Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

[Feature] Wakhi Mushaira held in Gilgit

Poets and singers
Poets and singers

by Sultan Ahmad & Ali Ahmad

Wakhi poets and signers performed at an informal literary session organized by the youth of Gojal in Gilgit town  last week. Divided in two parts i.e. Mushaira and Singing sessions, the session witnessed unprecedented performances from new and seasoned artists.

The poets who participated in the Mushaira included Mr. Riaz Ahmed, Mr. Amanullah, Mr. Ahmed Jami Sakhi, Mr. Ali Qurban, Mr. Sultan Ahmed (host), Mr. Didar Karim and Mr. Hussain Nasir.

In the second session, songs were sung by Mr. Riaz Ahmed, Mr. Ali Qurban, Mr. Didar Karim and Mr. Rehan Shah. All these performances received great appreciation from the audience belonging to different valleys and villages of Gojal Hunza.

1Hosted at the residence of Sultan Ahmed, this gathering comprised of some key social figures as well as members of the youth who are willing to contribute voluntarily.

The chief guest, Mr. Mohammad Alsam showed his great admiration for the standard of performances and the quality of poetry, appreciating artistic expression of messages and thoughts. He assured his level best support to the youth for such positive activities which are part and parcel of learning process.

Professor Rabbani, the guest of honor, termed this event unique and said that poetry is the eye of society which needs to be kept open and alive. He also

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commended the youth for such a positive move. Some informal discussions were also made on ways and means for improving the quality of Wakhi Barnoma Sado-e-Bom-e-Dunyo as well as engaging the youth in research and literary work. A

ll the participants showed their commitment and willingness to continue such activities in the future involving more people and gathering more talent. Mr. Arshad, representing the organizers presented vote of thanks.

30 thoughts on “[Feature] Wakhi Mushaira held in Gilgit

  1. how nice that our elders arranged such wondurful gathering in gilgit. but on the other hand how sad that our elders didnt informed the youth to participate in such gathering
    we are students here from 4 years and strugling to arrange such activities but we were not informed to aprticipate there
    we are happy for listening about such activities but we want to ask a question from the organizer that why we the youth were not invited ????????????
    was this gathering just for a group of people ??
    why the youth were not informed ?????
    why our elders ignore the youth ??????????
    best regards and welwishers

  2. Sultan this is great patronage of knowledge and poetry!
    It reminded me of the ‘good old days’ of the 90s when we used to champion, and host these thinking ‘men of pen’ and the literati in Karachi, Gilgit and Gojal through institutional actions.
    I wonder, what happended to those institutioal mechanisms.

    I got an invitation through SMS from an unknown number. Sorry i could not participate for the sheer reason that i thought was a hoax SMS!!!

    May be next time.

  3. Looks nice, but seems very selective gathering not open for all, I may be wrong, should not ignore the voice of youth……

  4. Just a question since when people love to listen to the melidious voice of Rehan Shah. Voice of the rocking Rock

  5. Dear Sultan Ahmad
    I really appreciate your personal efforts to conduct such gatherings which are a source of development of great ideas .these type of gatherings are are very important in a society,which is much active socially and appreciates creativity and learning.
    But one thing i am confused that why we kids are always meddling in every affair which our seniors do in good spirit,i suppose we have much time to come forward and if some one is that much interested why they themselves do not comeforward and arrange such gatherings and make it successful,why we are always blamming our seniors for our invitation and how important we have become that we need an invitation from a high official.
    Are we not supposed to do it ,but where we are only hiding behind the bush and throwing stones at them who are working for great causes.

  6. Dear All,
    PT moderators: thanks for sharing this news item on PT and congratulations to Sultan Bahi and organizers for arranging such a nice event.

    I do hope that our elders and intellectuals did arrange Wakhi Mushaira in Gilgit with its great essence. However, my opinion 100% match with Mr. Amin Beg “I wonder, what happened to those institutional mechanisms”.

