The struggle of Siraiki newspapers

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 After the partition of Indo-Pakistan, the fight for freedom of a separate Muslim country ends with the existence of Pakistan. The independence in 1947 was the freedom fight of different religions, cultures, and regions. Journalism played an important role in the larger movement for a separate homeland for Muslims. After the achievement of a separate homeland, the regional newspapers in new achieved homeland became more focused on paly their role of being society’s watchdogs.

Partition cause the migration of some writers and journalists from India to Pakistan and Pakistan to India. There appeared a slump for a few duration but the slump was sooner covered with the newly appeared publications. Although various cities started periodical newspapers across the new homeland, Karachi and Lahore continued to remain the hub of Urdu, English, Punjab, and Sindhi journalism well into the 1950s.

At the time of independence, there wasn’t any Siraiki newspaper coming out from the newly achieved homeland. But almost half of a century later, Daily Jhoke was brought out by Zahoor Ahmad Dhareja on 11 June 1990. The only Siraiki language Pakistani newspaper with headquarters in Multan, Pakistan publishing from Multan, Khanpur, Dera Ismail Khan, Karachi.

The press only enjoyed a few years of freedom after independence. Serval politicians approved different laws to stop the voice of truth by imposing all kinds of restrictions like martial law regimes on the national press and other regional media. The huge cut in govt advertisements and newspaper quotas were some of the levers used to keep the press in a new homeland. In short, they try all kinds of arbitrary laws that were used against newspapers that showed any kind of defiance.

Democracy was the hope for media to end up the dark night imposed on media and the democracy returned in the 1970s, but something happen completely opposite, over 32 printing presses closed down and a number of newspapers and journals stop publication during the first government of PPP, led by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Overall, the universe of Siraiki, Bengali, and Gujrati newspapers and periodicals is not much larger than any other regional language in Pakistan. And, the bad thing is, it is not continuing to expand by the young generation of following regions.

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