Vexing Realities
Voice of Hunza
October 01- October 10
According to data available on the country's socio-economic condition in last six month is horrifying. The rapid increased food inflation and diminishing family incomes is forcing parents to pull their children out of schools- for they can eat and nourish quickly first to earn little for their own, then be educated, not both simultaneously. The situation is even more crucial in urbane areas where human life is increasingly become valueless, some times even lesser than an animal. Apparently, there many reasons that caused to bring more than hundred million population of the state are inable and corrupt political leadership, self interested approach, favouritism, feudal based unjust system and expliotative elements did not allow to transfer the fruits of development and yeilding benefits to the masses during last sixty two years. History tells that regimes during last six decades almost followed the imperialistic policy as it has had thought very little for poor. One of the main deficiency in the over all governing patterns is absence of rule of law; and rules exist only for poor not for elite classes who are struggling for their existance every passing day. While those who get enter into assemblies first serves their own interests. The so called economic crisis has triggered down and right sizing-thus decreasing potential of a common man who hardly able to buy daily bread. At the same time country is experiencing surge of umemployment due to lack of well planned population control machanism, consumption verses available resources in all sectors of services on part of both national, provincial and regional governments. On bottom line, the gap between rich and poor is widening for those with larger capital is earning more than their expectations. Fraud and deception once considered nefarious have transformed into fundamentals of business dealings in mega cities like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad etc. The every day life is increasingly becoming more difficult for casual bread winers; where human dignity seems at stake, street crimes are rampant and even life is worthless than a cell phone. Similarly, the reports publishing in both international and domestic media implies a rapid rise in suicide rates, who want to escape starvation and humiliation in their lives. Most of them remain unregistered to soften the tarnishing image of state in international community. Neverthless, our leadership seems unacquainted to miseries of masses-uttering every thing going well thus overlooking harsh realities beneath swell . The main stream political leadership is digging up certain unnecessary issues that lack public interests instead of resolution to real ones. Few quetions arise in our mind: does a person unable to feed his children really care whether ex-president Pervez Musharraf to be tried; a father who gets payments in the mid of the month instead of payment of fee charges of his children will care about the presence of super power in the region? Does a jobless person, though qualified enough used to hunt for a job to fulfill requirement of even his own life be impressed by the president's self applaused achievements during his tenure? On bottom level the social life also seems a nightmare for minorities in the society. We ought to acknowledge our negative attitude towards minorities through hatred in the name of religion in the country. Religious fanatics targetted Chiristain minorities, while law enforcers as usual remained silent and looked on the episode. The successive incidents against Chiristain minority particularaly in Punjab, where voilence has been provoked by unproven allegations have created a feeling of anxiety regarding their future. Such an unfortune incident that being a human being down our eyes, took place place recently in Sialkot. Robert F. Masih, who was detained after subsequent to rampage of Muslim mob on blasphemy charges was later found dead in police custody. His family members were warned and forced to leave the place, were abstained from burrying him in his own village-an act against human rights declaration. The incident disclose an injust system: victims were harrassed not punished fanatists. Two aspects are noticeable: judiciary, the main custodian of justice is replaced by unprofesional police who decide their own; secondly, we have lost our religious values: tolerance, empathy, pluralism and respect towards other beliefs. It is the duty of honourable court to sentence or absolve a suspect or alleged not the people themselves or law inforcers. Our holy prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) inspired the mankind by his generosity, kindness and compassion even to his deadliest enemy. He forbade use of power and emphasised to show more tolerance. We have many examples when Asahab (companions of Holy Prophet) Ayema (A.S) shown unprecedented example of forgiveness to enemies. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) forgave the dwellers of Taif for their attrocities and obstacles in the way of Islam. He told, " saving of a life is like saving humanity and extinguish a life is like murder of whole humanity". We have forgotten those golden rules and following our own to support our individual interest, interpretation and the end
results are before us.
Now, lets come to the worsening law and order situation in Gilgit-Baltistan, more depressing than ever. The incident followed by an explosion turned into sectarian voilence that denched the city and outskirt in a great fear. It seems a part of a great game before upcoming elections that started with the murder of a renown political figure of Pakistan Muslim League (Q). Then successive incidents took place to better suit the sectaraniasm. It seems, two factors may be involved in the carnage. Firstly, widening united struggle of people has affraid many elements including establishment which was against their interest and strategy-devide and rule. Secondly, certain fanatics who want to win the upcoming elections and who feed on foreign support are using such tactics as a tool to divide the people on religious lines. Mosques has had used for propaganda against others to gain their objectives. This will definitely result to harm the liberal attitudes in the region. The statements and counter statements of religious leaders of either side may further intesify the situation. Indirectly such rigid religious leaders may expand the gulf among the masses to pacify their ego. Moreover, this will benefit those elements who want to divert public focus from their legitimate rights to unnecessary minor issues thus pushing aside to further derpive the region. It was a common observation that the struggle of nationalist forces was gain momentum and the youth which is more concious of their rights was in its form.Unfortunately, people after many decades of experiencing such incidents still not ready to accept the reality of the coexistance of different communities in Gilgit-Baltistan. We have to accept and give respect to others' belief as that is not the production of a year back but came into existance about fourteen hundred years ago. The Muslims whether that is offspring of Shia School of thought or Sunni faith believe on majority of common things: One God, one book and one prophet. If some difference exists among can be practice according to their own mystiic; we must learn to respect others' faith. After all, in democratic way, religious is a private matter and has very least to do with the social and political affairs of the people. It is destined to keep us a better and useful human being not to make us bigots. We must understand the ground reality-the enemy wants to divide us first on religious lines to aviod any strong resistence to deprivation of more than two million population since six decades. In an area where major population live under poverty line, who hardly able to feed and afford education of his children will further suffer if the gap between communal stratum in the region. While the wealthy class like of the other regions knows how to make their own way. The intensity of deterioration of law and order is so high that even Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani expresses his concerns over his visit to this peaceful area which was preceded with sectarian voilence.
We, through this medium, urge the communities dwelling in the region to restore peace and trust through democratic processes (dialogue) to resolve any conflict instead of use the language of gun to ensure their coexistance. The intelligentia, thinkers, religious scholars, human right activists and social workers should come forward and lead the nation to bring them out of the dilemma. Similarly, the local administration and law inforcement agencies should identify the master minds behind the scene and take urgent steps to normalize the situation in the region.