    While zeeshan & amin saif questions are also valid and genuine to ask questions as they inquired that “to ask question from the organizer that why we the youth were not invited????????????Was this gathering just for a group of people??
    Why the youth were not informed?????
    Why our elders ignore the youth??????????”

    In the light of the above comments, I humbly request the organizers and responsible persons to support the institutional approaches in the time coming ahead and we are lucky for having the platform of WATCA and other institutions with rich and diversified experiences of arranging local, regional and international events and celebrations.

    Through institutions, we can flourish the strengths of our youths in particular and the mass people in general and thus the good will of the institutions could be deep rooted as a means of strong civil society institutions. We are lucky enough to receive the current and updates from our beloved MHI and the current speech of MHI at University of Alberta Canada is much important of all of us to read and reflect to learn basics for development For instance, MHI clearly mentioned and elaborated the following themes:
    1. The faltering instruments of government in many countries of Asia and Africa…..
    2. Role of civil society in the development process…
    3. Ethics ….
    4. Pluralism….
    Source: http://www.akdn.org/press_release.asp?ID=766
    I do hope our youths will consult the above website and get insights for their future endeavor.

    My aim is not to put-down any individual, but, to share my feelings and thoughts with all readers. In case of reading and getting hurt, please accept my apology and regret in advance.

    Thanks and regards
    Sharif Khan

  7. @ Sher Khan

    Dear Khan saab, it seems that you have finally learnt the lesson that meddling in affairs of the “seniors” is not a wise thing. Maybe that wisdom came after you got that position in the current GECA cabinet?? Because you were quite active in mobilising people for formation of the anti-GECA student body (GSF) in Rwp.

    The point raised by Zeeshan and Amin are valid and need to be appreciated. The time for divine revelations is over. Aaj kal aasman say wahi nahi utarti, to is liye inform karna zaruri hota hay, if the intention was to arrange a public gathering. Otherwise, I think Mr Sultan Ahmad and rest of the learned people have full liberty to organize private programs and publicize the same. I don’t see any harm in that. Zeeshan and Amin can also hold such sessions and inform the rest of us about it, maybe through Paimer times.

    I really love the action taken by Sultan Ahmad and supported by the learned poets and guests who participated in the gathering.

    We can not keep sleeping while the “senior most” leaders of WTCA are dreaming about cultural-festivals-with-Chinese-girls and, oh yeah, boys!!

    WTCA has turned into a WHAT THE CRAP ASSOCIATION, in real sense, having lost productivity due to the higher than Himalaya egos of the senior-brigades.

    Haq Parast

  8. Dear readers,

    Thanks for your comments.

    I share the feelings of those who have stated their view points, some upfront and some in alluded manner. My hubmle request would be for you all to find answers in the following narrative.

    It was just three weeks back when I was leaving my offfice and saw a group of youth (we need to develop consensus on definition of youth… I still consider myself as part of the youth by the way) who were discussing some important points regarding poetry, research work, and many more. They were 15 in number and seemed to me quite enthusaistic about literary work. They said we need more consultation, more deliberation and ofcourse support. When it came to support or patronization, the common question was…. Where are the organizations or institutions??? Those youngster indicated to me that they want to sit, discuss and initiate a consultation process where we could find ways and means of how to materialize all their thoughts. So the mutual consensus of the YOUTH was that we may organize an informal gathering where we could discuss these and pave the way further for positive activities for the youth. The issue of space came time and again and what I could offer in my capacity was the hall of my home. I was honored that they accepted my offer.

    So that is just a step. Through this process, the youth is searching for the institutions to patronize them and give them a direction.
    So truely said by our honorable seniors and the youth: Where are the institutions, organizations??

