The crackdown against the people involved in the business of contaminated meat and registration of cases against them is certainly a welcome step; however, this also highlights the fact that how individuals are a part of heartless activities and dare to play with innocent people’s lives for the sake of a few bucks. As details suggests, the Punjab Food Authority has seized another 6000kg meat in the provincial capital – Lahore, which was further disposed off by the police following the registration of cases against the perpetrators. It is expected that the provincial government of Punjab will pay attention to this very crucial issue on the basis of priority, as protecting the health of the public is one of the most important responsibilities of the state.
The elders living in our society comprise of an important asset. There was a time in history when they weren’t any books, but the elders of the family provided the wisdom youngsters needed to contribute to the society. Undoubtedly, times have changed but elders in the society still tend to exert a significant influence on the wider social dynamics. However, unfortunately, they are now being considered as a burden, at least by one of our provincial governments. According to law, gratuity must be restored to pensioners after a specific time period in each case; however, no precise rules have been framed regarding the matter, which is now left to the discretion of every district accounts officer (DAO) to take on any method of restoration he wants. Therefore, now the pensioners are left with no other choice but to bribe officers and acquire their legal funds. Not every pensioner will be able to do so; hence, injustice will yet again cause distress to so many households.
I am a citizen of Karachi and have been living in a rather comfortable neighbourhood in the city for many years. Our neighbourhood has never experienced water shortage, except for days when the entire city had water issues; however, for the past few years, we have been facing acute water shortage. The situation is obviously because of the lack of attention from the Karachi Water and Sewage Board (KWSB), which does not pay heed to our woes. Despite the fact that the entire neighbourhood pays their bills on time, we have been forced to purchase water from the tanker mafia, which refuses to sell water on low prices and demand extra money each time. It is difficult for me to pay hefty amounts for water tankers, as I am a retired citizen and cannot afford the unwarranted expenses. I would request the local and provincial government to kindly look into this matter, as it is a very desperate plea from a senior citizen.
As regrettable as it can be, the government and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) appears quite non-serious in fighting the nuisance of corruption from the society. The recent example of former provincial finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani is an example for one to gauge the seriousness. The plea bargain agreement made by NAB with the convict angered everyone who has fought against corruption in the country. However, the accountability court has returned the plea bargain application submitted by Raisani, which is a good decision by the court. It would have been against the will of the people of Pakistan and unjust on the court’s part to have pardoned a man merely for releasing a meagre part of his otherwise illegally acquired money. Raisani’s case should be dealt with like any other case of fraud or illegal possession of assets and he should be punished according to the law.