Who says there’s no positive news coming out of Pakistan?
“Looking at the videos really changed my perception of the youth of Balochistan. Such brilliant young men and women, sitting together for a cause, enjoying, eating, singing, dancing and spreading the message of love” - Ali Rahman, on the First Quetta Youth Conference 2012
The First Quetta Youth Festival 2012 (facebook Page) held recently appears to have been a great success, organised by Organization for Development of Youth. ODY aims to provide exposure to the youth of Balochistan and to change their perception that everyone outside Balochistan is an enemy or has no interest. Talha Masood (@TalhaMazud), “a very young, passionate man, is one of the key team members behind ODY”, writes Ali Rahman from Karachi, a friend and mentor of Talha’s who emailed me about this event recently.
ODY had arranged for the participation of some Balochi students in a Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) in 2010 and 2011, sponsored by Hubco and English Biscuit (EBM). The feedback from that was very good but since only a limited number of youth from Balochistan could attend (and that too mostly from Quetta and its outskirts), they decided to have their own Youth Conference and invite people from outside Balochistan. That is what led to the Quetta Youth Conference, 2012, “a revamped, need-based version of YLC and Int. YLC”, to quote Talha. “First of its kind in Balochistan.”
Here are links to a few videos of the event, which convey the spirit of the event.
My Message is Love – video put together by Qaiser Roonjha (@qasirroonjha)
Ali Rahman writes: “My objective is simple. We spent too much time cribbing and complaining and while doing so, forget the small great happenings. Though this was not small by any definition.”
PTV has interviewed Talha, adds Ali, but “we need to somehow create a lot of noise on this great event. Looking at the videos really changed my perception of the youth of Balochistan. Such brilliant young men and women, sitting together for a cause, enjoying, eating, singing, dancing and spreading the message of love. Do share this with anyone who can help give exposure as well. I have only one objective and that is, the passion that Talha and his team has, must be highlighted and celebrated in order to give this team more and more confidence to do a lot more good.” More power to all these young people.
Here’s a link to Ali’s blogpost about the event: Winds of Change – Quetta Youth Conference 2012.