    Best,
    SA

  9. THIS SEEMS TO BE A MINI GATHERIING ONLY FOR SELECTIVE SECTIONS OR CATOGARY OF PEOPLE FROM THE PUBLIC,I WISH THAT NEXT TIME THE DEMAND INCREASES AND THE MANAGMENT FOR WTCA CAN BRING UP A MORE ORGANIZED GATHERING AS THE WAKHI YOUTH SEEM TO BE MORE,COMPLAINING FROM THE ELDERS, BUT THE ISSUE COMES HERE WHO ORGANIZED THIS MAHFIL MUSHIAIRA, OR IT WAS JUST A GATHERING FROM SELECTIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE,,… THE DAYS ARE NOT OVER, HOPE THE NEW GENERATION AND THE YOUNG YOUTH CAN STILL COME UP WITH MORE VARITEY AND MORE GOOD SHOWS TO SHOW UP TO THE PUBLIC,GONE ARE THE DAYS, BUT THINK FOR TOMORROW, HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL IN THE SAME ENHTHUSIM AND WITH MORE ENERGY….WE THE WAKHIS STILL HAVE LONG WAY PROCESS TO GO WE ARE IN MINORITY SO BOYS WAKE UP WAKHI IS STILL TO BE PERFORMED BY ALL OF YOU, WAITING TO SEE SOMETHING GOOD COMING UP FROM THE YOUTH OF THE NEW GENERATION LETS SEE WHAT YOU HAVE ,THAT YOU CAN PRESENT TO THE REST OF THE PUBLIC??/

    LETS TAKE EVERTHING IN POSITIVE WAY,
    SO THE FUTURE ALL LIES WITH YOU ALL,BRING SOMETHING GOOD.I HOPE POSTIVE THINGS CAN GIVE GOOD IMPACT TO THE SOCIETY.DO KEEP US INFORMED , WAITING FOR THE YOUTH TO BRING SOME VARIETY SHOW EITHER ITS IN GOJAL OR GILGIT OR RAWALPINDI, WAITING TO HEAR FORM ALL OF YOU,,,,REGARDS FROM DIUBAI

  10. good work… but some good poets and singers residing in Gilgit are missing.,,, i.e. Saif?????

    Malang jon
    lhr

  11. Dear Sultan Ahmed,

    Congratulations for arranging such a gathering, keep up your good intentions, you have the ability to gather and mobilize people.

    I would support the comments of Mr. Sher Khan; every one must do his job within the frame work, there are number of jobs to be executed by the youth when their turns are due after certain age limit, qualification and experience.

    Dear “Haq Parast”

    I would like to clear you that Mr. Sher Khan is a brilliant student having excellent academic record with sound honorary services in jamati institutions. He has been appointed in the GECA cabinet due to his hard working, time devotion and sincerity, His appointment is not a charity or gift from the professionals, as far as the matter of his involvement in mobilizing the youth of pindi against GECA is not valid. He should be given the credit for reconciling the relations of youth and seniors, therefore He quit from the barracks of the youth after the realization that the youth in pindi are not sensible, undisciplined and immature.

    Regards

    Didar Ali Khan
    Islamabad

  12. @Malan Jon:

    Saif was part of the initial thought but later on he could not make it perhaps for some personal reasons. By the way he was supposed to be the host of the Mushaira but when he did not appear, I had to take the charge at the eleventh hour.

    SA

  13. Dear readers
    Nice to see your comments about this gathering
    On behalf of the organizers of this gathering I clear this, that this was organized by a group of friends and invited selected peoples because of venue of residence of Mr. Sultan Ahmed

    As you all pointed out this that y this is not organized through institution or organization .we friends also think that progrmes should be organized by that organization. But you know…………..
    It was just informal gathering and we have decided to organize gathering like this on monthly bases and will try to invite more and more peoples

    regards

  14. There have been a lot of comments positive as well as negative about the literary and musical night held on Saturday night 2009 at the residence of Mr. Sultan ahead.
    It is important to clarify the reality about these literary sessions.

    Since 2008 there has been no any get together of the wakhi community living in Gilgit for various reasons.

