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Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

The illuminating letter by Eng. Khursheed Anwer in your newspaper recently revealed the farce of KBD’s baseless opposition that is only meant to destroy Pakistan. It is clearly stated that Punjab can only get its share of water from left bank canal, while KPK would get its share only from a right bank canal from KBD. No other dam can supply water to Punjab and KPK till dooms day. This fact has been neglected by the planners and economists but the onus lies on PML-N that has closed its eyes to the terrible situation that is tantamount to selling Pakistan cheap. The stark facts narrated ...

Lack of discipline in any society or individual can lead to disaster and this is what is happening in our society. We do not realize the negative effects of this problem. In fact we enjoy breaking rules and laws of the country. Our nation is going towards immorality. We lack moral values. An individual learns from the society and if the society will teach him to break the rules then it will be difficult for us to maintain law and order of the country.Laws are made to provide boundaries to the people so that they do not exceed their limits. In everyday life, we break a lot of rules. People ...

Public Health Nursing School Attock which is deprived of basic facilities has become a home to worries as the students don’t have a principal who can deal with the problems. There is no principal as a corrupt mafia is raising hurdles in her appointment. The medical superintendent (MS) of District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Attock, has been given additional charge of the above mention school. He, being the MS of the hospital, cannot deliver as principal of the school. It is imperative to appoint a principal permanently so that the student can feel comfortable and have their problems ...

To remember your benefactor is a divine obligation. A beautiful quote owing gratitude says, “we must find time to thank the people who make a difference in our lives”. Today is the 76th death anniversary of Shair e Mashriq and great philosopher Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal popular known as Hakeem ul Ummat and Muffakir e Pakistan. He is revered as the spiritual founder of Pakistan. We, as indebted community has unparalleled respects and admiration for him. The genius of Iqbal was recognized among the international intellectuals. Last year Mr. Francis Lamand, a French professor of ...

Tuesday, 22 April, 2014

Our country is called an ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, it has diversity, a large population, and its status is that of a developing country. Maybe that is why the implementation of ‘Human Rights’ has become impossible in this country? I see around me people who have forgotten the meaning of ‘human,’ let alone ‘Human Rights’. When we talk about ‘Human Rights’, we believe it to be freedom of speech, which only our media is practicing, the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of association, but ...

Sadly, ours is a country where injustice, tyranny, oppression, systematic corruption, organized crime, exploitation, opacity, impunity and so many more evils exist. We also have socioeconomic, administrative, political and draconian ills and evils which have become perpetual and no sincere effort is being made to remove these ills and evils from our society.I know many humanitarian people in this country who have spent all their lives fighting discrimination, injustice and violation of human rights. Indeed, no human being should be the target of prejudice, bias, or the object of vilification ...

A balanced diet is very important and getting enough vitamins is also vital. Dietary supplements encompass a wide range of products that include vitamins, minerals, herbal products, tissue extracts and other compounds. Many dietary supplements, which doctors refer, are extremely helpful in preventing illness; for example, folic acid can prevent birth defects, and calcium and vitamin D can prevent fractures, however, not all supplements are effective. There are thousands of supplements, sold worldwide, from which some are effective and some are not. Even worse, some might actually cause more ...

Thar consists of three union councils of Khipro Taluka which is spread over the east north of Sanghar district. Over 90% of the population is suffering from malnutrition because the people are dependent on livestock for their earning and food. Livestock breeders obviously require green pastures and fields in order to breed cattle and to be able to meet the need of the people. The growth of vegetation depends on rainfall in this region as no ruler thought of providing any canals to the area for irrigation.I once read a book a long time ago about the struggle of the Jewish people to turn their ...

The society in which we are living is not a society which our Prophet (SAW) brought a message to, it’s not a society for which our forefathers struggled, it’s not the society which Dr Allama Iqbal had dreamed of! It’s a society where there are no rules or obligations, everyone can do whatever they want. There are many important issues but I think that the issue dealing with our women is also  most important. In the Hindu culture women are treated as second class citizens, below their husbands, brothers, fathers and other male members and after living in close proximity ...

Monday, 21 April, 2014

We were still enjoying the new face of Sindh, where happy people were dancing and singing to the tunes of ‘Sindh Saga’ when the cruel and bitter reality of Sindh raised its head from Tharparker. The poor, dying in Thar, were of no importance for the rulers, who were reviving the spirit of our Mughal Dynasty which was destroyed because the rulers were busy in enjoyment. They were reviving the civilization of Mohenjo-Daro and while doing so they did their best to turn the present day Thar into a Mohenjo-Daro. Droughts, negligence on the part of government machinery and lack of food, ...

It is often thought that an enemy is like a deadly virus; it multiplies and harms the body from within thus stopping growth and disturbing the whole body. Some viruses are more dangerous than others and can kill the body slowly. These viruses are responsible for various infectious diseases as the first make the body vulnerable and then spread. It is always hard to define an ‘enemy of the state’, it can be any person who is either insincere or remains disloyal to the nation. The term enemy should be taken in all its different shapes– as very often the term is associated with ...

It is very sad to see that Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) is fast losing its competitiveness and efficiency and its performance remains below par as compared to Public Service Commission of Punjab and KPK. One glaring example of this unfortunate fact is that it conducted screening test for the post of ASI in police seven months before, but failed to take any written test. Same is the case with PCS/PMS that was announced in September, 2013 along with test date but once again SPSC proved the true that proverb "old habits seldom die". No news is heard of the fate of PCS/PMS since the ...

