Born and brought up in the poor and violence-ridden region of Kargil, Muhammad Husain Ibn Khalo once worked as a pizza delivery boy for a local restaurant to support his family. Today, he is the proud owner of a cable news network that has become the voice of the local people of the Kargil and Ladakh regions.
Husain studied in a government school in Kargil, and started working in a local restaurant as a pizza delivery boy. Even as he worked, Husain continued his higher education. In 2011, he teamed up with his friend Feroz Khan and started a YouTube channel called Kargil Today, Ken Folios reports.
Taking small but steady steps, Kargil Today has now evolved into a local cable channel. It focuses on the cultural, religious, and traditional aspects of Kargil and Ladakh, and voices the concerns of people living in the region. "Since I launched this channel, a lot of changes have taken place in Kargil. Locals now speak on cable, which has given a lot of confidence," Husain told ANI, reports Ummid.
Speaking about Husain's initiative, Murtaza Fazil, a local resident, says, "We can say that he is the pioneer of broadcast media in not only Kargil, but also Ladakh. Husain took this initiative three to four years back. He took a brave step; to run a cable channel, you need to have a lot of resources. Despite many challenges, he has been successful in running the channel."