    Unfortunately the unit office WATCA is literally inactive over the past few years.

    There is very little or no coordination between the GECA, which has been formed in Islamabad for the purpose of providing a forum to the wakhi people of Gojal in particular and the Wakhiz of world wide in general.

    Due to such inactive stance of both the registered organization some educated youngsters (its group of friends and youth of Gojal is not any registered organization) residing in Gilgit felt it strongly and have organizing some activities and programmes to reflect being alive nationality in the region. For example the youth of KIU organized a grand get together in Serena 2008. While another energetic group of youngsters coordinated the facilitation and encouragement to the polo team which participated in the Northern areas level tournament this year.

    The current litery and musical session was also organized by the same group (group of friends) by taking advantage of modern communication media ( sms) in vary short span of time.

    It is hoped that the educated youngsters of Gilgit can bring both the registered organizations on a negotiating table to avoid any misunderstanding and divisions among the wakhi people of the northern areas instead we would like to work together and in an environment of total harmony with the people of different approaches working for similar goals.

    Since it was not a funded programme rather the individuals had born the cost of the get together and limited seats (problem of seating arrangements) problems therefore the participation was kept limited. If such activities are organized under the banner of any registered organization , than maximum participation can be ensured for any future programme.a

  15. when the institutions are not functioning properly due to many reasons we should not just stop and wait for things to happen, these kinds of group based, friends based, village based events should happen in order keep our rich culture alive and these kinds of small functions can one day contribute a great deal to a mega even…we should encourage and appreciate the volunteers behind such sessions and their idea too…..
    I am sure THESE SORT OF GET TOGETHER CAN BE A WAKE-UP CALL FOR THE INSTITUTIONS.
    The comments of some of the youth regarding participation in such event is valid, but due to many reason its hard to entertain and accommodate every one.

    ..what was Rehan Shah singing i am sure Qawali, i heard he is good for that.

    Good work Sultan Bahi, i missed the programme, we will organize it together next time Inshallah on a much bigger scale.

    Chilmindak

  16. respected organizers
    i didnt criticize u as to why you have arranged the mushira. it’s appreciable and we take it as the very first step to gather the youth. we respect ur work. the program was of a specific group of people so we cannot criticize the work but we hope our respected elders will gradually come out of specific groups and work collectively because of the experience they have.
    individuals and specific group cannot do any thing on their own and we have to work collectively to achieve our collectives targets and goals.
    if we will work in specific group then it will divide us in different specific groups
    we the youth want collective work so next yime plz

  17. Dear All

    Plz accept all my very sweet wishes for all who arranged such get-togather for the people. This definetly be a socialising and sharing of knowledge and views.

    Secondly, I congrats to Mr. Sultan and his team whom devote their time and to all whom provided the resources. My heary request to the youth of wakix to be positive in their approaches and works.

    My last request to the Board of WATCA to immediate call for election or selection of the team and hand over the charge for further works in different areas. Already the team betray from the written bye-laws of WATCA and now the situation demands immediate action. One special request for the Chairman of WATCA and GECA to creat a working coodrdination among both the instituations. In future we want and whish that both the institutions should some bench marks for the comming youth and generations. Use the available resources and if required instituational collaboration is pre-requisit for the future of Wakix and Gojal. Co-ordination with the Govt. & Imamati Institutions are very essential.

    First time, heared such good news and we hope in future such activities as well.

    Engineer Baig Ali

  18. I THNG IT A GOOD STAPE/ BUT IT IS NOT TO ALL OF WAKHI PROGRAM
    IT IS A FEW PEOPLE GADRING.NOW U NOT SAY TO WE ARE
    REPRISANTATER.

  19. wel done
    It’s a signal for WTCA!!!!!!!!!! wake up. We can’t wait more!!!!!!!!!!!!
    with request!!! be positive every body,

    I am also creazy to listen melodious voice of Rahan Shah.?????

