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Nijaat PTV Drama.jpg
The opening title screen for Nijaat
Genre Drama, Family
Written by Asghar Nadeem Syed
Directed by Sahira Kazmi
Starring Atiqa Odho
Huma Nawab
Latif Kapadia
Marina Khan
Noman Ijaz
Sajid Hasan
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Sahira Kazmi
Editor(s) Naeem Siddiqui
Location(s) Sindh, Pakistan
Original channel PTV
Original release 1993 (1993)

Nijaat (Urdu: نجات‎, English: Liberation) is a thirteen-episode Pakistani television drama serial produced by Pakistan Television Corporation.[1] The drama shows the different roles of women in Pakistan. It compares the women in the village to the urban women. It emphasizes on family planning, child labor and community health reforms.[2]


This drama is based on the interwinding stories of three families in a village in Sindh, Pakistan: Zareena, a health worker, and her family; Sajida and Huzoor Bakhsh, who have so many children that Sajida has very poor health; and Ali Asad, a local government worker (Assistant Commissioner), and his wife Tania. The drama follows their hopes and frustrations as they strive for a better future while trying not to sacrifice the past.[3]

Cast and Characters[edit]

Character Played by Notes
Huzoor Bakhsh Noman Ijaz Hunter and later tries to establish a shop.
Sajida Atiqa Odho House wife facing maternity and other domestic issues. She helps Tania in her Handicrafts (embroidery) institute.
Zareena Huma Nawab Nurse at the local clinic.
Ali Asad Sajid Hasan Assistant Commissioner (AC) of the Tehsil. Before coming to the village he was a medical doctor.
Tania Marina Khan Wife of AC. Previously, she was a model.
Makhdoom Latif Kapadia Father of three, including Zareena. Seen as a character with no consideration of his family. He tried to marry young Kulsoom, in exchange of his daughter Razia for Qadir Baksh.
Qadir Bakhsh Yousuf Ali Brother of Huzoor Bakhsh. He came from Dubai. He helps set up a shop of his brother. He was involved in criminal smuggling including child smuggling. Typical village man who likes to boast and share his good times with his people.
Masi Taqdeera Village match maker.
Ustad ji Malik Anokha Owner of the local hotel.
Zehra Khatoon Religious preacher.
Kashi Son of Huzoor Bakhsh. He tries to flee the village for the city. He is kidnapped by a criminal mafia in the city, who trains him to pick pockets. Later, he ends up on the Qadir Bakhsh's boat with many other children, who are being smuggled to Middle East.
Tari Son of Huzoor Bakhsh.
Kulsoom Sister of Huzoor Bakhsh.
Razia Daughter of Makhdoom.
Master ji Teacher at the village school.
Rasheed Compounder at the clinic.


The background score is composed by Arhad Mehmood. The drama features following songs:

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Mera dard naghma-e-bay-sada"   Nayyara Noor  
2. "Zard mitti ki aghosh mein"   Tina Sani  
3. "Dekhte hi dekhte hamein pyar hua"   Alamgir  
4. "Phool barsein pyar ki rahon mein"   Alamgir  

Social Impact[edit]

A study was undertaken to evaluate the social impact of this drama on contract to Johns Hopkins University/Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) by Aftab Associates (Pvt.) Ltd., Lahore, Pakistan. The support for this study was provided by International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada.[4] The usefulness of findings from qualitative evaluations of Nijaat (and Alang-Alang in Indonesia) has led to further collaborations between JHU/PCS and filmmakers.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Nijaat - WorldCat Library". WorldCat libraries. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Drama Serial Nijaat on PTV". Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nijaat". Center for Communication Programs. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Aftab Associates (1 February 1994). "A qualitative evaluation of the impact of "Nijaat" (a social drama) in the rural vicinity of Lahore, Pakistan." (PDF). International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Wilkins, Karin Gwinn (2000). Redeveloping communication for social change : theory, practice, and power. Lanham, [Md.]: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-8476-9588-1. 
  6. ^ Gumucio-Dagron, edited by Alfonso; Tufte, Thomas (2006). Communication for social change anthology : historical and contemporary readings. South Orange, N.J.: Communication for Social Change Consortium. ISBN 0977035794. 

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:15:27 -0700

Where his play Chand Grahan eclipsed all others in how it depicted the prevailing feudal culture in Pakistan, Nijaat freed viewers from the shackles of verbalising issues, such as family planning, in the 1990s. The playwright recently signed a contract ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 07 May 2015 11:41:37 -0700

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Times of India
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:28:07 -0700

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:42:42 -0800

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Times of Oman

Times of Oman
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:03:45 -0700

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World Policy Institute (blog)

World Policy Institute (blog)
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:37:30 -0800

The three most notable were Operation Rah-e-Raast and Operation Rah-e-Nijaat in 2009, and Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which began on June 15, 2014. The latest one killed over 1,000 enemy combatants, and wrenched control of the North Waziristan Agency in ...


Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:21:25 -0800

Nijaat jinse main ek lehza pa nahin sakta… Yeh oonche oonche makaanon ki dyodhiyon ke taley. Har ek gaam pe bhookey bhikaariyon ki sada… Yeh karkhaanon mein lohon ka shor-o-gul jisme. Hai dafn laakhon gareebon ki rooh ka nagma… Yeh gham ...

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