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Posted by Shamsuddin Muhammad on Saturday

2 comments

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Depressed nations do this.

     
  3. account Says:
  4. kako jee great editorial... nice overview of the whole situation in pakistan and our belovered home land gilgit baltistan..

    i hope u will do best in future..

    jehangir shah

     

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The blog aims to disseminate the accurate regional information without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion and ideology to the valuable readers across the globe. We promise to abide with the moral and professional ethics of citizen journalism through this medium of communication. The voiceless masses of this one of the most beautiful places on earth, situated in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan experience hard times due to continuous natural and man made disasters which have left them at surviving stage. Shortly speaking, in a short span of time, Hunza valley has embraces a steady socio-economic and ecological development making it self an authentic book to read about or take a model for rest of far flung valleys bordering Chines Sinkiang province in the extreme north of the country. The haphazard material development in this comparatively small area has also served to create various socio-economic and ethical problems which ultimately served to shake the fabrics of very roots and foundations of culture and civility among dwellers. On geo-political front, analysts find a very little say of a common man in the major decisions related to regional socio-economic development, violation of meritocracy by mafias in political parties, pressure groups which safe guard their own interests, a unbridled bureaucracy, corrupt regimes that patronizing nepotism or favoritism and who wield powers in Gilgit, the main hub and capital of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rapid increase in expenditures ranging from general commodity price hikes to transportation has left no option or time for people to think on other issues.
The so called Economic-Recession, unequal distribution of wealth, concentration of opportunities towards certain beings, lack of social responsiveness and transparency in government sector and no check and balance on private sector has brought its ugly implication in terms of high unemployment, depression among the youngsters, anxiety and hatred towards system of governance.
We vow to bring fore the issues of common man at grass root level, strive to highlight irregularities in government sector and flaws in public policy and finance in a democratic way. We shall continue to give our opinion on issues of importance and determine to prove a viable platform to have a positive role for public welfare, inter-communal harmony, integrity and social justice.
Amid such a situation when even the survival of country is on stake and is defamed due to continual terrorist incidents throughout the our county, we may pray for a peaceful and prosperous future of the nation. May Lord save the peaceful Gilgit-Baltistan region from the evil designs of devils in human form.

