Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 04 - 10 Feb, 2017 at 2:00 PM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
– George Orwell


Fight against polio

Polio, a viral disease of the spinal cord and brain that causes permanent paralysis has quite a grip in Pakistan. Unfortunately, even after a rigorous campaign against the disease and those who oppose its vaccination, the authorities have not quite achieved success with respect to eradicating polio completely. The numbers have decreased when compared with past records but witnessing few cases every year are enough to keep us on our toes. Recently, the Southwestern part of Pakistan was under severe vigilance, as polio virus was found in its sewage samples. People from this very region have been educated time and after regarding the consequences of their children missing polio vaccinations, yet the locals are extremely reluctant to vaccinate their kids to fight the virus. It is the state’s responsibility to restore their writ and make it compulsory for every child to be vaccinated against poliovirus.
Rosetta Thomas,
Lahore


Trump in the White House

After years of Obama’s establishment in the White House, it is now Donald Trump’s turn to take over the most powerful office in the world. The business tycoon has worn many hats in his 70 years of age. He has tried his hands in acting as well being part of a reality TV show. However, none of this has anything to do with the job of running a country which also happens to be a superpower. It is now Trump’s turn to make his country great again, unlike what his predecessors did as he had mentioned in his inaugural speech. On his first day in office, USA’s new President tried to instil violence by transferring the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also called up his Egyptian counterpart for supporting the decision. His biases towards minorities, specifically Muslims, are not hidden from anyone, which leaves the Muslim world deeply concerned with regards to his policies. It is now time, for all those who have already started to suffer the aftermath of his presence in the White House, to get united against the autocrat rulers and stand with the people of Palestine.
Meesha Rehman,
Islamabad


English language in government schools

Government schools in Pakistan are still lagging behind; in fact, many still lack basic necessities let alone have high-tech facilities in the schools. Just like many other of its scarcities government schools still implement Urdu as a medium of instruction, which is something that needs to change if students of government schools are to compete with those private institutions in various competitions that takes place in the academic arena. Many students that study in government schools face discrimination merely on the basis of their inability to speak proper English. I am not saying that knowing how to speak English fluently is a tool to judge someone’s intelligence; but unfortunately, in our part of the world, it is certainly a medium to gauge one’s ability to become successful. The education ministry must look into this matter and take necessary steps.
Shahid Saleem,
Hyderabad


PSX makes history

History was recently made when the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) surpassed 50,000 points and sustained the momentum. However, with news of the market being ranked as the world’s fifth best performing stock market, investors have gained trust and invested their capital in profitable shares. Foreign investors too are showing their interest in the Pakistan Stock Exchange, following its recent triumphant and performance. Despite political turbulences, the country’s stock market has done pretty well with respect to share dealings. All we can do is hope for better things to take place, so the economy of the country improves day by day.
Bilal Anwar,
Karachi







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