The Grievous Outcomes of Illiteracy
Illiteracy is a burning issue in Pakistan as the picture it portrays of the youth is grim. A large chunk of youth of our country is illiterate and it is due to this reason that our youth and for that purpose our country is grappling with many problems. Since they are not educated, our young men and women find it difficult to find a suitable job to make both ends meet. And, if one remains deprived of the blessings of education, one will not be able to play one’s part in the development of the society, thus, the economic growth and development of the country will get hampered. Despite having countless natural resources, the country is dependent on foreign aid and debts. So, the government should take all steps to raise the literacy level, especially of the youth of Pakistan, as it is inevitable for a better, brighter future.
Bahoot Noor (Quetta)
The Menace of Child Labour
Child labour has become a burning issue in Pakistan. Millions of children are forced to work, instead of going to schools. Every child has a fundamental right to education. According to Unicef, there are about 158 million children, aged between 5 and 15 years, working as child labour worldwide. These children are forced to work as they are victims of the circumstances which we exploit.
A cursory look at the causes would reveal that the root cause of child labour is extreme poverty. A private research organization recently reported that 49 percent employable people are out of job in Pakistan. The government ought to assist them in getting education and employment. NGOs and civil society should also come forward to promote this cause.
Salman Khan Soomro (Larkana)
Interviews with Balochistan Officers
JWT magazine has been a rich source of knowledge and motivation for aspirants for all competitive examination. Recently, Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) held examination for the posts of Assistant Commissioner (AC) and Section Officer (SO). These exams were held after a long time and are considered the most transparent of all previous exams. They have motivated many a new aspirant to strive because a number of qualifiers belonged to less-privileged areas of the province. I request the JWT team to conduct exclusive interviews with position-holders like it does to PMS and CSS qualifiers. It will be a source of motivation and will help new aspirants to follow their precious tips. I hope JWT soon conducts interviews from the qualifiers of the less-privileged province of the country.
Abdul Khaliq (Hub City, Lasbela)
Mr. Trump Goes Berserk
On 1st January, when the world was celebrating the first sunshine of the New Year, Mr. Donald Trump showed his animosity against Pakistan in these words: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Mr. Trump has charged Pakistan on two accounts: First is that the country is a liar, and the second, it is the supporter of terrorism. On the other hand, Mr. Trump revealed his mercy that America gave aid to Pakistan.
I think, he should understand that America is doling out dollars to other countries including Pakistan only to expand its dominance over the world. So, if American aid is being advantageous to Pakistan, it is also amplifying America’s influence in this part of the world.
History proves that Pakistan stands against terrorism. The country has launched various operations to eliminate terrorism from its soil. And, to achieve that goal, numerous soldiers and civilians have sacrificed their lives, yet Pakistan is condemned for every terrorist attack happening anywhere in the world. On the other hand, the US condemns terrorist attack but discriminately. For instance, it did not condemn Myanmar’s state-sponsored terrorism, India’s atrocities against the Kashmiris, and so on. But, it supported Israel and declared Jerusalem its capital.
Trump is a dogmatist but his conservative policy can erode America’s soft power. For example, Trump revealed his best wishing for Pakistan, when Pakistan army secured American-Canadian couple. But after this, after Israel capital issue, in which Pakistan confronted America, it declared Pakistan a supporter of terrorism.
Safia Malik Imtiaz (Karachi)
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