    Gulbanfshah

  20. Congratulation for holding such an event in Gilgit, I am sure Sultan has the ability and desire to organize events which are need of the hour to unite us and start a new step forward in the right direction.

    We have made it a habit to criticise just for nothing and try to find something that can instigate misconceptions and divisions

    We should start thinking positively and try to organize more events at different places, doesn’t matter if only like minded people are the participants. The most important thing is starting a purposeful literary sessions instead of unhealthy activities like alcoholism etc.

    I hope to hear more sessions are organized so that we can build a true full of life civil society based on peace, tolerance and knowledge.

    Sher Karim
    Rawalpindi

  21. I appreciate the good work by sultan and other friends in Gilgit. Criticism and appreciation is part of a democratic society and I am so happy to see valuable comments from the younger generation of our area. It is very easy to criticize on such event but very difficult to organize, both in terms of resources and mobilization.

    I will request Sultan uncle or Arshad sakhi to please upload the Qawali of Rehan Shah Sahib(The famous poet), every one is missing to hear his melodious voice.

    Regards,

    Javed Ali

    Tajikistan

  22. Good news, appreciable, very selective?
    It gives us an opportunity to comment on the subject otherwise what has been done by WATCA during the Golden Jubilee year 2007-2008 and onward?

    I do agree with two seniors Mr Amin Beg and Sharif Khan’s thought provoking comments and we do believe things will happen through institutions.

    Sultan Bhai has provided an opportunity to those who are directly or indirectly involved in WATCA and other institutions’ decision making, should think upon it and take action towards the right direction.

    Few new exploration that we have seen on the screen especially Mr. Rehan Shah, yes we love to listen his harmonious vice through any means?

    With best regards

    Mohammad Jaleel
    Gilgit

  23. I think we all should encourage the people who ever is organizing or particpating in such events for a commong goal. I personally say thanks to all the singers writers and the organizers particulerly Riaz Ahmed Riaz Ali Qurban and Ahmed Jami Sakhi for their continious contributions for wakhi language and this is the responciblities of youth to joind hand with them either they organize programmes in Islamabad in Gilgit or else where.

    Ali Masud

    Montreal

  24. Telling the truth is always bitter, but it is better to tell the truth.

    Nice to hear about this program of a selective group members of Sadoy e Bom e Dunyo. It should have been organized at least through this forum of the radio.

    I really agree with the valid concerns of Mr. Sharif Khan, Mr. Amin Beg and others. But what could be done?

    The guys mentioned in the report by Sultan Ahmad have either remained or have been working on key positions of WTCA. For instance, Mr. Ali Qurban, Vice president of WTCA (from 1991-2000); Mr. Asmat Ullah Mushfiq, Convenor WTCA Chipursan Unit; Mr. Muhammad Aslam, twice as Convenor of WTCA Gilgit Unit (and before the formation of this unit he was head of the literary committee); Mr. Ahmad Riaz, Co-Convenor of WTCA Gilgit Unit; Mr. Jami Sakhi, General Secretary of WTCA Gilgit Unit; Mr. Sultan Ahmad was given many times opportunities and exposed to the public by WTCA as anchor in different programs while he was in KADO).

    Mr. Ali Qurban, Mr. Asmat Ullah Mushfiq, and Jami are also among the founding members of the WTCA.

    WTCA came into being after a series of meetings hosted and organized by the then Gulmit Youth Organization (GYO) headed by Mr. Ibrahim Khan Khalil. There are many witnesses, besides myself involved in the meetings and programs before and after the formation of WTCA.
    In the second half of 1980s, the Wakhi-specific cultural activities were started by a group of students led by Ghulam Amin Beg and others who along with some of the seniors of Karachi began the literary and musical program in Wakhi language as a tool for its promotion. It succeeded in wining the hearts and minds of the people.

