Seal all substandard food outlets
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