Urdu Digest (Urdu: اردو ڈائجسٹ ) is a monthly Urdu magazine in Pakistan. It is the first digest in Pakistan and was first published in 1959 in Lahore. Its appearance is similar to the famous American monthly, Reader’s Digest. Its writings present a traditional way of religious Pakistani life and cover a large variety of topics. Urdu Digest is constantly performing the duty of character building and consciousness of Pakistanis for the last 53 years. The magazine also has been serving to strengthen the ideology of Pakistan and promoting national integration. Urdu Digest publishes translations of international literary stories, adventure stories, hunting stories, and articles on science, technology, history, animals, education, health, positive thinking, and business role models.
Dr. Aijaz Hasan Qureshi, Altaf Hasan Qureshi, and Malik Zafar Ullah Khan are its pioneers and editors. Also, Abad Shah Puri, Maqbool Jahangir, Zia Shahid, Mohsen Farani, Syed Asim Mahmood, and Akhtar Abbas worked for Urdu Digest as assistant editors. Now Tayyab Aijaz is the managing editor of Urdu Digest. Urdu Digest has started many new projects, such as Urdu Forum. Wasi Shah has been selected as the first Safeer-e-Urdu for 2012. Many other prominent scholars are on the panel of Urdu Digest.
Since 2003, the administration of Urdu Digest has also run the Karwan-e-Ilm Foundation, a noncommercial charitable organization to save and promote the talent of Pakistan. The foundation has been providing financial assistance to deserving talented students who secure more than 75% marks in Matric and Intermediate Examinations, irrespective of creed and domicile, and are pursuing education in professional and higher academic institutions in the sciences, engineering, medicine, commerce, and agriculture.