Report of a French traveler about the Chapursan Valley, Pakistan

This document is a report about a toxic speech, by Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, regarding the Wakhi minority of Chapursan Valley and its male international guests. Here, we will assess the credibility of an alleged conspiracy against local women and foreign female visitors. Although we will not be able to understand all the psychological or even psychiatric motivations which led their author to the writing of this malicious fable.

This document is a report about a toxic speech, by Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, regarding the Wakhi minority of Chapursan Valley and its male international guests. Here, we will assess the credibility of an alleged conspiracy against local women and foreign female visitors. Although we will not be able to understand all the psychological or even psychiatric motivations which led their author to the writing of this malicious fable.

Gojal, a region located in the northern mountainous part of Pakistan at the Afghanistan and China corner, is still not an area with a high tourist frequentation. Nevertheless, unanimous reports praise its hospitality, its peaceful people and its pristine environment. The Facebook blog page “Black Mountain, Dragon Soul — a Wounded Mystic Spins Her Yarn” exposes a different point of view. While Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam), the contributor of this blog, is a local resident with an external background, it is of importance to review what she reveals about risks faced, according to her, by solo female travelers in Chapursan Valley. We will look at the sources and inspirations of such a novel. We will try to separate what is part of ancient myths and what pertains to the today reality or imagination. Then, we will learn more on how the shock of cultures and traditions between two private people can take unexpected proportions in a country rich of diversity, passions and religions. This article will call for discernment. However, it is not intended to cover isolated abuses, if any, especially regarding the female condition, as it happens, unfortunately, in any part of our unperfected world.

All information published below come from, and only from, Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam)’s Facebook public posts or public comments on her Facebook blog page. Sometimes, for clarification purposes, a little information communicated via private messages received from her or from her friend Olga Leonidovna Ozerova will be used. Unless otherwise stated, all quotes are from public posts of Ramla Akhtar, respecting her typo, her spelling and her grammar.

Table of contents

1. The apocalypse missionary and her quest
1.1. A preacher managing a followers Facebook blog page and a sect website
1.2. The sources of Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam, RA) self myths
1.3. Assembling the patchwork to build a tale

2. How an improbable scenario was promoted into the “real” life?
2.1. The accident which could have ignited the fission chain reaction
2.2. The questionable unverifiable assertions and the weakness of double checked claims
2.3. The flight into a trolling way

3. The conspiracy theories and the negative speech about the Wakhi minority
3.1. Female tourists being “exploited” without knowing it because of hypoxia acting like alcohol
3.1.1. A culprit: altitude sickness
3.1.2. A generalization of a distorted personal experience?
3.2. Chapursan youngest kids and old people part of the local conspiracy
3.2.1. Forced blackout
3.2.2. Improperly dramatized environment presentation
3.2.3. Rmala Aalam’s theater
3.2.4. Unwanted other testimonies
3.3. Wakhi ladies in a Middle Ages confinement
3.4. Sectarian followers praise their hero

4. Feeding the narrative and the followers
4.1. Censure and cooking contradictions, fake news building
4.2. Xenophobia as a mobilization tool
4.2.1. Ramla Akhtar and colonialism
4.2.2. Foreigners as collateral victims of the speech about Chapursan people
4.2.3. The way foreigners were purposely meddled in an international speech presented as a private case between two people
4.2.4. At the origins of her radicalization, the paradox of a blogger revealing to be a stranger while denouncing foreigners
4.2.5. How the speech about Chapursan was pushed to a foreigner?
4.2.6. The foreign meddling concept as a distortion of the reality
4.3. Victimization for being praised by followers
4.3.1. First hoax, a lonesome crusade against Pakistanis and foreigners
4.3.2. Second hoax, a good lady abandoned, betrayed and abused, including by her family
4.3.3. Third hoax, Cosette — Les Misérables

Conclusion: what is true, what is a hoax, what is abuse, what is just revenge, what is mythomania?

1. The apocalypse missionary and her quest

1.1. A preacher managing a follower Facebook blog page and a sect website

Ramla Akhtar (RA) is a person who came to Hunza from Karachi (Sindh) after having grown up in Faisalabad (Punjab). She is a stranger to Hunza communities, culture and religion. According to her, she arrived in Gojal in 2013 and had an affair with a married Wakhi man. She pretends to be his «second-wife» and having got her daughter from him. She lives, now, in Huassaini Village on Upper Hunza. She, then, took another name: Rmala Aalam. One of her Facebook blog pages is Black Mountain, Dragon Soul (+ frequent changing second part of the name). It exposes some kind of dark spiritualism in connection with one of her websites: Deep Soul Down.

Ramla Akhtar (RA) is a person who came to Hunza from Karachi (Sindh) after having grown up in Faisalabad (Punjab). She is a stranger to Hunza communities, culture and religion. According to her, she arrived in Gojal in 2013 and had an affair with a married Wakhi man. She pretends to be his «second-wife» and having got her daughter from him. She lives, now, in Huassaini Village on Upper Hunza. She, then, took another name: Rmala Aalam.
Source: FB public Blog Page

“Used frequently in black magic rituals and put in trances by family which used my body as an organ for the occult to do such things as try to find lost objects”.

“I am, a dedicated spiritualist since childhood, had been seeing a vision since 2009”.“My esoteric missions are completely unknown to people around me”.
“Like I am on fucking FIRE because I KNOW most of us are marked for death”.
“I tell you why I am not a “good woman” who “makes peace”. I did not come to this world for passing my time and to make peace”.
“I came for SACRED DESTRUCTION, HOLY CATASTROPHE. I came to uproot the vile fruit, I came to turn the soil”.
“I thought I fucked some prayer/chant up, and now I am seeing demons everywhere”.
“You see, these people who lie and pretend that people of my sect are abusing them or whatever… they are fucking toxic racists”.
“People have completely fucked with me, and in doing so gave fuckex with their lives and families because I hrld a rare key to their salvation”.
“I explained I am not a hater, but a highly patient spiritually driven person working in a region not only exotic to me, but where I am hated for being me”.

Instead of dealing privately with the dereliction of her situation, RA publicly promotes her revenge via her Facebook blog page. Even more astonishingly her revenge will not be limited to one person but extended to an entire valley, including its foreign visitors. All of this is written with a large use of capital letters and slang. « FUCK » is one of her most frequent words. In between is an amazing written and video personal show off. This “reality-show” makes impossible distinguishing what is virtual or not in her plethoric production.

1.2. The sources of Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam, RA) self myths

The difficulty in trying to address rationally Ramla Akhtar’s case is not the lack of information. On the opposite, she is a prolific “writer” about herself. Entering her literature is a hard task. There is no chronological presentation of frequently contradictory, realistic or unrealistic facts. There is no structure while it is more a writing of immediate inspiration to expose obsessions, sometimes partly, sometimes redundantly. She presents her life as a dark novel mixing different elements. Here, reality is just one of the parameters. Although, as it could be understood above, her custom made religion differs from the great monotheist ones, she said being inspired by Sufism. It is doubtful Ramla Akhtar sees herself as a Sufi worshipper. She seems, to project herself into a more valuable level through a self-intended composition made of some Sufi important personalities, especially those related to a specific part of Gojal. For more detail see: “How Chapursan Valley legends and religious traditions have been diverted for a personal dark tale?”

1.3. Assembling the patchwork to build a tale

Readers of this tentative explanation might have considered it insane. Doubts are perfectly understandable. Moreover, they are mandatory in such an irrational universe. Readers are encouraged to face the challenge of going, by themselves, through RA’s posts and comments, on her Facebook blog page. Ideally they should write their own demonstration and propose it in the comment box of this article. It might help to, may be, find a better key. For those who tend to believe RA’s discourse, the major difficulty will be to resist to the emotion injected in her statements with the intention to burst the indignation part of the brain in the detriment of the rational one, while disconnecting the critical sense. Those who try to force themselves to stay rational, might also be shocked by what they could consider as manipulations. Some of RA’s statements are unfair. It is difficult staying calm and neutral. Repeatedly comes the temptation to give up the reading.

