|Dr Shahid Masood Khan commonly known as Dr Shahid Masood, is one of the most famous Pakistani journalist, columnist, TV show host and a political analyst.
Shahid Masood spent most of his childhood in Taif and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His father was a civil engineer, who worked there for 15 years.
He attended the Pakistan International School, Riyadh, for seven years. Two of his younger brothers were born in Saudi Arabia. He received an FSc from DJ Science College, Karachi, and subsequently attended Sindh Medical College receiving a MBBS degree.
ARY One World
He had been affiliated with ARY One World, as its Senior Executive Director and was the chief of ARY One World conducting the show Views On News on ARY.
He was host the most popular show "Meray Mutabiq" (According to me) on Geo TV as Group Execuitve Director.
He also parted ways with Geo TV for unknown reasons. He was then appointed the Chairman and Managing Director of state -run Pakistan Television Corporation.
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
He resigned from that Chairman of PTV and was appointed as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.He resigned again as Special
Advisor to the PM and came back on the TV screen again with his popular talk show"Meray Mutabiq" on GEO TV.
On June 3, 2010 Dr. Shahid Masood rejoines ARY Digital as President.
Views on News on ARY
Shahid Masood came into the spotlight with his program Views On News (launched after 9/11) Asia’s longest-running current affairs TV show.His show carried interviews with prominent people from politics, civil life, literature and culture. Politicians who were interviewed on Views on News included
- Former President General Pervez Musharraf,
- Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto,
- Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
- Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz,
- Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali,
- MQM leader Altaf Hussain,
- PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif,
- Former Pakistani general A. A. K. Niazi (of East Pakistan fame),
- Abdul Rashid Ghazi,
- Former CIA Director James Woolsey,
- Former ISI chief Hamid Gul
- President Asif Ali Zardari
Famous writers, who had appeared on the show include
- Ahmed Faraz (late)
- Dr. Israr Ahmad (late)
- Dr. Zakir Naik
- Ashfaq Ahmed (late)
- Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi
- Munnoo Bhai,
Late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti along with his most wanted Balouch rebel grandson Bramdagh Bugti. It was Nawab Bugti's last public appearance before he was killed in a military operation by the Pakistan Army.
After a long break on 12th July 2010 he resumed hosting his show "Views On News".
Meray Mutabiq on GEO TV
On January 2007, Shahid Masood joined Geo TV, which is owned by the Jang Group, the largest Urdu media group.
GEO banned by General Musharraf
In late 2007, GEO Television was banned by General Musharraf after the imposition of emergency rule.
Meray Mutabiq not resume
However, even fter the restoration of GEO's transmission Masood's show did not immediately resume. The lack of explanation led many to believe that the network had struck a deal with the government, casting a shadow of doubt on GEO's claim of being a truly independent network in Pakistan.
Meray Mutabiq resume
Masood returned to the air in the mid-April 2008, and hosted an interview with Asif Zardari.
On War on Terrorism
Ever since 9/11, Masood has been severely critical of the American-led War on Terrorism,although he never supported militancy or extremism. He routinely tends to analyze important issues along controversial lines, such as the Afghanistan,Iran, Iraq and the 2006 Lebanon War.He was the only independent Pakistani journalist who was able to cover three major wars from the combat zones.