Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 26 Aug - 01 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” – Rudyard Kipling


Overpopulation around the world

Pakistan is one of the world’s most thickly populated countries and over population here generates sensitive and critical issues that further cause hindrances in the process of development. The rapid growth in population tends to go on and on and not much has so far worked out to stop the ever growing-population not just in Pakistan but in most developing and under-developed nations. However, in our country, several factors such as illiteracy, early marriages, cultural and religious norms, as well as lack of awareness are responsible for the situation, which can otherwise be curbed if government policies are effective enough. All of the aforementioned issues have had an impact on the economic growth of the country and have also increased the rate of unemployment. Before the country suffers more due to overpopulation, the government must take all the necessary yet effective steps to address this concern.
Yusra Shahid,
Sukkur


Sad state of street children

Most traffic signals around the city are home to children on the streets. As soon as the traffic lights turn red, these kids rush towards cars, bikes and autos to sell something or the other. The other day, I saw a rather young kid rushing towards a car selling a bunch of roses; this sight literally broke my heart. The kid was as young as my brother, whom I can never imagine in such a condition. What’s worse is that he wasn’t the only little kid rushing here and there, in fact, there were many like him, some selling ballpoint pens and some selling hand towels, and all of them were victims of child labour. This was not the first time I have seen a sight like this and I’m pretty sure this certainly won’t be the last time; however, something needs to be done to end the misery of these children as they deserve to be educated and taken care of as much as our own kids do; instead of earning for their families at such a young age. I would urge the provincial government of Sindh as well as the federal administration to please do something about this issue and brighten the future of these young children.
Sarah D’Cruz,
Karachi


More dams needed

Hydel power is the cheapest source of power generation, if only we have enough water reservoirs. Less number of dams is the reason why we haven’t accumulated enough water to generate power and kick-start similar development projects. It is understood that more and more dams are the cheapest source of harnessing energy through water and our political leaders are absolutely aware of the situation but still appear oblivious to it. The UNO has warned that Pakistan will face acute shortage of water in the near future but the powerful are indifferent to this threat. They only pay heed to emergency situations in case of vested interests and the country’s survival does not seem like a priority. Kalabagh dam was indeed controversial, but doesn’t Pakistan have another less controversial spot to build a dam? Our eastern neighbours are already fidgeting with the water supply coming towards Pakistan and in such a situation we must keep internal conflicts aside and work towards the country’s prosperity.
Asma Khan,
Islamabad


Balochistan bleeds

No words are enough to describe the pain of those suffering from the consequences of the recent blast in Quetta. People drenched in blood and crying for help is a sight no one would imagine their loved ones to be in. But in this cruel world filled with vicious murderers, no one is safe at all. Every other person is at an equal risk of being attacked by terrorists at any given time, as no one is here to protect their lives. Despite the many operations being held against the enemies of humanity, not much has changed in the recent past, as time and again we get to witness massacre in the name of religion. The recent suicide blast targeting a military truck near Pishin bus stop took away 15 innocent lives, including that of eight soldiers and left 40 others wounded. The attacks are yet again taking place on a regular basis, as one shook Lahore not long ago and did much damage to the state of security in the country. We have made enough appeals for protection but now I only want to know who will take responsibility for the injustice taking place with innocent human beings?
Yasir Ahmed,
Quetta






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