Letters To The Editor

“Bravery comes along as a gradual accumulation of discipline.”
– Buzz Aldrin

Curbing rabies

Rabies is a zoonotic disease that is caused by a virus. The disease infects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infected saliva via bites or scratches. Dogs are the source of 99% of human rabies deaths. Rabies is a neglected disease in Pakistan, although the incidence of dog bites in the country is very high. Recently, a 10-year-old boy in Larkana, who was bitten by a stray dog, died of rabies. It may be noted that the total number of people who have died of dog bites in the province thus far this year has reached 22. Research has revealed that most of the population are either unaware of the risk of rabies when bitten by rabid dogs, or do not seek the right treatment for its prevention. Other weaknesses in the control of rabies in Pakistan include limited access to up-to-date rabies vaccines and immunoglobulin. The government should ensure the most cost-effective and efficacious anti-rabies vaccines in designated rabies treatment centres in all districts and also conduct mass awareness on rabies transmission, prevention and self-protection in order to curb rabies.

Talha Khan,

Role of Human Resources Management in businesses

The role of human resources management is changing in business. Previously considered a support function, HRM is now becoming a strategic partner in helping a global company achieve its goals. The strategic approach to HRM – means going beyond administrative tasks such as payroll processing. Instead, managers need to think more broadly and deeply about how employees will contribute to the company’s success. Without HR's focus on concerns like progression, planning and leadership enlargement, the leadership pipeline ominously suffers and so likely will the company's bottom line. Companies that reimagine, reinvent and reinvigorate their HR teams by capitalising in training and technology can achieve superior growth and create a distinct advantage.

Fayyaz Ashfaq,

Muslim oppression

On December 11, India came one step closer to passing a bill that gives citizenship to immigrants from three neighbouring countries, but not if they are Muslim. Protests against India's new citizenship law have spread across the country. Many students from New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) who gathered on 15th December in the university to protest the actions of the Delhi Police, held that policemen entered the campus forcibly and fired at peaceful protestors. Delhi Police even entered the mosque and targeted individuals indiscriminately. Free speech and the right to protest are protected by every country’s constitution. Muslims are being subjected to discrimation and injustice in every part of the world. In my opinion, powerful Muslim countries should stand up against this Muslim oppression.

Sundus Farrukh,

High treason

Former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf was, last week, sentenced to death by a special court for a high treason case which was pending since 2013. The charge relates to Gen Musharraf's suspension of the constitution in 2007, when he declared an emergency in a move intended to extend his tenure. However, his decision to suspend the constitution in 2007 and impose emergency rule prompted mass protests and he was forced to resign in 2008 and move to self-imposed exile in London to avoid impeachment. Such a verdict by the court is a first in a country with a history of army rule. As much as I want to believe that a man who served the country for over 40 years cannot be a traitor, we can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that Musharraf did “suspend” the constitution, and according to the law of high treason which states, “Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or hold in abeyance the Constitution by any unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.”

Nirmal Elahi,