Author : Piar Ali
From : Gilgit Baltistan
Occupation : IT Officer
Why is it that we Gilgit Baltistanies don’t take any notice whatsoever about a certain thing or event unless it concerns us? People are killed in our Gilgit city nearly everyday, but does it make any difference to us?
We read newspapers, watch TV channels everyday, that open fire continues in Gilgit which killed and injured a certain number of people. For us, these people are just numbers, Gilgities, Shias, Sunies or Ismailies. The people who get killed everyday are someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother. Be honest, when was the last time you said a dua for those victims? Now I am not saying I’m perfect, sometimes I don’t take notice either.
The question I ask is that why don’t we take notice? Why have we become so self centered that it makes no difference to us if thirty people died in Gilgit, eighteen in Chilass, fifteen in Ghizer, eight in Sakardu or ten in Hunza. We just carry on with our lives as normal as if nothing happened.
So, today I ask all of you, or whoever reads this that why is it that we as Gilgit Baltistanies, as a nation, as a country (Pakistani or any name you chose) never show unity? We always find ways to separate ourselves in one way or another, starting from religion, then go to districts level, going onto the language we speak.