As a result of a long travel in the maze of Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam)’s thoughts, it appeared that she does not need to have seen what she writes about Chapursan Valley. She does not even need to have heard about it. If it is in the legends, she can take it as a fact because it will fit with the narrative she decided to be the hero. In Chapursan myths she found the material “to build upon and relate to” as she said.
“I am not a good woman” — Source FB
public Blog Page
“Black Mountain Dragon…”

As a result of a long travel in the maze of Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam)’s thoughts, it appeared that she does not need to have seen what she writes about Chapursan Valley. She does not even need to have heard about it. If it is in the legends, she can take it as a fact because it will fit with the narrative she decided to be the hero. In Chapursan myths she found the material “to build upon and relate to” as she said. Ramla Akhtar, who considers herself as a writer, is a plagiarist. Is she only a plagiarist or is she in such a mental confusion that she considers what she read of the legends is being part of her and as an actual experience? Probably just a psychiatrist could be able to determine it. Whatever, the problem is that Chapursan legends do not give enough tangible information about the sins she wants to punish, even if they provide a story frame.

To complete the tale, RA will use her actual experience in Chapursan and distort it to make it in accordance with some parts of the legends. Then, it can explain her reactions to any question. While, when it is connected to her actual local experience, it “really” happened. Although it was different from the way she tells and exaggerate it, after a conscious decision or as a result of her imagination. Here too, just a psychiatrist can answer.

Eventually, while all of this is not enough, RA will enlarge her sources to other Central Asia regions and ethnicities before placing them into Chapursan Valley. The issue, there, is that she introduces non Persian traditions having not even a minor part of practice in the Valley, which she could have distorted or exaggerated. It does not work properly.

2. How an improbable scenario was promoted into the “real” life?

2.1. The accident which could have ignited the fission chain reaction

Now that she broke with her «former-husband», Ramla Akhtar blames him for being a rapist and a pedophile. That’s an accusation quite common in the sphere of social network trolls (See: Internet troll who branded innocent people paedophiles and terrorists convicted of harassment), in far right movements (See: How the alt-right wields and weaponises accusations of paedophilia) and in authoritarian political regimes (See: Russia brings new fabricated charges against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev). This kind of accusation is a convenient one. It is so shocking that it never needs to be supported while it is a tool for enflaming fanatism.
RA: acccusing a man on Facebook
of rape and paedophilia &
denouncing a general sex abuse
conspiracy in a small moutain
community.

Now that she broke with her «former-husband», Ramla Akhtar blames him for being a rapist and a pedophileThat is an accusation quite common in the sphere of social network trolls (See: Internet troll who branded innocent people paedophiles and terrorists convicted of harassment), in far right movements (See: How the alt-right wields and weaponises accusations of paedophilia) and in authoritarian political regimes (See: Russia brings new fabricated charges against historian of the Terror Yuri Dmitriev). This kind of accusation is a convenient one. It is so shocking that it never needs to be supported while it is a tool for enflaming fanatism. It can be a way to get people jailed, wounded, or killed without any trial. The person accused is, for the crowd, already guilty before being judged (See Tom Hanks: Crying “Pedophile” is the oldest propaganda trick in the book). If not dead, the charged person and his family will have to live permanently with what could be an unjustified shame. Lives (See: Dad ‘Driven To Suicide’ By Facebook Trolls Over False Paedophile Claims), families (See: Sick American troll wrecked lives by accusing innocent Greater Manchester families of being paedophiles and child groomers) and communities (See Outreau: Rough justice and shattered lives) have been broken.

Myriam Badoui who led numerous people to jail and broke many lives with false
accusations of a paedophilia conspiracy in a local community. The same allegations than Ramla Akhtar.
Myriam Badoui who led numerous people to jail and broke many lives with false accusations of a paedophilia conspiracy
in a local community

It is unfrequent that women are accused of paedophilia or rape. Most of them don’t know the devastation these accusations can create as can’t imagine those who just encourage these speeches with no evidences. French Myriam Badoui is one of the most famous false accusers in recent history. Fortunately, death penalty does not exist anymore in France. People unjustly condemned have been released after a couple of years, while Badaoui has been convicted of forgery. (See: Six cleared in child sex case). Then, before agreeing with rape accusations, it is mandatory to act carefully with circumspection. Especially when these accusations are, like for Ramla Akhtar, motivated by an intention of harm, a revenge wish or a mental disorder. Then, when making such statements (which anyway should not be made public) it is highly suspicious to just answer by additional slanders and hate speeches.

Rape or pedophilia accusations have, also, the precious advantage of making a suspect from a person, especially a man, revealing contradictions or even expressing doubts regarding some aspects of the narrative. It contributes to isolate the victim of the threat (here the person accused). In this article it will be evidenced this “advantage” is fully exploited.

Because he opposed the delivery of French military invasion vessels for a country breaching internal laws, the author was under the fire of infuriated French far right trolls under the accusations of being a pedophile supporting the alleged “neo-nazi Kiev junta”. He knows what is facing harassment, psychological stress, night insult phone calls, explicit phoned and written threats of violence, devastated reputation on internet, shame and fear. Having being alerted about the hate speech against mountain Ismaili Wakhi communities (Se § 4.2.5) he decided to bring his unintentionally inherited counter-troll skills and his ground experience of Hunza in order to audit Akhtar-Aalam’s case and to help those who don’t want it to become victims of a new Badaoui in, how Akhtar calls it, «a land as explosive as Pakistan».

Please note that no other external witness has been requested by the author to confirm or to deny the statements pronounced by RA. The rational for this is to respect the private life of all people, including victims (if any), to not add rumors and distrust to what appears to be a racist campaign of hate against a small community and to not interfere with the justice work (if any). Moreover there are no big doubts that this kind of questioning, forcibly by a foreigner, might not be appropriate as are illegal RA’s defamatory posts on her Facebook blog page. Eventually collecting local testimonies would have been an evidence of being part of the conspiracy she denounces, being on order and protecting the people she decided to punish. Last but not least, it would have been irresponsible to spread bad buzz and defamation rumors asking, from France, numerous people. It would have been acting as an active agent of a slanderous campaign, promoting a hate speech which should be rolled back. Notwithstanding the fact that going through the obscure Akhtar’s plethoric production was, by itself, a heavy challenge. Then, this analysis, which is just the first step of Akhtar case, was contained to her writings.

On her publication, or via private messages to the author, Ramla Ahatar has not been able to prove her allegations of rape and pedophilia. It should be mentioned that to support her accusations of pedophilia and rape, which are the keys of her “good faith”, RA made public screen captures of an internet conversation she stole from the computer of her “former-husband.” This stolen conversation might be a joke and a mutual provocation between her “former-husband” and the other person. It might not be appropriate. I might be stupid. It might be the expression of a displaced seniority and male arrogance. I might hurt the extreme Puritanism claimed (but only claimed, see below) by RA who illegally made these captures and distributed them. But it is, in no way, a proof of a crime neither it is an indication the second person of the conversation was in danger. Additionally, there were no exchanges of pictures either erotic or not. Although it is probably illegal to make them public, these captures are no proof. Moreover the extreme Puritanism showed by RA is fake and motivated by the wish to harm her target. On line conversations, much more challengeable according to “her standards” than the conversation she produced, are one of her habits as she publicly posted on her blog page.

