Letters to the Editor (Sep 2014)

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The steps taken by the Federal and the Balochistan governments for promoting education are appreciable. Establishment of educational institutions and announcing various scholarship schemes portend well for the development of Balochistan. After graduation, the motivated youth can surely change the fate of province. But a wave of uncertainty is always there in the minds of enthusiastic and energetic youth of Balochistan i.e. rising unemployment in province.

The youth of Balochistan asks the Chief Minister of Balochistan: Is only providing education a part of your duties? Isn’t it your duty to utilize the knowledge, talent and energies of your human resources? If you dream for a prosperous Balochistan, then please take immediate steps to make young people devote their full energy for the development of the province. Please create employment opportunities for us!

Lutf-ur-Rehman (Shahi Bagh Road Mastung, Balochistan)

Child labour is one of the pressing issues widespread in the whole Pakistan.  It is just like a contagious disease which has pervaded the country. Child labour leads to mental, physical, social and moral harm to children. It deprives them from the playful activities of their lives, such as entertainment, schooling; and leading their lives on their own. The gravity of the situation demands that pace of remedial steps be accelerated to raise the standard of living of poor people by enhancing income resources for poverty-stricken parents. It is not solely the duty of government but of parents too. Private sector should also come forward to overcome this burning issue.

Imran Kabooro (Jamshoro)

The invocation of Article 245 in Islamabad, whereby the government called in the army to work in aid of civilian authorities from August 1 for three months, attracted a lot of criticism from almost all quarters. There is a general feeling that the government resorted to this action on the PAT’s and PTI’s marches on, and sit-ins in, the capital.

It is not a wise move to involve military in political affairs. We have faced the grave consequences of such moves in form of dismemberment of Pakistan. The government should handle all the issues with astuteness and political wisdom.

Sardar Asif Rasheed (Kharian)

It was quite heartbreaking to know that no Pakistani university could make it to the recently-released list of world’s best universities. I suggest that both the federal and the provincial governments evolve a detailed strategy to raise the standard of education in Pakistan.

Singapore has 5.7m population and its literacy rate is nearly 100pc, while its research and development is at the top in the world. My question to all stakeholders is: why Pakistan can’t achieve this status?

Salman Riaz (Taxila)

It goes without any shadow of doubt that the democracy imposed upon the trampled and marginalized people of the misgoverned state of Pakistan is no way in its essence as well as in the true context of the term, the one envisaged by the eminent political philosophers and the great statesmen from Plato to Jinnah.

Since the inception of Pakistan, the politics has remained what may be candidly deemed “quota,” reserved merely for the big guns, ranging from illiterate, wanton feudal lords to topmost fraudulent industrialists and from opportunistic political priests to political charlatans. All this culminates in the sheer exploitation of the society at the hands of a certain class of visionless, unskilled and inept persons.

Democracy in Pakistan has met debacles and had been derailed intermittently. It has never been put into the motion in the true context, neither does there seem any prospect of its flourishing until and unless ordinary citizens are entitled to the right to partake fully in the political life. The prevailing system in Pakistan should not be tagged as democracy rather it is oligarchy or something even worse.

Farrukh Aziz Ansari (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad,)

It is a known fact now that the Punjab government besieged Minhajul Quran from 07 to 14 Aug, controlled exit/entry, prevented food and medicine and Rescue 1122 to reach the workers of PAT, declared Tahirul Qadri as political non-entity and bragged to deal with him administratively. Suddenly, MQM Supremo Altaf Hussain and Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad, engaged Governor Punjab and managed to convince Punjab Government to give clear passage to PAT just after one hour when SP CIA Umer Virk had reached the scene in search of martyrdom.

In the aftermath of this siege, two serious things have happened which cannot be ignored. First, Lahore High Court gave a decision that the long march and demands of PTI and PAT are unconstitutional. This is a serious intervention in political affairs of the state which has no precedent in the judicial history of Pakistan.

The second thing which should worry every single democratic mind is news that Interior Minister and CM Punjab met the Army Chief followed by a ticker that “a high office of an institution” had warned that bloodshed would not be tolerated anymore.

There seems to be some connection between the meeting of Interior Minister and CM Punjab with Army Chief and indulgence of MQM.

Tahsin Anwar Ali (Former DG Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)

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