Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 11 - 17 Feb, 2017 at 2:00 PM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
– Audrey Hepburn


US President’s Muslim ban

I am writing in reference to the Muslim ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, which he claims is his first step towards his country’s national security. Trump has already signed two different executive orders that impact Iran, Iraq as well as a few other countries. As he had maintained throughout his presidential campaign, Trump is also keen to build a wall between the Mexican and American border, so that illegal Mexican immigrants could be stopped from entering the US. It appears that Trump will, in the near future, discriminate against and make strict visa policies for various Muslim countries; which will spread panic, hate and divide the USA. Trump’s actions are quite alarming for not just Muslims living in America but also those around the world, as the superpower might misuse control and impose its authority over time. Human rights organisations around the world must raise their voice against the injustice being shown towards Muslims around the globe.
Khalid Hamza,
Islamabad


Karachi experiences gas crisis

A severe shortage of gas has taken over several areas in Karachi and consumers are deprived of this very basic necessity. People are not able to cook food or heat water for bathing purpose in this chilling weather. Instead, they are being forced to buy expensive gas cylinders in order to stay warm, which is yet another hefty expense on their monthly budgets. Not everyone in the city is affluent enough to afford gas cylinders being offered on expensive rates and the government must take action against the entities that are cashing in following the restraints of the public. Numerous localities in the metropolitan are facing this trouble and people are struggling to continue with their daily routine. I sincerely request relevant authorities to kindly look into this matter and do something to get the people of Karachi out of this gas crisis.
Mahnoor Farhan,
Karachi


Brawl in the National Assembly

Shame is a word too small to define what recently took place in our otherwise prestigious parliament’s lower house. A petty argument took an ugly turn when the so-called honourable members of the National Assembly physically assaulted and abused one another as badly as they could. These lawmakers elected by our very sane people draw massive salaries at the cost of the money we pay in taxes; however, nothing that they do or say justifies their position as our representatives in the administrative machinery. These self-professed spokespersons of the people of Pakistan have yet again proven that they are worse than an uneducated, uncultured person, despite hailing from affluent and well-educated backgrounds. They are merely sitting in these positions to fool the general public and make money by all possible means. The recent brawl that recently happened on the floor of the lower house exposed the actual face of dignity and honour that the members often claim to possess. It was the speaker’s job to take instant action against those involved in this extremely disgraceful scuffle that not only maligned the state of our politics but embarrassed the country in front of the world.
Arifa Siddiqui,
Lahore


Extremism on the rise

Targeted killings, suicide bombings and various other terrorist activities have yet again taken over the vulnerable parts of the country. Such attacks have plagued Pakistan for more than a decade now but the situation relatively improved during the period of General Raheel Sharif as the army chief. The general took effective steps to counter terrorism and was very much successful with respect to his strategies after the commencement of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Even though the new army chief General Qamar Bajwa looks promising as the head of the country’s army but strict actions should be taken in order to fight extremism which is yet to be taken care of. A recent blast that shook a market in Parachinar was an excruciating one, as several innocent lives were lost in the brutal attack. Therefore, our civil and military establishments need to work harder in order to bring peace and stability in the country.
Rehan Malik,
Quetta







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