“Now tell you what I have been online since 1998. And God be my witness… I have done plenty of shitty and creepy things. And for some crazy reason (people say it is Sufi thing overload) I have geen particularly shitty since about 7 years. But none of those conversations led to or were based on anything REAL. I never even met most people I am connected with.”

Regarding Rmala Aalam’s hate speech against Chapursan Valley people, her licentious “confession” shows the questionable character of most of her oriented statements. Moreover, Sufi followers may consider the way RA uses religion to excuse herself for relaxing with “shitty and creepy things” as not appropriate. For any follower of a monotheist religion, using God as a witness for “plenty of shitty and creepy things” would not be acceptable either.

Except for the stolen screen captures, Ramla Akhtar does not produce any external evidences.

2.2. The questionable unverifiable assertions and the weakness of double checked claims

For someone having been in the region Rmala Aalam talks about, and knowing some people she mentions, what is verifiable is often inaccurate, exaggerated or wrong. Assertions presented as unquestionable facts sometimes reveal themselves to be only assumptions. Then, it is impossible to determine what is true and what is wrong in her assertions made without evidences, based on words of mouth or substantiated by a partial information taken out of its context, when it is not just legend extrapolations. This lack of method, this confused presentation focused on emotion and its impact on the readers is not a demonstration. The quest for immediate celebration from a subjugated and remote Facebook audience is detrimental to the achievement of Ramla Akhtar officially proclaimed goals. It will be explained later why it is possible to understand Ramla Akhtar’s followers are from different places, religion and ethnicities than the minority being under her attacks.

2.3. The flight into a trolling way

Being different, each contradictor can be suspected, by her, of racism (and of sexism, if a man). Then, none of her writings are potentially challengeable. It is an opportunity for her. It is also an important weakness while she considers, she doesn’t need to support her assertions by actual tangible facts. It leads her to obvious self-contradictions — unless she can turn her audience into a fanatic one, subject to the fact this audience does not know the legends.

“PART of me stares at reality but there is enough circus to distract me. People who call me negative and people WHO JUST ASSUME I MUST BE TALKING SHIT BECAUSE I AM THE COLOR OR CAST OR SECT OR RELIGION OR NATIONALITY I AM. I have seen people assume ALL SORTA THINGS because I am me”.

Ramla Akhtar shows that her racism invocations are not only used against foreigners but also against other Pakistani people (Note BG: it can clearly be Hunza Ismaili people). Meanwhile, she produces a piece of conspiracy. There is a racist pact. It is not a written pact. The “proof” it exists comes from the fact there is no evidence for it. It is an “unspoken pact”.

“You see, these people who lie and pretend that people of my sect are abusing them or whatever… they are fucking toxic racists (when the case is that we haven’t done what we are accused of; obviously wjenever whoever dies an ill deed it is an ill deed.. PERIOD). They have an unspoken pact TO NEVER HELP A MUSLIM PAKISTANI NOT OF THEIR OWN KIND… period”.

Rmala Aalam cannot stand the fact that some people don’t agree, up front, with her speech. Instead of trying to convince, she is ready to fight any contradictor using defamation, harassment, xenophobia, calumnious denouncement, separatism accusations, false testimony in addition to racism denunciation. The fight against contradictions will supplement her scenario and will open new chapters of her victimization narrative. These contradictions will be an opportunity to tease the emotions of her followers calling to their impulses. They will also be an evidence of an international conspiracy against women. RA charges her contradictors for acting on command of real or supposed sexual harassers and rapists.

3. The conspiracy theories and the negative speech about the Wakhi minority

3.1. Female tourists being “exploited” without knowing it because of hypoxia acting like alcohol

3.1.1. A culprit: altitude sickness

To support her prosecution address, in the absence of external evidences, Ramla Akhtar pretends she identified a large local conspiracy added to the international male traveller ones. For giving credit to such a statement despite, the lack of witness, she uses a trick. She says female tourists have been “exploited” without knowing it because of the altitude. In other words, these foreign ladies do not know they have been sexually “exploited”, but Ramla Akhtar knows it! The “demonstration” deserves some attention.

“Funnily enough some of the affects of such disorientation can be quite pleasing as the victim doesn’t realize they are dying or getting affected. They feel it as a pleasant sensation (because the soul begins leaving the body and the feeling is sensational and quite pleasing to some) … and thus is why at high altitudes some travelers or mountaineers will openly walk to their death or some other danger EVEN IF SOMEONE TRIES TO STOP THEM. Once again that is because the soul finds death quite pleasing and thus tries to continue to exit the body… undertaking actions that will endanger or kill the host/body/human.”
“The affect is similar to being drugged.”
Some people on such altitudes understand this phenomenon all too well; and use it to exploit guests. It is very similar to the act of mixing drugs in the drink of a person and using them when they are giddy.”
“Only that here the thin oxygen and pleasing surrounding act as a natural stimulant/relaxant and drug. Fits of laughter and crying, altered memories, and so on is extremely common… one reason is the emotional overwhelm of being in pristine surroundings».

It is, of course, a non sense. Hypoxia doesn’t work like that. “Symptoms include a headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbance.” The highest village of Rmala Aalam “testimonies” is 3 300 m high as it will be explained. If people suffer from hypoxia, they do not lose consciousness except at an extreme altitude, thousands meters higher, close to the death zone due to lungs and cerebral edemas. Though, in the death zone, libido is probably very low while the body focuses on surviving, without mentioning the cold and the numerous layers of clothes. Except in erotic phantasms or dreams, it is difficult to see, at such an altitude, the “open-air fuckhouse” RA denounces, as it will be showed subsequently in this article.

Each person living in the mountains will not believe this text. Presenting such, an altitude conspiracy might indicate “Dragon Soul” followers are not from Hunza. They are from lowlands. The following statement is a perfect manipulation of an audience which cannot understand and has, then, an excuse for not questioning what it is believed in. It will be a matter of faith in Ramla Akhtar, their preacher.

“People who live on low altitudes will NEVER UNDERSTAND IT”

3.1.2. A generalization of a distorted personal experience?

There is no altitude conspiracy of course. To not add confusion to the confusion, assumptions of the article author are clearly marked as assumptions. Here is one. Here above what we read might just be one unique very personal particular case when RA started to flirt with the married guide with whom she had her daughter. She tries to “explain” why she was not under control and why she could even not understand what was going on. The intention of this tortuous “exposé” could be to get rid of any responsibility for this affair and, if possible, make her partner guilty for some kind of perverse planned manipulation, crediting her quest for victimization. Additionally stating it is frequent, or even systematic, for all ladies staying in altitude gives more “value” to this “thesis.” Let’s insist on the fact that RA was not a teenager at that time, of course. She was 33 years old. What happened to her was a clear, conscious and responsible decision. Most of the readers, like the author of this article, might disapprove the attitude of the married guide. It might influence the personal consideration they have for him. But there is no point for making any public communication about it. What happened was between two adults, consenting and responsible people. It is their private business only. Public statements should not be made about this affair from one of the two parties, especially if it is in a quest for a revenge, especially when it leads to the porn theatre built in the next paragraph.

3.2. Chapursan youngest kids and old people part of the local conspiracy

3.2.1. Forced blackout

According to Ramla Akhtar, all male people of the valley are part of her conspiracy. Then, their testimonies are not acceptable even if it is to defend themselves. Being a foreigner, having staid in Chapursan valley, having been invited in numerous houses and in the school, having worked in the fields, having a sincere affection for the inhabitants of Zoodkhun and Passu, having published in Passu Times and Pamir Times, Gojal media, the article author was a threat, evidently challenging RA’s post reality “of men raping young girls openly”, of “open air fuckhouse”… It “explains” a particular no mercy fight back and relentlessness which went until the French Embassy, as it will be showed.

Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, fires foreigners

Actually the article was not any promotion, these were some suggestions based on local discussion with local professionnal people. Some reflections about the development of a responsible and community based tourism in Hunza Valley, Pakistan. It was not, of course, a paid article,as “Passu Times” can confirm. Nine articles, without counting this one, have been published about Hunza. See: “High Asia, stories of the Karakoram”.

Local people trying to counter a hate speech against their community are accused of interfering into justice course and are threatened of being legally implicated while supporting a “criminal.” Let’s remember that “criminal” is not the proper word, here. It doesn’t result from a justice condemnation but just from accusations posted on Facebook by a private person. What Ramla Akhtar calls “meddling into the justice course” is questioning a public hate speech on Facebook. There is a large confusion to address in this case.

Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, fires locals

This forced blackout is not only an additional indicator of the weakness of the accusation. On a financial audit point of view, the lack of transparency raises questions, knowing that Ramla Akhtar-Aalam asks for public financial supports via crowdfunding requests. The audience emotion instead of a rational behavior could be promoted in order to receive payments made on impulsion. The fund raising method is doubtful. Additionally, concerns about the use of such funds can be expressed. Are they actually invested in the announced projects or are they personally misappropriated? These two issues might request further investigations.

3.2.2. Improperly dramatized environment presentation

ZoodKhun, Chapursan Valley,  the victim of Ramla Akhtar hate speech. In this village, houses not far from each other. People see each other from the different properties. (five people in the foreground)
Zood Khun, Chapursan Valley, houses not far from each other. People see each other from the different properties. (five people in the foreground)

“Now understand this is a VERY remote region at high altitude…. with houses far from each other…”

The village mentioned here is Zoodkhun (3 300 m). It is remote like every place in the world depending from where you look at it. The first next village (Shitmerg) is extremely close, as is the second one (Kampeer Diyor) etc. They are in Chapursan valley spreading over 80 km with 11 villages linked via a rough road to the famous Karakoram Highway.

Zoodkhun is a populated mostly flat village with quite a good number of houses. They are not far from each other. Properties are separated by low dry stone walls. There are no green hedges. Only high poplars with a few low branches climb to the sky. There are no fruit trees. Because they are oases, the inhabited areas are small patches of the land. Then, there, the population density is significant. There are people everywhere. Women, men, children are always going in and going out of houses. It is not like the empty western states countryside over kilometers where you just see, sometimes, a car on the road. Everybody walks by foot. Everybody lives in front of the eyes of other people. Anonymity is impossible.
It is the highest village of the valley. But it is not the “death zone” as explained above. More information about Zoodkhun can be found in the article: ”At the knot of past empires: Zood Khun, a Wakhi village in the high northern mountains of Pakistan. To summarize, what is written, here, by Ramla Akhtar is not accurate. It cannot contribute to her “demonstration” that sex harassers could enjoy hidden impunity.

ZoodKhun, Chapursan Valley,  the victim of Ramla Akhtar hate speech, a little girl with two older ones coming back from school
Zood Khun, Chapursan Valley, a little girl with two older ones coming back from school

According to Ramal Aktar, aka Rmala Alaam, “houses (are) far from each other…”

“Before that the closest phone was 4 hours away in the border town of Sost, also a highly-incriminable region legendarily unsafe for all but hardy males) the host would overcome and overwhelm female travelers.”

This information about Sost is not correct, either. Sost and the Karakoram Highway are not 4 hours from Zood Khun, the last village of the valley, but 3 hours. Of course there can be a landside or a broken bridge, but then it is much more than 4 hours. Nowhere it is said that Sost is “legendarily unsafe.” It is just a small and boring border town. There are thousands of more dangerous places in Pakistan and in the world.
No need to run for a distant phone house in case of problems. The Jamat Khana of Zood Khun is in the middle of the village. It could be a perfect shelter in case of an unforeseen personal safety emergency. By the way, there are many good people and ladies in the village ready to help in case of RA’s phantasmagoria scenario. “Targets” are not left alone with a predator at 4 hours of any civilization. It is just a false information.

3.2.3. Rmala Aalam’s theater

“His ENTIRE family/clan is part of the scam including kids and nieces and nephews and wife and mom. They play the part of lovely family while he lures the target in. They are not at fault per se but I just want you to know that they are used by him to lure you in. Next I will share more about family members so you can stay away from them if you meet them in Islamabad and Karachi where they operate to lure tourists back to homee”.

According to the “Wounded Mystic”, quiet family atmospheres are displayed to lower the prudence of the female visitors targeted, exposing them, defense less, to the Wakhi male predators. In other words the more these houses are warm, hospitable and peaceful, the more it is a “proof” of a sex conspiracy and a sophisticated trap. This is a smart demonstration to support the lack of evidence. But it does not make sense. Based on a personal experience, it is possible to say you feel very good in Zoodkhun houses. Everybody is nice and smiling. Kids are adorable and very polite, at home, at school or outside. People just show themselves as they are. They are good, educated and respectful people. Everybody including the youngest ones speak a very good English. Because tourists are very few, inhabitants are happy to talk with them and, of course, absolutely ready to help. All of this general kindness was not, for sure, made to lure a 56 years old male independent traveler with the intention to rape or sex abuse him. However, it is what was observed. It means it is not staged just to lure ladies. If this atmosphere makes a visitor, like Ramla Akhtar, accustomed to more aggressive and dangerous environments, to relax and to lose all of his (her) self control, it is not the fault of this innocent population. It is the own decision of the visitor.

Talking about Karachi and Islamabad is not relevant either. It is just an excuse to revenge and to spoil the reputation of the young family members studying or working there. Foreigners visiting Zoodkhun come for the mountains. They don’t visit Karachi which is far away, at the opposite side of the country, on Indian Ocean. There are no foreign tourists to lure by Hunza in Karachi. Probably Rmala Aalam interprets, here also, her own experience. She was 33 years old when she decided to left Karachi for Hunza. No generalization and accusation like this one can be pronounced based on one exception, especially if it refers to someone with mental disorders. As she wrote. She had:“Nervous breakdown at age 33… continuing to this day… “

Then, what should be clearly understood, and it is in not an assumption at all, Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam) expresses clearly her intention, in her vengeance plan, to spoil the reputation of young people (including children) “shar[ing] more about family members”, external to her personal case, generalizing the slander scope to the community, showing, once again, it is not a “private affair between two people”It looks like a minority persecution scheme. The attention of the community leaders and of the local authorities is solicited so that they take the full mesure of the psycholgical and social impacts of Akhtar’s plan on young people and on their future. Without knowing the Pakistani legal environment, it is difficult, for a foreigner, to know if RA’s action would be illegal. The author can just mention that, in Europe, it is absolutely clear that making public the name and photos of children belonging to the family of a man, accused (right or wrong) or condemned for rape, would be immediately and severely prosecuted. Someone having some Pakistani legal background is welcome if he wants to give information by message or with the comment box below.

“The fact is that there is an open air fuckhouse in here. Treachery and debauchery is a VALUE. Loyal person are laughed at, ridiculed, punished.Meanwhile… the whole valley and the people in the tourism business know the secret. The unsuspecting traveler is running around like a mouse amongst cats. Everybody knows but nobody tells them”.

This is an over-exaggeration and systematization of, possibly, some particular cases (like everywhere in the world). Though if a lady decides (meaning not forced) to have an affair with a guide, it is her problem. It is not Ramla Akhtar’s problem. Moreover, this Puritanism is obviously staged knowing that she had an affair with a married guide, got a baby from him and is used to “shitty and creepy things” on internet (see § 2.1.).

