Death fest

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Sal­man Soomro Karachi, Pak­istan

The Pak­istani na­tion was hor­ri­fied to see over 100 chil­dren dy­ing of hunger and dis­eases in Sindh’s Thar Desert – hardly a month af­ter PPP CoChair­per­son Bi­lawal Bhutto held the Sindh Fes­ti­val with great show and pomp, not to men­tion af­ter spend­ing mil­lions. The most prom­i­nent fea­ture of the Sind­hFest was its open­ing cer­e­mony that was held at the her­itage site of Mo­henjo Daro. One would like to know how much pub­lic money was wasted on the ar­range­ments and on tak­ing dig­ni­taries and guests to the site in char­tered planes.

I can’t help think­ing that while the fes­ti­val was held with much fan­fare as so­ci­ety begums at­tended fash­ion shows and bought de­signer dresses (to help some no­ble cause, mind you), the poor chil­dren of Thar, de­prived of wa­ter, food and health care, were inch­ing to­wards their deaths. Bi­lawal Bhutto did visit the famine-struck area once the me­dia re­ported the sit­u­a­tion but his visit can’t bring those chil­dren back.

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