During a recent National Assembly session after PTI leader’s inappropriate comments about the inclusion of foreign players in PSL, stirred controversy, members witnessed a feud between two parliamentarians belonging to PTI and PML-N respectively. The argument took a sour turn when one of the MNAs spurted bad comments against the PTI member and his family, provoking him towards a physical attack. The whole scenario is one of the worst ever incidents to have taken place in the premises of the parliament, and indeed an unfortunate one. To think of it logically, every political party can have reservations with one another’s governing policies; however, making personal remarks is absolutely unjustified. The sad incident not only brought shame to the protocol of the country’s lower house but has exposed the existence of patriarchal and sexist mindset in the educated sphere.
Pakistan is now exempted from the visa ban implemented by Kuwait for the past six years. It is a welcome step towards better relations with the brotherly nation following PM Nawaz Sharif’s visit in the country. All kinds of visas were included in the ban from 2011 onwards, due to security reasons in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan. The Kuwaiti government has now taken a good decision to pull back the ban following the improving law and order conditions of Pakistan. It is not just Kuwait, but countries like Turkey, Iran, China and many more are now willing improve bilateral relations with respect to economy and defence in particular. Even though the recent series of attacks jolted law and order in the country, but the rigorous efforts of Pakistan army as well as the civil administrations outlook on terrorism has helped curb the menace. One can hope to see a better and brighter Pakistan in the near future.
The KP government has taken a laudable initiative that helps fight the menace of dowry in our society. The step taken to ban this curse is indeed highly progressive and commendable. In a time where getting employed is as difficult as getting educated, dowry is yet another nuisance. Getting married has become an uphill battle, especially for young women whose parents spend nights wondering how to get them married with the limited resources they posses. Dowry is a curse, particularly in a society where people even struggle to feed their children three times a day, getting them married is certainly nothing more than a dream. It is now the responsibility of the three other provincial governments as well as the federal government to introduce penalties for those seeking dowry from the girl’s family. It is high time our society prepares for this change.
The exclusion of various mother tongues in the ongoing census is the most ridiculous news I have heard. Pakistan is a multilingual, multicultural nation. The diversity our country represents is throughout the world. The fact that so many faiths, ethnicities and cultures survive in this part of the South Asian region is a testament to the rich culture and history of the subcontinent. More than 70 languages are spoken in Pakistan which are further classified into national, provincial, regional and indigenous languages that prove the existence of their speakers and the fascinating tales they have to share about their own backgrounds. Being a Pakistani fascinated with the diversity of our land, I oppose the omission of native languages in the current census. Even if it is still possible, something must be done to stop this from happening.