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‘Is­lam­abad-The Beau­ti­ful’

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

Is­lam­abad was once upon a time ‘The Beau­ti­ful’ and now it is just ‘beau­ti­ful’. But, as with any city in the coun­try, the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal, Is­lam­abad, has its fair share of so­cial is­sues, which nei­ther its residents nor even the rel­e­vant or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (CDA), con­temp­tu­ously termed as “Cor­rup­tion/Crony­ism De­vel­op­ment Author­ity” seem de­ter­mined to work hard to re­solve those so­cial is­sues. Nowa­days alarm­ingly in­creas­ing trash prob­lem is of deep concern for those who want to see my ‘Is­lam­abad-The Beau­ti­ful’. Trash is ev­ery­where; it is on the streets, it’s in the cor­ners of the closed end streets, it is on the pub­lic places and main bazars. But I see this trashy prob­lem has be­come one of the peren­nial prob­lems in the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, hos­pi­tals and Parks. I al­ways see heaps of trash scat­tered in fa­mous Hockey Ground lo­cated in G-9/3 sec­tor, I-8/4 Park in front of Fed­eral Ju­di­cial Acad­emy, Courts’ premises in F-8 Markaz and Fed­eral Board of In­ter­me­di­ate and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (FBISE). Re­mains of plas­tic pack­ag­ings can be seen scat­tered all around. Th­ese used and aban­doned plas­tic pack­ag­ing, bags, bot­tles and satch­ets of wa­ter, juices and other fast-food items are care­lessly dis­carded into the en­vi­ron­ment. The en­vi­ron­ment-car­ing and those who love my Is­lam­abad and want to see this again as ‘The Beau­ti­ful’, they must come for­ward to han­dle this trash prob­lem. Stu­dents of dif­fer­ent ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, Teach­ers of Fed­eral Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion (FDE), var­sity teach­ers must work to­gether to solve the trashy prob­lem in our ci­ties, be it Is­lam­abad or any other city in Pak­istan. I wold also very humbly call upon the Ju­di­cial Of­fi­cers and se­niors in the ICT ad­min­is­tra­tion to just have a look in and around their of­fices and to judge by them­selves as to why Is­lam­abad has lost its past glory, grandeur and beauty. —Is­lam­abad eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, so­cial sec­tor con­cerns, mu­sic, sports, drama and other sub­jects of pub­lic and na­tional in­ter­est, fa­cil­i­tate the de­vo­lu­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity and power to the grass roots by im­prov­ing the ac­cess of the peo­ple to mass me­dia at the local and com­mu­nity level and en­sure ac­count­abil­ity, trans­parency and good gov­er­nance by op­ti­miza­tion in the free flow of in­for­ma­tion. —Is­lam­abad mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren or spouses. The ex­tent to which chil­dren and young peo­ple have abil­ity of good so­cial skills can in­flu­ence their aca­demics, be­hav­iour, so­cial and fam­ily re­la­tion­ships and healthy ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. So­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy are dou­bleedged swords. It’s awe­some that it dis­tracts us to the point of be­ing blind and deaf to ev­ery­thing else go­ing on.

The next decade will be even more amaz­ing and un­pre­dictable than the one go­ing on, just as no one could pre­dict what would hap­pen with so­cial me­dia in the last decade, no one can ac­cu­rately pre­dict where this tech­nol­ogy will take us. —La­hore

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