Express News is an Urdu language Pakistani television news channel Based in Lahore, launched on January 1, 2008. It is owned and run by the country’s third largest Urdu daily, Daily Express. The owners of the channel, Lakson Group, launched ‘Express 24/7’, a 24-hour Pakistani English news channel on February 5, 2009 .
Express Media Group had launched their entertainment channel Express Entertainment on 1 January 2012. EMG is now launching new channel named Hero Tv, an infotainment channel, from 5 June 2012. Kal Tak is a Pakistani current affairs show, which airs on the news channel, Express News. It is hosted by Javed Chaudhry.
Banke Mian or Banke Mian Qawwal is a computer animated character of Pakistani television channel “Express News”. As evident from his name, he appears as a Qawwal on television. Banke Mian expresses his views on politics, current affairs or other topics of interest in the form of Qawwali. Banke Mian first appeared on television on 14 Aug 2009. Historically “Banka” was a popular tradition pertaining to Delhi and Lucknow. “Bankas” were those characters of these cities who emerged in the British era of India. “Bankas” pretended to be very brave people in humrous manner. But Banke Mian is a bit different. He comments on every day issues using wit and satire. Banke Mian is also a columnist in Urdau daily Express. The name of his column is “Banke Nama”.
Safar Hai Shart a popular travelogue television show on-aired on Express News (Pakistan). The show was hosted by Waqar Ahmed Malik & Mukkaram Kaleem. Safar hai shart was an exclusive travelogue produced by Waqar Ahmed Malik, completed on nothing else but on Motorbikes. Two guys on bikes explored the wonders of the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan. The Karakoram Highway (KKH) is the highest paved international road in the world and often known as 9th wonder of the world.
The travels started from Rawalpindi and end on Khunjerab Pass (elevation 4,693 metres or 15,397 feet),the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway. The show comprises the adventure, thrill and depiction of native culture of Kohistan, Gilgit and Hunza. Safar hai shart also showed Nanga Parbat (The killer Mountain) and the related expedition stories specially of Hermann Buhl, Reinhold Messner in 6th and 7th episodes. This program was produced with the cooperation of Frontier Works Organisation and World Wide Fund for Nature.
Pakistan is home to 108 peaks above 7,000 metres and probably as many peaks above 6,000 m. There is no count of the peaks above 5,000 and 4,000 m. Five of the 14 highest independent peaks in the world (the eight-thousanders) are in Pakistan. Tourism in Pakistan has been stated by the Lonely Planet magazine as being the tourism industry’s “next big thing” but after 9/11 unfortunately Pakistan,s tourism sector affected badly. Safar hai shart was an effort for revival of the tourism activities in Gilgit-Baltistan region.