Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 19 - 25 Aug, 2017 at 2:00 PM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.”
Joshua Reynolds


Public sector hospitals lack medicines

Hundreds of public sector hospitals in Pakistan lack adequate amount of medicines for their patients. It is a heart-wrenching situation and people often lose their lives over unavailability of drugs, which should otherwise be taken care of by hospital administration as well as government authorities. However, the issue keeps arising time and again, and worsens a patient’s condition. Even though all of the government-run hospitals aren’t as understocked as those located in the remote areas of Balochistan and Sindh. The condition of clinics and dispensaries there is deteriorating and lacks even the basic facilities, let alone enough medicines. This adds to a patient’s misery, as they are then forced to travel to the cities and get their treatments done. Also, these poor patients coming from these remote localities neither have sufficient cash to buy expensive medicines from the city not they have a place to live. Therefore, I request both, the provincial governments of Balochistan and Sindh to kindly look into this matter, and provide assistance to such patients, while ensuring the availability of medicines in all the government-run hospitals.
Anum Shamsi,
Sukkur


PIA’s services

Pakistan International Airline was once a symbol of pride for Pakistanis around the world, for once it was one of the world’s leading carriers. However, it has now become a matter of ridicule for Pakistanis and no one seems to take its services seriously. The airline has been through several ups and downs throughout the years but is now witnessing immense lack of maintenance and corruption. Hundreds of complaints have been observed for the outrageous services of the airline, where the staff mistreats their customers over minor issues. Most of the cases involve mistreatment of passengers, flight delays and passenger protection; complaints like these often go in vain. If this continues to happen, then the only solution would be to privatise the airline; however, that would be a very difficult decision, as many of PIA’s employees might lose their jobs following the handover to a private entity. Therefore, PIA should take the matter seriously and improve its services for its own good.
Maha Salam,
Karachi


Opposing capital punishment

No matter how grave a crime, one cannot justify its punishment by taking away the criminal’s life. Even Islam does not encourage capital punishment, instead, it stresses on forgiveness first. Death penalty takes away someone’s life and rarely has an impact on crime rate, at least not much in Pakistan. It isn’t just Pakistan but several other countries that practice capital punishment according to their state laws. The opposition of death penalty is basically an opposition against all sorts of torture. Ever since capital punishment has been reinstated in Pakistan, almost 470 people have been executed. Those killing innocent people are still doing so without the fear of being punished for it, which is why the law is useless since it isn’t controlling criminals and murderers. I would urge the state to kindly abolish capital punishment law, as it does no good for the nation.
Mohammad Hasnain,
Islamabad


Gender discrimination in Pakistan’s politics

Politics in Pakistan is dominated by men. Although there are women who actively participate in politics but only those belonging to political dynasties can make it to the corridors of power. A majority of women politicians who come from regular families are restricted to parliamentary duties or they are assigned less important ministries, that too in rare cases. This clearly shows that women are not treated equally as candidates for important ministries and lose their position against men. Priority is always given to men when considered for important designations within parties, which has been opposed by several female politicians who have either left their respective parties or have protested against the discrimination. Pakistan has, however, improved a lot when it comes to women representation in politics, but it still has a long way to go, which can only happen after a change in the society’s patriarchal mindsets.
Fazeela Omar,
Karachi






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