As we enter 2022, we embark on a journey with tons of optimism and idealism. We are aware the road we are taking will be rocky and dotted with potholes and roadblocks. Alternative Voices is a digital media platform run by a group of Pakistan-born volunteer journalists, writers, academics and activists for whom money is not the consideration, the truth, democracy and human rights are. Our initial focus will be on Pakistan, but we intend to expand our focus to Afghanistan and India in near future.
Run on a shoestring budget, we may not be as fast as other digital media are, we promise to call a spade a spade and to give voice to the voiceless – particularly in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sind – and stand with the oppressed and suppressed. We will write without fear and favor. and look the not-so-sacred cows in the eyes. We will not blur the reality, for example to please the powerful. From Pakistan’s powerful military to religious extremists to big business to unscrupulous politicians, no one will be off our radar. We hope and expect that readers will value Alternative Voices for its ethos and hard-hitting content. Alternative Voices will be like no other.