Hala needs attention
Nabi Bux Kori, 40, a mason, living in Ajan Shah Village near Hala town, said that the law and order situation in the area has deteriorated. It is not safe to travel after 6 pm in the evening to the Hala city areas or even in other villages. Kidnapping for ransom and snatching of valuables is a common practice in their area, which has increased the level of fear and stress among villagers. They are always in the grip of fear of kidnapping, saying that they had never faced such problems in the past. The civic infrastructure and roads conditions are abysmal and unsafe to travel. Ali Hassan Kokhar a 35 year old labourer living in a suburb area in Shadi Khokhar about 20 km away from Hala said that they have been living there since many decades but there is no development by any government. They are still living without basic facilities like safe drinking water, gas and roads.
Since many decades, the people of Hala and its surrounding areas have been casting votes in all the general elections for Makhddoom family, mainly contesting elections on the tickets of Pakistan Peoples Party. But after the elections, the elected representatives do not even bother about the deteriorating conditions of educational facilities in their areas. Simultaneously the law and order situation in the area is terrible. Police is not willing to eliminate this lawlessness. Hala, a historic city of Southern Sindh, is a leading centre of the Suhrawardi family of Sufism from the 16th century onwards. There was a time when many pilgrims were attracted to Hala to learn gentler Islam. Sufis worked to build bridges of inter-racial, inter-ethnic and crosscultural understanding for years.
Sufis of Hala, used to take care of the basic needs of the common people and were doing social work to facilitate their followers. It was through institutions designed not only to serve the destitute, the homeless and the ill, but whose overall purpose was to redirect the society as a whole to the goal of uplifting the people spiritually, psychologically, morally and physically. Old generations of modern Hala seems taking pride in their land and its history but is worried about current disorders.
The current situation of the city is pathetic. Peaceful Hala has now turned into a roaring business centre. Hustle and bustles of Chingchi rickshaws, crowd of vendors and green grocers has taken away all the beauty of the city. The Taluka Municipal Administration and districts government institutes are taking no interest in tackling these serious urban issues.
Mir Muhammad Babar, 40, living in a village Vanjheri Sharif said that they have no access to their representatives to record protest. There is no gas; many times contractors visited for gas but process have not been initiated yet. For around 500 homes village, there is no medical facility for the common people. In emergency situation people have to travel to the city areas for treatment, which is costly too, he said. — Via email