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Dec 142017
 
Political confusion

In our country, political confusion is at its helm. The PML-N has been cornered in every manner. PML-N leaders’ resignation is being sought by various religious leaders of the newly formed religious parties. This is a dangerous trend and may lead to a serious situation as religion can be easily exploited to any extent by aspiring politicians for their political gains. During his visit to Quetta, the COAS rightly pointed out that our madressahs need reforms so that students studying there can learn modern education and become responsible citizens of Pakistan. He also emphasised that democracy is the essence of any prospering state and he would not destabilise the system. Unfortunately, major damage was done to democracy during Zia’s era. Religious extremism nourished to the level that we are still bearing its brunt. In order to prolong his tenure, Musharraf also encouraged these parties.Today, we see leaders visiting madressahs, who produced the Taliban, paying them huge budgets to ensure a smooth sailing during the next elections so that no terrorist organisation disturbs their political gatherings. So the question is: what is being done today to avert a similar situation in 2018? The way the political parties are behaving is most irresponsible. It will only make our future darker. We cannot afford to corner any single party. Let’s not repeat our political mistakes as we cannot afford any more. Every now and then a scholar is invited from Canada to wreak havoc in the country for certain political gains. The authorities [Read More…]

Dec 142017
 
Clean water

The acute water shortage in Gwadar has taken a toll on the lives of residents. The level of underground water is diminishing at a fast pace. This is an alarming situation which has sent a wave of fear and unrest among residents. Water is the basic necessity of life and almost every household needs it for domestic purposes.Therefore, residents cannot sit idle and wait for the government to take action. The only option they have is to purchase water from water tankers owned by the water mafia who sell water at high prices. Since residents are deprived of this basic utility, they pay hefty price without protest. The provincial government should act responsibly and take measures to ensure the supply of clean water to residents of Gwadar.Chakar ShahdadKech Click for detailed story

Dec 142017
 
Challenges ahead

This year, the PPP turned 50. Although the party had a glorious past, its present and future appear bleak. It was the charisma of its founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, that the party got a huge following in the country. It was a symbol of hope, strength and solace for the common man. The famous ‘roti, kapra, aur makan’ slogan was enough to gain traction. Under the visionary leadership of Z A Bhutto, the PPP thrived in an unbelievable manner. It had its supporters in every nook and corner of the country. One can gauge the popularity and resilient nature of the party by the fact that the dictatorial and repressive regime of General Zia failed to disband it.With the return of Benazir Bhutto, the party became even more popular. However after the assassination of Benazir, the once most popular party started to crumble as it fell into the hands of incompetent and self-serving politicians. At the moment, it goes without saying that the PPP has been limited to rural Sindh only. The only hope for the revival of the party is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. But it is an uphill task for the young politician to resurrect the party which is losing its popularity at a dangerous pace. To regain the lost glory, the young leader will have to display a high degree of consistency, maturity and a genuine vision to win the confidence of his ‘jialas.’Muhammad FayyazMianwali Click for detailed story

Dec 142017
 
Divided we fall

As Pakistan nears election year, religious political parties have once again assembled under one umbrella of MMA to attract the religious vote bank of the country. On one hand, it is commendable that religious leaders have moved towards unity by keeping aside all sectarian differences that they had been promoting in the past. But on the other hand, a common Pakistani like me is eager to see such religious harmony in practice for a peaceful and tolerant society rather than just for political mileage.I will salute these religious political entities if they come forward and boldly condemn all the hatred that they themselves have been spreading in the past against each other’s school of thought. I will salute them if they issue verdicts against those killing in the name of sects, for those spreading hatred in the name of religion and for those who have divided the nation badly through religious cards. If they can join hands for a few seats, why can’t they join hands for nipping the evil bud of sectarianism and extremism?Ajmal Hussain AbbasiAyubia Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
No newspapers

Both the print and electronic media play a vital role in creating awareness among people. The prime mission of newspapers is to give information to people. Many students read a newspaper daily to learn about recent events. It is unfortunate that the distribution of newspapers has been halted in Turbat for no reason.Two months have been passed and the authorities have not managed to restore the supply of newspapers. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the uninterrupted distribution of newspapers in the city. It is the only source for the people to keep themselves updated about the current issues and problems.Gulsana BadilDashti Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Housing societies

