Radio Pakistan urged to resume transmissions in Chitral
CHITRAL: The transmissions of Radio Pakistan Chitral are yet
to be restarted which were received last time in September 8 this
year while the reason behind the continued shut down is said to be
non-approval of fuel budget to run the electric generator.
An official of the radio station told Chitral Times that the
FM transmitter of the station were to be run only on the power
supply of diesel generator because the low voltage of the national
grid was not able to lift the load and they will resume the
transmissions as and when the fuel is supplied.
The transmitter of the medium wave had been abandoned last year
which was of low power whose transmissions covered only a very
limited area of the city and the installation of FM transmitter had
extended its reception area.
The radio station broadcasted program spanning over six hours
duration daily in three languages of Khowar (Chitrali), Urdu and
Pushto apart from relaying the news bulletins and discussions on
the national hook up.
The closure of the city radio station by the government by cutting
off its fuel supply has received flaks from the listeners who
complained that they had lost an important source of entertainment.
They said that the local people were fond of the programs presented
by the station and the cessation will lead them to tune the knob of
their radio sets on the stations of some other countries which
broadcasted programs in Urdu.
Dr. Inayatullah Faizi, former president of Anjuman-e-Taraqi Khowar,
said that Chitral has a large common border with our hostile
neighbour of Afghanistan and there needed a strong border publicity
apparatus in the form of radio station.
He said that the people residing in the border areas have only a
radio set for their entertainment and keeping abreast of the
current affairs and the cessation of the local radio transmissions
has created a vacuum for them.
Regarding the loss inflicted by the closure of the radio station,
he said that Chitral district had a rich diversity of culture and
languages where there fourteen languages were spoken and the
transmissions of the local radio was indispensable for their
promotion as well their preservations.
“There are a number of cultural traits in different valleys which
are set to die including that of Kalash, Wakhi, Gobori, Ursooni,
Goleni and many others and the radio was the most useful and
effective medium to preserve them”, he said.
He said that it was for the second time during the last two years
that it is being kept shut down while the last time it was
restarted again on the intervention of the general officer
commanding of Pak Army Division Swat in July 2015 when the district
was devastated by flash floods.
He further alleged that funds for production of programs had also
been drastically reduced during the last one year with the result
that no new items were recorded.