“(Trust me their focus will be “why were you cursing” not “why our our men raping young girls openly; and tour guides are selling their guests to whoever they please while local authorities cover up everything”.)”

Does it need any comment? If Ramla Akhtar has any evidences, it is her duty to report to the police or directly to the prosecutor. If not, it seems she should be reported and condemned for such a slanderous speech. This is, additionally, racism from her over a minority. It is suggested to try to imagine what would be Pakistani reactions if a foreigner would publicly write such a lie.

One of the evidences that Ramla Akhtar is in a mental confusion is here. She writes that all the Chapursan Valley is part of a sex conspiracy. However, later she mentions that she can recommend totally safe guesthouses and guides in the same valley. “There are other guesthouses now which are run by safe respectable families. WE WILL BE GLAD TO RECOMMEND SAFE, NEAT, RESPECTABLE GUESTHOUSES AND GUIDES IN THE VALLEY.”

Forcing travelers one way or another into drugs and sex and giving paid entertainment to male guides is a time-honored tradition…. and damn you if you don’t abide. THE ONLY TIME IT WON’T HAPPEN IS WHEN YOU ARE WITH A GROUP OR CLEARLY SOME SORT OF MEDIA/INTERNET PERSON. Even then, their itch is strong and they are hoping to rip your well-guarded neck off and assault you most brutally…. they just CAN’T, that is the problem.”

In this quote the hate speech on Wakhi community, culture and tradition is unspeakable. Please, read carefully. All individual lady travelers are systematically drugged and forced to sex by Wakhi guides. Why? Because it is a “time-honored tradition.” A tradition?! Just imagine here too, a foreign tourist writing this insult. Would not any Pakistani legitimately complain for an intolerable racism? This new disinformation is from Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam), who accuses foreign contradictors for being racist because she has a “brown skin”, as she says.

«Men even in their 80’s demand hosts to hand er the guest to them for the night. Women of these regions are part of the game; they cooperate to provide booty to males. Like in a movie from some crazy remote century…. if it were possible they would abduct you and throw you in a den of males aged 15–95.»

Neither by local personal observations, neither by any reliable sources, it is possible to confirm this racist statement

«Demanding tourists and travelers to just SURRENDER is an actual fucking thing and COUNTLESS women have been put in compromised positions and sometimes “rescued” by ally parties in the nick of time or just after…”

Where are these countless ladies? It is a mystery. By the way, there are no countless foreign tourists (male or female) traveling alone in Pakistan. Moreover they are all strongly connected as explained above. A countless figure of abused ladies would have exploded on Facebook.

3.2.4. Unwanted other testimonies

“I laugh with tears when I read dreamy (false) blogger accounts of “tourism in Pakistan”. LOL.”

Yes, there are questionnable and narcissistic videos like the ones of Eva Zu Beck (below).

Eva Zu Beck a highly questionnable promotion of Pakistan

There are also some blogs where pictures show that Pakistan is just the background as is the one of Rosie Gabrielle, A Canadian Biker Visiting Pakistan, Is Falling In Love With The Country, One City At A Time”. But it would be to be a mistake to make a general rule from interpretated isolated and distorded cases, like Rmala Aalam sytematicaly does. There are foreign ladies actually traveling independently in Pakistan without “security and a team of male guards who remain out of picture in fake bloggers’ reviews”.

They report on their blog like Alex Reynolds on “Lost with purpose”. In this article, Is it safe for women to travel in Pakistan?”, she says:

“If you want to avoid hassle as much as possible, stick to traveling up north. Gilgit Baltistan [where are Hunza and Chapursan Valley] has a large Ismaili Muslim community, and they’re renowned for being relatively liberal in their views of women. In my experience, men in GB are much less creepy on average, and you’ll get a lot less unwanted attention there as the region is relatively used to foreign female travelers.”

She posted a detailed article about Chapursan. “To the end of the world: Chapursan Valley travel guide”. Alex Reynolds is a reference for all solo female (and also male) travelers. She tells the truth, even if it doesn’t please some officials. Then, pretending she is blogger on order, promoting Pakistani tourism on a biased approach, is simply irrelevant.

How Alex reynolds was silenced at a Pakistani travel forum

Here below is a 2018 interview of a German female tourist made by Liaqat Hussain Shahab the manager of Old Hunza Hotel in Karimabad (Central Hunza Valley). This young lady explains why, for her, Hunza is a great destination for external visitors.

Original link to the video on Backpacking Karakoram

Annelie Persson Bäck is an additional well known lady, who already traveled alone numerous times across Pakistan, including Hunza. These independent ladies are not naïve. Like many other people, they say some precautions must be taken and some relevant behaviors must be adopted in conformity with the local culture and religion. But they don’t report the sex hell described by Ramla Akhtar and even not speak about particular dangers in Chapursan. Eventually, the most relevant testimony is from the wife of the famous photographer, Matthieu Paley (See: Mountains — The Hunzakuts). Both of them visited Zood Khun annually, since 2003 and over a decade. Here is an article about Chapursan, Zoodkhun and weddings by Mareile Paley. What makes Mariele Palley’s testimony more valuable is the fact that she probably attended the same local weeding than the one observed by Akhtar, while it seems they staid in Pamir Serai guest-house at the same time. This wedding experience distorted and made a general «tradition» is one of the core substances of Ramla Akhtar’s narrative. The German guest, Mss Paley, just mentions a joyful event. In august 2018 the author was received in the cousins house of the man accused by Akhtar. One of the young ladies said: «You know, Mathew (sic) and his wife attended a wedding in our home? We love them so much. They are part of our family.» To know these actual women reports it is important to look for tangible information and not to focus on what make the buzz.

As far as drug is concerned, this was never mentioned locally by any traveller. Although it was reported in the Passu Times by the school head teacher who wrote an article about the Face Mela festival (pictures here). He says someone complained about drug used by some people. However, these people were domestic tourists (i.e. Pakistanis coming from outside the valley). Being on site, all the festival long, the author did not personally observe drugs. He still questions this feedback.

Children of the village medium school at Passu Face Mela
Children of the village medium school at Passu Face Mela

Regarding internet it should be highlighted, there is no updated travel book for Pakistan like the Lonely Planet one. The number of independent foreign tourists is very small. Then everybody plans his trip according to information shared on two or three major Facebook groups like “The Karakoram Club” or “Backpaking Pakistan” and ground sourced travel blogs like the aforementioned Alex Reynolds’ one. Most of the travelers are, then, directly or indirectly extremely quickly informed. Tourism in Pakistan is much more based on internet and Facebook than many other destinations. A sex abuse, people forced to drug, girls sold on the market or at a shrine (!)… would make an international giant bad buzz and would immediately backfire. No need to be “a sort of media/internet person” to be safe. There is no omerta between foreign travelers. Then, what would mean a local omerta? The tourist business is so difficult in these years that every Pakistani professional simply can’t afford this kind of risk.

3.3. Wakhi ladies in a Middle Ages confinement

Passu, Gojal, Upper Hunza — Local Wakhi young ladies, presented as victims of primitive male partiarchy by Ramla Akhtar, at the Face Mela — Some commentators from Pakistan could not believe they were locals. It illustrates the ignorance and the culture gap which allows fanatic speeches against this minority
Passu, Gojal, Upper Hunza — Local Wakhi young ladies at the Face Mela — Some commentators from Pakistan could not believe they were locals. It illustrates the ignorance and the culture gap which allows fanatic speeches against this minority

Though more improvements can certainly be done, each person having an actual knowledge of the region can notice Wakhi ladies have more freedom than in most of other parts of Pakistan.

