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Blame Game
Salman Butt, after arriving in Pakistan, held a press conference in which he claimed that he was innocent and Mohammad Amir was to be blamed for the wrongdoing in which he got implicated. He further said that he would expose more facts soon. It is beyond comprehension how can someone who has already been declared guilty by an independent court can now declare himself as 'innocent'? And what are the facts that he is now claiming to expose which he could not during his trial? Everyone knows that these Voting The Right Waycricketers have defamed the country, and the game of cricket. They hired top lawyers for their trial, but failed to defend themselves. Now they cannot deceive us by making such ludicrous claims.
Sadiq Taqvi,
Lahore

Voting The Right Way
With elections just around the corner, it is time to remind everyone of a great obligation that we all owe to ourselves. It is voting the right way, for the right people, for the right future. Unless we learn to vote responsibly and believe in our judgment while doing so, Pakistan would not improve or develop. Allegiances to clans, castes and ethnicities have done enough damage to the system. As voters, we should start learning how to judge people by reading between the lines of the rhetoric they make.
Junaid Khan,
Islamabad

Wearing A Seatbelt
I travel on the motorway very frequently. I prefer the route because of the safety measures taken and ensured by the motorway police. However, I have noticed that a large number of drivers do not follow traffic rules at all. Moreover, over speeding on the motorway is very common. People sometimes do not even wear seatbelts because they are not in the habit of wearing them while driving. This neglect of their own safety can prove fatal if they meet with an accident. The government should impose a big fine on the violators of traffic rules and make it mandatory for drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts especially on highways.
Ali Baig,
Rawalpindi

Impact Of Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment leaves a deep psychological, physical and social impact on children's behaviour. Physical punishment stresses the students out and they even lose the courage to decide things in their favour. Moreover, suicide cases are on the rise due to corporal punishment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts. All problems leading to physical punishment could easily be solved through a mechanism of guidance and counseling. State legislation could help by shaping the attitude and practices of society. Hence, there should be an explicit ban on harsh treatment of children in schools all over the country.
Sidra Kazmi,
Quetta

Deteriorating Agriculture Sector
Agriculture is one of the major contributors to our GDP. However, due to the negligence of the government it is in shambles. Unavailability of electricity, shortage of canal water and unchecked increase in the prices of fertilisers has further deteriorated the situation. I believe that this sector needs special attention of the government. Prices of fertilisers and crops should be regulated and subsidies should be provided. If the government takes interest in the development of this sector, it can be saved from further deterioration.
Dawood Sheikh,
Sialkot

Contaminated Water – A Serious Threat To Human Lives
I want to draw the attention of Karachi's water supplying division, toward the supply of contaminated water in various parts of the city. We are facing two major problems, inadequate supply of water and contaminated water. Water pollution is one of the major threats to public health in Pakistan. The quality of drinking water is poorly monitored and according to reports, both the surface and groundwater are severely contaminated with harmful toxins and pesticides. We plead to the authorities to take immediate action to rectify this problem on an urgent basis.
Gohar Ali,
Karachi

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