Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Save young people

Drug addiction is increasing day by day and it has engulfed Hub, the city which connects Balochistan to Sindh, along with many other parts of Balochistan and even entire Pakistan. There must be more and more rehabilitation centres in the country for the treatment of drug addicts. Not only this, the drug addicts should be enrolled in these rehabilitation centres for their better future. Drug addiction not only harms a man. It harms a complete society. Due to drug addiction, people cannot distinguish between what is wrong and what is right? They go for stealing and adopt many other bad ways to earn money and buy themselves some drugs. Recently, social welfare department established a drug rehabilitation centre in Hub which is a great achievement for the people of Hub. We hope that sooner or later, drug addiction will root out from the city.
Sadia Fazal
Hub city
Street crimes

The increasing number of street crimes and dacoities in major cities of Sindh like Hyderabad and Karachi are mostly the result of escalating inflation, unemployment and anarchy. Due to the ever-increasing inflation, those from poor and lower-middle class families prefer stealing to death. The crime rate in these cities increased drastically during and after lockdowns as people lost their jobs. Also, unemployment has risen drastically over the years. Where jobs are available, they are underpaying. Many people then find crime to be a more profitable option. However, committing crimes would have never been this easy if lawlessness had not been prevanlent in the country. In recent years, law-enforcement agencies have failed to catch most culprits – let alone recover stolen valuables. This has emboldened criminals. The only way to address this grave problem is that law-enforcement agencies perform their duties with utmost responsibility and that the government do its duty of providing for people. Otherwise, the law-and-order situation in Pakistan will only worsen.
Sadia Jamali
Hyderabad
Not brand conscious

Those in Pakistan who are capable of thinking – rare as that may be – want to know the effectiveness and performance of the incumbent rulers. They are not concerned with this ‘brand’ or that, but rather with the government’s performance in office. Imran Khan and his team must understand that being popular and being effective are not the same. No doubt, Imran Khan as ‘Imran Khan’, may be one of the most popular people in the country, but as Prime Minister, one does not think so. How can the country prosper under the leadership of the ‘brands’ in power when they are devoid of vision and mission? Many people are not optimistic about the country rising to the status of ‘great nation’ – not when most of its leaders fail to think in terms of humanity and unity, and instead focus on ethnicity, cast and sect.
Hashim Abro
Islamabad
Sheer negligence

Murree witnessed a disaster that culminated in the needless deaths of at least 23 people. It is high time that the district management formulated a strategy for handling the huge influx of tourist to Murree. The rents of the hotels should be formalised and listed officially.
Their room capacities and parking spaces should be accounted for and tourists should have prior reservations. Only a specific number of vehicles should be allowed to enter the area.
Given that there are limited roads leading to Murree, it not difficult to count and limit the vehicles entering the city. Every week, a new coffee house sprouts up on the Murree Expressway which has no parking place, forcing people to park on roads, restricting traffic. It seems that there is no zoning along this expressway and it is free for all those with money and power.
Ayub Malik
Rawalpindi

Farming failures

Pakistan has everything an agricultural economy may need: four seasons, wide plains and well-planned water ways. However, over the years, agricultural output has been decreasing for several reasons. The biggest of these is urea crisis. This is a man-made crisis. Farmers are exploited endlessly by dealers who are hoarding the urea. It is being sold mostly to those who have ties with politicians or are huge landlords. Smaller farmers are denied or quoted exorbitant prices. The price of one sack of urea for dealers is Rs1750. They then sell it to farmers for as much as Rs2700. If this situation goes on for long, there will be grave implications. Pakistan will face even more food insecurity, economic collapse, unemployment, and poverty than it already is. Hoarding should be curtailed. Also, with the ever-increasing costs of farming, the government should increase the prices of crops.
Muhammad Hayat Wassan
Khairpur Mirs