Seal all sub­stan­dard food out­lets

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

DPun­jab UR­ING on­go­ing crack­down against sale of sub­stan­dard food items,

Food Author­ity on Sunday sealed an­other five res­tau­rants, milk shops, juice cor­ners and im­posed heavy fine on Mayo hospi­tal can­teen in La­hore.

The pro­vin­cial food author­ity de­serves ap­plause for launch­ing an un­de­terred cam­paign against sell­ers of un­hy­gienic and poor quality food items. In fact, the strict ac­tions have served as a de­ter­rent cre­at­ing nec­es­sary aware­ness amongst the peo­ple who have now start­ing re­ly­ing on their home cooked food af­ter see­ing for them­selves in the me­dia the poor quality of food they are served with at these out­lets. It seemed the pub­lic re­vul­sion cre­ated by the rag­ing scan­dal that meat of ‘haram’ an­i­mals is be­ing sold and served in cities has in fact di­min­ished their ap­petite to a great deal for their favourite dishes at var­i­ous food out­lets. The sit­u­a­tion in La­hore, hav­ing vast ar­ray of food out­lets, is how­ever, dif­fer­ent. For peo­ple in La­hore, the num­ber one so­cial ac­tiv­ity is to go out and eat. There­fore, we be­lieve that the in­ces­sant cam­paign against adul­ter­ated food in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal would help en­sure that peo­ple, with­out any con­cerns, en­joy clean and hy­gienic food at food stalls. What, how­ever, is as­ton­ish­ing, that this cam­paign is not be­ing fol­lowed in other prov­inces and the gov­ern­ments there ap­pear to have turned their back on a prob­lem that af­fects health and life of com­mon man. In the fed­eral cap­i­tal also, we saw con­cerned of­fi­cials tak­ing ac­tion against out­lets not main­tain­ing proper hy­giene and heav­ily fined some fa­mous eater­ies, but the drive has not kept up the mo­men­tum the way it has been pur­sued in Pun­jab. We would urge the cap­i­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as other pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to fol­low Pun­jab and launch a sus­tained cam­paign against out­lets sell­ing un­hy­gienic food items un­til vis­i­ble im­prove­ment is en­sured.

WE have ev­ery right to won­der as to why must our strate­gic ally feel the urge to raise an alarm ev­ery now and then about the se­cu­rity of our nukes? Af­ter all, we are not unique. There are sev­eral other states that are overt and/or covert nu­clear states. There may be some oth­ers that may fit the twi­light zone. The breakup of the Soviet Union left sev­eral loose ends. Although the pow­ers that be did their damnedest to tie up sev­eral of these loose ends; yet one can never be cer­tain about these mat­ters. Why does one not, then, hear about doubts about the se­cu­rity of the nukes of these twi­light zone coun­tries? Why us and us alone?

Af­ter all nukes are nukes; they are hardly foot­balls or Os­car stat­uettes that can be spir­ited away in the dead of night. Chaps, who have passed through the hor­ri­ble in­tri­ca­cies of the man­u­fac­ture of these wretched things, surely must know a thing or two about how to keep the thingu­mies se­cure. And yet our own friends – strate­gic al­lies to boot – not only refuse to give up their mis­giv­ings but also add to the con­fu­sion. Or, is there more to this cam­paign that meets the eye?

The US in­tel­li­gence had this to say in its an­nual re­port re­leased on 05 Fe­bru­ary 2008: “Po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in Pak­istan has not se­ri­ously

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