Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Issue Date 24 - 30 Dec, 2016 at 2:00 PM

"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. – Mark Twain"


Mourning the ill-fated PK 661

2016 has been quite a tragic year for many reasons. We lost several innocent lives throughout the year due to bomb blasts and various heartbreaking incidents including the recent crash of the ill-fated PIA plane. Lots of lives perished in an instant leaving their families to mourn forever. The plane carried 48 people including the crew and passengers aboard. The nation also lost Junaid Jamshed, a national icon who will never be forgotten by his fans and family. The plane crash is indeed a national tragedy that has left the entire country in a state of grief. Airlines are considered a safe mode of transportation throughout the world; however, the past few years have been quite horrifying with respect to this very supposition, as they become tenfold tragic when confronted with an emergency or accident. In order to avoid the loss of lives, governments and airlines around the globe must do something to ensure utmost safety of crew and passengers in case of an emergency.
Farhan Rashid,
Karachi


Disappearing glaciers

Melting glaciers are one of the guaranteed signs of climate change. People and regions that solely rely on melting glaciers to access water are encountering shortage, and in several regions, the situation is worsening. The ice melts when temperatures rise, more water is added into the sea forming ice caps and glaciers, while waters in the ocean keep expanding. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this mixture of effects has contributed a lot in raising the average level of sea water between 10-20 centimetres around the globe, in the past 100 years. Ice is disappearing everywhere on earth and it is a time for world leaders to do something regarding this issue, as our future generations depend on the preservation of natural resources. Climate safety must be dealt with on a priority basis, so life on earth is possible for years to come.
Uzma Nafees,
Islamabad


Illegal hunting of Houbara

A lot has been said and heard about the hunting of houbara bustards. The recent arrival of Arabs, exclusively for hunting the bird has been criticised by several entities and animal rights organisations. The migratory bird is a rare breed of the size of a chicken. Every winter, they migrate from central Asia towards the dry planes of southern Pakistan. The population of houbara bustards, which was once a thriving species have now drastically fallen and have been placed on the ‘red list’ of endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Its global population currently is estimated around 50,000 to 100,000 birds, leaving the species on the verge of extinction. The hunting of bird is banned in most countries as well as in Pakistan. However, each year Pakistan issues special permits to Arab dignitaries in the name of ‘soft diplomacy’. Wildlife should not be compromised in the name of diplomacy; there are several other ways to channel effective diplomatic relation with countries around the world, but risking an entire species is unfathomable. Our government must take this matter seriously and save wildlife on priority basis.
Kamil Hafeez,
Lahore


Jay-walking

Infrastructure in Karachi is never enough for its citizens. People are seen risking their lives and walking in-between moving traffic to cross roads as they jay-walk. Despite the presence of over-head bridges, jay-walking is a common occurrence within the city. Several roads have been upgraded and railings have been built in the middle of these roads to discourage people who cross in the middle of moving traffic, but people exploit even the slightest of openings and railings connected near street light poles. Over Rs. 260 million have been used in the construction of footbridges that are likely to go to waste. Several pedestrians die each year in Karachi alone due to their own negligence. Most of the accidents take place on Shahrah-e-Faisal, Korangi Industrial Area Road and the National Highway, as citizens risk their lives even after knowing the extent the of danger awaiting them. Certain laws must be made to curb the issue of jay-walking, and those who do not abide must be fined, as this is the only way to discourage this act.
Farzeen Aslam,
Karachi


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