Voice of the Peo­ple

Vi­sion for sta­ble home­land

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FA­TIMA AS­LAM

are limited not only by our abil­i­ties but also by our vi­sion. Pak­istan, a land of op­por­tu­ni­ties, is now turn­ing into a land with­out op­por­tu­ni­ties only be­cause of the fact that the el­e­ment of self in­ter­est is over­shad­ow­ing ev­ery other as­pect of our life. To­day, ev­ery in­di­vid­ual start­ing from the Pres­i­dent down to a beg­gar (be­cause we have many beg­gars around – thanks to the il­lit­er­ate gov­ern­ment), is more con­cerned about their own self rather than the na­tion as a whole. Pak­istan is blessed with highly skil­ful hu­man and other pre­cious re­sources, but be­cause our vi­sion has been nar­rowed down to our own selves; we as a na­tion have failed to pros­per. The au­thor­i­ties are stuck only on over­bur­den­ing the poor peo­ple with high tax rates and lower in­comes to live with, while denying the ba­sic rights such as proper in­fra­struc­ture, clean wa­ter and food. The majority of roads in one of the world’s big­gest met­ro­pol­i­tan ci­ties are not worth trav­el­ling and a num­ber of peo­ple sleep every­day with­out food. Where has the vi­sion of mak­ing Pak­istan a bet­ter place gone? Has it dis­ap­peared or has the conscience in ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in power has dried out? Once we all cor­rect our­selves, the change that we all are in des­per­ate need of, will come. No leader, no in­di­vid­ual can bring that change, only we our­selves can but for that we will have to be ac­count­able to our own selves. Our well re­puted and ex­tremely hon­oured, Ad­bul Sat­tar Edhi, has spent all his abil­i­ties in the right di­rec­tion and has been highly suc­cess­ful in chang­ing lives of hun­dreds and thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als just be­cause he knew what he wanted to achieve. Let’s use good we have to fight out the evils in our so­ci­ety be­cause I firmly be­lieve that the good in our so­ci­ety has not dried out com­pletely. To­day also when driv­ers see an old man cross­ing, they stop and let him pass, when a fe­male gets stuck with a bro­ken car peo­ple stop to of­fer help for a good rea­son. Let’s con­tinue what we the Pak­ista­nis are good at and known glob­ally for, help­ing each other with­out a rea­son. Eco­nomic times are bad, no doubt, but they will change when we our­selves change. —Via email power and those who are in the waint­ing list to take their turn, and then rise like a wise na­tion to re­ject all power mon­gers and elect the ones who are re­ally from them, be­long to them, travel with them, suf­fer with them and know their they to day prob­lems.

The protests, ral­lies and sit-ins are staged to press their de­mands. The writ of the gov­ern­ment is in pre­car­i­ous con­di­tion, but it is still in de­nial. It is try­ing to show misplaced strength in the Par­lia­ment. Par­lia­men­tary lead­ers are sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment in the veil of sav­ing democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tion. Th­ese big­oted politi­cians are throw­ing the mon­key wrench to fool the peo­ple. They have abused the priv­i­lege of “dis­cus­sion and de­bate clause” to at­tack their op­po­nents and en­e­mies and have not ut­tered a sin­gle word on ram­pant cor­rup­tion, plight and suf­fer­ing of the peo­ple and the is­sues threat­en­ing the so­cial struc­ture and lives of the peo­ple. No one can chal­lenge them for their ut­ter­ances in the Par­lia­ment. The Courts do not have Ju­ris­dic­tion over th­ese mat­ters. The politi­cians are play­ing with fire. The “Pol­i­tics of Res­ig­na­tions”, this way or that way, shall prove fa­tal. We can not over­look and ig­nore the reper­cus­sions. Sharif gov­ern­ment should re think its strat­egy of de­lay­ing things, be­fore it is too late for them and also for the state.

If the state is to be saved, I think there should be no point scor­ing; even res­ig­na­tion could be an op­tion, with­out mak­ing it a point of pres­tige. Please avoid con­fronta­tion; the fiery speeches and claims by the par­ties, es­pe­cially the short-sighted Min­is­ters shall be counter-pro­duc­tive not only for the PML-N lead­er­ship but for the moth­er­land Pak­istan. —Via email and des­per­ate con­di­tions that they face in life. Hav­ing been forced to kill their as­pi­ra­tions, dreams and other wishes they are pressed to earn a liv­ing for them­selves and for their fam­i­lies. Th­ese are also part of our so­ci­ety who has for­got­ten the plea­sure of their child­hood. When a child in ad­di­tion to get­ting ed­u­ca­tion, earns his liveli­hood, this act is called as child labour. The con­cept of child labour got much at­ten­tion dur­ing the 1990s when Europian coun­tries an­nounced a ban on the goods of the less-de­vel­oped coun­tries be­cause of child labour.

Child labour is an im­por­tant and a se­ri­ous global is­sue through which all and sundry coun­tries of the world are di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fected but it is very common in Latin Amer­ica, Africa and Asia. In Pak­istan this num­ber is from 8 to 10 mil­lion. 3.8 mil­lion Chil­dren age group of 5-14 years are work­ing in Pak­istan out of to­tal 40 mil­lion chil­dren in this age group.

The present Gov­ern­ment in Pak­istan has made el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion com­pul­sory along with this, the Gov­ern­ment has dis­trib­uted free books in pri­mary schools. The agree­ment that has re­cently been ap­proved by Pak­istan, Norway and (ILO) to erad­i­cate child labour must be put into prac­tice us­ing all means at their dis­posal. —Via email

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