Mohini Hameed


Mohini Hameed better known as Apa Shamim, was first Pakistani radio broadcaster, anchor and actress. On 14 August 1947, when Pakistan gained independence, Mohini became the first woman broadcaster of Pakistan. In May 2009 when she died, Lahore studio of Radio Pakistan was named after her as ‘Mohini Hameed Studio”. She was the mother of journalist and first television presenter of Pakistan Television Kanwal Naseer. Mohini joined All-India Radio Lahore in 1939 at the age of 17. Soon Mohini became a major female Urdu-language voice. She voiced almost every major radio play, or special announcement during her time at All-India Radio Lahore. When Pakistan gained freedom from the British, Mohini opted for Pakistan as her home. Mohini Hameed worked at Radio Pakistan for 35 years. Mohini Hameed was awarded numerous national awards, including Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Fourth-highest civilian award of Pakistan. She was given ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation in 1999.