From office boy to investigative journalist: Watch Sher Ali Khalti’s inspirational journey
In 2014, Khalti was hired as an office boy in a media outlet, The News.
Lahore- Sher Ali Khalti has come a long way from serving tea to becoming a successful investigative journalist in a Pakistan daily.
In 2014, Khalti was hired as an office boy in a media outlet, The News. His duty was mainly to serve tea to the staff or take printouts of their reports.
Today, Khalti is working in the same organization as an investigative reporter, and his articles on sensitive issues like militant outfit Jamat-ul-Dawa, Shariah courts, honor killings, and Chotu gang (a notorious gang of kidnappers in Southern Punjab) have been highlighted in the newspaper.
Sher Ali Khalti hails from Rojhan, a remote and underdeveloped town in the Rajanpur district of Southern Punjab. He lost his father during the 2005 floods in the Indus.
Speaking to the International news outlet, the investigative reporter shared how his father died in front of him. He said, “I was doing graduation when my father died. I still remember how I carried him on my shoulders and waded through the water.”
“After working as a tutor in 2010, I went to Lahore in search of a job. While living in the city, I completed my graduation. It took me six years to complete what should have taken only two, but I did not lose heart. I then completed my Masters in English from Punjab University, Lahore, and later, Masters in Mass Communication from NUML.”
Speaking about his job as an office boy and how he was hired as the investigative reporter, Khalti said, “In 2014, I was recruited as an office boy in The News. One day while serving tea, I heard the editor talking to his reporter and asking for an exclusive story on Chotu gang.”
Role of a Mediator
“Being a local of the area, and with some connections there, I offered my services to interview the gang leader. It was an exclusive story, and later, security forces and law-enforcement agencies contacted me for the role of a mediator.”
Khalti formally joined the paper as a reporter in 2016.
Today, Sher Ali Khalti is living a happy life with his family in Lahore. Although not very well paid, he is relishing the status of a well-reputed investigative repoter.
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