Tahir Naeem – The emerging singer of Gilgit Baltistan

An exclusive interview with Tahir Naeem “The emerging singer of Gilgit Baltistan”

THEOEC: Tell us something about yourself?

Tahir Naeem: I am Tahir Naeem from Gilgit. I started my school life from public school and college Jutial Gilgit. I still remember when i sung for the first time in class 4th, there after I started participating in differentcompetitionsand won number of awards. Many of my friends at school used to call me the “night angle”.

THE OEC: Have you ever dreamed to be a singer in your life?

Tahir Naeem: I dreamed day and night to be a singer in my life because I really felt it and never stoppedmyself while doing that. During my school life I used to sing one of the poems by Allama Muhammad Iqbal in school assembly every day. Things changed slowly and gradually. When I moved to Peshawar University for my under Graduation, I was waiting for the moment to buy a guitar and for me it was very big movement in life to start it…Initially I started practicing and then started writing songs myself. During university life I started singing cover songs and performed  at many occasions in university and  was really appreciated .I wrote few of my own songs at university time when I started a band called “BERO” with two other friends of mine, they were  good at playing guitars and were passionate too. The journey of doing rock n roll started here when I started listening to diverse genre  of music specially rock alternative pop, and many other diverse types inside it .we played at many concerts in Peshawar back in 2005 and 2006  like in Iqra University ,Fast Peshawar and few private sponsored battle of bands .

THE OEC: You made your way to Pakistan Sangeet Icon and performed really well .Would you like to share your experience at Pakistan Sangeet Icon?

Tahir Naeem:It was my decision to go solo after 3 years when I participated in a competition by MTV Pakistan Sangeet Icon, I was feeling nervous to go for it but finally got selected from Peshawar to represent the province at main stream competition with othercompetitors from other cities .it was one of my great time when i met with few renowned singers and musicians in Karachi. Ilearned a lot and stood “4th” in competition. For me It was not just a competition rather I got a lot of exposure and appreciation from the people of Gilgit Baltistan and Peshawar in particular and from all over the Pakistan in general. .I was once criticized too for speaking Pashto and for vote appeal, but for me no matters  from where I am doing music and even representing  two places at the same time was itself a great experience .

THE OEC: what efforts you have made for your musical career?

Tahir Naeem: I forced myself a lot to make a band and with the grace of God I succeeded finally. “Slate the band” is our band including myself as lead singer, and the two members are Saad Loodhe as a drummer and Nabeel Hashmi as a lead guitarist. The idea behind the slate is “Every soul is like a slate. A canvas on which music paints wondrous pictures. Every note is like a unique hue, embodying the vivacity and volatility of human desires, memories and emotions. Our music aims to color these cadences of life, the euphoric crescendos and the melancholic low notes, empowering us to leave a mark on every slate-like heart”.

Our first single song “laut kaya ayay ga” is in video making scene. We are done with audio with Sarmad Ghafoor studios which is one of the best in Pakistan. And, we are looking forward for a great entry in musical scene in near future.

THE OEC: How is your professional career going?

Tahir Naeem:I completed my MS in environmental sciences from
Bahria Islamabad and started my job in WWF Islamabad. I am working for environmental awareness at many schools, colleges and on various occasions to promote the organizational goals and objectives. I am also writing songs for this cause and in my opinion music is one of the best communication tool to attract people towards such cause.

THE OEC: what is your message to the people of your land “GILGIT BALTISTAN”?

Tahir Naeem:I am proud to be the first guy from GB who is into rock alternative music which is so famous in Pakistan .I really love my land Gilgit-Baltistan and its people who are honest, respectable, hospitable and brave .I have been grown up watching these beautiful mountains of KKH, these beautiful forts of Hunza, Shiger, the eye catching lakes and green fields.  In fact we all are blessed with this heaven on earth.

The one and only message I want to convey through the platform of OEC is“PEACE AND HARMONY” and develop good understanding among each other.

THE OEC: Thanks a lot for your time and we wish you all the best for your rocking future.

GBFL in NUST concluded. Students Proved the sectarian brotherhood

Gilgit Baltistan Futsal League

A successful futsal (mini football) event was organized by NGBians (NUST GBians, organization of the students belonging to Gilgit Baltistan in National University of Sciences and technology, Islamabad) in the university today. Four teams of GB students participated in the event and after four days of successful efforts the event came to an end.


The teams that participated in the event were

  1. GB tigers
  2. Julay Laal GB
  3. GB Spartacus
  4. GB united FC

After the league matches today Julay Laal GB and GB Tigers played the final match, Julay Laal GB beated GB Tigers 4-2 and won the title. Akbar Ali captain of the team congratulated the whole members of the NGBians for the successful event.

Mr. Amjad Abaj Saaka (senior most) advised the students to stay together in the difficult time and prove the real feelings among the people of Gilgit Baltistan. The students expressed their grieves about the situations in Gilgit Baltistan and reiterated that they will remain strong together as brothers and sisters of Gilgit Baltistan and fight for the peace and prosperity of the region.

NGBians is an exemplary union of students in NUST; all the students prior to any sectarian, linguistic or regional differences live together like a family and have created an environment of harmony and understanding. Students belonging to other region/provinces in the university are inspired by the unity of the students.

It is not only in case of NUST but in all the other institutes around the country the youth of Gilgit Baltistan live together in unity and their unity is exemplary everywhere, the elder generations must get an inspiration from the thoughts of these young minds and foster unity among themselves too. May Allah pave the path of success to the visionary youth of GB and help them in making Gilgit Baltistan peaceful and prosperous. Aameen!



Move Forward for Better Gilgit-Baltistan!

Move Forward!

 We have been condemning violence, brutality and barbarism for last twenty years. Every segment of the society has a different opinion regarding violence and unrest in the region. But, still we are reluctant to talk about solutions. Peace would not prevail by condemning violence and updating our Facebook statuses. In addition, we must understand that the phenomenon of sectarian violence is not unique to Gilgit-Baltistan. Many developed countries had undergone sectarian violence but they were able to overcome the violence part albeit sectarian hatred still exists. Germany lost more than thirty thousand lives in 1930s as a result of clashes between Christians and Jews. Ireland has similar stories to tell. Even today, Protestants and Catholics go to different Churches in countries like UK and USA. Catholic parents are reluctant to send their children to protestants-managed schools. Mormons in US are struggling for their identity. What has steered their countries out of violence? I had given a whole laundry list of policies that policy-makers could pursue to get rid of scourge (/a-solution-for-better-gilgit-baltistan-the-sustainable-and-long-term-peace-needs-public-policy-reforms/)

Peace in Gilgit-Baltistan is not a matter of virtue or any high moral principal, but of necessity and our survival. Let’s forget about the policymakers for a while and think what we can do for the process of restoring peace in our personal capacities before coming to the end with many regrets;

1- Policy Institute on Peace: No doubt the gales of sectarian tsunami have shaken our trust and confidence. But if we are sincere with our region, it is very much possible to rupture the culture of mistrust and violence. Of course, one person cannot do it. An establishment of a policy institute on peace would work on publishing and disseminating literature on peace and tolerance. It might arrange peace conferences, seminars and even design curriculum on peace for schools and colleges. An annual peace award for an individual and for an organization that worked for promoting peace might enhance the credibility of such an institute. Given that the team has motivation and sincerity, it could make Agha Rahat and Qazi Nisar to sit on the same stage for a constructive dialogue. The institute should consist of 10 young and educated professionals (trustees for institute) each from Shia and Sunni and 5 each from Ismaili and Noor-Bakshi sects. I anticipate a huge funding from national and international donors for such a sincere initiative. It must be non-profit and independent.

2- Practice and Preach Tolerance: A comprehensive, realistic and holistic assessment of our nature would tell us that religious extremism is a bitter reality. Acceptance of this reality would be the first step towards creating “tolerance”. Are Ismailis not fanatic? My personal experience tells me that I am as fanatic as my friends in other communities! What makes me to behave is the continuous preaching of tolerance by my spiritual leader and every one of us has a leadership capacity in one way or another. Let’s practice and preach tolerance. We have already seen several cases of brotherhood during these accidents; their frequent citation and publication might help creating tolerance. Instead of posting horror videos on Facebook, posting a Hadith about tolerance and quotations about tolerance by Kaliph-e-Rashideen would help soothe the situation.

