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Jun 192017
 
For democracy

This refers to the article, ‘The elected vs the selected’ (Jun 17), by Dr Naazir Mahmood. The writer has rightly described the 70 years history of Pakistan and said, “Probably the best description of the history of Pakistan may be the history of the struggle between the elected and the selected .The elected being the politicians and the selected being the civil and military bureaucracy”. It is well known that there have been gross follies from both the elected and the selected ones during the 70 years history of the country. It is said that one has to learn from one’s mistakes and not to repeat them. For example, the socio economic conditions and prosperity in the Western Europe except Greece and Portugal have been far better compared to the Eastern Europe and these have been attributed to democratic set ups. Elected rather than selected. Therefore the slogan for the country’s future should be ‘give democracy a chance’. Dr Sher Mohammad Khan Peshawar Click for detailed story

Jun 192017
 
Tackling terrorism

Google’s Senior Vice President Kent Walker said the company would work with other web firms, including Facebook Microsoft and Twitter, to accelerate their efforts to tackle terrorism online. He said they would hire more experts and increase their use of technology to spot extremist and terrorism -related videos. YouTube – one of the most popular video sharing websites – will also target potential Islamic State recruits and redirect them towards anti-terrorist videos to help change their minds about joining. Although the tech giant has taken a commendable taken, this action should not be limited to the Islamic State recruits. Any organisation or a person involved in spreading violence and extremist views should be closely monitored and all terrorism-related videos should be put down. Mariyam Akhtar Karachi Click for detailed story

Jun 192017
 
Crime without punishment

Street crimes encompass all those criminal offences that take place in public places. Nowadays, street crimes have become commonplace in Pakistan – especially along highways. Pickpocketing, mobile-snatching and vehicle theft falls under the rubric of street crimes. Such crimes affect the fabric of our society and indicate the destruction of social order. A large number of people have fallen victim to street crimes such as mobile theft and wallet-snatching. But the police have not taken action against the offenders. Such offences have become a menace for the citizens and have generated fear and insecurity. Some of the major causes of street crimes include unemployment and poverty. The government should take serious steps to put an end to street crimes. Consistent efforts must be made to address the challenges of unemployment. What is more, the police need to be more vigilant in safeguarding the lives of citizens. Zain Gul Karachi Click for detailed story

Jun 192017
 
Number one and nothing less

That Pakistan defeated its arch rival, India, is good news for everyone in the country. The victory of Pakistan is a matter of pride and joy for the entire nation. Undoubtedly, it is a remarkable achievement for a team which was struggling even to qualify for the final round of the Champions Trophy. The team had a bumpy start in the tournament, but it finished the game in style. Once again the opening partnership by Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali did a magic trick which helped the rest of the batsmen to set a formidable total of 338. This time, the middle order batting line-up played beautifully as well and fully supported the team. Then the fiery bowling spell by Pakistani pacers, especially Muhammad Amir, did the real damage. Although India has the strongest batting line-up, it proved to be a wall of sand before Pakistan’s steely and indomitable bowling attack that trounced, stunned and crushed the top-order batsmen, almost in a jiffy. It is hoped that this massive win will help bring international cricket to the country. Ever since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, many international cricket teams have declined to visit and play in Pakistan. It is also hoped that this win will boost the confidence of new players. Throughout the tournament, the young players of the team kept the spectators spell bound with their marvellous performance and ability. The players must continue to work hard to bring more such titles to home. Muhammad Fayyaz [Read More…]

Jun 192017
 
Housing schemes

This refers to the news report, ‘CDA conducts operation against illegal housing scheme near Margalla Town Islamabad’ (Jun 19). The report shows that encroachments in Islamabad are rising at a fast pace. Another illegal society is rapidly growing along the Korang River opposite Street 9 Raja Akhtar Road Shahpur Bara Kahu. The owners of this unauthorised housing society are constructing a bridge over the Korang River without an NOC .The owners of street 9 appealed to the Islamabad High Court to seek a restraining order to stop this flagrant violation of the CDA, the ICT and other federal laws. The court warned the concerned officials against environmental degradation and the non-compliance of rules and regulations pertaining to housing societies in the capital. No action was taken by the concerned officials. All concerned departments, including the CDA, must honour the rule of law. If there is no respect for the country’s laws, how will Pakistan survive? If no action is taken by the concerned people, the court should use its constitutional power to enforce its decision. Ambassador(r) B A Malik Islamabad Click for detailed story

Jun 162017
 
Water-starved Balochistan

This is to draw the attention of the Balochistan government to the acute shortage of water in the province. According to recent media reports, the majority of cities are compelled to get water from the water tank mafia. The lucrative business of the water tank mafia is at its peak. The incumbent government has not started any project to overcome the unexpected water crisis. If this situation remains, this crisis will make the lives of the people more miserable. Ubaid Zehri Khuzdar Click for detailed story

Jun 162017
 
No smoking

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than seven million people die each year in Pakistan because of tobacco use. It is astonishing that a large number of teenagers are also involved in this bad habit. According to an estimate, about 15.6 million people – between the age of 15 and 49 – smoke cigarettes. This has significantly increased the number of cases of lung cancer in the country. The government has not done anything to improve the situation. The authorities are requested to effectively reduce tobacco use in order to protect our generation from this menace. Mannan Samad Turbat Click for detailed story

Jun 162017
 
Unheard pleas

Residents of Lyari have been facing the problems of loadshedding and the gas shortage since the first day of Ramazan. On one hand, power remains out for 10 to 12 hours. On the other hand, especially during Sehri and Iftar, the low gas pressure creates problems for the residents. The relevant authorities must resolve the issue at the earliest. It is also the responsibility of the government to alleviate the sufferings of the people. It should take back the full control of KE and give relief to the people who are greatly affected by poor performance of KE. Abdul Aziz Khatri Karachi Click for detailed story

Jun 162017
 
The final

In the semi-final, Pakistan played brilliantly. The stunning performance of the cricket team enabled it to qualify for the final match. Both the bowlers and batsmen deserve credit for the victory. The team had a bumpy start of the tournament, but it worked hard to improve its performance. Now Pakistan will play the final match against India. The team should not take any pressure. It has come this far and it can easily defeat its arch rival. The nation hopes and prays that the country will defeat India. Shanza Ali Karachi Click for detailed story

Jun 162017
 
Resolving the issue

While analysing the problem of electricity shortage, many experts suggest some ‘time consuming’ and ‘expensive’ solutions, like improving the transmission capacity by 10 percent, the improvement of distribution infrastructure within the cities etc.. No doubt these measures may bring relief to consumers but would still leave them to endure the curse of loadshedding for quite a long time. One of the previous governments forwarded financial lending which enabled the people to get cars, motorcycles and other utility items on easy leasing terms. It is suggested that the government must introduce a similar policy and issue solar panels on lease at affordable terms. This will give an immense boom to the industry, create huge job employment opportunities, circulate wealth and reduce the curse of loadshedding. The national grid may enter into buy-back-surplus-electricity agreements with the people. The electricity so saved through the use of solar panels could be diverted towards running the industry. Major (r) Talaat Khurshid Rawalpindi Click for detailed story

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