Gohar Abbas is a Wakhi. He grew up in Gulkin, Hunza. Now, he works for the Agence France Presse (AFP) in Islamabad. He published, in 2018, the article: “Heaven and hell”, In London, this article won, in the category “Travel and tourism story of the year” at the Foreign Press Association (FPA) Media Awards (considered as Oscars of Journalism). Below is a quote from this paper.

“I am a minority in Pakistan, the country where I was born and grew up, and I often cannot relate to the people and the customs around me — from interactions with women to the drinking of alcohol.”
“When I was a child, I didn’t feel the difference that much because everyone in Hunza and the surrounding towns are Wakhis, a people scattered around the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and Pakistan. Everyone spoke Wakhi, everyone practiced the Ismaili version of Islam. But once I went to college in Karachi, the differences were hard to miss. At home, boys and girls studied together (according to our tradition, if you have a boy and a girl and only enough money to educate one of them, educate the girl), the girls didn’t have to cover their hair, women and men prayed together in prayer halls (Jamat Khana), there were no muezzin calls to prayer, and we would drink homemade alcohol.”
“But now the muezzin woke me up in the morning, there were no girls in my classes, the ones on the street had their hair covered, I could only pray with men in mosques, alcohol was strictly forbidden. I felt like I was in a different country.”

It doesn’t refrain Ramla AKhtar, a “national-foreigner”, to bid higher in racism and make readers believe Wakhi ladies are under a primitive oppression.

“I seriously mean it…. picking up women right off the field for raping or “marrying” is an actual fucking TRADITION! If you don’t believe me just look up documentaries on “marriage” in Central Asia!”
“Hold on let me look them up for you.”<a couple of minutes of googling…>“Here you go, friends!”
“IT’S AN ACTUAL GODDAMN THING!!!”“((See photos… and next time, just ask locals.))”
“Bride kidnapping is a thing!”
“Old men trying to be the first to rape a virgin teen girl is a THING!!YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE IT UNTIL YOU SEE IT but you better believe the craziness that exists “
“If you come to these regions and say WOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON they respond HOW DARE YOU COME TO OUR REGION AND CHALLENGE OUR **TRADITIONS**. Open sex hunts are ACCEPTABLE here and you will not believe it until you see it… the indescribably CRAZY realities of the world!!

Kyrgyz children in the Jailoo of Zarburuliuk, Alt 4,150 m, near Rangkul, Pamir, Tajikistan.
Cover of a Russian NGO Brochure,
photo by Bernard Grua

The “demonstration” is of bad faith. It is possible to understand from Rmala Alam that Wakhi people, are not real Pakistani. Their northern part of Pakistan is in Central Asia that’s why, according to her, they behave as she said. To support her statement RA has a “proof”: the way women are treated in different countries of Central Asia.
The first link proposed refers to former soviet Central Asia countries: mostly Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan “Violence against women in Central Asia alarms activists. Tajikistan is also mentioned. However, it is not possible to know if the problem is in mountainous Pamir or in the rest of the Tajik country. There is absolutely no mention of Pakistani Hunza in this article.

The second link is more radical: « A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman’s Death ». It talks about the death, in a police station, of a young Kyrgyz lady in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. It is difficult to believe that someone living, like Ramla Akhtar, in Hunza does not understand how inappropriate is this demonstration unless the confusion is made purposely. Between Zoodkhun and Bishkek (North of the country), there are Afghanistan, Tajikistan (Pamir) and Kyrgyzstan. It is however, just the smallest part of the ignorance or of the manipulation.

According to personnal experiences and traveler reports, Pakistani Police can compare with British Police. Though, the last one will not offer you tea, coffee or even meals. Comparing the Pakistani Police with the corrupted one from former soviet Central Asia states is a non-sense. Pakistani people would be right feeling offended. It is not all. Wakhi people and language are Persian. Kyrgyz ones are Turkic. Wakhi people are Ismaili. Kyrgyz people are Sunni, like Ramla Akhtar is supposed to be. Chapursan Valley and Sost are in Pakistan. Kyrgyz people do not live in Pakistan. To make sure, the forged message is understood, Ramla Akhtar posts screen captures about Kyrgyzstan.

Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam) uses Kyrgyz forced wedding to illustrate Wakhi women conditions

Kyrgyz confusion was not enough. Wakhi people are like cannibals.

« All fun and games when you watch it on TV but not so much fun anymore when you are the equivalent of Johnny Depp as a pirate, being hauled off by cannibals. RUN FOR YER FUCKING LIFE, JOHNNY!!Shit. Just. Gaat. Reeaaaalllll!!!! »

After such her unfair biased demonstration ignorant followers are ready to agree about girls raped, about girls sold in Sost bazaar and at the saint Baba Ghundi shrine. Then the hate speech can goes on while fitting with the narrative.

Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, exposes girls are raped at Saqafat
(festival when herds return to the valleys from altitude pastures)
in adding girls are sold in Sost bazaar and the shrine of the holy Baba Ghundi

That’s enough for the “Dragon Soul” to crucify a complete minority from her country.

3.4. Sectarian followers praise their hero

Who could believe such a general Sodom and Gomorrah scenario? The “Dragon Soul’s” followers do. They even congratulate her for revealing this hidden truth.

Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam’s tale is praised by her followers

We understand that this apocalyptic sexual theatre is not intended to protect any visitor. The actual goal of Rmala Aalam Facebook blog page is to spoil, in a revenge delirium, the reputation of an entire Wakhi community, one of the most peaceful, educated and friendly ones of Pakistan, and to mobilize fanatics against this community thanks to her hate speech for as she said (See § 1.1.), “sacred destruction” and “holly catastrophe.” Because she is not a “good woman” who “makes peace.” For these fanatics, unfortunately, it works well.

Now, let’s see how fanatism is fuelled, how objections are dumped.

4. Feeding the narrative and the followers

4.1. Censure and cooking contradictions, fake news building

  • The comments to Rmala Aalam’s public posts are accepted only if they praise her. If not, they are deleted, which is rather classical. But it goes further. Before being deleted, screen captures are made.
  • Then, these screen captures are put altogether in new posts. They are out of context. Grouped screen captures of comments look like unsupported aggressive words, while they are disconnected from the initial statements they reply to. The same captures are repeatedly used in several RA’s posts contributing to the harassment window dressing.
  • Above the screen captures, is written a teasing text with unsupported assumptions, using slang, capital letters, emoticones. At first glance, the “Black Mountain, Dragon Soul” seems to quote her contradictors when she mentions their statements. Actually she changes the wording regardless if it is coherent with the captures showed below. In her text she adds insults: “ignorant… sexist… supremacist know-it-all… silly chauvinist… typical fashion of insecure frightened men… clueless citizen… loony… racist white Supremacist… hysterical clown… Mr-Superior-because-White… neither knows nor experience bullshit… poor guy… Weinstein… narcissist… buddy-of-criminal.. .insanity-men… assholes… beast…” If not enough, she can also proceed to some makeup on the screen captures.

Consequently, it is turned into a fake news construction. The purpose is, here, to promote hatred against the contradictors while showing an apparently open debate. Though it presents the contradictors as harassers.

Because Rmala Aalam’s case is a special one, it is not only about trolling. Except a useless stolen conversation (See § 2.1.), the “Wounded Mystic” scenario (See § 1.3.) lacks of external tangible confirmations to energize her speech. Hijacked screen captures of contradictors will support the indefensible assumptions she initially presented as facts.

“This is just the evidence I needed in order to show to public how a LIE is created, strengthened and perpetuated.”

Then, extra ingredients are used for calling follower impulses.

