Voice of the People
Vision for stable homeland
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