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The blog is a venture with exclusive news updates, unbiased analysis and opinion on historical, cultural, ecological, socio-economic, geopolitical and administrative issues and events occurring in country in general and the region particular. It would serve as a portfolio of credible information retained first hand from own and secondary reliable electronic and print media sources and aspire to become a powerful voice for a common man. We are committed to adhere with the professional ethics of citizen journalism, a new trend to shackle the chains of excessive curb over dissemination of reality either for any cause in the name of so-called sensor, with maximum possible accuracy and least deviation while delivering information to show the real side of picture of events so that our valuable readers will have an alternative portal to know what developments are going on various levels, particularly backward areas like that of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Azad Jamu and Kahsmir, Tribal areas etc., across the country. One can easily discern a great social change in terms of attitudes, perceptions both in individual and society; values and reaction to the variables in daily life patterns among the dwellers of the comparatively backwards areas like Gilgit-Baltistan, a deprived region of its fundamental rights for more than six decades of its liberation from colonial yolk. In a quest to voice over issues of vital importance, keeping closer to circle of concern, Hunza, a name famous for its beauty and rich cultural heritage has been selected to represent as a case to further the cause and issues of the rest of the region. Virtually, the region especially Hunza-Nagar retained a rapid development with a short span of time after remaining isolated for centuries to out side world. The blog also aims focus largely to identify core areas from on bottom or grass root level to the top. Keeping due consideration of inter-religious harmony, tolerance, respecting pluralism, diversity, mutual respect, democracy, equal opportunity and other aspects of human rights and professional values of journalism, the blog will serve as a binding force and medium of voice of the voiceless people of the area with reference to Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The idea of creation of this blog came into my mind during a visit after spending few years of career at Karachi, capital of Southern province to the region. While traveling from south pole of the country to north, I experienced many new changes nearly in all aspects of life explicit in urban areas and implicit in rural belts: people have opted to modern technology, availed faster means of communication; task centered behavior, selfishness, following short-cuts, chase of wealth and more opportunities in their career and many more that made their lives much more easier but crazier than before. Nevertheless, the scene suddenly turned bit dim when I entered the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. I could not believe my eyes that this was the Gilgit I saw four years ago. Many things, except the faces were utterly unchanged formats primitive outlook. The Chinese bridge that linked Danyore and Gilgit and a main source of transportation was no more. Few people told me that few journalists have lost their lives in lethal road accident due to lack of arrangements on part of concerned authority to avoid the incident. Karakorum High Way (KKH), one of the highest truck able route and so-called eighth wonder in the world is under construction and many places portray nothing but a passage through a rough stony pasture. It took nearly twenty four hours from Rawalpindi to reach after an exhaustive journey to Hunza, my home town, compared to nineteen hours in past. The scenario seemed worse in Hunza, my home town which remained unchanged for last four years except a drastic decline in standard of living of more than fifty percent of the population. One may think that people have replaced muddy homes with cement ones but that are not the real yardstick of measurement of both mental and material development. Infrastructure, fixtures, telecommunication systems were largely depreciated to their estimated life coupled with inappropriate number of personnel required in educational, administrative and health institutions. The so-called economic meltdown that started from American giant Leman soon took the world into its tyrant claws, shaking many stable economies of the world including the rural areas of developing states- a big example of negligence and subjugation by the rulers of respective countries where people live not above the level of animals. Apart from the allegations on policy makers of industrialized nations having economic interest only, the poor, irrational, incompetent, self-centered and corrupt leadership in Pakistan like other third world countries where immature economies spends it larger portion of budget expenditure on defense could not resist the negative consequences of economic crisis in terms of high rate of unemployment, recession, right or down sizing, price hikes, violation of consumer rights and so on. Hunza-Nagar, like other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan was no exception. The smiling faces that greeted us once warmly few years ago turned unhappy for the crisis brought its ugly implication on the daily life pattern of an individual thus sucking down the unique attributes of population: courtesy, generosity and hospitality. Having a so-called high rate of