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THE UNEMPLOYMENT CURSE
Unemployment exists in all parts of Pakistan and it really is a curse. Reportedly, the unemployment rate in the country has reached to 8.3 percent during the fiscal year 2015 and the number of unemployed people is growing in the country day by day which has put different poor families in deep distress. Worryingly, the unemployment has brought the poverty at the highest peak too. Plenty of paupers were compelled to commit suicide. Such impoverished people are also involved in other gross activities like killings, kidnappings, spoiling other lives and being involved in bribery. However, the principal reason behind unemployment is the economic growth which is not enough in Pakistan.
Pakistan needs annual growth rate of at least 7 per cent to create more job opportunities for its youth. In addition, some more steps like Prime Minister Youth Loan Scheme should be introduced in the country.
Therefore, the Government of Pakistan must be very serious and sincere to overcome this torment.
Munaj Gul Muhammad (Turbat, Kech)
We believe the emergence of present government was completely democratic; therefore the ruling elite and the opposition rightly chant the slogans of democracy. However, it is also true that the incumbent ‘demo-cratic’ government has failed to perform. If PM Nawaz Sharif is working for better democratic future of the nation, then why he has not made public the details regarding the mega project of CPEC.
The government has completed more than half of its tenure but still it has failed to develop friendly relations with the states in the region. The Panama Papers issue is still stuck on TORs. The National Action Plan (NAP) is not being completely implemented and the slackness has resulted in attacks like the recent one in Quetta that devoured the lives of more than seventy people. Public is also sick of heavy inflation.
Therefore it is urged that both the PM and the opposition parties should follow the real spirit of democracy; merely lip service is insufficient.
Sajjad Ahmed Kalhoro (Sindh)
Pakistan has been experiencing the menaces of terrorism, extremism and radicalization since long. The misinterpretation of religion, poverty, hunger and social injustice are paving the way for such heinous practices and extremist narratives.
Our government always comes up with strategies to curb these problems. However, it fails to deliver on its promises. We must re-formulate our policies so that we discover a long-term answer to the problems. Terrorists are not born with extremist narratives; it’s the society that creates them.
Policymakers should build counter-narratives. We have to combat these extremist narratives instead of terrorist themselves. Sectarian hatred must be eradicated with soft power. True picture of Islam should be presented before the World. Islam condemns terrorism by saying that “Whosoever slays an innocent person … it is as if he had slain the humanity altogether.”
Media should play an active role in tackling extremist narratives. Our government should also reform education system. Morality, ethics and humanity should be imparted to the students.
Naeem Ahmed Solangi (Khairpur Mir’s)
REQUEST TO WTI MANAGEMENT
Recently, I applied for an admission in WTI but unfortunately could not get it. Through JWT, I request the WTI management to please increase the number of seats so that all students may study there. It will be a great service to CSS aspirants.
Atif Hashmi (Renala Khurd)
PLIGHT OF HEALTH SECTOR
Undoubtedly, health has always remained a neglected frontier in Pakistan. The conditions of hospitals in Pakistan and healthcare facilities are substandard. A recently-released report said that Pakistan’s ranking in the Mother Mortality Ratio (MMR) had slipped from 147th last year to 149th this year. The government hospitals lack experienced doctors, technicians and the paraphernalia required to treat the patients. Moreover, deteriorated infra-structures, outdated ambulances, beds having no mattresses or sheets and filthy atmosphere add up to the dreadful situation. High charges and insecure conditions are also some other problems. We often get to hear about infant kidnappings as well. A severe heat stroke struck Southern Pakistan especially Karachi in 2015 resulting in around 2,000 deaths. One reason behind it was the negligence of concerned authorities as well as systemic flaws. The improvement of A/E services is the need of the hour. Targets should be set by the government to increase the annual GDP dedicated to health by 4% which currently is merely 1.5%. For achieving this, the government needs to re-evaluate its micro and macro economic policies. Doctors should only be appointed on the basis of merit, and not on favouritism. I strongly recommend that those in power must consider above recommendations to promote health sector in Pakistan.
Sara Waheed Khan (Hyderabad)
IMPROVEMENTS IN JWT
I am an avid reader of Jahangir’s World Times magazine and I have noticed that your only focus remains on CSS and PMS. Please also publish other general columns or articles. Many senior writers like Orya Maqbool Jan, Dr Shahid Masood and others should also be included. Your essays and columns only revolve around pure facts and figures. By reading such experiences and incidents, readers’ interest increases and they learn more. So, please also publish such articles and widen the scope of your magazine from just CSS/PMS to general public also.
Sumaira Asghar (Faisalabad)
REASON DOES NOT APPLY TO ANYTHING IN PAKISTAN
Pakistan has become a land of surprises where rationality has no place. Neither the public nor the polity is inclined to come to logical reasoning about the challenges the state is faced with. Reason-oriented principles like “The Pakistan Resolution” and “The Constitution of Pakistan” dictate logical application of all the rationales necessary to run the affairs of the state. However, the very principles faded away with the passage of time. Today, the illogical and irrational practices dispel the impression that the state has got nothing except a piece of land. As a matter of fact, there exists no politics but of power; there is no religion but of exploitation; there stands social order but of dispersed nature; and there is no sound economy but a culture of begging and borrowing. In short, from political practices to economic ones, reason does not apply to anything in Pakistan. The whole country is in a state of mess; making the demise of logic and rationality. The menace of terrorism is expected to be treated without eradicating extremism. The government yearns to achieve true democracy in the absence of intra-party elections. There exists grave mismanagement of resources and governmental promises to combat energy crisis. The government wishes to plan an independent foreign policy while filling public treasury with foreign aid. Reason does not apply to anything in Pakistan. The dream of egalitarian society is seen while ignoring the reality of stratified education systems. The parliament is a hub of feudalistic class whereas the nation expects a poor man’s budget. There reside politicized judiciary, incompetent executive, biased legislature and prejudiced media while the government assures coming of institutional harmony and stability. The slogans of women empowerment are raised in the prevalence of inhumane socio-cultural practices. Reason does not apply to anything in Pakistan. Illogical reasoning has deteriorated the image of the country. Pakistan is now seen as a beggar and exporter of terrorists. It is high time that the authority in power employed appropriate reasoning to the challenges faced by the country. The public and polity must unite their efforts to see a better Pakistan. If Pakistan is to stand in the comity of great nations, it will have to induce the culture of reasoning.