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities have sought the list of illegal housing societies from the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). The chief town planner of the LDA has subsequently asked buyers to check the status of a housing society before the final transaction. What a strange way to deal with such sensitive situation where billions of hard earned money of poor people is at stake. The question is: had these housing societies appeared in Lahore in dark? There are advertisements in newspapers. Were LDA officials unaware of such societies at the time of their launch? An advertisement and a call for booking cannot be made public without the connivance of LDA officers.Additionally, there is no way to confirm the legal status of any housing society in Lahore. This is because the contact numbers of the Town Planning Department are always unreachable. This matter requires immediate and adequate solution to protect the hard earned money of the poor from going to waste. Many people, including widows and pensioners, invest in these housing schemes to have a secured future. LDA authorities are requested to take strict action against their own responsible officials first and to safeguard the public interest at large. They should take steps to regularise these societies. Punishing thousands of people for the misdeeds of a few is not just.Safdar AliLahore Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Pollution in the air

Karachi is among the five most polluted cities in the world. Breathing in the city’s air is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. The question is: what is our government doing about it? The answer is nothing. No steps are being taken to protect the environment from pollution.During winter, people are more susceptible to the effects of dust allergies. Residents cannot go out without wearing a face mask. We are living in a city where we cannot even breathe in the fresh air. It is time the authorities took action and came up with a long-term solution to resolve the problem.Sami MirKarachi Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Crime in the time of election

Just as Pakistan nears election year, the authorities have started doing development work that is likely to help shape the results of the 2018 elections. Great improvements are being seen across the country. Roads are being constructed and repaired, trees are being planted and new signals are being installed. The traffic police can be seen doing their work responsibly. But one thing that should be noticed is that with less than a year to go before the election, there has been a sudden increase in the number of cases of theft. The incidents, including but not limited to, kidnapping for ransom and mobile robbery are increasing at a fast pace.So what should be concluded with this? Are extremist parties covering their cost of election campaigns through these acts? Or are they creating such situations themselves just to quote in their election speeches that they will work for the betterment of the law and order situation? Why is it that during the time of election campaigns there is an increase in such activities? It is time these parties and their leaders stopped playing with the minds of the citizens and did something constructive for the country.Afreen MirzaKarachi Click for detailed story

Dec 132017
 
Imran?s statement

It was disappointing to read Imran Khan’s statement in which he has reportedly threatened to teach a government functionary a lesson after coming to power for not allowing him to hold a public meeting of his party at the Sheikhupura stadium. In the same speech, he highlighted the need of 200 honest people to change the nation’s fate. It is hoped that these honest agents of change would have a democratic mindset. We believe that these honest politicians would follow an inclusive approach to change the fate of Pakistan instead of using the tried and tested – and failed – strategy of fear and threats.Being a supporter of Imran Khan’s agenda for change, I would like to mention that attitude of a person determines his altitude in life. Being a national leader, Khan needs to avoid uttering words his supporters would find difficult to justify. We, as a nation, have suffered a lot since the partition due to lack of tolerance in our society. It is therefore the responsibility of all popular political leaders to exercise patience in situations of disagreement, promote a culture of tolerance and resolve issues through logical reasoning. I am sure our politicians do realise that the true test of leadership lies in a situation of pressure and disagreement, and that the one who shouts does not seem to have a valid argument. History teaches us that most successful leaders in the world were role models for their whole nation – not only for their blind [Read More…]

Dec 132017
 
Gas shortage

With the beginning of December, there is almost no gas supply to the residents of Sector F-8, Phase 6, Hayatabad, Peshawar from 7am to 9pm. Some residents who have installed illegal compressors at their houses have deprived other residents of their rights.They have not been able to cook at home for the last ten days because of this worst problem. The relevant department must look into this serious problem and mitigate the problems of the residents. It should direct the local authorities to ensure regular gas supply to the residents of Phase 6.M Habibullah Khan KhattakPeshawar Click for detailed story

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