Former Minister in three Federal Cabinets for Information & Broadcasting, Science & Technology, Petroleum & Natural Resources and Adviser to the CE of Pakistan on National Affairs, Mr. Jabbar takes active interest in diverse subjects voluntary work for grass-roots development, environment, media, international affairs, writing, film-making.
New laws originally drafted by him introduced independent TV and radio channels to Pakistan in 2002 and enabled unprecedented access by citizens to officially-controlled data through the Freedom of Information statute. Major reforms in other Ministries were also introduced during his tenures.
His 15th book, Pathways — Selected Writings won the UBL Literature Prize 2017 for the Best English Non-fiction Book of 2017 at the 9th Karachi Literature Festival, March 2018. His 16th book What is Pakistan at? published 2018-19 in English and Urdu, is prescribed in the curriculum of reputed education and training institutions.
Cinema, documentary and advertising films written, produced and directed by him have won several international and national awards. August 2017 to December 2018, he hosted a widely-heard weekly FM radio programme in Urdu on FM 105,”Friday Evening with Javed Jabbar“, on Pakistan’s history, culture and international relations. He has founded/co-founded several leading grass-roots organizations presently working in over 3000 locations across Pakistan to promote the rights of women, children and religious minorities in particular.
He was elected for two consecutive terms as Global Vice President, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 2004-2012, the world’s oldest and largest environment organization comprising States, Governments, NGOs and scientists from over 130 countries. The Human Rights Society of Pakistan has awarded him its Gold Medal for outstanding public service. In 2015, the Pakistan Advertisers’ Society presented him its first Lifetime Achievement Award for comprehensive contributions to marketing and advertising.