The two words which have claimed the most attention and caused much angst in current news both begin with the letter H. Hunza and the name of a well known anchor of a private television channel. The lake that formed as a default because of massive land sliding earlier this year is also the one thing which cannot be pinned on the misdemeanours of Presidents, both past and present. First about Hunza valley, which is inundated in more ways than one. By the steadily rising lake water which, if not contained in the spillway, can destroy and wash away the homes and livelihoods of so many in its way and by the national and international media that has descended on Hunza to catch the calamity as it happens. The people of Hunza, are stoic and steadfast in the belief that it will blow over and life will resume normally once again. The interviews of affected people, conducted by various news anchors, who are positioned in the valley for coverage, have highlighted how the locals are hoping for a miracle. The National Disaster Management Authority, NDMA, and the Frontier Works Organisation, FWO, are in full action and taking all the preventive measures possible to avoid loss of life and to provide relief to the displaced thousands. Hunza is a real-life fairyland that has the most amazing natural scenery as well as a very good looking populace. It is an oasis of calm and truly far away from a maddening world. It is heartbreaking to watch the danger it faces from the elements of nature. Pakistan has not dealt with any seriousness issues related to the environment, but climate change has been felt keenly in Hunza. The last winter was in a series of unusually warm winters which has also contributed to the lakes growth, swelling it with waters from rapidly melting glaciers. This is something Pakistan should be extremely worried about, says Kenneth Hewitt, professor emeritus in the Geogra-phies and Environmental Studies Department at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and an expert on Pakistans northern geography. One of the vulnerable aspects of high-altitude regions is permafrost. Areas like Hunza are more susceptible to melting permafrost because of global warming, which raises the danger of landslides significantly. Over the past 10 years, he has observed four major landslides in the region. And while there is not enough data on the Hunza landslide to blame it exclusively on warming temperatures, Hewitt says: It could well be a contributing factor. Pakistani politicians tend to think that Pakistan has a minimal role in global warming but, according to data from the UN Millennium Development Goal Indicators, Pakistan is ranked 31st in the world in total carbon dioxide emissions. More has to be done to raise awareness on how our actions impact environment. I quote a local from Hunza: It is not the first disaster to hit us, he says. Every year we hear about something - an earthquake, a flood.I dont have to be an expert to know that something is wrong. Maybe its Gods anger for what weve done to His creation, I dont know. What I do know is that the Earth is not what it used to be. While the debate on ethics is incessant and ongoing in Pakistani politics a well known anchor is in the middle of the same in journalistic ethics. An audiotape of a conversation between the anchor and a militant has come to light which has the anchor making allegations against an ex-ISI official, who was captured by them. The captured ex-official was later killed by the militants. The anchor has described the taped conversation as 'doctored and has denied that it is him. It is important that the truth must be gotten at in this case because of the freedom of expression that the media enjoys. The medias own credibility is at stake. Everything must be taken into consideration including the timing of the tape surfacing. This case cannot possibly be forgotten and kept on the shelf along with the countless other unsolved mysteries that we have to live with. Postscript: As children I remember we used to do a lot of loves me, loves me not on straws and flower petals, and would actually be crestfallen if the end result was not This game could be played now by actual grown-ups with a reference to Rehman Malik. The words can be changed to, will get him, will not. Because that is what the court decision in his case has amounted to - just a game for the recipient of the judgment. The rapidness of the granted Presidential pardon has made light of the judgment pronounced against the Federal Minister for Interior. And the hullabaloo raised against such a doing has fallen on deaf ears. It is indeed sad that values like ghairat and sharafat have no place in the politics of todays Pakistan. The opinion on the final outcome of this ongoing saga is also divided among political analysts. I just hope its a win for Pakistan. I read in the papers today that the Prime Minister has declared 2010 as national literacy year. It does seem odd for two reasons. First, because you dont declare a year for something when it is already half over (Maybe the intent is only half willed, therefore, only half a year, but thats pure conjecture) Secondly, the national literacy year does seem supremely ironic in 2010 when so many of our public representatives were exposed with fake degrees. Ironic also because the jaali degree wallahs went on to get party tickets and win by-elections despite them, aided in one case by the PM himself. It would be more appropriate if the year of EFA (Education For All) is declared as the year of KLJKH (Ker Lo Jo Kerna Hai) The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: