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Eye Cancer among Pakistani Children
The number of children affected with eye cancer medically called retinoblastoma is rising. According to Child Aid Association (CAA), most children suffering from this eye cancer live in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. This cancer will affect these children and they will not be able to live a full life and work as a productive citizen of the state. I request the health authorities to provide more and more facilities at hospitals and launch some programmes for the poor children who cannot afford money to get proper treatment.
Mehraj Altaf (Turbat)
Time to Start Afresh
Pakistan and Iran can march toward development if they strengthen their bilateral ties and remove all the hitches to them. Iran is a brotherly country as we have similar cultures and historical backgrounds. It was Iran that first accepted Pakistan as a new independent state on the map of the world. Although the Pak-Iran relationship has been marred by differences over the Afghanistan issue, yet the visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in March this year was a manifestation of a will and an aspiration to start afresh and build strong relationship and to boost economic, cultural and political cooperation between the two neighbours.
Pakistan needs to reciprocate Iranian overtures in order to build stronger ties and for the purpose of reducing Indian and American influence that is increasingly becoming a threat to peace and stability in the region.
Wajahat Abro (Shikarpur)
Multidimensional Poverty Index
Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a comprehensive term made up of various factors that constitute poor people’s experience of depravity such as poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standard, lack of income, disempowerment, poor quality of work and threat from violence.
According to Multidimensional Poverty Index statistics of 2016, 39% Pakistanis live at the bottom of poverty index with this ratio in FATA (73%) and Balochistan (71%) also being highly deplorable. Similar is the case with KP (49%), Gilgit-Baltistan and Sindh (both 43%), Punjab (31%) and AJK (25%) where people are reeling under extreme, multidimensional poverty.
This state of affairs confirms that social indicators are very weak in Pakistan. Sadly, despite owning abundant natural resources, Pakistan is marked with escalation in terms of relative and absolute poverty at the bottom of pyramid.
Concerned authorities need to flag the issue to improve the living standard of people of Pakistan.
Qazi Khurshid Baloch (Panjgur)
Anti-honour Killing Bill
In our society, women suffer from a number of chronic issues; honour killing being one of them. Resultantly, countless girls have lost their lives in the name of honour. Unfortunately, Qandeel Baloch also became one of them. She was victimized by her brother. The tragic incident of Baloch’s killing produced a wave of grief across the country. After her death, the government has decided to pass an anti-honour killing bill soon. Although it’s a good decision and we welcome it, yet there are a number of primary causes which give birth to such honour killings, like forcible marriages, watta satta, wani, childhood marriages, etc., and these need to be addressed at the earliest. The legislators are requested to delve into the root causes of honour killing and pass a law against them. Furthermore, the government should also launch educational campaign, conduct awareness trainings and seminars to make people aware that honour killing is the most heinous of crimes.
Sajjad Ahmed Kalhoro (N. Feroze)
The inhumane atrocities being afflicted on Kashmiri Muslims by the Indian forces are unprecedented in recent years. The brute Indian forces have martyred more 40 innocents and injured over 100 people in recent weeks. Although international norms speak against the use of such excessive force against civilians yet India has continued with its venomous practice. Even more perplexing is an eerie silence on the part of United Nations, the so-called world body, on Kashmir issue. Where are the advocates of human rights?
M. Naeem Shahwani (Quetta )
The Horrible Nice Attack
Once again, France is in the line of fire. Out of 16 terrorist incidents that occurred in Western nations this year, five were in France, including the deadliest one in Nice, where a 31-year-old Tunisian truck driver Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed into Bastille Day revellers; killing at least 84 of them and injuring more than 200. Police investigations have found one pistol and various fake weapons in the attacker’s truck. Veritably, France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy. But, the question is: Why terrorists keep succeeding in France?
It’s a tragic juxtaposition that the victims of the attack were celebrating noble ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. In fact, this inhumane assault and cowardly terrorism engulfing innocent people is, indubitably, unforgivable.
The only way we can meet the many challenges being confronted by the world is to stand with the people and keep up the fight against extreme violence and hatred.
Zeeshan Nasir (Turbat, Kech)