The use of fireworks at weddings has become quite prevalent in the past decade. Earlier, very few would celebrate their big day firing gunshots mid-air, or lighting fireworks, which was obviously condemnable, but now it seems like a mandatory part of weddings in Pakistan. Life is difficult for those who live in the vicinity of marriage halls throughout the city, as the noise pollution caused by fireworks and gunshots is enough to keep them awake mostly around midnight. The thoughtless and avoidable act has been causing a lot of nuisance for citizens. The trend has now become a socially-accepted madness and people literally enjoy it instead of discouraging it. Use of firecrackers and similar items can also cause serious damage to those around them. Authorities should put a ban on their use once and for all.
The expected ban on social media websites has left several human rights activists ambiguous about their online activism with respect to public interest issues. The expected closure of Facebook, in particular, was mainly due to an inappropriate use of the platform by those looking to exploit religious sentiments of Pakistanis. Many assume that social media endorses freedom of speech, which to a great extent is correct because many have misused the platforms for their own benefit, imposing their personal views on controversial matters. Thus, limiting what one discusses using social media is something that needs attention. Even though Facebook has assured authorities regarding the matter on removing controversial content, the future of social media in the country still appears murky.
As if traffic was not enough to keep the residents of Karachi annoyed while commuting, another matter that has now added to their trouble is the revamping of infrastructure throughout the city, especially the central areas. Dug up roadsides cause trouble to passers-by as well as vehicles that move alongside, eventually resulting in a traffic jam; all this is being done to install gas and water pipelines, as well as carpeting and patchwork of roads, particularly in the southern part of Karachi. Traffic in the adjoining areas has badly affected the environment, as residents are suffering because of the constant noise and air pollution as well as prolonged traffic jam. It is appreciated that infrastructure is being improved but authorities must also devise alternate routes for traffic to flow smoothly without creating havoc.
The future of cricket in Pakistan looks bright after the successful completion of Pakistan Super League’s second season. PSL has given us some extremely talented young men to look forward to and the team can now make use of all the lads in upcoming international series and events. This year’s PSL find Shadab Khan is one to be praised in the ongoing Pakistan/West Indies T20 series, where he claimed three wickets outshining the rest of the team in his very first international cricket match. Selectors must include more fresh talent in the team, not just within the bowling department but in the batting line-up as well.