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Minister’s silly statement

EVER since the recent prices hike, it is increasingly becoming very difficult for a layman to make ends meet. People have been vocal about their woes but there is no lack of tone deaf responses. One such ridiculous and fatuous statement has given by Speaker of KP Assembly Mushtaq Ghani, while addressing at Peshawar Press Club, saying ‘2 ki jaga 1 roti khayain’ (take one bread instead of eating two) to cope up with poverty and inflation. In response to a question relating to inflation and poverty, he said, “If a person, who eats two rotis in a day, bring the number to one then the next day he can afford to eat two to three rotis”. I dare to ask him, what about those who even cannot afford to have one roti? By doing so, will our crippling economy boost up?; Why do not you try this idea/formula first at your home?
It is very difficult to comprehend the logic behind his statement, but it is an absolute stupidity. Also, it is confusing that if the minister wanted to imply that the poor people of the country have created their problems by eating a lot. Prime Minister Imran Khan should censure such ministers to give out such irrational and nonsensical ideas and statements which add fuel to fire to public woes.
Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan

Cage the ghosts

The issue of ghost employees in Sindh has been of great concern over the decades. It is very unfortunate that the authorities seem completely insouciance and happy go lucky before their might. There are about 2379 teaching and none teaching staff in education and literacy department, who have been wallowing their wishes by remaining absent from their duty.
Around 1500 medical employees do not render their services. Moreover, because of political backing, some 750 employees of KMC and 723 of KDA are busy at doing their other chores. Same is fate of many other departments along with livestock and fisheries, local government, social welfare department etc. There is no institution or individual more powerful than the State. Thus it is mandatory for state to take the initiative and solve the issue of ghost employees.

Gujrat city development

I recently visited Gujrat City and found shabby roads. Whereas, its neighbouring cities of Gujranwala and Jhelum have far better roads with visible development. Roads of Gujrat are poor and driving on these them is difficult with potholes everywhere. Moreover, I noticed that the official buildings of Gujrat City are not maintained by the authorities requiring simple whitewash as one notices by passing through the city.
Besides, I found one Tajmal Hussian Park on GT road in shabby condition whereas it needs simple maintenance by the staff concerned. Therefore, I request the Gujrat Administration to pay full attention to the issues and resolve them as soon as possible so that the historic city of Gujrat on main GT road may look like a city of its worth.

Unanswered questions

Some pertinent questions, which somehow have remained unanswered for years together, continue to perturb the mind of this scribe like large number of people across the country. PPP Chairperson and twice former prime minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was brutally murdered in Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi on December 27,2007 when she was leaving after addressing a public meeting. Her Chief Security Officer Rehman Malik reportedly had fled from the scene of the tragedy for the reasons better known to him.
Afterwards, he was made the Interior Minister when PPP government headed by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and then also elected as Senator. On BB’s first death anniversary, President Asif Ali Zardari is on record to have said that he knows the killers of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but he will disclose their names at an appropriate time. More than 10 years have elapsed but Asif Ali Zardari has not found the appropriate time to name his wife’s killers. PPP Founding Chairman and democratically elected Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, his two sons and a daughter somehow all met with tragic deaths one after the other over the years. It remains a mystery as to who had dared to eliminate Mir Murtaza Bhutto in target killing right outside his residence – 70 Clifton in Karachi. And, could Asif Ali Zardari become under-graduate President of Pakistan had Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto been alive ? Any correction and information regarding these pertinent questions will highly be appreciated.

Deteriorating law and order

I am writing this to express my deep concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the city. The incidents of theft, jewellery, purse and mobile snatching, eve-teasing, extortion, gang wars, etc., are on the increase. There is an atmosphere of insecurity and fear, thus no resident dares to go out after the dark.
We have lodged written complaints with the local Police Station in which we requested the SHO for permanent patrolling by the cops during the evening/dark. In spite of our repeated complaints, no action has been taken. Now I on behalf of the residents of the city have decided to bring the attention of the concerned authorities to the problem through this esteemed newspaper. I am hopeful that it will help us in bringing normalcy to our city by publishing this letter in the Daily.
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