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Unfortunate Incident
The tragic stampede at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Lahore is an example of mismanagement and disregard for safety. This kind of negligence should not be tolerated and whatever results the investigations yield, the culprits should be punished so that an example is set and such an incident does not take place in future. Moreover the public should also realise its due role and act responsibly. Quite often it is also the public's fault because of their disregard for safety rules and protocols. All governmental and non-governmental organisations should have safety drills regarding emergency exits for mass gatherings, and people at such events should also behave well so that any untoward accident does not Clean Watertake place.
Komal Zehra,
Lahore

Clean Water
Clean drinking water has become a scarcity in rural and semi-urban areas of Pakistan. This is an alarming issue and authorities must give it some serious attention. Many fatal diseases can spread through filthy contaminated water, and the lack of sewage treatment plants is an added worry. The government and municipal authorities who are directly responsible for water should upgrade treatment facilities and review the distribution of water, so that problems of sewage mix-up can be addressed. Moreover, authorities must strictly adhere to providing clean drinking water to all rural areas of Pakistan.
Ali Khan,
Islamabad

Women Empowerment
Whenever a new government is elected, new reforms are made in almost every sector, be it economy, industry or power, but whenever it comes to gender-based reforms, our governments have always been negligent. In this patriarchal society, whatever freedom and empowerment women have today is because of their own struggles. What is worse is that despite the presence of non-conservative governments in the past, not much has been done. If a right-wing conservative government takes command, all progress that has been made in these years would go down the drain.
Sadiqa Shamim,
Hyderabad

Fashion Globalisation
Globalisation's impact in the world of fashion has been significant, and these days, fashion designers are taking inspiration from various cultures and geographical aspects. These days in Pakistan, western clothes have become extremely popular. Although they are not new in the fashion scene, their surge in popularity is attracting a lot of attention from fashionistas. Moreover, fusion wear, a merger of western and eastern clothes has also found acceptance amongst the fashion following elite. Many of our high profile designers have captured the international market but have failed to promote eastern fashion or even fusion of east and west abroad. I would like to suggest everyone not to forget our culture and remember that dressing is a part of it.
Mahar Inam,
Karachi

Exaggerated News
I am surprised at the fact that our media is becoming irresponsible day-by-day. Insignificant stories make headlines just because they appear amusing to the public, but in reality they carry no news value. It is disgusting to see news channels airing stories such as Veena Malik's recent case as top news, and ignoring other important and significant content. In Pakistan, media is an important part of people's lives today and even though the boom in this sector in the last decade has given profits and created jobs, our media is still in its early stages. Media outlets need to realise the responsibility of this profession and act accordingly.
Sara Shahid,
Karachi

Pakistani Politics
The everyday affairs of Pakistani politics are frustrating for the common man. People feel helpless at the fact that no substantial measures are taken by the government to curb the problems the country is facing. Be it electricity, gas or petrol, every important and basic resource has become scarce in this country. Bad governance is at its peak and to top it off, the everyday drama surrounding continuation of the current government and the clash of national institutions makes one wonder what benefit will all this reap. All that a common man cares about is food, clothing and shelter, and the current plight of our government has made these three things even more inaccessible.
Samra Ali,
Rawalpindi

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