By RK on Vacay
It is always a pleasure writing for The Dependent. It is the one publication in the world, which takes one away from facts. In many ways, it offers a detox from the realities – harsh or otherwise. And today I’ll write about other ways in which I detox.
First of all, let me tell the readers that I actually wanted to entitle this Op-Ed, ‘Reham Khan’, just like the name of my book. Although I know that the author’s name also goes with books and articles, I just feel that having the author’s name as the title as well further reaffirms the person behind the words. In addition to reconfirming who the writer is, such a title also makes the writing truly personal.
Even so, despite repeated correspondence with the editors, I was reminded that it is the editors who retain the right to the headlines. I agreed, knowing that we’ll probably have more time to get this one in print, and hence to think of an entitlement, since this one isn’t a hastily patched together, time-sensitive, piece of writing put together with its raison d’etre approaching.
Now let’s go straight to the point of this piece, which in turn will expand the point of a tweet that I posted recently.
While I truly enjoy the critique and backlash that comes my way, unfortunately this one wasn’t linked to fans of an ex-husband. Offering backlash to that kind of backlash is something I truly enjoy, especially on a vacay. Even so, I will still address the latest critique with the same integrity, if not the same intensity.
Apropos a recent tweet on Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir: let me clarify that my words were either taken out of context or insufficiently within the context. I feel they were conveniently misinterpreted by those trying to deliberately twist my words into meaning that they did not, or did not alone, stand for.
Therefore, let me reaffirm that yes, part of why I love GB is because there is no connectivity. I absolutely believe that if you want to cut off from the world, GB is the best closely followed by Neelum Valley in Kashmir. It’s great to detox there.
Now some of you misunderstood my words. When I say no connectivity, I did not only mean the lack of internet, I also meant that lack of constitutional rights. Similarly, where I said ‘cut off from the world’ it did not only mean that it is separated from the rest of Pakistan through any digital, or logistical, link, but also that it is almost a different entity and not really a part of the country.
This, of course, is true for both GB and AJK. And if you think really hard, you would realise that the disconnect from the constitution helps maintain the disconnect from internet.
So, for the sake of all those looking for a detox over there, and enjoying quality me-time, I hope that such a disconnect remains.