SabzBath Balochistan literally means Long Live Balochistan. It is also the name of the first ever Satellite news channel in Balochi language. Headquartered in Quetta and having studios in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, the news channel has started its test transmission and would formally go on air from the first day of the upcoming Eid.
The channel invited me tonight for an interview. Unlike many news channels that have come in Pakistan since the liberalization of the media in Pakistan, SabzBath still lacks a lot of technical facilities. Yet, this is a joint leap towards the promotion of Balochi language.
All of the ethnic groups, except the Baloch, benefited from the liberalization of media in Pakistan. During the show, we received several phone calls from all over Balochistan. The public response was enormous to the newly launched Balochi channel. I have been on a number of TV shows but never saw such a flow of phone calls from the viewers. I was very impressed by the public response and the feedback. Honestly, some people called from such remote union councils of Balochistan that I had never heard of them despite being a journalist in Balochistan.
I wish SabzBath all the best in its efforts and request all the Baloch people to play their role in making this first effort a success. The Baloch people have desperately needed a separate Balochi channel. Now that it has started, we need to extend them our support in whatever way possible.