Tahir Inam Sheikh is likely to be one of the best known faces in Scotland and within the world of media. As Scotlands' Bureau Chief and correspondent for the Daily Jang newspaper and GEO TV, he has gained great respect
Tahir Inam Sheikh
Tahir Inam Sheikh is likely to be one of the best known faces in Scotland and within the world of media. As Scotland’s Bureau Chief and correspondent for the Daily Jang newspaper and GEO TV, he has gained great respect amongst his peers as well as the people of Scotland since moving there in 1988.
Tahir Inam Sheikh was born in 1953 in Jallalpur Jatta, a city in the district of Gujrat in Pakistan. His father, Professor Inam Ullah Sheikh was a well-respected lecturer of English in the district, and was known for his kindness where he would offer free lectures for certain students who could not afford to learn, as well as providing fees for books and uniforms. Mr Sheikh’s both grandfathers were well-known within his local community for the great work they also did. His father’s father was the Municipal Commissioner of the district, Mr Sheikh Meera Bakhsh, and his mother’s father was a well renowned social worker called Sheikh Faiz Bakhsh. So well respected was he, that there is a street, 1 road and graveyard named after him.
Tahir Inam Sheikh studied at the Islamia School in his Jallalpur Jatta, after which he went on to finish his graduation at the Zamindaar College in Gujrat. He studied his MA in History and Politics from Punjab University in Lahore. During his studies, he also taught for the Civil Superior Services whilst being the President of the student’s union of Sir Syed College.
Mr Sheikh became resident in the UK in 1978 after getting married to his cousin and then moving to Coventry to begin his new life. Tahir Inam Sheikh decided to further pursue his education whilst working various jobs to fund his family and studies. He gained entry into the PhD International Relations course at Warwick University in order to take up a full time career in journalism, but mitigating circumstances meant he was not able to complete the course.
In search for new opportunities, Mr Sheikh moved to Cumbernauld in Scotland to begin afresh with his family, and first purchased a convenience store in the town. He worked there for 8 years, and then due to his son falling ill, was not able to dedicate his efforts to the business anymore, and sold it in order to take care of his son.
Mr Sheikh now concentrates on various property ventures, his work with the Daily Jang and GEO TV, and now with his new appointment as the Media Coordinator to the Pakistani Governor of Punjab for Europe. This prestigious title means he takes care of the various issues the European Pakistanis may be facing in collaboration with the Governor, and is also responsible for the reporting of the media and news.
He is also involved in various other projects, promoting Pakistani arts and culture in Scotland. He is a member of the Bazme Sher-O-Naghma organisation in Glasgow, promoting Pakistani literature and arts. He is also actively involved in Culture Asia which another arts promotions organisation based in Scotland.