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Oct 222018
 
An end to violence

Violence against children is a pressing concern in our society that requires immediate attention and the government should take notice of such incidents. If estimates are anything to go by, at least 22,528 cases of child sexual abuse were reported from 2010 to mid-2017. Owing to the failures of law-enforcement agencies to take action against those involved in these gruesome crimes, cases of child abuse have become rampant and most offenders have evaded punishment.In order to tackle these challenges, a series of awareness drives need to be conducted whereby children can be advised on what they should do to protect themselves. The government should devise new institutions to tackle these crimes and alert the police to address these issues. We should raise our voices against such hostile practices and save children from all forms of violence.Zainab BatoolKarachi

Oct 222018
 
Save our roads

This refers to the letter, ‘Bypass the jam’ (October 22). The writer has aptly suggested that an oil pipeline should be constructed from the Attock Refinery to the outskirts of Rawalpindi. If this pipeline is constructed, the number of oil tankers that visit the refinery on a daily basis for fuel will be greatly reduced. As a consequence, the frequent gridlocks caused by these tankers will also be minimised.A consistent effort should be made to implement this suggestion as it will afford citizens the convenience of a commute without any hindrances.Khalid HyderRawalpindi*****Those who drive to Expo Centre through Nipa Chowrangi have repeatedly complained that there are very few U-turns along the road. If commuters are to be believed, the nearest U-turn comes after almost one kilometre. More often than not, people tend to drive on the wrong side of the road instead of using the U-turn as it is far more convenient. This results in massive traffic jams outside Sir Syed University.People shouldn’t flout traffic regulations as it inconveniences other commuters. Steps should be taken to encourage people to use the U-turn along this road.Ahmed RazaKarachi

Oct 222018
 
Water we going to do?

Karachi’s acute water shortage has added to the burdens of its citizens. In the past, the water shortage was only prevalent in the city during summer. But now, the water crisis has become a dominant feature of every season. Although a large amount of money is paid to the government through exorbitant bills and taxes, these funds have done little to offer a durable solution to the city’s water woes. The tanker mafia continues to exert an influence in Karachi and citizens have been left with no option but to ask the government to build more dams. We need to find an urgent solution to our water crisis.Syed Furqan HaiderKarachi

Oct 222018
 
Too loud to learn

Although many schools can be found across the country, limited attention is given to selecting an appropriate, comfortable and peaceful location for them. In Charsadda, a large number of school buildings are situated in narrow streets. In addition, some schools are located in areas where traffic congestion is a major cause for concern. As a consequence, students are often greeted with the sounds of blaring horns and shouting vendors when they enter a classroom. This suggests that we fail to account for noise pollution while selecting a suitable location for a school. We must not forget that severe noise can have a significant impact on how students perform in their studies. Islamia College University, Peshawar is situated near Bacha Khan International Airport. So, teachers have to halt their lectures whenever a plane lands or takes off from the international airport.Educational institutions need to focus more on selecting comfortable and ideal location to construct their campuses. Noise pollution can have drastic implications on a child’s academic performance and could, in extreme circumstances, affect their mental health.Laiba Muhammad AamirCharsadda

Oct 222018
 
No girls at libraries

Girls have been discouraged from studying at public libraries in Turbat. There are no separate libraries for girls and parents often don’t allow their daughters to study in public libraries that are open to both genders.Although some of them visit the Girls Degree College Turbat’s library to prepare for their exams, the problems still persist. The chief minister of Balochistan should ensure that suitable facilities are provided to ensure girls can study for their exams and forge their own path in the world.Alia Muhammad HayatTurbat

Oct 222018
 
Killer roads

Dilapidated roads have become a common sight on Karachi’s bustling, chaotic streets. A large number of accidents have taken place across the city due to the condition of the roads. In some situations, vehicles have also been damaged because efforts aren’t taken to repair the city’s roads.A considerable amount of money goes out of the pockets of Karachi’s residents in the form of vehicle taxes. Therefore, it is the fundamental right of citizens to have better roads that won’t damage their vehicles. This problem has become all the more dangerous with time and has generated panic among citizens. The concerned authorities will look into the matter and take suitable steps to address the matter.Sheikh Bilal AhmedKarachi

Oct 222018
 
Party over principle

Most of our politicians tend to support incorrect policy initiatives taken by their party leaders and seldom question their impact on preserving our national interest. It appears that party loyalties tend to trump all other considerations. As a result, corruption and the misappropriation of public money have become the order of the day and few among our political leaders have raised concerns about them.The situation is fundamentally different in other countries. The Republican Party’s approach to Obamacare in the US is a case in point. Soon after the 2016 US presidential elections, the Republican Party sought to repeal the Obamacare health plan and proposed a revised healthcare programme. However, the bill was rejected by the US Senate in 2017 by a narrow margin. It is believed that John McCain’s vote against repealing Obamacare tilted the balance in favour of the Democrats. Although McCain followed his party’s stance in other policy matter, he stood by his own principles with regard to the healthcare package. Our politicians should also focus on upholding their principles rather than succumbing to groupthink.Dr Najeeb A KhanIslamabad

Oct 212018
 
Unequal world

We live in an unequal society. The gap between the filthy rich and the downtrodden is massively widening. This great inequality is evident to everyone. While the rich have access to all kinds of amenities, many of the rural poor do not even have access to toilets, electricity and even clean drinking water.This inequality and social injustice causes grievances and resentment, but who cares in this society of inequality?Hashim AbroIslamabad

Oct 212018
 
No state of science

Recently, one of my class fellows challenged me to name ten scientists from Pakistan. I ended up naming only Dr Abdul Salam and Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. My friend too couldn’t name more than four or five. This shows how much we lag in this technological era. It is said that at least four percent of the GDP must be spent for a stabilised education system. Despite being a developing country, Pakistan spends only 2.7 percent of its GDP on education while countries like Maldives spend 11.2 percent, Uzbekistan 7.4 percent and Bhutan 4.8 percent. Pakistan, however, seems to be interested in investing on building underpasses or spending on arms and defence equipment.Global powers like Russia, China, Japan ,the US and India etc have led with the torch of scientific inquiry and have investigated the true knowledge of nature. Our neighbouring countries like China or India have topped scientific inquiry and China has sent astronauts into space, landed a rover on the moon and is now on the way to a mission to Mars. India has launched missions to the moon and Mars and is pushing the frontiers of knowledge. These countries have scientists in every field – from particle physics to theoretical physics to biology to chemistry. Unfortunately, our own scientist and Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam was mistreated by us. Our school curriculum is all about conquerors and we are called to emulate and follow in their footsteps. Perhaps, then we should not expect scientists, educators or intellectuals [Read More…]

Oct 212018
 
A just protest

PhD is the highest level of education in our country. But it is shameful that in Pakistan, a large number of PhD holders are unemployed. A couple of weeks back, PhD holders protested outside the PM’s residence. They were demanding that the government create jobs that are in line with their qualifications.The government has promised that it will take necessary steps to resolve their issues. One hopes that in the near future these PhD holders will be able to secure good jobs.Mishal KhalidKarachi