THIS is apropos of the news report ‘National flag hoisted in Tirah’ (June 21). Anything out of the routine or out of turn is news.

Tirah was, is and will remain a part of Pakistan. Hoisting of national flag in Tirah, therefore, cannot be defined as news unless the above-referred report mentioned the date since when the national flag could not be hoisted in Tirah.

Unfortunately, I did not find any mention of this fact in the said report. Nor do I recall having seen any news report captioned ‘National flag cannot be hoisted in Tirah’.

It is correct that for quite some time Dawn has been reporting about the disturbances in Tirah but never did the news reports carried by Dawn in the past mention that the situation in Tirah was so bad that the national flag could not be hoisted in the area.

Past news reports only vaguely mentioned about the absence of the government’s writ in that area which is neither here nor there because the expression “absence of government’s writ” has of late become so commonplace that it is also used, for instance, to describe the situation in the Lyari area of Karachi.

I, therefore, urge Dawn not to compromise the paper’s standing by publishing vague news reports.


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June 26, 2013 8:33 am

Khalid,,,,Dawn report about Pak flag on Tira is not vague. It is well know fact that Taliban replace Pak flag with Islamic flag (white backgroung & kalma taiba written) in areas under their control. Afghan Taliban do the same even in Doha, Qatar. So take it easy on Dawn, they are doing job.

June 26, 2013 9:01 am

The area has been virtually independent since colonial times. In 2003, for the first time since the independence of Pakistan, Pakistani troops entered the Tirah valley.

This is from Wikipedia. So Dawn is correct

AR Khan
June 26, 2013 10:11 am

Militants had made a stronghold in Tirah valley and were using it for launching brazen attacks on Peshawar. Army had to launch a major offensive in the valley and cleared it off militants. In the process it sacrificed two colonels, five majors, and some eleven captains with scores of soldiers who laid down their lives for the motherland. Which means that liberating Tirah was not a joke and Army has the right to hoist the national flag after success in every such operation. They are doing it for us, if we don't mind.

mohammad iqbal
June 26, 2013 1:41 pm

It is very common for our armed forces to create hype in case they did something which is their duty and to underscore their inabilities where they should have been accountable. Sri lankan armed forces wiped out the tamil tigers and they did not blow the trumpet. Our armed forces must inform the public since when tirah was not under their control. Hoisting flag is a secondary subject.

Muneer bhai
June 26, 2013 4:36 pm

On paper lots of places are part of Pakistan in reality they are ruled by gangsters, terrorists or tribal cheftains with zero love for Pakistan and lots of illegal activity. Mr Idrees may be unhappy that the Taliban were kicked out of the area by military operations.

June 26, 2013 9:33 pm

Dawn should publish a map of Pakistan identifying areas where the government's writ does not exist. Pakistanis outside the armed forces and government agencies have a right to know this. Without this the true nature of the problem cannot be ascertained by the common people of Pakistan and any policy developed on combating terrorism will carry little weight.

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