Jingoist reaction by well meaning segments of the society to a news item on this blog that covered an unfortunate incident of abduction, torture, and more, is not a surprise. We, the people of Hunza, have gotten used to hearing praise only; real or assumed. We are not ready to accept that despite of the progress made in fields of education, economy and culture, there are moments of shame and repentance. And, obviously, this phenomenon is not unique to our society alone. It’s only a manifestation of the darker aspects of human nature.
What’s worrying, indeed, is the reaction of apologists who are trying to justify or rationalize the criminal act in awkward manners that exposes inherent immaturity of our ‘literate’ class. Unequivocal rejection and condemnation of the incident from all quarters of the society is need of the time.
Those accusing Pamir Times of portraying negativity base their allegation on unfound grounds. That we actively worked to obtain opinions of both sides, and allowed all sorts of comments to be posted on the blog, is a sign of our commitment to presentation of diverse opinions. It’s the courts prerogative to find facts and punish the culprits who have brutalized a common citizen of Hunza.
Arrests have been made in this regard and basic facts investigated, as reported by the newly appointed IGP of Gilgit – Baltistan to press during yesterday’s visit to Hunza, so let’s wait for the courts to deliver justice.
To those who are used to hearing sanguine paeans of the peacefulness of Hunza, let’s be realistic. We are not living in Utopia.