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Heavy monsoon rain in Karachi created various problems for residents, leading to the death of at least 10 people. Many people, living in poorer neighbourhoods, had to evacuate their houses because of the damage caused by intense rain. The city’s infrastructure is also displaying the dismal picture of destruction and disaster. Several roads, including the one recently constructed, are badly damaged. The concerned authorities, however, is nowhere to be seen. Throughout the day, residents faced a large number of problems. Roads were flooded with water, causing severe traffic jam across the city. While it rained, people waited for hours for the traffic to get cleared. The Sindh government, like always, was not prepared for this challenge. Another problem faced by the residents was the long hours of loadshedding. With the first drop of rain, several areas of the city were hit by power breakdown. KE blamed heavy rain for the unwanted breakdown. The city of lights was without power for straight seven to nine hours, revealing the poor performance of the provincial government. In addition to the above-mentioned never ending problems, the city has to deal with another frustrating problem: improper drainage system. It is unfortunate that there is no proper drainage system in the country’s largest and the most populated city. Water standing on roads slowed down the traffic. The open dump yards and garbage on roads blocked the gutters. The city is in a total mess. Sadly, the provincial government has failed to manage the city properly. Naveed [Read More…]
In 1942, people of France started a very strong and effective movement called ‘the resistance movement’. The movement was started when France was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Thousands of people took part in the movement and fought for their freedom. At that time, Britain was among the strongest supporters of this freedom movement. The most terrible acts committed by this movement against the occupied forces in France can teach a thing or two to the current freedom fighters of Kashmir. The entire free world supported the French Resistance. The Kashmir freedom fight is no different. Then why did the two leaders of the so-called ‘greatest democracies’ declare one of the Kashmiri freedom fighters, Syed Salahuddin, a terrorist. These two leaders need to go back and do some homework and learn the meaning of the Freedom Movement which the free world proudly called the French Resistance during World War II. Asad A Khan London
Many people have this misconception that all educational institutes in Karachi provide best education to their students. However, the reality is just the opposite. The state of education in the city is not good. Many private education institutions have been opened in every nook and corner of the city, leading to the decline of the standard of education. These institutes appoint under qualified teachers who do not have required skills and capabilities to teach. As a result, they fail to provide quality education to students. Students as well as their parents suffer because of these inexperienced teachers. Every institute advertises itself as one of the top schools/colleges of the city. But, in terms of quality, these institutes are, unfortunately, the worst. The shortage of qualified teachers has affected the studies of students. For the country’s progress, quality education is necessary. The concerned authorities must take notice of this issue. The government must propose guidelines, including the number of teachers appointed, the minimum qualification and experience of teachers, etc., for the registration of a school. A school’s registration should only be approved if the school follows the guidelines. The government must not waste a single second and tackle the issue at the earliest. Hafsa Khilji Karachi
Those who blame PM Nawaz Sharif and his government for the failure of PIA need to realise that the decline of the airlines started in 2002, when, in spite of escalating oil prices, PIA’s balance sheet indicated minimal losses. The corruption infected vultures, who, through their networking and political contacts, had, by 2008, cunningly managed to be nominated as the MD of PIA and the DG of CAA Pakistan, were the main reason for this decline. This government can only be blamed for not having political will to appoint qualified and experienced executives, but not for the over Rs230 billion accumulated losses it inherited and the corrupt mediocrity that dominated its executive corridors. By the time the PML-N-led government took charge of PIA, all prime time slots in the Gulf had been surrendered to the advantage of the airlines owned by Gulf states. Almost half of the PIA fleet was grounded because of gross irregularities in the procurement of essential technical spares, while its human resource, which was once its asset, was eroded by burdening the already surplus employees of this loss making white elephant with over 300 employees with fake degrees. PIA’s GSAs and GHAs all over its network were changed and replaced by parties with dubious background. Having purchased long range aircraft like B777, it was shocking when, in the garb of code sharing, the airline was to be reduced to become a spoke carrier of Turkish Airline which took over all its routes to Europe, America and [Read More…]
In the Bahawalpur oil tanker incident, many patients who were shifted to hospitals in Bahawalpur, Multan and Lahore succumbed to the wounds as these hospitals were woefully ill-equipped to handle serious burn cases. While our leaders find every pretext to go abroad for treatment of even minor ailment, the nation remains in a terrible state. The number of fatalities, meanwhile, has continued to mount. By ignoring other provinces and not healing their wounds, the PM is sending a wrong message to the people. Erum Arif Karachi
Deforestation in Pakistan is going on at a rapid pace. The government is doing nothing to deal with the issue. The need of the hour is to take concrete steps to deal with the situation. The reason for lack of attention to this serious problem is that many people are not aware about the growing challenges of climate change. The government must set up programmes to raise awareness among people. As of now, there is only one forest institute in the country. Since the institute is in Peshawar, many students cannot apply to the institute. The education department of every province must set up a forest institute. The curriculum must be comprehensive. Only well-versed students can come up with sound strategies to tackle this situation. Mir Taqi Abbas Talpur Sobhodero