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Request To Law Enforcement Agencies
It is our dilemma that when we are abroad we religiously follow the rules and regulations of that country, in fear of detention or fine and we think twice before violating any law. However, in our own country we openly violate rules. This non-serious attitude of the citizens is the result of the laidback behaviour of our police force. People get away with almost all sorts of felonies with the help of bribery and other malpractices. It is an established fact that when the leadership at the top is corrupt, the tendency to loot and plunder trickles down. It is my request to our law enforcement agencies to enforce the law through strict actions.
Shariq Ahmed,
Peshawar

Poor Graveyards
Billboard Revolution
Lawn has been the essential summer wear in Pakistan for decades now, recent years have transformed lawn to luxury prêt which has not only rocketed the prices of the fabric but also triggered warfare of sorts among designers. Even before the country bid adieu to winter, the designers were out in strength, advertising their fabric with billboards featuring leading models and actresses from across the border flashing designer ensembles in every nook and corner of the city. With a billboard every mile, plastered with a model's face asking you to buy a jora from the brand, and the mobs of women rushing to get it before anyone else, it is hard to believe Pakistan is, in fact, a poor country.
Sara Muneer,
Hyderabad

Burning Waste
Burning waste instead of disposing it off is an act of violence that could leave not only the environment poisonous but also affect people. There is a wrong perception held by the uneducated and literate persons alike that trash burned into ash and mixed with soil becomes safe. There is a profound need to create awareness among the public, through mass media to stop the indiscriminate burning of waste. The concerned authorities should ensure that such small acts of negligence are stopped at once and strict action be taken against those responsible.
Zara Baksh,
Sialkot

Death Of Pakistani Cinema
There was a time when Pakistani film industry was at its peak. People used to watch our movies all over the world and movies used to celebrate silver, golden and platinum jubilees. However, that is not the case now. Back in the days when first-class movies were produced and cinema-goers thronged the theatres seems to be a hazy memory today. The industry that emerged in the 1960s and the 1970s is now barely breathing. Many cinemas are closed and the rest pay heavy taxes. Quite a few of them are used for commercial functions. A revival of the industry is much needed which can take place only if the government lends a helping hand and expresses serious concern in this regard.
Farhan Zahid,
Lahore

Career Counseling
In the current Pakistani environment, one or two fields are dominating other fields. Education has been commercialised, with people more interested in getting a job than pursuing education for the sake of education. The dilemma in our society is that we base all our views on monetary satisfaction. The respect for the field of social sciences has declined over time and the preference for industry-based learning has increased. If not ACCA, CA or MBA, students opt for a career in IT, engineering, law or medicine.
I think it is time to initiate career counseling at educational institutions. The government should encourage such endeavours and promote fields that are usually ignored by students, but which strengthen the foundations of a society.
Hamza Sheikh,
Quetta

Making Air Travel Safe
In a futile attempt to make air travel safe, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ordered an inspection of every aircraft owned by private airlines after the recent air crash tragedy. Although, it appears to be a practical move by the CAA; however, it actually is a reactive move now. It is the job of the CAA to regulate airline safety; therefore this inspection should have taken place earlier instead of waiting for a tragedy to strike. Nonetheless, the CAA should carry out a thorough inspection of all the private airlines as well as national airlines.
Zaheer Khan,
Lahore

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