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NEEDED PESSIMISTIC POLITICAL APPROACH
The province of Balochistan has always been neglected, purely on political reasons. Regrettably, the largest province (area wise) of the country has been ignored only due to its low population or more rightly, the small number of votes in country’s politics. Owing to this utter negligence on part of the policymakers, the populace of the region has been sandwiched between poorly educated and inherently feudalistic and the so-called democrats or politicians, lacking the foresightedness altogether.
Owing to its less value in terms of votes, the province has been negated the benefits of its geographical, geological and geopolitical importance, wherein the significance of Gwadar Port is worthy to mention. The soil of the province is affluent in terms of natural resources of varied nature. Though, it is the wealthiest province, but in contrast, its majority of the population is poor.
Therefore, there is a dire need to shun only the skin-deep political approach towards Balochistan. Indeed, poverty, illiteracy and socioeconomic deprivations are the primarily issues of the province of Baluchistan and must be addressed immediately.
Dera Murad Jamali
ILL TREATMENT TO PASHTOON STUDENTS
Through your esteemed magazine I would like to draw the attention of authorities towards the maltreatment the Pashtoon students are facing nowadays. While I was preparing for my exam at a friend’s flat in Faisal Town Lahore, police raided the flat. I personally heard a police officer saying, “Take all the Pathans.” Aren’t we being subjected to this maltreatment only because we are Pashtoons? It should be acknowledged that all Pashtoons are not terrorists and it is also true that we have suffered the most due to terrorism.
I request the authorities to look into the matter and ensure that no innocent person is arrested on a mere suspicion of terrorism.
University of the Punjab
DISCRIMINATORY RECRUITMENT POLICIES
I request the FPSC and provincial public service commissions to reviews recruitment policies and bring qualitative changes. There are numerous flaws, prima facie, which beg immediate attention. For example, FPSC, in certain cases, demands experience of two to three years — and that too of serving in government sector — for even entry level Grade-17 job. The FPSC is soon going to announce jobs in FIA. It is being expected that as per the prevalent trend, there will be a condition of having experience up to 3-5 years for Assistant director. This single condition disallows thousands of aspirants to vie for the coveted post.
When any graduate candidates can take CSS exam and serve in grade 17 then why a Master’s degree holder is not provided with an opportunity to take other grade 17 exams. It is a blatant violation of Article 25 of the Constitution that guarantees the Right of Equality. I, hereby, request the Chairman FPSC and Secretary Establishment Division to remove such discriminatory conditions.
CORRUPTION: AN UNENDING MENACE
Our society is facing a very grave problem of corruption and it is threatening to very foundations of our society. Corruption is a cancer that gobbles up all the prospects of socioeconomic and political achievements. The major reasons behind this problem are political instability, poverty, inequality in society, unemployment, lack of accountability, weak political institutions and absence of rule of law. Although it has wide-ranging deleterious effects on society and governance, its most deadly impact is always on the poor.
To curb this growing menace, salaries and wages should be increased; education system must be revised and improved according to national needs and institutions should be made strong for proper working of the democratic system.
This multi-faceted problem should be countered on all possible fronts with sincerity. Only proper planning and strictly implemented policies would serve the purpose.
WHERE ARE THE TRAINS?
During the British rule in the Subcontinent, a lot of railways tracks were constructed. We had also a great railway system here in Pakistan. A lot of trains have been shunting in all parts of Pakistan. But, sadly, due to poor administration, insincerity and pathetic planning, our railway system is in dire straits.
At present, almost all stations and platforms present a deserted look. On the contrary the Indian railways system is progressing by leaps and bounds. If India can do the miracle, then why can’t Pakistan?
The government should take strict measures to bring regain the lost glory of Pakistan Railway.
Irshad-i- Ali Burfat
INCREASING CSS UPPER AGE LIMIT
When most students belonging to rural areas complete their education, they reach the age of 26-27 years. Hence, it is very difficult for them to avail all three attempts of the CSS exam because the current upper age limit of 28 years prevents them from doing so. It is also important to mention here that all Saarc countries, except Pakistan, have an upper age limit of 30 years. India even increased it to 32 years in 2014. The FPSC has also sent recommendations for raising this limit to 30 years in 2008 and then again in 2011 but no decision has been taken yet. Through the pages of your magazine, I hereby request the authorities to look into the matter sympathetically.
Dera Ghazi Khan