4.2. Xenophobia as a mobilization tool

4.2.1. Ramla Akhtar and colonialism

For a better understanding it is reminded that colonialism is not only from a state to another state but it can be inside a same state. For example Algeria was an actual part of France. It was a French “département”. Though it was obviously managed on a colonial way. In Russia, it is the same, for example, regarding Yakutia which is a large Siberian region (numerous times Pakistan size) with a prodigious level of natural resources, although the colonial way it is run made the Yakut poverty rate higher than the average Russia’s one from 2002 on. Both rates are constantly diverging since. In many aspects, Paris also acts on a colonial way in French provinces like Bretagne (Brittany). Regardless religion, extremism, separatism and terrorism considerations, it is a matter of fact, Beijing acts as a colonialist in Xinjiang. Population was over 90 % Muslim and Turkic in 1949. Muslims are now only 45 %. The rest being Han Chinese immigrants.

Ramla Akhtar presents a misinterpretation of colonialism when she over-uses this concept for teasing xenophobia. Many examples in this article show that it is relevant to talk about a colonial vision regarding this person in Hunza. Saying so, it is never suggested Akhtar represents any population except herself and some of her Facebook blog page’s followers, obviously from a more Southern part of the country. Her insisting statements claiming the relevant denunciation of her attitude versus Hunza as blaming all Sindhi or all Punjabi people is not only irrelevant but can be considered as preaching for inter-community clashes.

Based on her own words, the facts are: Akhtar is not from Hunza, she has hate speeches against people of Hunza, she ignores local traditions and makes fun of them, she slanders Hunza people, she tells lies about them.

4.2.2. Foreigners as collateral victims of the speech about Chapursan people

Readers react even more emotionally if xenophobia is instrumented to complete the anesthesia of their critical sense.

“One of their [the French embassy] clueless citizens was being stupid and favoring a RAPIST, and arguing with me while defending the said rapist.I take no shit from foreigners who believe they can say or do WHATEVER to women of color.”
“YOU SHOULD NEVER ENGAGE IN A SITUATION IN A FOREIGN LAND especially one as explosive as Pakistan and more especially WHEN YOU KNOW NOTHING and are a supremacist know-it-all.”
“Nobody has a right to meddle in the private affairs of two Pakistanis without genuine cause.”
“I batted this loony Bernard Grua OUT OF THE PARK for fukking with me. I dunno who he is but apparently some racist white Supremacist stuck in some past century with a colonial version of events”

Ramla Akhtar never talks about the fact that the largest part of her writings targets a whole community. The so called “rapist” support she invokes is “the tree hiding the forest”. It is just one of the reasons why her words are denounced.

4.2.3. The way foreigners were purposely meddled in an international speech presented as a private case between two people

Ramla Akhtar denies the “right” to any foreigner to get involved in what she says two Pakistanis private affair. However:

  • The “private” dimension of the Ramla Akhtar’s case cannot be asserted.
  • The “Black Mountain Dragon” made it public.
  • Based on her text, it is not a case between two people but a case from a preacher against the people of a minority.
  • RA’s posts are covered by the said intention to protect innocent female foreign travelers .
  • RA denounces foreign male travelers as covering a conspiracy of a local sex traffic.
  • RA asked for the support of a Russian lady, Olga Leonidovna Ozerova.

All of this made what should, indeed, have been a private affair between two people, a — public — international — extremist case — involving the security of — local — and — foreign people.

4.2.4. At the origins of her radicalization, the paradox of a blogger revealing to be a stranger while denouncing foreigners

RA, a warm lowlands woman facing
winter – Source FB public Blog Page:
“Black Mountain Dragon…”

It is important to notice the fact that Akhtar considers by herself to be a foreigner in the valley. It is not an invention of the article author. It is RA’s words. Through an obvious colonial speech, she says she is an “outsider”, from a “different race”, not belonging to the “tribe” which “hates her.” As a self-confirmed foreigner, and based on her own way of considering “meddling”, she should not be allowed to interfere in Chapursan Valley issues, if any. As a consequence, this public case should never have been started.

“My kid doesn’t look like me. You know why? Because her father is a different race and she more resembles him.”
“I was hated minutes after I entered the valley first.”
“My point is: I NEED TO KNOW I AM IN A FUCKED UP PLACE… AND I AM NOT ONE OF THEM NOR LIKE THEM..”
“Because an outsider.”
“A Pakistani Muslim of another race and sect.”
“Not one of theirs.”

However, what says her friend Olga Leonidovna Ozera, in a message, from the past and from today is different, especially in what concerns the general hate from the first day.

[Past]”She has perfect British accent, she clearly seemed rich to locals in Hunza, and she was single, she had perfect manners. She had her Internet shop where she was writing so lovely interesting things of her travels in Nepal, Turkey, Hunza. Obviously many men were attracted to her then.”
[Now] “All Hunza knows the situation and most people there are on her side anyway, including shia community. And even famous Greg Mortenson is supporting her.”

RA at a time she wrote fairly about Hunza Source public blog: http://thedignifiedhunza…

In a few words, Olga evidences Ramla Akhtar’s radicalization, who wrote about her initial enthusiasm for Hunza in this article. The new mythological narrative (see § 1.3.) needs a rewriting of the past (“I was hated minutes after I entered the valley.”) and a hate speech against Chapursan people to punish their, according to her scenario, collective sins. This article and Olga’s statement show that RA was welcome and was integrated. Then, she became an “outsider, not one of theirs”, an actual foreigner, based on her own initiative and on the drift to her myth of being a destruction missionary from her custom made religion. As far as “good manners” are quoted, they all look like lost in the past, if we judge by the style, the insults and the slang language. It is one of her numerous examples of a self-realization prediction, for the worst, as part of a victimization obsession. The local supports mentioned by Olga might not know the new turn of events.

4.2.5. How the speech about Chapursan was pushed to a foreigner?

Alert was received from Chapursan Valley about Ramla Akhtar hate speech against Wakhi people and foreign visitors. It doesn’t make sense to be surprised that an active outraged community member wants to get comfort from a French friend who knows his community and showed respect to it (see links to different articles below). RA expresses a kind of authoritarian colonial double standards in a remote region, where she publicly agrees to be from “another race and sect. Not one of theirs.” Foreign support (Olga, a Russian lady) for an extremist attacking Chapursan is agreed, foreign support (the author, a Breton) for comforting Chapursan people is denied.
It should be mentioned again that no further contact with the man of Reshit or with any Wakhi person has been made until the publication of this article.

4.2.6. The foreign meddling concept is a distortion of the reality

There was actually no foreign meddling against this hate speech. Ramla Akhtar xenophobic presentation is a fake news. The comments on the Facebook blog page were quickly deleted by RA, and nothing from the author of this article about this hate speech was posted anywhere else. Moreover, nothing was commented publicly or privately with local people including the man under the RA’s accusations. Indeed, the goal was to challenge alone this hate speech and not to compromise anybody in RA calumnious denunciations before trying to find a proper solution. Especially because (real or not) crimes such as pedophilia and rape were invocated. This article is only based on RA’s public texts.

To conclude about the “foreign meddling.” It is obviously a troll fake news. It was only created by RA cooking while she reposted numerous times the same screen captures with inflaming words in order to tease the xenophobia of her followers and to gain more support. But, it will change because the threat is still there and might grow while Akhtar rejected the plan proposed to come to an appeased debate and a regular judicial procedure. As a consequence, the relevant foreign meddling, initiated by RA, will soon be the realty. This article will be shared on foreign traveller forums as in Chapursan and Sost, RA’s “highly-incriminable region legendarily unsafe.” No doubts, local slandered residents and people involved in tourism business will defend their reputation.

4.3. Victimization for being praised by followers

4.3.1. First hoax, a lonesome crusade against Pakistanis and foreigners

The “Wounded Mystic” shows herself as a victim. Her followers have to understand she is ready to sacrifice herself to their cause.

