Snowfall recently affected Chitral and has increased the difficulties of its residents. Around 15 people have reportedly died due to sever landslides and avalanches. The Lowari Top area is blocked completely because of snowfall and the Lowari Tunnel is opened twice every week for general traffic. In conditions as such, the only way to travel is via air. Sadly, flights from both Peshawar and Islamabad are usually cancelled due various circumstances. The negligence at the hands of PIA is one of the prime reasons of this problem. Keeping in mind the troubles of people living in Chitral, I request the concerned authorities to start daily flights from Peshawar to Islamabad, at least during this harsh season, as commuting through roads is barely possible for obvious reasons. Tourists too suffer due to this very issue; therefore, considerations should be made in this regard.
The future of Pakistan although seems murky at times, but is expected to become promising, ultimately, following the strategic impact of CPEC in the region. The economic corridors, development is making Pakistan appear more attractive for various international markets. It is expected to bring prosperity in the country, while simultaneously competing with regional giants such as India as well as China. However, being a vanguard in this race of development depends on the decisions taken by Islamabad and how they run the game. The game changing project between CPEC is likely to transform a unipolar world order into a multipolar one. it is quite a challenge for the country’s administration to maintain unison among all the provinces on the basis of equality. While underprivileged regions like Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan must not be overlooked at any cost. All our government needs to do is make this project successful by including equal participation of all its provinces.
Woes of urban commuters
Public transport in Karachi has been worsening throughout the years. The lack of regulation with respect to public transport has made the city messy, chaotic and has resulted in extreme issues for millions of people residing in the cosmopolitan metropolis. The mega city is suffering at the hands of inept management and bureaucracy, and does not have a clue about the ways to tackle this grave social issue. The matter causes a lot of havoc and trouble for citizens who use public transport for their daily commute. People are often seen sitting on the rooftops of buses supposedly functioning without fitness certificates, while risking their lives in the process. A breath of fresh air hit various urban centres throughout the country with the arrival of app-based ride hailing services that made it easier for urbanites to commute; however, these services too became a target of incapable administrations imposing a ban on their services. It is a sincere request for those in power to kindly let the people of Pakistan progress, at least on the roads or offer alternatives to make their lives easier, if not more miserable.
A recent boat incident near Saeedwalla in River Ravi has left more than 150 people missing including all of the children and women aboard. The boat capsized because of overloading, while rescue workers were said to have been searching for those who drowned off the ill-fated boat. On the other hand, several people have rescued themselves out with the help of locals but a majority is yet to be found. This incident is not the first of its kind. Numerous such accidents have taken place in the past, which leave us thinking why measures are not taken in terms of safety and protection of those travelling in boats. If a boat is designed to carry a standard number of passengers, why then are people allowed to board, exceeding its limit? It is not just the fault of those who own these boats and operate them; in fact, passengers are equally at fault knowing how risky their journey could be. Therefore, it isn’t always right to blame authorities for individual negligence.