Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 09 - 15 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”
– Michelangelo


A kind gesture

The recent wave of dengue attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has instilled fear among its citizens who are clueless on how to tackle with the epidemic and local hospitals are also finding it a challenging disease to cure. Protests against ineffectiveness and inefficiency of provincial health officials are taking place on a regular basis and it is necessary for KP’s administration to take the matter seriously. In such a situation, a brotherly gesture has been made by the Punjab government that has offered to lend a helping hand towards KP’s government by medically assisting their health professionals in dealing with the epidemic. Punjab’s provincial administration has been through a challenging time when dengue was widespread throughout the province and has previously dealt with the disease on a large scale. The KP government should take this offer, which will not only help curb the disease but also improve brotherly relations between the two provinces.
Yamina Khan,
Lahore


Where is the UN?

More than 71 people have been allegedly killed in the deadly violence against Rohingya community in Myanmar’s impoverished Rakhine state. The community is one of the most persecuted minorities in the world and have been suffering at the hands of Buddhist extremists, but no organisation seems to hear their plight. In fact, United Nations, an organisation that claims to fight human rights around the world has done nothing substantial to fight for the right of the poor Rohingyas who have been living in a state of fear for the past several years. Myanmar’s ruling regime is good for nothing, Aung San Suu Kyi, ironically a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has instead issued disturbing statements and has failed to address the crisis in the country. The plight of the Rohingya’s should be considered and UN, as well as Muslim countries must take serious actions against the murderers of this community.
Mustafa Jameel,
Islamabad


Need of girls’ schools and colleges in Pasni

Keeping in mind the developing city of Gwadar, it is important for our government and those associated with developmental work to kindly look into the city’s educational sector. Both provincial and local administration must work towards increasing the number of girl’s school and colleges in Pasni. The town is known to boast exquisite sights and has been a popular hub of literary people, but it is going downhill due to a low number of girl’s schools and colleges – an issue that needs immediate attention. The lack of educational opportunities in the town is giving rise to poverty and illiteracy. More schools and colleges need to be built, because it is difficult for girls to commute to far-fetched locations, as their parents won’t allow them to do so. It is a matter of serious concern and local administration should take swift actions regarding this matter.
Seema Baloch,
Pasni


Individual responsibility is the need of time

Through my letter, I want the readers of your prestigious publication to know that the relationship between social change and individual responsibility is interlinked. We need to be responsible citizens before we blame the government or authorities for not taking timely actions on various issues. For instance, the issue of sanitation is as much an individual’s responsibility as it is of the local and provincial governments. People must learn to keep their city clean and instead of littering streets, throw garbage in the bin. I recently spotted an apparently educated young guy in a luxury car throwing garbage out of his car’s window. If this is what educated people do, then what’s the point of spending so much money on education, when its recipients do not give back to the society? Civic sense does not only come from being educated, a person’s family background is equally responsible for their behaviour in the society, which eventually has an impact on social change. I would request individuals to kindly work on their own characters and behaviour instead of blaming authorities for their own wrongdoings.
Rameez Usman,
Karachi






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