3- Learn from Kashmiris: We are not advocating the rights of Gilgit-Baltistan; not even the civic rights. We are ‘too’ much patriotic Pakistanis. Our patriotism is taken as granted by Pakistan. Patriotism is good but not at the cost of our rights. The complexity of current governance package has further aggravated the situation in GB. Those who are being cited the reason for our ‘unconstitutional status’ are enjoying an independent state. Stability and peace is directly linked with good governance. I assure you demanding political and civic rights are very much Pro-Pakistan. Every son has the right to ask for his part from his father! A constitutional status means more economic opportunities, medical and engineering colleges, more development programs; our part in NFC award, royalty of Indus River, our own civil services and so on. Don’t you think that might help in maintaining and restoring peace? If yes, change your mindset, and dare to ask Pakistan for your rights.

Saranjam Beyg
Patron In Chief
Organization for Educational Change(OEC)

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OEC Scholars for Year 2012-13

OEC Scholarship Program Scholars Year 2012-13

Organization for Educational Change  primarily aspire to guide, highlight and inspire the students of Gilgit-Baltistan through its following projects.


  1. OEC The Educure
  2. OEC Educational Expo
  3. OEC Blog & E-magazine
  4. OEC Mobile Helpline
  5. OEC Discovering Gilgit-Baltistan

For last two and half year of the establishment of OEC, we have reached thousand plus students in G-B. Many of the students had impact in their careers and by the grace of God they are in mainstream of higher education.

Financially  Aiding the deserving and needy students of GB, is one of the core objectives of OEC. This year we are offering scholarships for genuinely needy and meritorious students of Gilgit-Baltistan undergraduate 1st year students through our very recent initiative:

  •  OEC Scholarship Program

We recieved 70 applications for OEC  scholarship program 2012-13. Out of which 9 students were selected for the interview where the students were thoroughly judged for financial need, vision, merit, and commitment to Gilgit-Baltistan. Out of nine short-listed applicants, following candidates have been selected as OEC Scholars for year 2012-13.

Name District University
Rashid Ali Hunza-Nagar Lums, Lahore
Mushtaq Khan Gilgit National College of Arts Rawalpindi 
Shabir Hussein Skardu Dawood Engineering university, Karachi

We congratulate our scholars, we will inform the scholars about further proceedings via email.

Note: Details to be posted soon.

Email: theedecure@hotmail.com
Mobile: 03325133798

A Solution for Better Gilgit-Baltistan: The sustainable and long-term peace needs public policy reforms

 A Solution for  Better Gilgit-Baltistan: The sustainable and long-term peace needs public policy reforms

Bloodshed in GB is not simple as it seems; ‘someone’, ‘somewhere’ is busy designing our future. Very unfortunate is that our policymakers are unable to predict/create a future for GB. People are not responsible alone. People in developed world are as irrational as in our regions. Loose the system for a day in US and UK and you would see their irrationality! What makes them to behave is the strong system and institutions in these countries. And peace restoration is not one day agenda; it’s a long process. Requesting Agha Rahat and Qazi Nisar for maintaining peace would not be a sustainable solution. A sustainable and long-term peace needs public policy reforms. If our policymakers are sincere and looking forward for a violence-free and Peace-loving Gilgit, they should initiate a 20 years vision that includes:

1- War against Corruption: Corruption is the root cause of all social evils and one of the strongest reasons for sectarian violence in GB.

2-Reforms in Police: Police in GB is actually custodian and spy of their particular sects. Policymakers know it. I know and you know it! So what you expect from them? Reforms in Police will set the agenda for sustainable peace in GB.

3-Legislation: Introduce a bill; make a law for punishing culprits involved in creating religious hatred.

4-Curriculum: Revise the curriculum. It is not a rocket science and very much possible if there is a political will.

5-Create employment opportunities: especially for unskilled and less educated. You have more than enough money to do so. GB government spends 600 million for maintaining peace. Otherwise it would create 1600 jobs with an average salary of Rs.30, 000.00 per month. Even if you cut it to half, you can create 800 new jobs.

6-Introduce a peace allowance for GB government officials. Withdraw it if violence exists.

7-Develop a new government sharing formula.

8-Establish a regional accountability system and keep a check on lavish lifestyles of key policymakers (politicians and bureaucrats).

9-15 billion budget for GB is more than enough to make it more developed and prosperous than Dubai. An honest, dedicated and visionary CM can change the fate of GB.

And finally the FUTURE of GB is in the hands of youth of GB, Come forward; play your role what so ever it is. I am very optimistic about the future of GB because Ireland, Germany and many other developed nations had undergone similar violence and their reforms made them, what they are today!

Saranjam Baig
Patron In Chief OEC
PHD Candidate
Harward Fellow
Calremont University