This season’s Premier League is turning out to be arguably the most interesting and competitive title race we have seen in quite a long time. With an average of 5 games remaining to be played, the hunt for the title is getting tighter, harder and nervy. Three teams, Liverpool currently on the top of the table followed by Chelsea and Manchester City will put in whatever they have got to get their hands on the Premier League Trophy. The football fever in Pakistan is lesser than the cricket fever; but we can see boys and girls supporting their favorite football teams. Let’s hope the ...

A few days ago a literary festival was held in Lahore where various Pakistani novelists had come. I did not have the chance to visit it since I was in Islamabad but my mother was there and got some books signed by various writers. I think this is a very positive sign and we should promote our writers, so that they can gain fame and flourish in the world and present a soft image of Pakistan. We do not have a book reading culture which carries bad impact on the younger generation. I think that we should take a page from the book of the developed countries and promote reading habits in our ...

Sunday, 20 April, 2014

I was amazed to read that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo moto notice over the incident of self-immolation of a rape victim in Punjab, who later died of severe burns. Not long ago, Chief Justice also took notice of a 40-year-old woman, who was gang-raped on the order of a jirga (an illegal form of court that works on tribal values). Though some may consider such ‘suo moto’ notices quite timely, I wonder what good they do for the victims? Will the CJ’ taking notice bring back the dead teenager or the self respect of the 40 year old gang raped woman?It was our ...

Online shopping is gaining popularity in Pakistan. The world over it has become the biggest merchandize but now Pakistanis are catching on. Some online buyers believe that it is the best way to shop in Pakistan as there is no security in shopping malls and shopping areas, which have been targeted several times. Other reasons include saving the cost of traveling with regular increase in fuel prices. It seems like it is wiser to shop online.ZAINA QASEEM RIZVI, Karachi, April 17.

The failure of public sector enterprises is generally attributed to rampant corruption and theft but the issues relating to poor efficiency and weak mechanisms are overlooked. Of late, the incumbent government started an aggressive campaign against electricity and gas theft but, unfortunately, no attention was paid to technical handicaps, poor preventive and corrective maintenance, lack of responsiveness, poor workmanship, and confused coordination mechanism. Nobody is concerned about the pace at which our more than 80,000 km gas pipeline network is deteriorating, causing further increase in ...

Everyone expounds the saying “Hard work is the key to success.” We all know it and agree to the fact, we also believe it but we don’t implement it. Why? The reason is that we love to say such things but we hesitate to perform maybe because we have not seen anyone around us doing it. Our youth is interested in schemes which can produce quick results, plans with which they can become over night millionaires without any hard work!Today youths lack professional attitude they don’t like to do manual work. They are dreaming of a good office job and a high social status. They ...

Saturday, 19 April, 2014

Media is considered the fourth pillar of the state. Unhappily, our media is not playing a constructive role. Its role is more exclusive than inclusive. They are there to raise the adrenaline level of their viewers.One can notice that the focus is on non-serious issues, at least for a common man. All private TV channel are pandering to useless issues such as General Musharraf case, the peace talks between the government and the militants (which no one believes will bear fruit) or about cricket failure. If they focus more on socio-economic issues of common man such as how to overcome poverty, ...

It comes as a surprise that no one from our team, that was eager to participate in the ‘Peace Talks’, asked the Taliban what kind of ‘Jihad’ are they conducting? I am no scholar and may know very little about Jihad, but what I do know tells me that killing innocent women and children was never condoned during the time of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Am I wrong? In all the ‘Gazwas’ mentioned in Islamic history books, we have seen kindness displayed by all Muslim leaders toward the prisoners of war. They were never brutal or acted viciously as the current TTP ...

We all remember PML-N leaders who gave stormy speeches against power theft, before and soon after last elections, and promised that they would eliminate power theft, which is considered to be the main cause of load shedding in the country. But to everyone’s great dismay the PML-N government, which is about to complete one year in power, has completely failed to control power theft or and catch power thieves. As a result, circular debt has resurfaced and reportedly swelled to Rs.286 billion during the first nine months of current financial year. We also know PML-N government settled ...

Last night there was a sudden electricity outage; I thought it might be a technical fault because usually load shedding doesn’t happen in the middle of the night. Our UPS was working and I fell asleep, I woke up around and found that the electricity was still out. I called Karachi Electricity Supply (KESC) helpline and was told that our area’s electricity had been purposely disconnected because of some large dues which had not been cleared. As I always pay my bill on time, I asked the representative why this was done. I then visited the KESC office to resolve the issue.The officer ...

Friday, 18 April, 2014

Political talk shows have become very popular. Private TV channels call politicians from different parties, and raise issues that are hot topics. The politicians, mostly seasoned, can be seen in their true light. The debate mostly turns into mudslinging and abuse while the anchor seems to be a referee. It turns into a fish market with everyone is shouting! The main issue is ignored while they rip into each other. I have yet to see even one show where anyone gave solutions for our problems. We all know the issues, now we need solutions! I would request all private TV channel owners to come up ...

Out of millions of children playing on the streets these were selected to show what talent Pakistan has. The whole country had considered them useless and ignored their talent, only few recognized that they processed real unmatched talent. The credit goes to the ‘Aazad Foundation’, the organization provided a platform to these street children to showcase their talent and now they are the heroes of the ‘Street Children World Cup 2014’. Pakistani team had 9 players in total, 8 were from Karachi and 1 was from Quetta. This wonderful organization gave them a warm welcomed ...

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