An apparent stereotyping and racial profiling of an ethnic community by the Punjab government has raised a furore throughout the country. Not only is it prejudiced towards the ethnic group, in fact, it has ignited anxiety amidst its members. Pakistan was brought into existence because of its firm stance over religious identity and diversity, but such steps do nothing to flourish unity among the nation, instead, they tend to disseminate the message of racial prejudice towards one another. The northwest region of the country has been the most affected due to terrorism and its people have also sacrificed the most. Stating that terrorism breeds in a certain region is unjustified. As terror strikes back, we need to stand united and this is certainly not the time to label one of our own people. One can only hope that our authorities understand this as soon as possible.
Sehwan recently witnessed a deadly terror attack that claimed several innocent lives at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine. After all the mayhem took place, it was time for those responsible to come forward and accept the errors on their part. Nevertheless, both provincial and federal authorities were busy playing the blame game, which not only maligned the image of our security agencies but also made the divide obvious between the administrations with respect to the fight against terrorism. The federal interior minister blamed Sindh government for the security lapses around the shrine, while various provincial figures pointed towards the lack of interest on the federal government’s part with respect to information sharing and punishing the culprits. Both the governments must realise where they both lack and work on their inefficiencies, as that is the only solution to get rid of terrorism.
It’s been quite long that the residents of Gwadar have been facing extreme water shortage. For the past two decades, the citizens of the otherwise gifted region are deprived of a necessity like water supply. The issue of short and irregular water supply has been going on for the last few years. Youth of the emerging port city spend hours travelling from one place to another only to fetch water for household use. The situation is very gloomy and children are forced to sacrifice their studies because of this uncalled for responsibility. A lot needs to be done for the people of Gwadar, especially after the commencement of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the region. While Gwadar changes into a mega city following the advent of CPEC, the government must pay special attention towards the provision of basic facilities to its people. I visited the city recently, and strongly felt that something needs to be done in this regards.
Unfortunately, the title for the second-worst country for gender equality in the world goes to Pakistan and it is not the first time this has happened, it’s second year in a row. Even though the state has time and again expressed concerns against issues pertaining gender discrimination and has ensured to take necessary steps against the issue at the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1979, but male chauvinism is yet to end, particularly in our society that follows unjust traditions blindly. Women are still not as independent as they are in the west. In the job market, several firms are still pretty reluctant when hiring women, especially at senior positions in banks, industries and governmental institutions. It is requested for individuals, firms and both, the federal and provincial governments to ensure that women are treated with equality in the professional realm as well as guarantee empowerment of gender equality.