A com­mend­able de­ci­sion

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

lost their lives be­cause they didn’t get med­i­cal help in time.

Balochis­tan, un­for­tu­nately, is the least de­vel­oped prov­ince of Pakistan. And now this earth­quake has de­prived hun­dreds of peo­ple of what­ever they had. It is time the en­tire na­tion, es­pe­cially the Pak­istani ex­pa­tri­ates, as well as in­ter­na­tional donor and aid agen­cies came for­ward to help the dis­as­ter­af­fected peo­ple of Balochis­tan. Sarim Sheikh Maryland, US

The ar­ti­cle “Whither Wildlife?” ex­plores a sub­ject which is very rel­e­vant in to­day’s world and yet is hardly given the at­ten­tion it de­serves. The in­dif­fer­ence to­wards this is­sue is not limited to govern­ments only. Peo­ple, too, do not bother much about wildlife. In both Asia and Africa, ele­phants, tigers and rhi­noc­eros are be­ing killed in large num­bers for their tusks, hides, horns and other body parts. In the South Asian con­text, the pop­u­la­tion of the Ben­gal Tiger has de­creased to such an ex­tent that the IUCN has clas­si­fied it as an en­dan­gered species. Ac­cord­ing to some es­ti­mates, only 2500 tigers re­main in South Asia. Of the eight tiger sub-species, three have al­ready be­come ex­tinct. Another en­dan­gered an­i­mal is the snow leop­ard

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