literacy in the country unfortunately, the region is facing many problems ranging from health to drinking water and energy sector. To many, it was because of lack of geo-political awareness and excessive tendency towards NGO culture where people little bother to beg their rights from the states besides emphasis on duties. Historical chronicles vindicate that the region remained in isolation for many centuries due to a specific location and lack of access to out side world. Many dynasties ruled the area that hardly accepted change in a traditionally sophisticated feudal based society. The wheel of transition continued to move and finally the area got librated through a mutiny with the help of indigenous population from the clutches of Dogra subjugation. Later, the area was affiliated with Pakistan vide a secret treaty called Karachi Treatise as defacto part, unconditionally. Gilgit-Baltistan region got on real terms an impetus to grow from zero level with the visit of three icons of development: Aga Khan, President Ayub Khan and Z.A.Bhutto- a historic event of its nature with long standing implications on live of the people of the region.The area could hardly observed any impulse for more than half dozen years of affiliation with Pakistan when Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan (3rd) first time introduced Diamond Jubilee Schools network during mid fifties in the region. A real phase of development gain impetus when Shah Karim Alhusaini, Aga Khan (fourth) stepped in the region, a population with miserable conditions in 1960. He initiated many new projects in different aspect of life, strengthening the existing educational network under the umbrella of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the betterment and uplift standard of living of masses lived under poverty line. Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration with donor agencies, with a view to bring social change from grass roots level, initiated rural support programme and other services for less-privileged societies in the region. In simple words, initial projects were stretched to new areas under AKDN umbrella ranging from self-entrepreneurship to planning and building services. These development programmes served a catalyst for a common man who, earlier was confine to a certain limit where facilities and perks were confined to a specific creed, definitely a big change in society led to process of decline of so-called nobility. By, 1974, Z.A.Bhutto, chief of Pakistan Peoples Party and his cabinet undertook a disintegrated country following the fall of Dhaka, albeit eliminating princely status of numerous states gave them democratic structures, initiated socio-economic, political and administrative reforms in civil services cadres under 1973 constitution of Pakistan. These reforms opened a path for further reforms in tribal and affiliated princely states, mostly in mountain regions. Elders assert, by 1976, when Bhutto abolished the princely status of the units and replaced the princely flag with that of the country declared region formally its de-fecto part. The new development allowed for the first time a limited right of franchise and representation in a parallel council governed from capital. He in collaboration with international donor agencies like UNICEF and World Food Programme helped ensure provision of basic necessities like food to indigenous population still in poor conditions. He gave word to poor and enables to build his destiny. The facility fell a prey of Zia-ul-Haq who abolished the programme to benefit his favorite breed. He altered such programmes to facilitate Mujahideen busy fighting Afghan war against Soviet invasion on behalf of American assistance. By, 1988, before the withdrawal of USSR, Zia regime played a dirty game: as an integral strategy to get parallel success, he supported a breed of militants to eliminate all those against his faith in Gilgit-Baltistan. Unfortunately, the indigenous people could not understand his nefarious designs under the veil of religion that had to sustain his regime using divide and rule tactic and nothing to do with public welfare fell a prey of communal discord. Thousands of innocent people were brutally killed without a reason from both sides and this in turn sowed the seeds of sectarianism thus introducing a Kalashnikov culture in this region. On country’s political front, frequent interventions of military in politics in the wake of undemocratic moves of leadership, double standard attitude of bureaucracy and excessive influence of establishment forces harmed political evolution during last sixty two years of country's history. A finest dictatorship is considered worse than a worse democracy for it largely overlook the opinion of masses. The undemocratic regimes since 1952 onwards in general and during dictators’ regimes left people with no option but to support immature, corrupt and unable leadership confined to their self interests coupled with narrow vision. On global front, with the withdrawal of USSR from Afghanistan, American administration started to shift its strategy of dependency and support for Pakistan especially that to check movement and expansion of communist philosophy, an anxiety among the then US policy planners. Political front once again passed through a new change in 1999 when military took over in October 1999. Numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), both national and international rapport delivered remarkable work since 1990s to 2004 in many sectors like education, health, cultural preservation, design and building.

