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Second-Hand Cars
A representative of the 'Motor Dealers' Association' recently gave a statement that imported second-hand cars would became cheaper. Not too long ago these same dealers had led the government to believe that allowing the import of second-hand cars would bring down the prices of domestically-produced cars. Although nothing of the sort happened. The current situation is that whenever these manufacturers increase prices – the prices of second-hand cars, rise to match them and even go beyond. New cars can Second-Hand Carsat least give the comfort of warranties, which these second-hand cars, cannot. Hence, these incentives by car dealers always benefit them in the end and never the consumer.
Ahmed Jalil,
Karachi

One Country, Three Eids
Pakistanis made an unusual record this year by celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on three different days. People living in the tribal areas of the country celebrated it on Saturday, whereas a certain section of Peshawar celebrated it on Sunday. However, the remaining vast majority celebrated Eid on Monday as per the declaration of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee. This is a clear indication of how much the maulvis remain divided whenever the question of the sighting of the moon comes before them. What message are we giving to the world by celebrating three Eids on three different days? I hope that in future, all Muslims of Pakistan unite in celebrating the occasion of Eid on the same day throughout the country.
Ali Salman,
Lahore

Think Of Others
I was shocked recently to see the tables in a food court filled with half-eaten food and full water bottles. The number of human beings who have no access to clean water is in the billions. According to a recent report there are over one billion people in the world today who do not get enough food to eat. Aren't we supposed to count our blessings for every single drop of water we get and every morsel of food that we eat? I would like to request everyone to spare a minute of their time and think of the billions for whom food and water is still a luxury.
Yasir Adhami,
Karachi

Reality Shows
Ever since reality shows started airing, there has been a display of utter disregard to decency. Most of these shows are experimenting and inventing new and totally unacceptable ways to shock their audiences. These types of publicity stunts are not only immoral and disturbing, but also dangerous. Television channels must carefully exercise discretion and self-censorship and contribute responsibly towards a healthy society. Policy makers must also review the content of all the reality shows and programmes displaying and glorifying dangerous practices should be refrained from airing.
Ahmed Bilal,
Islamabad

Librarians – Undervalued Professionals
A librarian is considered to be a specialist in the care and management of a library, trained in library sciences and engaged in library services. A librarian has many important roles to play. In Pakistan, unfortunately, most of the libraries have inadequate and non-professional staff. The non-progressive attitude of our society is the reason why we are lagging behind in the field of librarianship. Likewise, librarians are considered not more than clerks. Even the authorities concerned have failed to implement a proper service structure. Further obstacles that hinder the recognition of librarianship as a noble profession enlist the attitude and working habits of supporting staff in libraries.
Rabia Baqai,
Islamabad

Anti-smoking Laws
Despite being aware of the harmful effects of smoking, a large number of people indulge in this activity. Pitifully, there are nearly 60 million people in the world who smoke. This is causing lethal diseases of lung and heart in large number of people. Among these diseases, most are so severe that their treatment is not available and their remedy remains a distant dream. However, the solution lies in banning smoking at public owned places such as shopping malls, parks, and restaurants. Timely action by the authorities concerned can save millions of lives.
Yousuf Zaheer,
Lahore


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