“So let’s see what anyone does about it. (Knowing Pakistan, no one will do anything. They will only torture me, bullshit, make excuses, make threats, express disbelief, ask ME to run and hide and be silent — which is kinda right bc who wants live with and talked to such a nation full of moral cowards — , make me sit and describe in delectable long details all tortures I know and have experienced… and so on..not a single maai ka laal will do anything.”
“I will be fucked oved for publishing this but here it goes.”
“I take no shit from foreigners who believe they can say or do WHATEVER to women of color.”
I don’t care if I go to jail for this.”
“…being terrorized [by] this French clown, Bernard Grua #BernardGrua

When the “Wounded Mystic” edited her publication she just put, above the previous text, its opposite, which denies it.

“Relatives and allies of the accused must know that Pakistani laws and public are HIGHLY UNFAVORABLE towards girlchild rapists and monster tour guides and hosts who are harming national and foreign tourists. Therefore don’t be stupid; do not make any attempts to harass or bully. There are 20 crore [?] people in Pakistan and you better not mess with justice. Take care.”

4.3.2. Second hoax, a good lady abandoned, betrayed and abused, including by her family

The “Wounded Mystic” shows herself as hurt by life. In this article we see examples on how this person is putting herself in these situations, choosing the worst way when there could be an appeased one. Let’s, have some quotes.

“Left in foster care at age 4ish”
“Experienced sexual abuse from age 5–6.”
“Being rejected by Mother upon being returned to her at age 10. Chapter of being loved by Mum… closed.”
“Incestuous abuse at the age of 11–12”
“Losing repeatedly in love. Massive betrayal at age 25”
“All family migrates abroad… I am left alone, living in a remote village. LOL. Aren’t my family precious… dumping me twice in my life to seek better opportunities for themselves. They say they “love” me but if I am assaulted by their lovely relatives then OK. No problemo!! “

Before going further, it must be noted that “left alone” and being “dumped twice” by her family differs from the reality. It was numerous times her personal decision to go to countries or places different from the ones of her family, as she writes in one of her public post.

“By 2012 thr color from my face was draining when I heard my brothers planning about a life in North America. “There is no future!”, I blurted”.
“I packed for a remote region in a Muslim country… and tossed between Turkey and Morocco… Finally leaving for Turkey”.“I was back in Pakistan and I just wouldn’t rest until I had gone to some mountain. I wanted to flee”.
“In the morning my Mom heard the craziest thing she has heard me say when she saw me leaving on one of my several spontaneous journeys”.
“Gotta flee once afain and leave THEM to their delusion”.

RA living in the south before 2013
& before her radicalisation
Source, public blog:
http://postgrowth.org/growth-is-not-just-one-thing/

As she explains, she got her baby in the family house of Faisalabad (Punjab). It was her decision to just have her mother and one uncle with her. Here too, she was not left alone.

In a private message, “Wounded Mystic” wrote she was a “virgin woman” until she had her sexual relation with this married man. At this time she was 33 or 34 years old. Then, what is it possible to understand about her previous sexual abuses? It might seem strange, but not from someone seeing dance as an offense on the same level than getting drunk. Below, with her phone call to the embassy, it will be possible to know what is her second meaning for “abuse.” It is “arguing.”

“I didn’t drink and dance or did other crazy things (something which can get you under suspicion LOL)”.
“The men have a peculiar dance and if you look closely… well it’s what I call a peacock dance…. the “come to me woman” mating ritual dance”.
“It’s like walking into the materialization of some truly odd episode of National Geographic”.

Followers of Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, impressed by her victimization speech

4.3.3. Third hoax, Cosette — Les Misérables

Her friend Olga in a private message inadvertently broke the Cosette’s disguise. It is written in a materialistic post-soviet way of linking honor with wealth. Olga’s words have to be replaced into their national environment and into her Eurasian culture, without presuming any malice and without judging on a liberal Western ideology. In Russia, rich and siloviki people are respected regardless their morality. (See the 2015 Nobel price Svetlana Aleksievich — “The Last of the Soviets »)

“Before she met him [the man with whom she got a baby] she hadn’t have any affairs with men at all”.
“As I said she is from quite a wealthy family and studied in private British school with all teachers being from UK”.
“I also visited Ramla in her home city Faisalabad and guess that her family background is something more prosperous and wealthy than [the married man with whom she had sex] . And the shame [baby with extra-marital relations] laid on her [Punjabi] family is greater than the whole shame and dishonor put on [the Wakhi man’s] family”.

Conclusion: what is true, what is a hoax, what is abuse, what is just revenge, what is mythomania?

“All that is excessive is insignificant” (Talleyrand). Ramla Akhtar’s cannot be considered as a whistleblower while it is impossible to identify the real parts of her mystification and her reality show. As explained, her major aim is not to be factual. However, she can be acknowledged a real talent. Based on the same scenario she built, she could seriously publish a successful dramatic fiction book. Does it mean everything she writes is a lie? Probably not, and this is the core problem, while the confusion she brings, the fanatism she pushes, her irrational behavior, her appetence for confrontation and her quest for delirious conspiracy theories create a rejection detrimental to the search of the truth. Therefore, she is probably the best support of the rapists, if any, and of the sexual abusers she seems to denounce. Bringing discord, general suspicion and mutual distrust, she is their perfect smoke screen. She, shamefully, causes suspicion and discredit to the legitimate and necessary campaign for improving the women condition in the world and more specifically in her country. Then, her achievement can only compare with the one of expert professional trolls in charge of bringing social chaos. Chaos, being understood as her self attributed “hidden missions”, is what should be probably admitted until a more relevant key for such a confused personality, could be found, ideally with the help of psychiatrists and sexologists. Eventually, foreigners wishing to visit Pakistan, for their own security, may seriously ask themselves how many xenophobic preachers like Ramla Akhtar (aka Rmala Aalam) are haunting the country and what could be the influence of their extremist speeches on a crowd or an individual made fanatical

Bernard Grua, Nantes, Bretagne, France — 14/06/2019

November 6, 2019, update: Since the publication of this report, Rmala Aalam, aka Ramla Akhtar, continued her slandering and victimisatioon campaign on her different Facebook pages. On September 18, 2019, she launched a Twitter storm reaching as of today more than 130 posts with slanders, harassment, threats, calumious delations, while spamming NGO’s, Police, Pakistan and France highest authorities (icluding President Macron). See the article : “Harassment and calumnious delation by the trolling Twitter account, @barefootramster as of November 1st, 2019”.
November 21, 2019, update: A complaint was filed in Nantes (France) High Court against Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, for her 296 harassment, defamationa and slanderous denounciations Tweets. See the details:“Submission of a complaint to the Public Prosecutor against Ramla Akhtar, the cyberstalker”

Exhibits

E1: Controversial posts from Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam

E2: New planned slanderous denunciations in pack (June 21st)

Posts:

E3: Electronic letters to the ambassadors of Pakistan, to the ambassador of France and to Ms. Kashmala Tariq, Federal Ombundsperson for Protection of Women against Harassment at Workplace (June 22nd & 24th)

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Author: Bernard Grua
On Twitter: @BernardGrua & @GruaAbusedAcct

Note:

This story is an extract of an article published by Bernard Grua on his travel blog: “Report of a French traveler about a domestic toxic speech against the Wakhi minority of Chapursan Valley and its male international guests — credibility assessment of an alleged sexual conspiracy against local women and foreign female visitors — concerns about an emerging external extremism.”

List of all articles about Wakhi people & Chapursan Valley, by the author

Published by Bernard Grua

Bernard Grua, auditeur, expérience internationale, Sciences Po Paris, officier de Marine de réserve. Langues: français, anglais, allemand, espagnol. Hobbies: photographie, géopolitique, patrimoine maritime, reportages

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