History repeated itself, but in a new form under different circumstances after cold war, when terrorists attacked twin towers of World Trade Centre, an icon of prestige and glory of America killing thousands of innocent people as a response to US policies inviting a fresh hostility between US and Islamist groups or in other words initiated an open conflict between two countering forces. To some, hidden forces worked behind the incident: Muslims thought it was a Judaist elements while to Europe and US a strike of Islamist elements; even the then Bush administration alleged Islamist groups behind this nefarious act to initiate an open armed struggle to defy its policies and interests. The September 11 incident served a cause to create sufferings for the Muslim communities residing in America and Europe. Being a sponsoring source of Jihadist elements, Pakistan was in real trouble as it was asked either ally the US or ready to go into stone age. Consequently, Pervez Musharraf took U-turn in state policy against billions of dollars as assistance. Once again, US dependency on Pakistan after Afghan war, in an endless war against an invisible enemy in terms of Osama started, leading farmer to think to gain control over natural resources in Afghanistan and Central Asian states. As a state, Pakistan endured many hardships, mostly from inside elements, Majority of our political leadership, for instance is largely nurtured under the aegis of military establishments and always ready to achieve their own interest lest it comes to compromise on national matters, evident from the successive overthrowing of representative regimes. They could not deliver any remarkable to uplift the standard of living of a common man except false promises. It was the Musharraf regime which can be given credit for many reasons: allowed a national government to complete its five year tenure, introduced local government systems for dicentralization of power though a move to by pass the then political and administrative forces like his predecessors military dictators to bolster one man show. Apart from few of blunders in terms of killing of Akbar Bugti, subjugation of judiciary, appointment of army on service and retired personnel in institutions offering higher education, other key positions in major public organiztions and using force as a decisive force instead of dialogue his regime can be recalled for many things during last eight years. He was the first who put hand on non-state actors, brought changes in status of deprived regions like Gilgit-Baltistan bringing reforms and took initiatives to improve education and health facilities. He gave us an International University, increased woman representation, empowered Northern Light Infantry, established N.A scouts and notified Hunza-Nagar district and many more. Yet, at the same time on mass level, despite many accomplishments, it failed to address the real issues of poor. Giant fishes got most and poor further got depressed as the regime greatly revolved around the interests of Chaurdhries and lords. December 2007, shall be remembered a black day when Benazir Bhutto, a female leader of international repute was assassinated at the same place where one of the most famous Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan as killed. Country fell into chaos and observed an extreme internal and internal threat to her existence second time after 1971. Good heaven, the situation soon normalized. With the dawn of democracy, based on Benazir Bhutto's sacrifice has brought a hope of change of image of the country in global economy. PPP led contemporary government has given a new Self Governance Reforms Package 2009 ahead of poles to empower the assembly to legislate on various subjects not allowed in past and choose their own Chief Minister unanimously with the consent of Prime Minister, the head of set up-a good initiative after Z.A Bhutto's compassions for the region. The package has opened a door for more autonomy resembles to that of Azad Kashmir. Though, there are many flaws in the package yet, it will serve to reduce feeling of deprivation among the masses.

There is another side of the picture that the poor performance in many of the departments in government sector during last two years has raised many questions in our mind regarding its capability to cope the challenges that the country faces internally and externally. Public welfare, security from internal and external aggressions and provision of basic necessities to the citizens is the fundamental responsibilities of modern states. Yet, more focus on external threats under security syndrome has left the country nothing but to expend on defense-thus neglecting other sectors like education, strategic personnel planning, health, trade and industry and exploitation of natural resources to strengthen our economy. As for as the private sector especially the NGOs are concerned, the are now confine to reporting to get funds, roam and measure the length of roads in their luxury vehicles. Now it depends on flow of events that will decide the future course of history.





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I am social person with a tendency towards learning knowledge that will balance the material world and the hereafter, a legacy obtained from the family. I earned my MA (General History with specialization in Modern History) and M.A.S (Master of Administrative siences with speciliazation in HRM) both from University of Karachi in 2005 and 2007 respectively, am fond of social work and public welfare. The blog focuses on social change caused by socio- economic and geo-political impulse in the country in general and the region particular.

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