Fata Youth Media Festival

Caretaker info minister says Pashtun not terrorists but victims of terrorism

Abdur Razzaq

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a day-long Fata Youth Media festival, held at Nishtar Hall Peshawar here on Wednesday, highlighted the importance of media and role of youth in the development of society and take the steps to bring the problems of internally displaced persons (living in Jalozai camp and off camp) on government agenda.IMG_3097

The festival was organized by the United Rural Development Organization (URDO), a Peshawar base national organization working on to make people about good governance, bring peace and promote education and human rights.

Caretaker Minister for Information and Education of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mossarat Qadeem was the chief guest while Information Secretary Azmat Hanif Orakzai and people from all walks of life were also present on the occasion.

Around 200 photographs were displayed in Nishtar Hall captured by the IDPs youth living in Jalozai camp and host localities in Peshawar and adjacent areas. The photographs enthralled a large number of spectators and trainees’ families, who came over to witness the success of the work produced by the youth while attending three different streams of trainings in learning the techniques of storytelling through three entirely different media.

While addressing on the occasion, Mossarta Qadeem, said that in current waves of terrorism mostly affected people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, adding that everyone thought how to end terrorism and extremism in the country. She said that Pakistan was passing through critical situation. “The only way to bring normalcy in the region is promotion of such activities which leads towards peace and stability,” she viewed.

“We are the key factors to bring peace in Pashtun’s region. Social media and main stream media plays important role to highlight the issues and problems of the people either they live in camps or in host localities. We have to project our issues through media and show to the rest of the world that we are not terrorists and that foreign hands have imposed the menace of terrorism on us,” she said.

While appreciating the work done by IDPs youth, she said that through such pictures and video reports one could show miserable lives and problems of people living in camps to the rest of the world, adding she hoped that other nations would be able to realize that Pashtuns were not terrorists while they were the real victims of terrorism.

She mentioned that such creative activities were necessary for the youth as it channelize the abilities of youth, adding that she had the desire to revive cultural activities for the youth and polish their hidden potential and skills.

She said that she had full confidence over the youth and they would not be mislead by anti-state elements.

In mid of the program, students of a local school performed Khatak Dance with Pashtu music which greatly entertained the spectators.

URDO offered total 20 trainings of 5-day each, including nine on photography, six on video storytelling and five trainings on audio storytelling, in which almost 200 IDPs youths including 150 male students and 50 female took participation.

Irum Javid belonging to Khyber Agency said that she had desire of video storytelling and she learned skills of it, adding that she would now try her best to highlight the issues of IDPs families living either in camps or host localities of the province.

URDO Executive Director Zaheer Khattak said the Youth Media Program was meant to work with the youths to provide them outlets for creative expression and to empower them.

He said the project enabled young people to tell stories about themselves and their communities. In photography skills, Muhammad Dawood, Habib Khan, Azra and Imran Khan got top positions, while in top four in video storytelling trainings were Naveed Mohmand, Irum Khan, Muhammad Akbar and Irum Javed.

Top four in audio storytelling skills were Rasheed Khan (school for special children), Kifayatullah (jirga), Nazia (oral testimony) and Fazal Rahman (child labour).

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