Poverty in Pak­istan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - ADEEL UR REHMAN

Even in the 21st cen­tury, Pak­istan still faces se­ri­ous is­sues that con­tinue to add to the in­ci­dence and grav­ity of poverty which is in fact our big­gest prob­lem. More than 40pc peo­ple in the coun­try live be­low the poverty line. The au­thor­i­ties seem to be in­dif­fer­ent to the so­lu­tion of this is­sue. Pak­istan is an agri­cul­tural coun­try blessed with four sea­sons and fer­tile land also en­riched with nat­u­ral re­sources; the land of Balochis­tan is full of min­er­als and re­sources. Pak­istan is the coun­try hav­ing more than 97 % Mus­lims while Zakat is in­cluded in 5 pil­lars of Is­lam, which ap­par­ently shows that Pak­istan must be hav­ing a sys­tem of well dis­trib­uted wealth, but the ground re­al­ity is ex­actly op­po­site.

The wealth dis­tri­bu­tion in Pak­istan is pre­sent­ing a sit­u­a­tion where one fam­ily is look­ing for a new BMW, while the other fam­ily is wor­ried about one time meal. Poverty in Pak­istan is in­creas­ing day by day, and be­cause of poverty and hunger more than thou­sands of peo­ple ei­ther com­mit sui­cide or join crim­i­nal gangs or ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions to feed their fam­i­lies. It’s the time the gov­ern­ment to take suit­able ac­tion to solve this prob­lem. — Via email

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