Celebrated Bangladeshi singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah, also known as Shahnaz Begum, passed away in Dhaka on March 23. She was born in 1952 in Dhaka and started her career at a very early age. Soon she became a household name in Pakistan with her melodious voice and popular songs like ‘Sohni Dharti Allah Rakhe’ and ‘Jevay Jevay Pakistan’ composed by music director Sohail Rana, written by Jamiluddin Aali and Masroor Anwar.
After 1971, she started singing for Bangladeshi films and gained immense popularity there as well. The 67-year-old singer’s career spanned five decades and encompassed a number of genres, particularly national songs. She had retired from professional singing about seven years ago. In 1992, she was awarded the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh. In 2006, Shahnaz’s four songs were ranked on BBC’s list of top 20 greatest Bengali songs of all time.
Salman Majeed (Charsadda)
Shikarpur: A Picture of Neglect
The historic city of Shikarpur was once called the ‘Paris of Sindh’. Like Paris and London, the city had covered markets. It had an independent electricity-generating power plant that had much potential to supply uninterrupted electricity to the whole city. The city administration used to spray fragrant water in the streets and markets. However, at present, Shikarpur has, unfortunately, become a city of garbage, pollution and stagnant water. The worst sanitation system and damaged roads are prominent and undeniable facts of Shikarpur. Moreover, poor urban planning and the absence of an adequate garbage and waste disposal system have turned Shikarpur into the Pakistan’s filthiest city. Load-shedding, on the other hand, has engulfed the whole city. The city’s historic power plant is no more functional.
In a nutshell, Shikarpur has been under constant threats of such life-threatening problems for a long time. The issues are very serious and posing threats to the survival of the helpless people. However, with the proper will and determination, the city administration, jointly with the Sindh government, can address these issues. The authorities concerned must strengthen the Shikarpur Water and Sewerage Board to nip these evils in the bud. Public awareness to promote clean and healthy environment is highly appreciated. In this way, Shikarpur, once the ‘Paris of Sindh’, can regain its lost glory.
Dr Kamran Mustafa Korejo (Shikarpur)
Importance of Education for Females
Education is very important for both males and females. Education gives us knowledge about the world and makes us capable of changing the things keeping in view the future prospects. In the past, people did not give much importance to female’s education. They were even not allowed to go out of their houses to attend a college or a university. It is said that the main duty of a woman is to take care of her family and of her husband’s if she is married. In recent years, however, the situation has improved and now people understand that if they want to give happy life to their children, men and women will have to work together. One thing which must be kept in mind is that women are the builders of future generations and if they are uneducated, the future generation, too, will be uneducated. So, give respect to women and give safe environment to them for pursuing education and for that matter in every field of life because women are the stars and they want – and must be allowed – to shine.
Maira Israr (Lahore)
Bloodbath in Christchurch
No words to describe the most horrific and gruesome massacre and bloodbath in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our tears flowed and our hearts ached upon hearing about such a ghastly act. It was a bloody Friday – otherwise a day like Eid for Muslims as they gather in large numbers to offer the Friday prayers – when 50 Muslims worshippers were martyred by an Australian terrorist who was armed with sophisticated, modern weapon.
It is incredible to hear that the world’s second safest country has been targeted by terrorists who kept on firing openly on the roads for about an hour. It was like a PUBG game for the rest of the world, but was a true massacre in real sense. Hate for Muslims is depicted by this Islamophobic attack. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled this day as the darkest in her country’s history. Astonishingly, an Australian senator Fraser Anning blamed Muslims (the victims) for the attack. Such supremacist claims clearly depict that such a fatal incident was well planned.
It is high time all Muslim countries stood up and demanded peace for Muslims in the world. The United Nations must also focus on the atrocities against Muslims in almost all parts of the world.
Wajahat Abro (Shikarpur)