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Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

The greatest example of judicial activism was set in Pakistan, when a nine month old was presented in court, and that too in the most efficiently governed and the largest province of Pakistan. An ‘unprecedented’ precedence has been set by the ‘unprecedented’ court of ‘unprecedented justice’, the entire world, including Guinness Book of World Records is watching this display.Full marks should be given to our lower judiciary over its unprecedented endeavour to pre-empt crime in this crime infested country. The new concept of justice has been invented and ...

Transition from a school to a college is believed to be the trust that parents have in their children and the knowledge that they have become responsible persons. Kinnaird College, is known to be a prestigious institution for girls. The problem that the students face is ‘Gate Timing’. There is no fixed time to enter the collage, but no one can leave before 12.00pm, this has been fixed by the college administration. This seems to be a waste of the students time, as sometimes they have only one lecture, but are stuck inside the premises. There are no such rules practiced in other ...

By virtue of their profession Generals of the Armed Forces are mightier than our elected politicians, this is something that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is forgetting once again, although he was ousted and sent into long exile, trying to fire General Musharraf. Before this, locking horns with the Generals had sent Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to the gallows. I am disappointed that our politicians, specially the ones who are in the Government now, have not learnt this basic lesson from history that their power is no match to that of the Generals. So why must our weaker politicians confront the mighty ...

Protection of Pakistan act has created a large hue and cry in the parliament. The trepidation is, the law can be exploited to undermine human rights. What needs to be understood is that these are extraordinary circumstances and we as a nation are practically in a state of war.One may ask, have not the most civilized nations enacted even more stringent laws in the name of national security and to tackle insurgency. Before creating tantrum one must go and study the homeland security laws of the United States, the so-called champion of human rights. Have not all those states which faced an ...

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

On the map of the earth, there is a place which is a so-called province, which is very famous for its natural beauty, the abundance of natural resources, its high literacy rate and the geographical and political importance. But alas, this region has not been given a valid identity. Geographically it is a part of Pakistan and it was also called the Northern areas of Pakistan and under the governance of Pakistan People’s Party parliamentarians it was announced as the fifth province of Pakistan named Gilgit-Baltistan. But there is no sign of GB (Gilgit-Baltistan) as a province in the ...

The blood flowing freely on the streets in Karachi is now authentic proof of how democracy has failed and coalition government been a disastrous experiment. The people of Karachi have nowhere to hide, nowhere to run and no one to ask for help from. The aim of the political gangsters is establishment of turfs and demarcation of areas of influence. One is reminded of animals like the big cats and wolves demarcating their territories in the jungle with their urine, so that the odour will warn intruders to keep away. Only in the case of Karachi the stuff is human blood. As in the jungle, there is ...

Reference the very entertaining column by Mina Malik-Hussain in the Nation of April 13, I have one comment. After the Ayub period no serious effort has been made at checking growth in population, the only thing that appears to be growing in the land of the pure. As long as there are more people, there will be more cars and as long as there are more cars, space has to be provided to them if we don’t want to end up with unending traffic jams, even worse than what we have now.The Model Town of my childhood had a single circular road which catered to the people living in nine Blocks from ...

Recently published ‘Clustered Deprivation’ report by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has disclosed alarming statistics on poverty in Pakistan. According to the report 58.7 million Pakistanis are living below the poverty line in Pakistan and Baluchistan is the most poverty stricken province. Meanwhile growing extremism and deadly terrorist attacks have deteriorated the security environment thus hindering economic growth and social development in the country.On the other hand political elite and policy makers, particularly in Punjab and Sindh are busy in celebrating ...

An SHO of Tharushah police station took a bold and timely step and prevented the marriage of a 70 year old polygamist, already living with two wives, from marrying a 13-year under aged girl. For this brave act the SHO was suspended by the SP of police, when the guests staged a protest outside the police station. Most of the time, action and reaction, from the top brass of police officials lacks cogent reason but here it took a complete u-turn. There are severe problems in a society, when an honest officer performs his duty and is suspended! The nation wants to know what kind of wisdom was ...

Wheat is under threat from a disease called Ug 99 which causes rust on wheat. The government of Pakistan is taking effective steps to safe guard against this disease. Pakistan introduced NARC II in 2011 and PAK13 in 2013. They have been extensively tested by Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) and were found to be resistant to the disease. These varieties are high yielding and adaptable to the Pakistani environment.The present government has taken an active interest in developing resistant wheat varieties. PARC with foreign collaboration is conducting research on rust resistant wheat ...

Monday, 14 April, 2014

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was created to curb corruption but unfortunately it has ended up encouraging corruption, through the option of plea bargain. As per cleverly crafted rules, a fair percentage of money obtained from the corrupt, through plea bargain, is distributed amongst NAB personnel. This encourages those NAB personnel interrogating, as well as the corrupt to come to a mutually beneficial arrangement, whereby a small amount of the looted money is returned and the criminals are set free to enjoy the remainder of the looted wealth without the stigma of conviction. Because ...

Sometimes it feels as if the former C-in-C and President of Pakistan will be punished without hearing his story, by a judiciary and party in power, allegedly seeking revenge. I believe Pervez Musharraf, who is being charged for treason, must be viewed in the light of the circumstances in which he toppled the democratically elected government. How dire were the conditions and what a reasonable man should have done to remedy them? After all he was not the first one to violate the constitution and impose military rule, while others before him, guilty of the same crime, were buried with honour.If ...

Time magazine in its issue of April14, reports that when 30 years ago the city government of Qingdao placed Zhang Ruimin in charge of a dysfunctional, nearly bankrupt refrigerator manufacturing company, he found it to be a manager’s nightmare mainly because of the sluggish and undisciplined workers (we are where China was 30 years ago). When a disgruntled customer returned a faulty fridge to the plant one day, Zhang inspected the factory’s inventory and found 70 flawed appliances. He lined them up on the shop floor, handed sledgehammers to the workers and commanded, “Destroy ...

No sooner did people forget Jaffar Express incident when the shocking Islamabad fruit market explosion took 24 more lives, injuring 116. Which means that in two days 41 people lost their lives and161 were injured, perhaps some are in serious condition but who cares? In both of these incidents, two different Baloch separatist organisations, including United Liberation Army (ULA) and United Baluchistan Army (UBA) claimed responsibilities. Federal Interior Minister Chauhadry Nisar Ali Khan, after the bomb blast in Islamabad, reached at the site and issued his statement, rejecting the United ...

The students of Karachi University (KU), those who travel on motorbikes and cars, are worried everyday whether they will be allowed to take their transport inside the premises or stopped at the gates. This is due to the check posts of Rangers and Karachi University security guards, who are supposed to check the identity card of the students but they have taken the law into their own hands and are allowing in only those who are affiliated with political parties and have a clout.This seems to be very biased behavior from a group that has been installed to protect all the students not to hinder ...

Sunday, 13 April, 2014

The federal government is taking steps to reform the civil service. It is known fact that our present bureaucratic system is colonial and the civil service is not working for the welfare of the people but only serves them, they rule and dictate to the common man rather than serve. I would like to present a suggestion to improve the quality of civil service. The present system of recruitment and selection is done by federal and provincial public service commissions. Due to the changes in the administrative management, during the last three decades, and the IT changing the mode of ...

We have all noticed that the new traffic wardens, who have been recruited are very strict in following rules by imposing fines for breaking the law. If they see any driver breaking the law, irrespective of how large a car or expensive a car, he/she, is driving they pull them over and fine them. I haven’t seen them asking for bribes, which implies that their salaries are high, so they do not need to ask for bribes. What I want to know is, why not raise the standards of a policeman and give him a high salary so that they also refrains from taking bribes and facilitation criminals?I am ...

Any realist would agree that a state’s foremost duty is to guarantee safety to its citizens. Sadly, for the government of Pakistan it seems to be the last on their  list of priorities. All major cities have faced bomb blasts killing hundreds in a matter of 48 hours and the number of deaths would have been higher, if not for the successfully defused 13 kg bomb in Karachi. Where are the responsible officials during these gory times? Perhaps they are busy forming a new committee to have peace talks with the ‘Third Hand’ behind these blasts, instead of taking action to curb ...

Prime Minister’s intention to launch countrywide literacy movement to improve the standard of education and to increase enrolment rate, deserve appreciation. This is a long awaited initiative. There is no doubt that it is the state’s duty to provide free and compulsory education to the masses. Moreover, it is a constitutional obligation of the government. PML-N is already taking steps for the improving of education in Punjab. It is expected that other provinces would also follow the example and would take concrete measures to ensure quality education. It is quite encouraging to ...

Youth has always been a revolutionary force. It is a precious asset of a nation going through hard time. Youth of a nation can do wonders if trained, educated and informed to lead properly. Stimulant is what the youngsters of our country need right now. All the ongoing negativity is just transitory and our youth knows how to encounter social unevenness, class differences and related problems. Don’t lose hope. Challenges always make one stronger. Technology cannot be interchanged with the brain and its ideas; creativity is what takes you ahead. I have observed the spark in the eyes of ...

Saturday, 12 April, 2014

Second World War was called ‘a war to end all wars’, but we are still seeing many wars erupt all over the world and no one is trying to restrain this trend. The United Nation was created as a body to stop nations from getting into wars. Many sub-organisations were created to form harmony among the haves and have nots nations, because the unreachable disparity was the sole reason for conflict among them. The United Nation proved helpful in resolving the Cuba crisis and Vietnam War, but now it seems to be a toothless beast that can protect no one. It has lost its effectiveness as ...

Pakistan witnessed 65 years of darkness and has managed to stumble from one issue to the next. Our history is full of leaders who were masters of rhetoric and empty promises. If we talk about rhetoric’s, military dictators had more command than civilian rulers. Thankfully, people are beginning to realize that sitting idle is not the solution to the problem. Last year’s voter turnout testifies to the fact that people believe more in democracy than dictatorship. Unfortunately, every time a democratic government comes it is soon sent back home.Pakistan needs to break this vicious ...

While 9 cricket boards, from the test membership have approved the International Cricket Committee (ICC) revamp, for their personal interest, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the only board that currently disapproves the structural and governance reforms of the International Cricket Committee. The resolution that was passed includes, setting up a five-man executive council, with seats reserved for India, England and Australia, who are leading financial power in the world of cricket. Earlier, the profit share of the ICC was divided between all the 10 test nations equally but now India, England ...

Army respects all other institutions of the state and expects them to respect it also”, was a simple and straight forward remark made by the COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif while visiting a Pak army commando unit near Tarbela. This statement has somehow created a furor totally unwarranted in certain quarters, especially the electronic media, who is blowing it out of proportion and projecting it nothing short of an ultimatum by the General to the government. All sorts of TV talk shows are being held where anchors are openly trying to create a hype. In their efforts they pose some silly questions ...

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