Aboard the Democracy Train: Book Launched in QuettaBy Yahya Sahil Reki - Balochistan Voices



Quetta, July 22: “Aboard the Democracy Train” book authored by Nafisa Hoodbhoy was launched in a ceremony held in Quetta Press Club, on Thursday.

The book is about the journey of democracy in Pakistan and senior Journalist Nafisa Hoodbhoy has noted down her experiences while travelling in train with political leaders such as Late Benazir Bhutto at different points in time.

Nafisa Hoodbhoy, addressing the ceremony, said that people should be provided a chance to participate in maintaining a true democracy. “Politicians need to show the reality and truth to the masses about democracy,” she said.

People should be provided a chance to participate in maintaining a true democracy – Nafisa Hoodbhoy

She urged media to differentiate between right and wrong for a good and long term sustainable democracy.

Shahzada Zulfiqar, President of Quetta Press Club, said that Journey and exposure are very important for a journalist to point out the reality during professional reporting.

Mr. Zulfiqar further added that Media plays an important role in different fields of life and this book is a great contribution in providing information which can be used by the researchers.

Mr. Munir Ahmed Badini, Former Secretary Education and Balochi and Brahvi literary figure, said that the Book needs to be read attentively and deeply to understand the pulse of it.

Mr. Badini lamented that some people are imposing their views using violence and use of force which is not a good idea and needs to be condemned.

Baloch are people of this country and considering them just a security issue will be very dangerous – Siddique Baloch

Siddique Baloch, Senior Journalist said that Nafisa is one of the senior journalists and she has defined very well the culture and deprivation of people of Balochistan.

He further added “Baloch are people of this country and considering them just a security issue will be very dangerous.”

Hakeem Baloch, former Chief Secretary Balochistan, said that ethnic diversity of Karachi and Sindh culture is very well defined by the author of Book.

People from different sections in society attended the launching ceremony in large numbers.

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