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Plastic bags

Plastic bags are a major contributor in plastic pollution – a
kind of pollution which is deteriorating our environment. It is a threat to life on Earth. As plastic bags cause land, air and water pollution, therefore, they must be banned. These have been banned in various countries. However, they are still being widely used in most parts of the world and are proving to be hazardous for the environment. Plastic bags are readily available in the market and are used widely. These are especially popular at the grocery stores since they come handy in carrying the grocery items. Available in various sizes these are quite economical and also easy to carry. However, the cost we are paying for using these bags is overlooked. These bags are costing us our beautiful environment. Yes! The plastic bags that we use in our everyday life are hazardous for the environment. The problem is much serious than it appears. Researchers claim that plastic bags are a major cause of water pollution. These are also responsible for making our agricultural lands infertile and a cause of a number of other serious problems. Many countries have banned the use of plastic bags in order to ensure a cleaner and greener environment. Our country has passed some laws to prohibit the use of plastic bags. However, the implementation of these laws hasn’t been proper. These are still available in the market. The retailers provide goods in these bags and the shoppers gladly take their stuff in these easy to carry bags. It is time each one of us must understand the severity of the issue and stop the use of plastic bags. It is high time we must understand the intensity at which plastic is destroying our environment and making life difficult for plants, animals, marine creatures as well as human beings. The use of plastic products must be lowered to ensure a cleaner environment.
SYED AAMIR HUSSAIN
Karachi

Meerut attack

The heinous, distorted and disgruntled face of India has come out of the veil of Communism. 200 houses of Muslims have been burnt in India in the garb of removing encroachments. Ironically. FIR has been registered against six Muslims. India has become frenzy as extremist Hindus are hastily converging upon saffronisation; making it difficult for minorities especially Muslims and Christians to live and move freely. The recent incident of terrorism against Muslims is example of scapegoating which Muslims had earlier faced in Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar.
Contrary to this in Pakistan a Minister lost his ministry for speaking rough against Hindus. India should learn a lesson from this event. Human Rights Watch Dogs must come forward and stop India from going frenzy against Muslims. Muslim countries must also raise their voices in support of Muslims and take concrete steps for their protection.
IFTIKHAR MIRZA
Islamabad

Promotion of education

Education is the fundamental right of every individual which is granted by our own constitution. Getting education should be free for all and Islam teaches us about equality between male and female in all aspects. Painfully, in Balochistan the gender equality is lost where females are not allowed to gain education without which the nation can never progress at all.
Similarly, females are one half of our total population if females remain illiterate, so no nation can develop further. Females education is must in our country in present time. Without the help of government our country or nation cannot progress. However, education is needed for both males and females. So, we must educate our females, because, they will be able to do something in their lives. The government must focus to represent education system in Balochistan. I hope that they will resolve the problem very soon in bringing equality in our society.
JAMEEL PHULLAN KASSAKI
Kassak

Green line bus project

Green line bus project was launched by PML-N led Government in Karachi and objective was to facilitate commuters to have decent and signal-free journey right from Surjani Town to Tower. This project was to be completed before completion of last Government’s tenure but it could not happen so as normally projects in Pakistan are not accomplished within stipulated time. Since the tenure of last government has over now, this project is in disruption and construction work has slowed down albeit from Surjani Town to Guru Mandir, majority of the work; roads, bridges and bus stations have almost been completed.
The real construction work is yet to be started; from Numaish to Tower and in fact, to ensure proper and steady flow of traffic in this particular area, this project was aimed to address traffic jam issues. Commuters are now facing more traffic jam issues than before as alternate roads are opted by vehicle owners because MA Jinnah road is blocked from Numaish to Capri Cinema in order to construct underpass, roads and bus stations. Present Government should pay proper attention to accomplish this project as early as possible because billion of rupees have already been spent on this project.
FAISAL ANSAR
Karachi

Dual nationality

A good number of civil servants in the country hold dual nationality. These civil servants are entrusted with the task of running the state and they are also involved in policy making decisions. Considering the sensitive nature of duty, the dual nationality clearly falls under the ambit of ‘conflicts of interest’ This shows that Pakistan’s administrative class itself has no confidence in this country and their first preference after retirement is to settle abroad. Such mistrust by the administrators themselves is a paradox.
Our mandarins don’t want to get treated in the hospitals they administer. They do not want to send their children to the school they run, last but not least they don’t want to live in the country they pretend to serve. Whatever the reason our civil servants offer for this state of affairs, the truth is that the bureaucracy still runs on colonial principles. The government that has promised change should give serious thought to civil services reforms. It should ensure that government service do not have dual nationality. This is the best way to ensure that this country’s interests are kept supreme.
ZARNAB NADIR
Karachi

Success comes through persistence

I have seen that success comes to those who are persistent, focused and organized. No matter what they endeavour, you can only be successful once you clarify your objectives and focus on achieving them. Success is hidden in man’s purpose. It depends on a person’s spiritual and intellectual consideration. God has not created human beings of the same calibre and skills. God has gifted every individual with the skill that suits his calibre so that in the process of success he can accomplish his work with his skills.
Therefore, it is extremely essential to know ourselves; we must explore ourselves because the self-attentive faculties within us are like a magnet it attract those things which suit our calibre and skills, these are stored in the memory and are utilized when required. Motivation is one of the driving forces in attaining success. There could be many obstacles to hinder success but one can overcome them by the tools of patience, tolerance and determination because sometimes success is obtained after a long period of time. Lethargic attitude always results in misfortunes.
Consequently, we should avoid mismanagement because it destroys our internal skills. We can take advantage from the experience of our elders relating to the various fields of life. We should make the best of our time. Failure could frighten us but it is like a mirror in which we can clearly see the reflection of our faults. In fact, failures are the stairs of success. Thus, there is no short cut of success. Consider yourself fortunate. Take charge of your life by using this piece of writing to certify your importance to achieve high success.
MYRA MANSOOR
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