres, authors have made a significant contribution to the Urdu literature. Shafiq ur Rehman has made a huge contribution to the Humor which is a popular form of fiction as well. 


Poetry is the richest forms of Urdu literature and great poets like Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Ghalib, and Allama Iqbal had made their impact already on the subcontinent before partition.        

Some other notable names of Pakistani poets are Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmed Faraz, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, and Parveen Shakir. These poets targeted a wide range of topics including politics, religion, romance, and social awareness. 

Latest Trends

Technological developments play an important role to form new trends. Pakistan media service has also entered into the digital era and that is why traditional distinctions in media have become blurred. These advancements can be seen as the reason for loosening the bond between the book and the reader. 

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