    But sooner, unfortunately, such sort of programme were hijacked by Mr. Ahmad Riaz Ahmad in 1992 or 1994 in Karachi (after the formation of WTCA in Gojal). Being an extreme egotist, he stood against WTCA programs in Karachi and instead of supporting the institution (WTCA Karachi unit), he insisted that his songs be sung through his own self-styled, ad-hoc, forum with the name of FORZ (means Friends of Riaz) Committee.

    For this purpose, he spent more or less 20,000/-. At that time, I was the Joint Secretary of WTCA Gojal Hunza; but I and Haji Bulbul of Ghulkin didn’t attend this program as WTCA forum was kicked at the front. This was the year, FORZ committee succeeded in dismantling the organizational efforts for such programs.
    Now, a thing about Mr. Muhammad Aslam. He was not in favor of WTCA in the beginning and was opposing this initiative; but after a long session with the then president, Mr. Ghulam ud Din, he restrained from the negative speculations about WTCA. In the aftermath, Muhammad Aslam became head of the literary committee of WTCA Gilgit (at that time there was no unit). When the Gilgit Unit was formed (mainly due to the great efforts and dedication of Khuda Dad), Muhammad Aslam became the Convenor of WTCA GLT.
    On 14 August 2002, I resigned from the WTCA as General Secretary as I was then living in Gilgit. I was invited in a meeting of WTCA Gilgit Unit and for the first time, I attended a meeting of almost 20 members in the Serena Hotel. Here Jami Sakhi autocratically replaced Mr. Muhammad Aslam from his position in his absence as he himself was the secretary. Jami announced his resignation from his position, too. He forced Ustad Gul Baig to be the Convenor, Ahmad Riaz as Co-Conevnor and I as the Secretary; but I refused to accept it because already I had served the Central Executive Committee of WTCA and didn’t want to be involved in any position, except for a general member of the association.

    Second valid point I presented as my visual impairment.

    Despite the fact that Jami Sakhi is among the founding members of WTCA who along with other Wakhi fellows working in Gilgit like Nayyat Karim (now working in the Action Aid as Program Mananger), Muzaffar of Gulmit (working in the public sector organization) and others used to attend the meetings/sessions of GYO to form a regioal forum for the Wakhi language and culture, he was in the later phase against WTCA; because WTCA in 1992 decided in a grand meeting of literary circles (like late Haqiqat Ali who was used to be present in all meetings; minutes of meetings are the proofs) and management to follow the Latino-Greek Orthography (alphabet).

    Jami Sakhi was of the strong opinion that Jami’s own Arabicized transcription (he had prepared and also made public in a magazine of GISAK in 1979) should be followed; and in this regard in the 1990s he prepared a primer also (which was later on supplemented with Latino-Greek alphabet having a lot of errors).

    Late Haqiqat Ali, the great, was very mild and logical in his approach. He had designed his primer for the first time in Hunza Wakhi’s history in 1985/6 (though had some errors) on the Latino-Greek alphabet produced by the international linguists/scholars, also included Prof G. Buddrus. Prof Buddrus, a German scholar, who’s still alive and is in his 90s, had published his book on the Wakhi language and grammar, and late Haqiqat Ali chose the alphabet from this scholar’s initiative.

    About the weak side of the WTCA office bearers I must mention that the so-called leaderships have become an occupant-group (qabza group) now. These are the same guys most of whom are from the beginning (1991) don’t wont to loose their hypnotized social prominence on the one hand; and on the other, they don’t trust the youth, who are the logical successors. They have become like the old and noxious predators. There hasn’t come up any general body so far, despite the fact that there are more than 450 members. There hasn’t come any gathering at least of 80 members of the five units so far. There hasn’t come up any intra-unit gathering the members. There hasn’t come up so far any financial report that should be present to the members. No audit has so far been made. So, what could be expected for the future? Such phenomena of fora-race of peoples in the form of GECA or others.

