Letters To The Editor

“A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.” –Rabindranath Tagore

Managing exam stress

Stress refers to the mental state or emotive tension or strain which occurs due to difficult circumstances. Stress can be positive as well as negative. A little stress around exam time can be a good thing, as it motivates you to put in the work. But sometimes stress levels can get out of hand, particularly at the end of an academic year. When this happens, it can really impact your ability to prepare for your assignments and exams, as well as negatively affect your levels of performance and sense of well-being. In order to reduce stress and anxiety, students must practice several mindfulness meditations. Mindfulness is a more advanced technique, focused on being fully present in the moment and experiencing what is going in and on around you as that moment unfolds. When you learn how to do this, you find you are able to focus your attention on the task at hand – in this case your assignments or exams. Other than that, students must be made to believe in themselves with the support of the family and friends. And most importantly, parents must not put unnecessary pressure on the child.

Fayyaz Ashfaq,

Acute shortage of MLOs

Violence against women and girls – including rape, wrongful honour killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage – remains a serious problem in Pakistan. All the more, Pakistan has been facing an acute shortage of male and female medico-legal officers (MLOs) for decades. Recently, a five-year-old Bengali girl was raped in Juna Market in Karachi. The horror for the girl and her family doesn’t end here. The family of the victim was subjected to humiliation at the time when the state failed to provide safety to their child. They weren’t allowed to exercise their basic right to protest against the absence of female MLOs. When will the government finally live up to its responsibility of providing basic security or even the right to a dignified medical examination to at least the minor survivors of sexual violence?

Zainab Hasan,

Justice delayed is justice denied

“Justice delayed is justice denied”, the often quoted words of William Goldstone best portrays the judicial system prevalent in our country. Our judicial system has for decades been marred by excessive delays and pendency. As per statistics published by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, in December 2017 over 1.8 million cases (old and new) are pending in the superior and district judiciary of Pakistan. In Pakistan, people seem to be dissatisfied with the legal justice system of the country. They have to buy justice at high cost and that too, after a long, patient wait and delay. Judicial inefficiency and lack of capacity (infrastructural and/or intellectual) translate into delayed disposal of cases and, consequently, an ever-increasing backlog. The authorities need to ensure that at least to a reasonable degree the delays in rendering justice comes down.

Ramsha Jawad,

Is this the Pakistan the Quaid envisioned?

As Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s 143rd birth anniversary was celebrated by the nation last week, let’s reflect on the question which is often asked given the state that we are today, would Mr Jinnah even want to be remembered as the founder of Pakistan? I would say no, Mr Jinnah would have been disappointed with many things in Pakistan today. He would’ve been disappointed to see Pakistan on the brink of an economic collapse. The magnitude of corruption would have shocked him, he would be shocked to see the hooliganism of lawyers who attack hospitals. It would break his heart to see the state of our schools and our hospitals. He would be appalled to see the women and young girls unsafe in their own homeland. Jinnah would have wept because present-day Pakistan is so utterly and so horribly different from the country he had envisioned to be.

Sana Ameen,