Letters To The Editor

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

Pakistan passes two historical laws

Last week was successful for the nation as whole, with the legislature passing two historical laws, which in the past years were studiously ignored by the government. The laws favour the two most oppressed and troubled segments of the society; the acid attack victims and the transgender community. Pakistan’s National Assembly passed ‘The Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2017’, which offers free medical treatment and rehabilitation for acid burn victims, who often face physical and psychological disability for the rest of their lives. The law also criminalises the very act of acid attack on victims. The National Assembly also approved the law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in the midst of prevalent discrimination against the community. The law also bans discrimination against transgender people by employers and business owners as well as outlawing harassment in public places or at home. This is truly a victorious feat for our country at the moment.

Rina Hassan,

Cannes 2018; fashion or film festival?

The stars leave a trail of fashion frenzy wherever they go, be it the streets they walk or the grand red carpet. But one can’t help but notice that the world’s most prestigious film festival dedicated diligently to the craft of filmmaking and films, has become more about “who wore what”. Cannes, it seems, or as it is portrayed on social media, has become little about films and more about fashion. The endless celebrity fashion has stolen the thunder of Cannes, which is originally celebrated to honour the best of films. Arguably, it’s one of the biggest international events where stars serve their sartorial choices and make fashion statements that make rounds on social media. But I believe the international film festival should stay true to its essence of appreciating filmmaking instead of celebrating the ‘who wore what’ to the red carpet.

Maheen Shahid,

Encouraging children to keep pets

Generally, most parents discourage and even prohibit their children from keeping pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits and other tamed creatures. They back this prohibition with concerns for their children’s hygiene and health. While their concerns are in the right place as parents, they are often wrong about the adverse affects of keeping pets. With careful supervision and care, keeping pets can be a healthy and refreshing experience for the whole family. There are several life lessons you can impart to your children just by getting them pets; such as sense of responsibility, caring for others and harbouring sensitivity and love for nature. But one should understand that maintaining pets is an added responsibility which shouldn’t be taken lightly. But the overall of experience of having pets is so fulfilling that it trumps any negative aspects it may bring.

Madiha Qamar,

Ramadan etiquettes

With the holy month finally upon us, it’s time hold this period in our highest esteem and veneration. Contrary to what people believe, Ramadan is not all about fasting and praying; it’s also about respecting others and taking care of people around you. There are certain etiquettes that should be observed by all during this time. When we are fasting, we are quick to shame anyone who doesn’t, which is not only morally inappropriate but religiously wrong. Such behaviour should be avoided especially in workplaces. For people who are not fasting due to any reason, should observe respect for fasting Muslims and should avoid eating in front of them. Other than the basics, the use of foul language and arguments should also be avoided. Remember, Ramadan is all about practicing patience and respect.

Kinza Haroon,