Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 31 Dec - 06 Jan, 2016 at 2:00 PM

"Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso"


The dilemma of deforestation

Climate change is a global dilemma and Pakistan is in no way safe from the wrath of nature. The alarming speed at which deforestation is taking place in the country is increasing the chances of adverse climatic conditions. The major causes of deforestation are farming, urbanisation, tourism, combustion and infrastructural development. The negative impact of the phenomenon is leading towards flooding, desertification, destruction of the ozone and wildlife endangerment. During the 90s, almost three per cent of the country’s entire area was covered with forests; however, it reduced to approximately 2.2 per cent by 2010. According to the WWF report published in 1992, around .92 million hectares of land was covered with forests, which, by 2010 declined to 3.44 million hectares. The issue of deforestation is upsetting and a threat to human survival; therefore, cutting down trees must be stopped no matter what it takes. Federal, as well as provincial governments must take serious measures for the conservation of forests and conduct awareness drives for encouraging plantation in urban as well as rural regions.
Mehwish Raza,
Peshawar


Drinking water woes

Despite many reasons of an increase in mortality rates, water-borne diseases too make their place in the list. Dearth of clean drinking water in many parts of the country has lead to serious health issues which sometimes result in death of the patient. Clean drinking water is a prerequisite of hygienic and healthy living; therefore, its provision is a necessity. The significance of hygienic drinking water cannot be undermined when it comes to preventing illness, infection and deaths in a country like Pakistan. In this regard, I would like to commend the efforts made by the Punjab government that has taken up the ‘Saaf Pani’ project for the purpose of improving water supply with respect to both, quality and access to water for drinking. Having said that, governments, whether federal or provincial must play their part to make the provision of clean drinking water accessible for its citizens.
Harris Khan,
Lahore


Well played Pakistan

Pakistan cricket team’s presence in Australia, unlike Dubai, left cricket fanatics wondering about their performance on the field. Where many fans were excited to see the men in green play, others shuddered to the thought of them being knocked by the enormously talented Australian side. Environmental and playing conditions in Australia are usually considered pretty abnormal and intimidating, which left people fearing defeat for Pakistan’s squad. Even though the team was not able to win the first test, it did play quite well against the Australian squad. The first innings weren’t as favourable on Pakistan’s part, as the team collapsed on a score of 140 only. The team was immediately expected to lose the game even before the second innings took a start. However, boys in green fought back in style and left Australians fearing their defeat instead. Pakistan lost the match, but surprised cricket fans around the world, as it almost broke a world record. Despite losing the first test match in a series of three, the Pakistani cricket team must be commended for its brilliant performance.
Rehan Tahir,
Hyderabad


Mysterious disease takes over Malir

Malir has been in news recently for a rather mysterious reason. The spread of a baffling disease has packed a nearby hospital with approximately 1,000 patients having symptoms of joint pain and high fever. These patients have been admitted immediately and are believed to have been diagnosed with a rare disease which is yet to be identified by doctors. The hospital has taken blood samples of patients and sent them to Islamabad for the purpose of identification. This is quite a strange case, as doctors have been mum about the possibility of common viruses like dengue or malaria. However, some have linked the disease with mosquito bites. It is an alarming situation, as representatives of Sindh’s provincial health ministry must provide an explanation about the lack of facilities needed to identify such a mysterious disease and ensure optimum healthcare for the residents of the locality.
Mehnaz Soomro,
Karachi


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