Dawn chief editor Ahmad Ali Khan retires
KARACHI- Mr Ahmed Ali Khan has sought retirement from the post of chief editor of Dawn, with effect from March 3, 2000, a decision, which his colleagues have accepted with reluctance.
Mr Ahmed Ali Khan’s career as a journalist has spanned 55 years, making him the senior-most journalist both at Dawn as well as within the country. After having worked for Dawn in Delhi, he served Dawn Karachi as senior assistant editor from August 30, 1947 to May 1949. He returned to Dawn in August 1962 as columnist and leader writer after a distinguished career as editor of the Pakistan Times. In February 1973, he was appointed editor of Dawn. Twenty-five years later, on Feb 4, 1998, he was appointed chief editor of Dawn.
Under Mr Ahmed Ali Khan’s journalistic stewardship, Dawn witnessed a development of its prestigious traditions and an unprecedented growth in terms of both readership and international reach. Mr Saleem Asim, who previously held the post of news editor Dawn, succeeds him as editor.
Mr Ahmed Ali Khan’s decision to relinquish charge is a source of grief to all in this institution that have been associated with him at various points of his distinguished career. We will continue to be inspired by the standards that he has set for the newspaper, both professionally and personally.