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Attack on Muslims

I heard very sad news about the killing of Muslims in New Zealand during Juma prayers. This is not the first case of its kind, I have heard about the killing of innocent Muslims before also. It has happened more than one time that Jews or people belonging to other religions or faiths have killed innocent Muslims. Why? No one knows except those who are killing them. This is not fair and also no one is taking action against them.
Looking at the situation, we used to know that it is not the plan of any one individual, there is any mastermind working behind it, but the question is why they are killing Muslims? Still no clue could be found regarding this question. Authorities in NZ should try to find out the real person behind this killing. Not only authorities in New Zealand but also authorities in other states where acts of killing have happened such as Canada where a mosque was attacked in 2017 as well as Sweden, Holland etc.
KASHIF RASHEED
Sukkur

Muslim homes set ablaze

At least 200 Muslim homes have been set on fire and many vehicles damaged in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut city, some 70 km away from the Indian capital of Delhi. Attacks on Kashmiris and especially Muslims have drastically increased after Pulwama incident on Feb 14. Ironically, instead of taking action against the culprits involved in burning down the homes police filed FIR against unknown men and arrested around six Muslim men in this case. According to some critics, Modi government has totally failed to protect the life, property of the Muslims and other minorities.
Muslims are the biggest minority in India, which faced Hindu enmity not only today but even before partition. The roots of Muslim rage run deep in India, nourished by a long held sense of injustice over what many Indian Muslims believe is institutionalized discrimination against the country’s largest minority group. Disparity between Muslims, who make up 13.4% of the population, and India’s Hindus, who hover at around 80%, are striking. Indian Muslims have shorter life spans, worse health, lower literacy levels and lower-paying jobs. In a nutshell, Indian Muslims live on sufferance.
Afia Ambreen
Rawalpindi

Gender inequality

Doubtlessly, Pakistan’s women have made progress in different domains such as health, education, among others, but still face sizable gender gaps. Whatever is being disseminated in the workshops, seminars and symposium arranged both by the government organizations/departments or the non-governmental organizations, at the root level, the picture is very different, better to say disappointing.
From the situation and system, it is patently evident that gender equity or equality, especially increasing female empowerment through jobs at the federal and provincial level, is not the priority of our incumbent rulers. Like other parts of the country, many highly educated and talented women and girls from the province of Sindh, in particular, form the rural areas are reported jobless and their parents are wandering from pillar to post in search of appropriate job(s). Many competent women have become overage, but no job. Currently several Sindh job quota positions are lying vacant both at the federal and provincial organizations. Why those shouldn’t be filled with girls and women from Sindh to close the gender gap?
For the pursuit of economic growth and development there is dire need to increase female participation, reduce gender inequality and raise awareness about the positive impacts of empowering women and girls throughout society. Our present rulers both in the centre and in the provinces must prioritize gender equity and implement a gender quota system.
In this connection, it is proposed that the rulers should focus on these four areas such as economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment so as to attain gender parity in the country.
HASHIM ABRO
Islamabad

Women’s Day

Social media has been spooked with the banners and posters which are displayed on the women’s day in various parts of the world and particularly in Pakistan by masses belonging to progressive strata of the country’s spectrum. The slogans on charts and posters looked more like sexiest expletives than to highlight circumstances confronted by women such as harassment, sexual assault, acid attack and patriarchy. This day is celebrated in many countries to foreground women’s rights and their provision.
The purport of this day is to mock marginalisation of women in society and how they are not allowed to get rights equal to their counterparts. Women have multifaceted the progress in countries where they are free to get education and work, but in Pakistan bars are not removed yet. To have same success, it would be more valid to raise suppressed women’s voice than to manifest naked phrases and bared ideology
AQEEL ABBAS
Sargodha