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THE PESHAWAR MASSACRE
December has been the cruellest month for Pakistan. It dismembered Pakistan in 1971, deprived us of a great, enlightened political leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007, and now it has traumatized us again with the worst-ever tragedy. Words fail to express the grief on this barbarism and bestiality perpetrated against the innocent schoolchildren. Itâ€™s not only a national but also a human tragedy and December 16 would always be remembered as a black day and one of the darkest of the darkest days in history. Let there be no doubt that extremism and religious fanaticism are the existential threat to our survival. The Peshawar massacre is a stark reminder that we as a nation immediately need to recognise our actual foe, shun our differences, realise the sensitivity of the challenge we are confronted with, be on same page and throw away the apologetic attitudes towards those monsters which are not sparing our innocent children even. It is high time all the stakeholders, be that political elite, security establishment, civil society, media or intelligentsia, revisited their priorities. Otherwise it would be too late and will go beyond getting rectified.
TECHNIQUES FOR CSS EXAM
I am an avid reader of Jahangirâ€™s World Times. Undoubtedly, itâ€™s a precious pearl for all the CSS aspirants as it contains everything that helps them in their preparations for the exam; written part as well as to viva practice. As the written exam is drawing closer and the students are in dire need of techniques for written part, the JWT should publish CSS special edition for written exam that should contain paper-solving techniques. This would be another great service for the CSS-2015 aspirants.
SENIORS SHOULD GUIDE JUNIORS
Kindly publish the interviews successful candidates of CSS in JWT including more questions regarding essay writing as is it necessary to give an outline at the start, how many words are sufficient for a good essay, what strategy should be adopted to score maximum, etc. Seniors often share success stories but rarely explain their strategy for success. Their strategies could prove beneficial to other aspirants.
APPOINTMENT OF TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Through the pages of your esteemed magazine, I want to draw the attention of our government to a very important issue. Recently, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government appointed some 900 Teaching Assistants in the Higher Education Department, KP. It is definitely a laudable step carried out by the PTIâ€™s government. These appointments were made after the candidates went through a tough screening test conducted by ETEA. It is a move to engage the highly qualified candidates and to reduce their difficulties. However, these appointments are incomplete in the terms of some relevant clauses which have aroused uncertainty among the selected Teaching Assistants. The most imminent threat includes the termination of the TAs from service at the arrival of the permanent selectees of the KPK PSC. If their future is at constant stake, then they wouldnâ€™t be able to claim age-relaxation. The government should take remedial measures in order to address the grievances of the Teaching Assistants.
NTS UNJUST IN BALOCHISTAN
Balochistan is the most undeveloped province of Pakistan with the lowest population and the lowest literacy rate. Moreover, poor students are now facing injustice from NTS (National Testing Service) as it demands at least 1000 rupee for a test for jobs and scholarships in the province. But in other provinces, this amount is much lesser. The applicants in Punjab pay Rs. 500 for jobs in grades 11 to 16 whereas in Khyber PK, it is only Rs. 300. I request the Balochistan government and the NTS authorities to take notice of this discrimination and injustice.
Domestic violence against women is, unfortunately, rampant in our part of the world. With its innumerable forms and manifestations, it is especially prevalent in Pakistan in general and in interior Sindh in particular. But, in recent months, the acts of such barbarism went beyond the boiling point where the violence toll, as per a survey, rose to over 500 incidents.
Most of the victims of the woman abuse, the report noted, were the minors and teenage girls though the married and unmarried as well as aged women too faced the same fate. A look at lives of women in the hinterlands of Sindh reveals that they lead a life far below of what we can call a civilized life.
Besides the Holy Quran, the Constitution of Pakistan also gives them due rights under articles 25 (2), 34, 37, and 38. But, the practical implementation of the Islamic injunctions as well as our law of the land is simply nowhere.
â€˜Karo Kari,â€™ a nasty and a diabolic ritual prevailing as a remnant of dark ages, has now hardened into an acceptable local norm. The Sardars issue edicts permitting a perpetrator to slay a poor girl just because she wanted to marry the person of her choice. If they have to escape death penalty, the â€œSardar Sain penal codeâ€ requires the girl to pay huge penny in the form of â€œChattiâ€, a daylight robbery. This must change now. We have to make endeavours to eradicate such inhuman customs.