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.
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.
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.