|Sadia Danish talking to media.|
The iron-lady of Gilgit-Baltistan leads crowd of men.
"I knew this man personally, he was a man of courage, zeal and ambitions. we had a very good time a few months before his dreadful assassination. he was a promising leader for this long ignored nation. i often miss him when I look around for a courageous leader in the region. may God bless him thereafter with His utmost kindness. Ameen."
The murder of her husband was a great tragedy for Ms Danish and her young children. But this iron-lady decided to fight back against biases, hatred and crimes in a democratic way so that there is peace and prosperity in the terrorized region especially the capital city, Gilgit.
Thus she joined practical politics and now the over 2 million people of Gilgit-Baltistan consider her the Cyber Generation leader. Men, women, youth and children everyone is fascinated by this graceful lady. Locals say that when she speaks, uncontrollable crowds become dumb silent!
"Besides the Sunnis, Shias, Ismailis and Noorbakhshias, Ahmedis and Christians also consider a friendly Sadia as a leader of their own, rather a family member," says an educationist from the region.
Women are happy to see the Adviser amongst themselves.
Besides her personal leadership qualities, Sadia comes from a very learned family-background of Gilgit. Her father Amin Zia is known as Shakespeare of Shina, one of the main local languages. He is author of many books. So are many other family members.
Therefore, instead of wearing a veil and hesitating to talk to men, Sadia gracefully dresses and leads crowds of men in the society, considered male-dominated, conservative and tribal in nature. This is a great change. "But her confidence should be transferred to every girl from the region," says a girl student.
Recently, during a polo tournament in a far-flung village of the region, for the first time, women were reportedly allowed to see the matches. However, when a photograph of the event was posted on the internet, it had been blurred so that no participant becomes victim of domestic violence.
Ms Danish gives trophy to winner team during polo festival.
So change is in the air and the educated people can accelerate it!
"When Sadia Danish walks," says a political analyst while talking about the changed behavior of men in Gilgit-Baltistan, "men silently and respectfully follow her. This has increased her confidence immensely. She has got the status of a rock-star.
"Despite being compared with Benazir Bhutto (BB), some people call her Margaret Thatcher (former British Prime Minister) and the only Man in the current regional cabinet. However, she herself may like to compare herself with the modern-day Jawari (a legendary woman who ruled Gilgit-Baltistan centuries ago)."
Sadia is said to be an avid user of the internet. Her favorite quotations on her Facebook page reads: "I am convinced that dealing intelligently with the press is of the greatest importance to the success and effectiveness of a humanitarian mission--Alvin Adams."
Another quotation reads: "The Aim of an Argument ... should not be victory, but progress--Joseph Joubert"
|Veiled village women see an outdoor activity for first time.|
"Sectarian harmony in GB is atop my priorities and working to my best level to create a conducive socio-politico environment based on re-conciliatory terms. Represent womenfolk of Gilgit-Baltistan on national and international forums and seminars."
That is why she has been declared a "Ray of Hope" and people believe that she will turn the dreams of the people in reality one day. However, local journalists say that until there are many Sadia Danish-like women in every village and city of the region, development will just remain a dream of the educated lot! "From Khaplu to Ishkoman, and Gojal to Chilas, Sadia Danish should develop a network of young women and men so that the change in the region is real not cosmetic."
|Sadia as a government official consoles women in misery.|
A retired officer of the Pakistan Army says that the secret agencies want leaders of their choice from all sides including the Sunnis, Shias, Ismailis and Norbakhsis. "Their bosses use these so-called leaders to create sectarian rift as a part of their divide-and-rule strategy. This is what is happening for the last 64 years."
Anyway, now, the oppressed people of the region hope that one day Sadia Danish would be the Chief Minister or Governor of a Constitutionally Fifth Province (Gilgit-Baltistan), or a Federal Minister or even the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Though it seems a dream today but the message is very clear: dare to dream the unthinkable!
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