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World Food Day
The day of 16th October was celebrated as ‘World Food Day’ all over the world. This year, the celebration contained one meaningful message which we should follow if we want to reduce poverty and fight the menace of hunger. There are a number of factors which directly and indirectly deprive the people of nutritious food. Unfortunately, these factors are manmade. The elite and the wealthy blindly follow them like customs. They serve expensive food in marriages, celebrations, and other occasions. If these people collectively think and take some measures to avoid this wastage, then we can fight hunger. They must also avoid from throwing lavish parties and then dumping the food that could have fed many.
On its part the government must also work on creating awareness among the masses.
Unless we put in collective efforts to fight the menace of hunger, the state of food security in Pakistan will not improve.
Sajjad Kalhoro (Kandiaro)<br>
Need for Accountability
My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and cooperation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest nations of the world, said Quaid-i-Azam in his address to the Constituent Assembly.
The Quaid, in fact, wanted to see Pakistan as a nation where every individual could get opportunities to live peacefully and where justice, equality and fairness will always prevail. But, no one from civilian and military governments has fulfilled his dreams.
Corruption has been the biggest nuisance that has plagued the nation with numerous ills. Due to corruption, rich become richer and poor become poorer.
The Panama papers issue has given us an opportunity to start the process of accountability. Punishing the corrupt people and bringing Pakistan’s wealth back should be the foremost objective.
Wajahat Abro (Shikarpur)<br>
CJP on Democracy
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, has rightly said that Pakistan was being run like a monarchy in the name of democracy. It is a fact that people have never experienced benefits of real democracy. One of the reasons is that the political leaders are not democrats. They do not hold elections in their political parties and do not disclose sources of their funding.
The Sharif brothers, who have been ruling the largest province of Punjab having 65pc of population of the country, look like being inspired by the royal Saudi family.
They do not like participation of the people in decision making. They believe they know what is in the best interest of the country and the people.
They also do not believe in accountability, which is the pillar of democracy. For the last six months, the prime minister has not been telling the nation the source of money through which properties worth billions of dollars have been purchased by his sons.
When will the people of Pakistan have true democracy?
Syed Tasadaq (Lahore)<br>
Quetta Bleeds Again
The bloody assault on police training college in Quetta by suicide attackers is another reminder that terrorism still exists in Balochistan. In this Carnage nearly 61 people were martyred and more than 110 were injured. Officials said most of the deaths were caused by two suicide blasts, with the third attacker shot dead before he could blow himself up. Militancy and terrorism must be rooted out from Balochistan as this is vital for country’s survival. The government is requested to stop attacks in Balochistan, especially Quetta.
Atiq Ali Jan (Turbat)