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Eradication of Polio
In the turmoil of terrorism, we have almost sidelined almost all other societal issues. Admittedly, it’s a healthy sign for a secure future, yet we are ignoring another fatal monster i.e. polio. Recently, I got through a report and I was shocked to know that the polio has affected 300 children this year — a record after 1998. More shameful is the fact that in the whole world, there are only three countries — Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan — where polio is still a colossal threat. Even the developing countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are now polio-free. The fact is that there isn’t any consolidated strategy to eradicate this crippling disease.
Through the pages of JWT, I urge the Prime Minister, all CMs, civil society and especially ulema to play their due role in the eradication of polio.
Abdul Khaliq Gurginarri (Hub, Balochistan)
Revamping the Agriculture Sector
Pakistan is an agricultural country and about 60% of its population is directly or indirectly dependent on this sector. This primary sector, indubitably, is the backbone of our economy. Agriculture is accorded great recognition in advanced world, but, unfortunately, situation in Pakistan is very precarious. The successive governments in Pakistan raised slogans to uplift the agriculture but the dismal condition of agriculture is a vivid example of the failure of government and other stakeholders. Recent steep fall in the price of paddy has broken the back of the small farmers.
Keeping in view the facts and figures present government must take all possible steps to mitigate the sufferings of the rice-cultivators.
Mazhar Ali Channa (Manjhi Pur, Balochistan)
Zarb-e-Azb means a sharp and cutting strike. Azb was the name of the sword of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), used by him in the battles of Badr and Uhud. Pakistan Army has launched a massive offensive to cleanse the soil of Pakistan from militants and terrorists. All Pakistanis are absolutely sure and confident that this full-fledged operation will achieve its purpose. We all pray for the success of our brave soldiers.
Abdul Basit (Khuda Bux Mirbahar, Sukkur)
Hats off to the Supreme Court
I take this opportunity to salute the Supreme Court of Pakistan for its recent judgement whereby the Court upheld the principle of fair play as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan 1973. The SC categorically thwarted the Sindh government’s move to bypass the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) for appointments in grade 16 and above, and ordered to make all hiring through SPSC. It is believed that nearly 400 jobs of TMOs, CMOs, Doctors and Engineers in grade 16 to 18 have been filled by the government bypassing the SPSC. Nonetheless, Supreme Court must also annul the appointments made by Sindh government in last 7 years as these were a flagrant violation of articles 240, 242 and Sindh Services Rules1990.
I request the Sindh government to shun all malpractices of favouring political cronies and patronizing nepotism. The constitution and guidelines provided by the Supreme Court must be followed in letter and spirit.
Muhammad Yousif Tunio (Larkana)
Transparency in Recruitments
Through your esteemed magazine, I want to attract the attention of relevant authorities toward the state of partiality and corruption in the selection of charge nurses. Any health department is incomplete without a dutiful nurse. But, corruption in selection of charge nurses has mrked this department because through illicit means black sheeps are being recruited in hospitals which is a sheer disservice to the patients. In doing so, the hardworking nursing students remain unable to get a respectable job in government sector.
I request those at the helm that they must make this system fair and corruption-free by bringing the whole recruitment process under NTS or any other unbiased institution.
Doctors in the Civil Service
It has been witnessed in recent years that more and more doctors are being attracted by the charm of civil service and they are increasingly appearing in CSS exam every year. Doctors belong to a noble profession and are among the most respected people in our country. But, in a sheer disregard to the nobility of their medical education, they abandon this profession to become a bureaucrat. From the recent trend, it can be expected that we will soon be having more MBBS bureaucrats than the qualified doctors in hospitals. FPSC should amend its rules so that such brilliant people do not let their education and training go waste.
Sadam Buzdar (University of the Punjab, Lahore)