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Saturday, 30 August, 2014

There are no two opinions about the PML-N government’s poor governance, their incapacity to take decisions, indulgence in nepotism, or their unconstitutional stubbornness. But this is no excuse to hold the Constitution in abeyance now, or to claim the right to be Prime Minister just because you have manoeuvred a demonstration in Islamabad.We either have ‘Rule of Law’, or ‘Law of the Jungle’, where only the powerful survive and there is no such thing as freedom or equality. I am 65 years old, and for the past one decade we were following a foreign policy that ...

The country’s capital has been under siege for almost a fortnight now. Followers of PTI and PAT have occupied the capital’s ‘Red Zone’ and, besides other things, they are demanding resignation from the Prime Minister. The principal charge of election rigging, leveled by the two parties against the incumbent government may be correct, to some extent, but unless proven by evidence, this demand is unjustified. The issues of corruption, nepotism, economic and social injustice and election reforms raised by both PTI and PAT ring truly, and their demand to bring a change in ...

What are Imran Khan and Tahi-ul-Qadri up to? What have they accomplished so far, besides disrupting law and order, creating chaos and increasing our difficulties? With points on the stock exchange tumbling, the dollar rate going up, and prices of other commodities going up, there is no point to this ‘revolution’. An honorable Supreme Court Justice said in court that if Imran Khan brings 50,000 people and demands the resignation of the sitting prime minister, tomorrow another person may gather more and demand the resignation of the next Prime Minister.The government has shown ...

The protests are not fruitful anymore but there is a positive side to them, and it is amazing that a change has already come to our country.Our lower and middle class has realised that they have their own personal stake in the politics of Pakistan. They now actually believe that they have rights, moreover, they now they also understand the value of their vote. It has raised the self-esteem of the lower and middle classes which had no voice before. People are now demanding reforms as their basic right- they have finally raised their voice against the ‘democratic monarchy’ that was ...

Freedom of expression and speech is perhaps one of the healthiest fruits of democracy. In all civilised democratic countries throughout the world, this freedom has been included in the fundamental rights of the citizens. In a similar spirit, the Constitution of Pakistan also guarantees this right to all Pakistanis. However, in the ongoing political show in Islamabad this right has been overused, abused and maltreated by the protesting political leadership. The political discourse hit the lowest standards of political speech and general etiquettes of address. Imran Khan, PTI’s leader ...

I would like to ask the concerned department to remove the TV license fee from our electricity bills. The electricity rates are sky high and already cause too much distress. This appendage which started four decades ago, by a ruler who was against people who watched TV, has continued without any thought of how it effects the public. Even today, many people don’t have a TV set, but they are bound to pay for a facility that they are not using. Can anyone tell me why this happening and how it will stop? WAQAS ABDUL QAYYUM,Karachi, August 26.

Friday, 29 August, 2014

As a resident of Karachi, I face many problems but the most terrible is the lack of water. According to reports, KWSB blames KE for its cessation of water supply, and the reason given is the repeated power breakdowns. On the other hand, KE is of the opinion that the Water Board does not rectify their pumping machinery or equipment which affects the water supply. If this was not enough, many illegal water hydrants have taken a toll on the citizens of Karachi, by raising prices to exorbitant levels. It has been observed that illegal hydrants come into effect only when the Water Board fails to ...

I want to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to the plight of residents of Iqbal Town Rawalpindi. The gas provided for residential areas is being supplied at a very low pressure since the past three months. The residents find it hard to cook food at meal times. Whenever I phone 1199, the official help line provided by Sui Northern Gas, no one bothers to address the complaint. I would like to request the Prime Minister to kindly dismiss such useless and misbehaved officials. Most of our government run organizations are below par and there is not much service provided to the ...

Unreliable and unauthentic laboratories are creating major health issues as they continue to go unchecked. The number has increased, with the lack of any mechanism to check their reliability, they are growing like mushrooms. They do not have qualified staff or proper machines. These laboratories are cheating people and damaging lives. For many the results are a matter of life and death. Tests, whose results take days are given in an hour, are self-generated and it seems the only equipment they need and have is a printer. Since the government is not doing anything, steps should be taken by ...

I am writing this to express my concern over the present chaos and unrest in the country. Rise of several new political parties, with new mandates and demands, have roused public hatred for the current government. Every day we hear new demands, followed by a large number of supporters; they are fighting for a better tomorrow and a corruption free country. It is good to fight for justice, but the question is, what is the right way to fight? Are these disruptive marches and long sit-ins the way? Slandering opposition and asking the nation to go for ‘Civil Disobedience’? Is this is ...

Muzaffargarh Electric and Power Company (MEPCO) has set out on a mission to punish the locals for consuming electricity, and they are worse to the people who do not even consume electricity. This open public hostility program is unique, and has been thought out by a Machiavellian mind. If the meter does not show the same amount of electricity consumed as it did last year, the person is sent an inflated bill! Further enhancing the problem, the meter inspectors declare all those meters defective. During Ramzan, several families went for Umrah and informed the concerned SDO in advance that their ...

The new Centralised Admission Policy (CAP) for colleges is causing a great inconvenience for the students as well as their parents in getting admission. As per policy, the admission form has to be submitted in a Sindh Bank branch, which is a cause of worry and frustration because they have only 54 branches which are located around Karachi. Massive irregularities have been reported in the CAP committee. The admissions begun 22 days ago and have received only 44 thousand forms by the bank because of unavailability of Sindh Bank in many areas. My nephew is also a victim of this complicated ...

