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Aamir Sohail's Biased Analysis
Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Aamir Sohail during the Asia Cup gave quite a few unjust and biased comments on a sports channel where he appeared as an expert. His blatant criticism on the performances of a few players was very annoying. Regardless of how well they performed, I consider Aamir's views about these particular players a little biased. Similarly, his lack of faith in Misbah-ul-Haq's captaincy was very obvious as he was seen uselessly mentioning the wrong decisions taken by Misbah. A sports analyst must not be biased in his views and should keep his personal grudges aside while being on-air. However, I feel that he does not have expertise on how to comment while remaining unbiased and so should refrain from sharing his 'expert opinion' in the future.
Novera Khan,
Lahore

Children & Cell Phone Fever
Play A Musical Instrument
Recently I learnt about the benefits of learning how to play a musical instrument. It is said that every person should play at least one sport for physical fitness. Similarly, playing a musical instrument is a good practice for our mind and body. It helps relieve stress and also increases our mind's capacity. Moreover, as it requires a certain level of concentration, it allows our mind to focus on something other than work or chores. It also improves concentration and listening. Through this letter, I would like to encourage everyone particularly students to pick their favourite instruments and start playing to avail the benefits.
Aslam Chohan,
Islamabad

Public Transport & Women
Working women in Karachi everyday have to go through great ordeals while traveling in public buses. The state of public transport in Karachi does not cater to the needs of female commuters. Moreover, the women's compartment which is less than one-third of the size of the bus is hardly able to accommodate a sufficient number of women. So they are often left with no choice but to wait for another bus. However, the situation gets worse when men occupy seats in the women's compartment. I believe that the plight of women commuters is genuine and need to be looked into immediately.
Zehra Ahmed,
Karachi

Targeted By Violence
The city of lights, has been under the control of gangsters for a long time. Unfortunately, there is no one who pays heed to the citizens' grievances in this regard. Our very own political parties who got elected after making many promises are doing nothing instead of calling for strikes. These announced and unannounced strikes cost the city huge economic losses. Moreover, the halting of public transport results in hampering mobility of labour which ultimately causes huge production losses as well. Instead of solving problems the politicians are creating more problems by calling for strikes frequently. The public is now yearning for peace. It is my humble request to the government to please let the citizens have some sigh of relief by taking effective measures regarding security on urgent basis.
Noman Alam,
Karachi

Poor Conditions In Prisons
The plight of prisoners all over the world has been a subject for discourse due to the inhuman treatment meted out to them, ranging from poor cell condition to gross abuses especially in countries like Pakistan, India etc. The treatment of jail inmates in our country is getting worse day by day. As compared to other countries where prisoners are provided with facilities like primary healthcare, proper food, visiting rights etc, same is not the case in our prisons where even essential facilities have become obsolete or are not available. Authorities concerned are requested to look into this matter and provide basic facilities to prisoners.
Rehan Sadiq,
Islamabad

Need For Revival Of Urdu Literature
Urdu literature is losing its past glory and is almost on the verge of extinction, as the culture of Urdu reading has been on the decline in the country. There are many pertinent factors behind this slow and steady decline. First, the quality of books is not up to the mark hence they fail to cater to readers' interest. Although books are being published on a regular basis, their standard is almost below par as compared to the books that used to be published in earlier times. Moreover, the boom of information technology, particularly social media, has further contributed towards this decline. Urgent steps must be taken to stop this decline otherwise Urdu literature would become a part of history.
Saira Alam,
Karachi

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