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Pakistan: From office boy to investigative reporter

Pakistan: From office boy

Islamabad: Sher Ali Khalti, staff correspondent of an English day by day in Pakistan, is appreciative to God for his favorable luck.

In 2014 he was selected as an office kid in The News, Lahore, and his activity was for the most part to serve tea to the staff or get printouts of their articles.

Today, he is working in a similar association as analytical correspondent and his articles on activist outfit Jamat-ul-Dawa (JuD) and its Shariah courts, respect killings, Chotu pack (a famous group of criminals in Southern Punjab) and missing individuals have been featured in the paper.

To him, it resembles a fantasy work out as expected.

Hailing from Rojhan, a remote and immature town in Rajanpur region of Southern Punjab, Sher Ali Khalti lost his dad during the 2005 floods in the Indus.

Every one of their things and cotton crops were wrecked. “I was doing my graduation around then. My dad inhaled his toward the end before me. I can at present recollect that I conveyed him on my shoulders and swam right through the water,” reviewed Khalti.

In light of his dad’s passing, he was unable to finish his graduation and the family was utilized by a nearby landowner. Other than dealing with the land, he began giving educational costs.

At that point like a large portion of the informed Southern Punjab youth, he went to Lahore in 2010 looking for work and to finish his investigations.

While living in Lahore, he finished his graduation. It took him six years to finish what ought to have taken just two, yet he didn’t lose heart. He at that point finished his Masters in English from Punjab University, Lahore, and later, Masters in Mass Communication from National University of Modern Languages (NUML).

Fortune blessed him in 2014 when he visited the paper office for a vocation. Khalti says he was edgy to the point that he was intellectually arranged for the activity of a security monitor. Be that as it may, as it would turn out, the workplace administrator let him know there was an opening for an office kid/right hand. He took it up.

Yet, how he exchanged over to revealing from an office kid again has a fantasy like component.

Those were the days when criminals of the Chotu Gang were striking pieces of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. They captured the rich and kept them in Rajanpur region.

At some point, while serving tea, Khalti heard the manager talking over telephone to his correspondent approaching urgently for some selective piece on Chotu group.

Being a local of the region and with certain connections there, Khalti offered that he could meet the pack chief Chotu and did it. It was a restrictive story and later, law-authorization organizations and security powers reached Khalti for the job of a middle person.

In 2016, he officially joined the paper as columnist. Today, Khalti is carrying on with a glad existence with his family – two youngsters and spouse – in Lahore. In spite of the fact that not very generously compensated, he is getting a charge out of the notoriety of a decent insightful columnist. He has led preparing workshop on Counter Violence Extremism (CVE) and Counter Terrorism(CT) and has been an individual from the Fact Finding Mission on Kartarpur Corridor comprised by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).