Letters To The Editor

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi

One-third Muslim team wins the World Cup

FIFA season finally came to an end as France finally bags its second world cup after a thrilling game of football against Croatia. Even though Croatia performed their best, being the youngest team in the competition, they had to face defeat. An intriguing fact is, that France won the ultimate footballing prize with a team that is one-third Muslim, which includes key players Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibé, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Nabil Fekir and Ousmane Dembélé. This puts the winning country in an ironic position; since France is often in spotlight over its Islamophobic propaganda and is usually on the forefront of imposing harsh immigrant policies. Perhaps, it’s now time for France to treat their victory as a wakeup-call to put an end to xenophobia and Islamophobia and make efforts to adopt policies upholding the rights and dignity of migrants and Muslims.

Soha Shah,

Beach cleaning drives

Our beaches, which were once an aspect of Karachi that served as a tourist attraction and something the Karachites would boast about to the people from other cities, no longer remain the city’s pride. Every time I go to any of the beaches, be it Hawkes Bay, Sands Pit or Turtle Beach; unwelcome sights of littering, garbage and stench greet me. Once a loved getaway, the beaches of Karachi now fail to hold the same beauty, tranquility and cleanliness they possessed in the past. Beach cleaning drives were put into force several years back by a few NGO’s but it has been a long time since more cleaning drives were scheduled. Perhaps it’s time for people of Karachi to step out and save its beaches and wildlife.

Mehwish Amber,

Fun turned into disaster

The much anticipated Askari Amusement Park, which opened to public on the first day of Eid, experienced a horrifying incident last week. An evening meant for fun and entertainment turned into a nightmare when a ride with several adults and children on board collapsed, resulting in the death of a 14-year-old girl and extreme injuries to 24 other. This is not the first incident concerning the fatal fall of an amusement park ride; a similar misfortune took place at Aladdin Park few years back when several were killed and injured, as a swing crashed. This put forth numerous grave questions that the concerned authorities must address. Did the amusement park really went through a quality control procedure before it began its operations? How and from whom had the park obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC)? And why such a calamity had surfaced in the first place? This horrendous incident needs to be taken seriously and technical inspection and overhaul of amusement parks should be done immediately.

Zehra Hayat,

Animal brutality

Torturous acts and general unkindness towards animals is sadly not new in the country. But the recent, inhumane treatment of a donkey transcended all levels of brutality. Last week, a donkey was discovered in an extremely critical condition with the name “Nawaz’” spray painted on it, which aggressive partisans savagely beat up during the political protests and campaigning. The traumatised animal barely survived and was gravely injured and was taken into the care of an animal rescue foundation. The incident has shocked and outraged many, and made us wonder how low can this nation stoop.

Shafaq Kamal,