Se­cu­rity, a ques­tion mark

Pakistan Observer - - OPIN­ION - VAR­SHA ARORA

Al­berto Gon­za­les said that “I re­spect very much the role of the me­dia in our so­ci­ety; I think they can be very, very helpful. They serve as a very use­ful check, sort of a watch­dog over the ac­tions of gov­ern­ment, and I re­spect that.” It is ap­pre­cia­ble to see that Pak­istani me­dia is play­ing a re­spon­si­ble role by un­veil­ing those who are not per­form­ing their du­ties re­spon­si­bly.

But it is very un­for­tu­nate to see, that Sindh gov­ern­ment in­stead of ask­ing the ir­re­spon­si­ble to show cause, are pun­ish­ing the ones who are high­light­ing these is­sues. A re­cent ex­am­ple is where a jour­nal­ist was sent be­hind the bars be­cause he high­lighted the in­suf­fi­cient se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at the Sindh Assem­bly. The ideal ac­tion with re­spect to this in­ci­dent would have been in the form of im­proved se­cu­rity mea­sures.

Gov­ern­ment has spent a huge amount of money on se­cu­rity of dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions. Se­cu­rity mea­sures at Sindh Assem­bly are just one ex­am­ple. If we look around, we see that although the se­cu­rity gad­gets are avail­able, the guards are not alert, they don’t check ev­ery­one, they in­dulge in in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple etc. But yes, once a bomb blast takes place any­where, se­cu­rity gets tight­ened ev­ery­where.

To im­prove the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of our coun­try, we first need to bring change in our at­ti­tudes. At dif­fer­ent se­cu­rity checks, the pub­lic is asked to co­op­er­ate by say­ing “Let us do our duty. It is for your own safety”. But who will en­sure whether these peo­ple are hon­est with their job or not be­cause the ones who try to high­light the truth are sent to jail. — Rawalpindi

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