Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Child abuse

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines child abuse and child maltreatment as “all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.” Current policy response to the issue of child sexual abuse is not consistent with the ideals of human rights and framework of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC). Policy and legislation is not holistic, strategic and right based but incident based and punitive which is contrary to good policy practices and against the spirit of international conventions. There is need to harmonize national laws of Pakistan with international laws. The policy for addressing the problem of child sexual abuse should be consistent with framework of UNCRC child rights and based on comprehensive quality and quantitative data related to various important aspects of the problem.
Rizwan Bashir Bhatti
Quetta
Amid Pak T-20 miracle

Thy name is humility or humbleness my beloved Pakistan. Seeing is believing and testing is confirming. Your broad-mindedness and lion-heartedness prove second to none. You have no room for narrow-mindedness and chicken-heartedness. It has been truly and thoroughly unearthed and exposed in and out that India sabotaged New Zealand and England tour of Pakistan. What Indian intelligentsia manoeuvred means to their pundits and magicians is KARNI DHARNI——”As you sow so shall you reap”. Despite India masterminding and sabotaging New Zealand and England tour of Pakistan resulting in colossal financial loss to and demoralizing of cricket lovers in Pakistan, Pakistan’s record-breaking, historic and magnanimous T-20 win over India is never used or manipulated as “sweet revenge.” Pakistani nation, especially leadership and specifically media did not even remind India of the above said Karni Dharni to taunt, satire or ridicule the boasting but bamboozled India or shattered and mesmerized Indians over how cunningly they sabotaged the New Zealand and England tour of Pakistan. Such example is second to none in elevating cricket as a gentleman’s game! Pakistani crowds, players, media, leaders, public and the nation at large are naturally rejuvenating and celebrating the monumental T-20 cricket win over India with vim, vigour and vitality home and abroad with enlightening of a nation from Karachi to KP.
Parvez Jamil
Karachi
Grow plants

Growing plants is the only way to protect the environment as they produce oxygen and provide food shelter. However, in Pakistan, we see rain everywhere except unfortunately in Turbat, where there is no rain. The month of September and October has been hot. In Turbat just authorities should provide the citizens to grow plants and I will be the first citizen that I will grow plants and I will till the importance of growing plants that what are benefits of growing plants. Therefore, growing plants is the way to save ourselves and it is our responsibility to grow as many plants as possible to save the world from global warming.
Shakir Kb
Sanganisar
Neglected district

Ghotki is known to be one of the backward and neglected districts of Sindh. It is the district of high production and most neglection. This underdeveloped region consists of five functional sugar mills and one of the largest gas-producing fields of Pakistan, the Qadir-pur gas field. This field, which commenced in 1995, is one of the major reserves of Pakistan. It comprises 57 producing wells. Despite the fact, the citizens of the region are destitute of gas even though it is being produced at 8 kilometres distance from their homes. Not only that but Ghotki is not provided with the basic facilities of health and education. Hospitals lack proper functioning, and there is no university-level institution except for the branch of Shah Abdul Latif University. This part of the region needs serious concentration. At least the basic facilities are the basic rights of the public.
Abdul Slaeem
Ghotki
Fog of dread


Smog is a huge challenge for Pakistan, especially Lahore. Over the past few years, Lahore’s weather condition has become progressively worse because of pollution. The biggest cause of this pollution is smoke caused by burning garbage, agricultural waste, etc. The situation deteriorates during winters when this smoke mingles with fog. Smog is a mixture of smoke and fog and causes illness as well as deaths of people. The relevant authorities, especially those of Punjab should work to rid the country of this issue. They need to ban the burning of waste materials. If they do not take measures even now, the situation will only get worse in future.
Imtaiz Javid
Awaran