    Strong side of WTCA include production and promotion of more than 40 poets and singers; an esteem to the Wakhi language and culture; placing Wakhi in the radio Pakistan; local, regional and national even international organizational linkages and partnerships and the like.

    Now, little about GECA’s creation. GECA was the initiative of the Gojali students of Islamabad-Rawlpindi which aimed initially to deal with their educational students affairs and also to organize cultural gatherings on the promeint days such as Eid Milan. I am amazed that how some people like Mr. Darjat Ali of Passu and Engr Jabbar of Gulmit and few others became proactive in the cultural activities who were against such programs of WTCA in the 1990s. I remember that in 1996, in the house of Subhan Ali in G-9/1, the type of negative views these guys had about the WTCA. Sajjad Hussain, Sultan Mehmood and Subhan himself were there as witness. They didn’t know that I was the joint secretary and many speculations were made. Later on, they along with Farman Ali became in favor of activists.

    Now, they are tyring to champion the cultural activities; and neglectging the fact that it was WTCA that created a credibility in the Lok Virsa which sponsored them one million rupees for the upcoming programs.

    The concerned readers are requested to be careful in analyzing such phenomena. These guys gathered at the house of Sultan Ahmad are more fond of self-exposure and seizing different opportunities than contributing more towards the so-called literary and research development. They are more the occupant-group (qabza group) in the Wakhi program of the Radio. I would like to ask them as to what have they done so far for the Wakhi language in research perspective for the last one decade, save for taking credit of WTCA’s literary programs? It is a surprise that how nicely words are fabricated for the research development of the Wakhi language and research, but fooling the readers. Such forums sound before me a beginning of a political campaign of Mr. Muhammad Aslam, than an academic endeavor for the language.

    At the end, I would like to request all readers to be honest with themselves and don’t compromise on honesty and saying the truth. If you say something bluntly but truly, without any hypocrisy, against any injustice, especially for the greater communal cause and interest, it is a meditation before me; but if spoken with hypocrisy it is is a curse.

    Bottom-line: Enough is enough, WTCA’s old and rusted office bearers should handover the organization to the new generations (the youth of the time) after a general body election and presenting the audit/financial reports). The units of WTCA need to be reorganized. Such home-based and clandestine activities should be stopped and the youth must be involved for these assignments. GECA needs to be fair in its mission and work along the regional basis including other two linguistic groups within itself; and be a regional organization with broader objectives. GISAK needs to awake itself. I was of the opinion before the GECA formation as I was consulted that GISAK’s branches should be opened in the federal capital and Gilgit. Now that has gone. Because of GISAK’s and WTCA’s inability of reinvigoration, GECA came into being. Now at the regional level, GISAK and GECA needs to work closely; and at cultural level, GECA needs WTCA’s support in Gojal; and WTCA’s needs GECA’s support in the federal capital.

    These guys who have remained on key positions of WTCA need to be sincere with themselves and then with the organization.

    If they are sincere, they must exercise their influence in changing the body of WTCA rather than organizing such home-based activities. Mr. Abuzar Ali, Mr. Muhammad Rahber and Mr. Ali Jauhar are the close relatives of all these guys. Rather than frustrating themselves, it is pertinent to notify, which is legal, their closed kinspersons to call the general body.

    Hoist the flag of truth and say it; though saying truth is bitter, but it is better.

    Fazal Amin Beg

  25. Better late than never.

    Some very important points have been raised by Mr Fazal Amin Beg in the comment above. His observations have high weightage because he has been involved in the process since day one.

    I think in the spirit of constructive and solution oriented dialogue, we can look forward to the first real deliberation on this vital topic.

    Noor

  26. Dear Sultan Bhai

    Nice efforts for promotion of culture. I wonder how can we reconcile GECA and WTCA? There some valid points raised by different readers and commentators. Especially the questions raised about the institutional approach and support needs to be seriously considered. I hope the critics will enable us to improve our future programs.

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