I want to draw the attention of the concerned authorities to the delay suffered by the applicants who applied for posts in SNGPL. The National Testing Service (NTS) announced posts in various departments of SNGPL during June, 2014 against which tests were conducted in the second week of July 2014. Results of all other departments were announced on July 18, 2014. Since then, no updates have been announced by NTS or SNGPL, or any information about interviews or the process after this. It is a matter of great concern for the passing candidates, especially when the same process was called off ...

Thursday, 28 August, 2014

The Lasbela University of Agriculture Water and Marine Science, Uthal Lasbela was established in 2005. A Master in English program was initiated in 2008 and we were the pioneers. However it came as a surprise for the students that the university had not prepared a format in six years for this degree, which caused a problem. Transcripts were given to the students, which are valid for two years only. After two years, the students must have degrees; unfortunately, we are still waiting for them. We have been reminding the administration but it has gone unnoticed. This is also negligence on the ...

Time is slipping out of the hands of our rulers and is causing embarrassment as well as revealing how unmethodical the Muslim League-N is. The ruling party, already in conundrums has miserably failed to handle PTI and PAT marches. Its ubiquitous influence on electronic and print media, to negatively propagate Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul-Qadri, is not only deplorable but also against the norms of democracy. It is unbecoming for the rulers, who pose to be flag bearers  and the saviours of democracy, to act so undemocratically. Unfortunately, now that the Additional Secretary Election ...

Pakistan has suffered successive bouts of so called ‘democratic’ and military rule during the past six decades. When we look at the Islamic period, we see the ‘Khulfa-i-Rashideen’ as a golden period, based on election of caliphs or rulers by consensus between a council of elders, rather than a franchise based on all and sundry. This was followed by a dynastic rule of kings and sultans with autocratic powers that led to democracy. However, the so called ‘democratic rulers’ deteriorated into autocracy.Placing their relatives and cronies on high posts, an ...

Education in Pakistan has not undergone any change for the last six decades. It appears to be a listless program doomed by the continuous monotony of the subject and material. Our schools, colleges and universities remain submerged in the colonial era. The imperfections of those age old patterns are now keenly felt and there is need to introduce a radical change in the system. Bad policies of the government towards this sector has made our masses illiterate and the government has no plans to eradicate it.Our education system is influenced by a number of factors; some prominent ones are low ...

The proposed economic corridor from Gwadar to Kashgar in China will benefit both Pakistan and China. It will especially strengthen ties between the two neighbours and allow Pakistan to derive economic benefit from this partnership. The Chinese Consul General in Karachi said that the Gwadar Port has a very bright future and after becoming completely functional it will emerge as a major economic hub in the region. It will also provide livelihoods to the locals and access to health and educational facilities that are being set up by the Chinese. In addition the Gwadar Port Authority has prepared ...

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014

Had Nawaz Sharif an iota of conscience or moral dignity he would have resigned, after hearing slogans of ‘Go Nawaz Go’, but he clearly lacks moral dignity. If he truly believes that he represents the people of Pakistan, he should resign and ask for re-elections. He is sure he will never be elected again, which is why he is stubbornly holding on to his rule. Ayub Khan left after hearing one word against him, but not Nawaz Sharif; both the brothers are businessmen who are using their power to cash in. I wonder why the SC has not ordered the implementation of registration of an FIR ...

Imran Khan has been in politics for 18 years, but despite his charisma he was unable to make any headway till last year’s general elections. The main reason for his failure was that he did not have the right candidates for the right posts. Despite his botched preparation, he had obtained a sizable number of seats in KPK. Had there been planned rigging, he would not have been able to get a comfortable majority in any province, nor the ruling PML-N would have been a loser in all the other three provinces.The Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. Fakharuddin G. Ibrahim, a man of un-impeachable ...

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan was established in August 1999, to make a few selected judges available for quick justice for criminals who were suspected terrorists. The judges appointed in ATC all get exceptional salaries and privileges, so that they may efficiently and honestly do their jobs. The job of an ATC judge is to use all information possible to analyse the crime and to punish criminals quickly. Criminals accused of terrorism are sent to the Anti-Terrorism Court, under the “Pakistan Anti-Terrorism (Amendment)  Ordinance”.But we have witnessed, and the ...

The country is facing political crisis. I am glad the participants of both the marches reached Islamabad safely. I would like to thank Allah and the government that it is restraining from using force. Now the long sit-ins have started. I really admire the stamina of the politicians and the crowd, who are there for nearly ten days and are not ready to leave until they achieve their goal. I side with neither the ruling party, nor Imran Khan or Tahirul Qadri, all I hope is that the people of Pakistan are not deceived again.The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, ruled by PTI, did not show any ...

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014

According to constitution, no elected member of national assembly can take his seat until he has taken his oath. In this oath, every members swears that he will bear allegiance to Pakistan, perform his duties honestly and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well being and prosperity of Pakistan and protect and defend the Constitution. Our current law makers took this oath and it is their duty and obligation to keep their oath.On Tuesday the assembly members passed a unanimous resolution, vowing to play their roles for supremacy of constitution which seem nothing ...

After closely watching the ongoing circus in Pakistan’ capital, for the last ten days, any neutral person many conclude that the general public is disillusioned by the prevailing rotten status quo which has divided the nation. They really believe that rhetoric of ‘democracy’ is a trap through which to deny any change in the system. In a real democracy peoples’ representatives, in the parliament, can make changes, but as our elected parliamentarians come from the ruling class, the landlords, industrialists, business tycoons, religious and tribal leaders, they ...

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