Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Maturity crisis in Pakistan

Through your renowned newspaper I want to bring your attention to a basic problem developing in our country. Nowadays, poverty is a problem for a specific fraction of our community, similarly, inflation is not a problem of everyone, in the same way, weightage of rupee against the American dollar, but maturity crisis is a problem common to every person, despite how much wealth he owns, how much well educated he is, what standard of life is he living. Accor-ding to me there are only two types of person in society, mature and immature. So for a balanced society and its progress according to the needs of developing world every person should be mature and civilized, so he could understand his duties towards society and can contribute to its progress. So, my request is to the government that it should take serious measures to deliver awareness in masses about maturity crisis.
Muhammad Farooq
Layyah
Child labour in our country

In recent years many campaigns have been organized against employing children in mines, factories, motor garages, hotels, restaurants, tea stalls, and shops. But somehow the lot of poor children working as servants, in the households, has been overlooked. There are only a few households that provide their child servants with adequate food and clothing. They are deprived of education and their wages are paid to their parents and the money is rarely spent on them. No doubt, it is the extreme poverty of the parents that forces the children to adopt such a profession at a minor age. Child labour remains one of the major problems afflicting Pakistan and its children. Pakistan has passed laws in an attempt to limit child labour and indentured servitude, but those laws are universally ignored. Some 11 million children, aged four to fourteen, keep the country’s factories operating, often working in brutal and squalid conditions. The consequences are staggering. Child labour can result in extre-me bodily and mental harm, and even death. It can lead to slavery and sexual or economic exploitation. And in nearly every case, it cuts children off from schooling and health care, restricting their fundamental rights and threatening their futures. And so, we need strict laws and a thorough economic reform to reduce their poverty. The spread of literacy is also essential to wipe out this shameful custom still prevalent in our country. It is high time that the exploitation of these children is brought to serious consideration.
Ahsan Nasir
Lahore
COP26 and Pakistan

Climate conversations (Conferences of the Parties) at the international level have been taking place from as far back as 1995 with limited success. At COP21 at Paris in 1995 for the first time ever something momentous happened: every participating country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below two degrees and to aim for 1.5 degrees in order to save lives and livelihoods. The Paris Agreement set out that every five years countries must set out increasingly ambitious climate actions and update their long-term plans for reducing carbon emissions. COP26 was held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland from 31st October to 13th November this year. Ex-US President Trump opted out of the climate change talks but President Biden’s Administration has rejoined COP26 with John Kerry as its representative. Big carbon emitters like India have extended their timelines for the net zero target beyond 2050 while Australia refuses to cut down on the use of coal. In this context former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is of the view that awareness of the consequences of climate change should be increased among children in schools. Pakistan is among the ten countries most affected by global warming. In this context PM Imran Khan’s Billion Trees Tsunami is a large-scale effort to avert deforestation in the country. At the current pace of global warming coastal cities like Karachi and Gwadar, and low-lying countries like Bangladesh, could get flooded as early as 2050. In a survey of 93 cities globally in terms of air quality, Lahore is among the more polluted cities. Brick kilns and petrol and diesel vehicles are among the main culprits. Electric vehicles and alternative kiln technologies are safer substitutes.
Saad Maqbool Bhatty
Islamabad
Secrets to a long life

According to the World Bank, the average life expectancy of Pakistanis is around 65 years, while that of Europeans is around 80 years. There are several reasons for this discrepancy. First, a number of people in Pakistan are suffering from mental health issues, such as depression. This depression is usually a result of unemployment. Shockingly, most people who commit suicide are usually between the ages of 15 and 35. Second, Pakistan’s environment is dangerously polluted, which fosters different deleterious diseases that can prove fatal. It is imperative that we keep our environment clean and that the government ensures that it creates jobs for the unemployed.
Waseem Ahmed
Hub