May the Dreams Turn into Reality!
It sounds so sweet when we hear about the creation of a Naya Pakistan; a country that will be far away from all the crises which had paralyzed the development and progress of Pakistan. The General Elections 2018 have kindled the hope of change in the heart and mind of every individual in the country. Pakistan is not a poor but poorly managed country and it has witnessed several decades of darkness. It has been affected on all fronts by various internal and external factors. But now, it can be expected that the newly-formed federal government will work round the clock for its peace and prosperity. For that, some radical steps by the new government are desperately needed in order to set an unprecedented example of a politically, socially, economically and administratively viable country called “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan”.
Abdul Ahad Solangi (Khairpur Mir’s)
Let’s Plant Trees
Climatic changes are rapidly affecting our environment as well as nature. Experts have expressed concerns that the environment will be further badly affected if concrete measures are not taken at the earliest.
Pakistan is among the countries that have been most affected by climate change. In order to protect the country and its people from devastating impacts of climate change, e.g. floods which have become more intense and frequent in recent years, we should plant trees throughout the country and stop deforestation because forests are the most effective way to boost a country’s climate change resilience against negative fallouts of the climate change.
It is also the duty of our youth to play their role in this national cause and take part in plantation campaigns launched by the government and other national organizations so as to preserve the nature from effects of the climate change. Let’s be committed to make Pakistan a green country by planting trees throughout our country.
Ubaid Zehri (Khuzdar)
For the Newly-elected Government
There is no doubt that the newly-elected government is confronted with numerous challenges. Presently, Pakistan is facing multidimensional economic challenges. Rising inflation, soaring unemployment, depleting foreign exchange reserves, growing external debt, diminishing GDP and exports, poor taxation system and severe financial burdens of public sector enterprises like Pakistan Steel Mills, PIA and Pakistan Railway, are main obstacles in the way of economic development. Imran Khan-led government should take concrete steps and establish a panel of economists to tackle the economic challenges faced by Pakistan. Another big challenge is the chronic energy crisis. A shortfall of 7000MW is currently prevalent in the country. Due to this, unscheduled load shedding is not only adversely affecting the masses but it has resulted also in shifting of industrial units to neighbouring countries. To bridge the gap, the government must increase power generation capacity by installing new power plants.
Zuhaib Odho (Karachi)
Illiteracy: A Burning Social Issue
In simple words, lack of ability to read and write and lack of knowledge and information is called illiteracy. Unfortunately, poor education and illiteracy have become major social issues not only for Pakistan but for the world as well. Education helps in improving and enhancing standards of living and quality of life which is actually the improvement of social life. Illiterates neither get enough chances to lead a better life nor do they enjoy facilities of a quality life due to a lack of knowledge and education.
Illiteracy has also become a reason of undignified social behaviour, social values and norms. Criminal activities and extremism are also the product of illiteracy. Illiteracy also leads towards unemployment and stunted economic growth. Globally, the countries with high literacy rate have stable and high economic growth and GDP.
Illiteracy is also the major problem of Pakistan. At present, nearly 42 percent population of Pakistan is considered Illiterate. As many as 22 million children are out of school because their parents cannot afford exorbitant school fees. It is the responsibility of the government to provide free education to all the children. If the government is unable to fulfil its responsibility, it is our duty to come forward to help those people who really want to acquire education.
Aqib Hussain (Peshawar Cantt)