Our Mission & Vision


Ajoka’s mission is to work for a democratic and egalitarian society through arts-based initiatives. It is working to create young trained theatre activists, writers, media professionals and social activists, who can strengthen the forces of social change and progress. It is ready to fight gender and minority discrimination, environmental degradation, promotes cultural awareness and heritage preservation. It works in collaboration with like-minded cultural and human rights organizations for the cause of freedom of artistic and cultural expression.


Ajoka envisions a society and world based on universal values of justice, human dignity and human rights. It hopes that Pakistan will be at peace with its neighbours and with its own disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups. It is free of violence, bigotry, class and gender discrimination.


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Latest News

December 11, 2023

Dramatic readings feature plight of Palestinians

Ajoka Theatre held a session of dramatic readings and poetry to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on Wednesday at Alhamra Art Centre, The Mall.
October 31, 2023

Ajoka at the Borderlands Conference in Poland

Shahid Nadeem attended the international conference on Disputed Territories Memories, held in the border cities of Kaunas (Lithuania) and Poland, on 28-30 September. He gave a presentation on “Practicing Art in the Borderlands of Memories: Of Breaches & Bridges”.
October 31, 2023

‘Kaun Hai Yeh Gustakh’ at Pakistan Theatre Festival

On 19 September, Ajoka’spresented its second play at the Karachi Festival in Karachi. Written by Shahid Nadeem, the cast included Usman Raj, MohammadQaiser, Usman Zia, Kamran Mujahid, Bilal Mughal, Shahzad Sadiq, Rizwan Riaz, Haifa Embreen, Usman Chaudhry, Nyle Imtiaz and Uzma Hasan.
October 31, 2023

Ajoka at the International Theatre Festival Karachi

Ajoka presented Shahid Nadeem’s acclaimed “Anhi Mai Da Sufna” at the International Theatre Festival, held by Karachi Arts Council on 18 September.
October 31, 2023

Ajoka meets NAPA

An Ajoka delegation met the CEO of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), Mr Junaid Zuberi, in Karachi on 18 September. Ajoka team,

Ajoka's Journey

Shahid & Madeeha


The Ajoka Miracle

Ajoka is considered as some kind of a miracle in the Pakistani social and cultural context. For nearly four decades, Ajoka has waged a war against the forces of obscurantism, extremism and callous commercialism. It has not only linked with the region’s traditional cultural heritage but also infused a new spirit and vibrancy by benefitting from the experiences of the contemporary world of theatre and performing arts.

Ajoka has been a pioneer in many ways: it has established that a socially-relevant quality theatre, which is entertaining as well as educational, is possible in Pakistan, inspite of all the political, social and commercial impediments.Secondly, it has linked our folk heritage with modern techniques and contemporary content. Thirdly, it has practiced a theatre which is modern and not dependent on heavy sets, costumes, and other paraphernalia. And fourthly, it has demonstrated that theatre can play a significant role in spreading the message of peace, love, and enlightenment even in most difficult political or security situations within the country and in the region.


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Ajoka's Journey is a journey of amazing productivity and resilience of the people of Pakistan who have survived military dictatorships and ideological tyranny and kept their hopes and dreams alive. It's a tribute to the commitment, creative talent of the members of our team, who have defied all odds to create and keep alive the miracle called "Ajoka.

In recent years, Ajoka has responded to the technological challenges of times and demands of the new media. Besides producing telefilms and documentaries, it has entered the field of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, online publicity; and merchandizing. Ajoka Institute is the latest Ajoka venture where youth is provided hands-on and practice-oriented training in acting, writing, music and film-making.


Theatre Productions

Love, pride, sorrow, passion