by Aejaz Karim (Washington)
It is really shocking to read this news today. It is also depressing that the Vadera politics has taken root in our peaceful society whereby the self labeled political leaders, having the redundant mentality of 18th century, are trying to establish their writ on people through illegal, unethical and depraved means. They use their influence and links to exploit them and utilize the state machinery in order to keep the people under control. But, it must be known that ours is not a society of the 18th century. We are no more isolated community being ruled by some “heaven born” ruler. This society is full of literate and thoughtful minds; it is full of skillful hands and independent soul whose survival is no more linked to the willingness of any particular person or specific group. It is also a matter of fact that education has given each and every person a power: the power of distinguishing between good and bad; between legal and illegal and between virtue and vice. Furthermore, education has given them the power to speak and stand against all kind of negative forces no matter who they are.
Over the past few years media and communication has made a tremendous progress. Time has gone when there used to be only one telephone set in the whole Hunza valley and only one person having access to the media. Now each and every person has access and control over both. Today even a 10 years old kid can influence the entire world community through the meaningful use of the internet. Thanks to this advancement the bleak and propaganda journalism has very little place in today’s world. People want to see, listen and know the facts supported by evidences. Just news or statement issued by “some authority” is not enough to manipulate the masses. Unfortunately recently regarding to the Sost Dry Port issue the local media-newspapers and even GEO TV followed the wasted tradition of negative propaganda which is contradictory to their own values as well as the ethics of journalism.
Life threat- it has always been the strength of effective tool to stop the efforts of those who rose against all kinds of exploitation and the vicious interests of the ruling elites. It was not unexpected and is not unexpected for the volunteers of Pamir Times. Let me tell “you” something, PT does not represent the interests of any political force, neither is a tool to manipulate the public opinion wrongly. It is the name of an effort started by some creative and innovative minds in order to keep the entire world aware of the realities. It is an effort to bring forth what progress is being made in our part of the world, by whom and how? It is a community journalism initiative having no roots in other resources for funding or benefits so it has nothing to lose. It has its roots in the enlightened and progressive community of Hunza: the community which is no more confined within the mountains of Karakoram, but is an active part of a global community. Pamir Times could be published form any part of the world because information and media has no boundaries and could not be restricted. Threatening Zulfiqar or Noor Muhammad will not stop Pamir Times from exploring and exposing the truth. Therefore such threats and harassment will never work – they will backfire.
The writer is a grautate of Brandies University, USA. He has also studied at MIT and Harvard. He belong to Gojal, Hunza.