Letters To The Editor

“Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre

The Blue Whale curse

The obsession with the Blue Whale Challenge is still lingering around the world. Even though the number of gamers has declined amidst negative criticism, yet many are still hooked to the mysterious ways of the life-threatening game. The game has been deemed a social media phenomenon and comprises of a series of tasks given to gamers by the administrators during a 50-days period wherein the final challenge asks the player to commit suicide. The game, which has had an adverse impact on youngsters – especially teenagers, has been condemned by people around the world who have spoken against the dissemination of this deadly game founded in Russia by a youth. Pakistan has witnessed quite a few cases linked to this deadly game and has recently arrested a teen from Lahore found involved in the game. An international cyber security action needs to be taken against this menace; otherwise, the future of our youth will plunge into darkness following this toxic obsessive game.

Maria Baloch,

Where is healthcare in Sindh?

Sindh is home to the country’s business hub – Karachi – and yet the province lags behind with respect to developed infrastructure and healthcare facilities for its people. The state of hospitals in most areas of interior Sindh is appalling, due to which patients do not have access to necessary medical facilities leaving them helpless with their already detrimental health. Case in point is the Civil Hospital Shikarpur which lacks required facilities for its patients, including the ones needed for basic, as well as emergency cases. There is an extreme shortage of both, male and female specialist doctors and those who already work here do not possess enough knowledge regarding various diseases that patients of the city, as well as those coming from distant villages, suffer from. I would request the provincial administration of Sindh, especially the provincial health minister to please look into this matter and take swift, necessary actions to facilitate the people of Shikarpur.

Uzma Mansoor,

Expired products on the shelf

I would like to share my recent ordeal with expired products in a developed city like Karachi. A few days back, I bought a few things for my kitchen pantry along with toiletries as part of my monthly grocery shopping. After I got back home, I found that few of the items I had purchased were expired. I picked them up because they were still kept on the shelf. I returned those products and the shopkeeper took them back without any fuss; however, what remains a problem is that why did he not already remove these products from his shelf? Instead, he sold them to customers like me, but I am pretty sure that everyone does not even bother looking at the expiry dates mentioned on products of daily use. I would request shopkeepers to be considerate towards their customers and not sell expired stuff for the sake of making a few bucks; and people should be when buying things of everyday use.

Yaseen Mehmood,

Security guard commits suicide

I recently came across a painful news piece of a private security guard who committed suicide in Rawalpindi. The 20-year-old guard hung himself in his employer’s residence and it is alleged that he was being paid a meagre amount as salary. This is such a sad incident that a person has killed himself just because he wasn’t able to make ends meet. It is a known fact in Pakistan that security guards aren’t paid enough salary to feed their families, let alone being provided with meals or remunerations, which is absolutely unfair. Another sad reality is that most of these guards are aged but are still working to fulfil their financial needs at a time when they should be retired and enjoying a carefree life. Action must be taken by those in power to improve the living and financial conditions of such poor security guards who deserve to be treated like humans.

Taimoor Hassan,