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Blame culture
Blame culture has become synonymous with our society. You go anywhere, be it rural Pakistan or urban Pakistan, you see and experience blaming culture. Our educational institutions and other public sector organizations are an ideal breeding ground for blaming culture or passing the buck. So blaming people we have in this society, nowhere in other parts of the world, it seems that is deeply ingrained in our psyche.
I wish and pray if we have had blameless and just culture in our society. In a blameless culture people are free of blame, fear and recrimination and they learn from their mistakes. In a just culture people would be ready to admit to their mistakes because they know they would be treated justly and fairly. Circumstances would be taken into account and fair judgments would be made. So if we want a just culture in our society, we must hold people accountable, not ridicule them
HASHIM ABRO
Islamabad

This is a difference

Post-Pulwama attack, there was a precarious war-brink situation between Pakistan and India. Meanwhile, Indian government and media left no stone unturned to isolate Pakistan in the comity of nations through baseless allegations. But, soon all its war-mongering attempts got foiled due to Pakistan’s statesmanship role, thereby constantly sticking to peace and negotiations from the day first. Both nations of Pak-India and the world watched the charade that how Indian media resorted to beating war drums and bashing hysterically based on lies, deception and misinformation and concluded the difference between both countries.
On one side, Indian PM Modi gave free hand to his military to act in whatever manner they wanted against Pakistan, and on the other side Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan kept insisting on peace and talks to resolve the matter, even offered help in investigating the Pulwama case. The sane people across the globe compared both the leaders in this context and widely applauded PM Khan for his sophisticated statesmanship approach to de-escalate the situation. This is the difference between an Oxford graduated Imran and boorish Modi. This is the difference that Pakistan released the captured Indian pilot on the very next day and in reward, India sent a corpse of a Pakistani prisoner and martyred two soldiers on Line of Control. This is the difference between a belligerent, jingoistic India and civilized magnanimous Pakistan where in one country a federal minister(Fayyazul Hasan Chohan) had to lose his ministerial seat on making anti-Hindu remarks whereas minorities in other country is treated worse than animals on behest of ministers: Muslims are lynched by allegations of using beef, Kashmiris are thrashed and killed assuming them traitors for their self-determination struggle and even Hindu Dalits are considered untouchables, downtrodden and underprivileged and even they are not spare of brunt of Hindu extremism. Now, India has been exposed as a hawkish state and faced embarrassment for its blatant lies before its own public while Pakistan has triumphed in printing its positive and peace-loving-state image in world community.
ZAHID ALI ZOHRI
Gilgit-Baltistan.

Women safety

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to express my concern about women safety. There are thousands of crimes being committed against women in every corner of the world. And it is not just rape. Women are molested — sometimes at their workplaces, on the streets and even at school.
The graph of crime against women in the country has been recording a spurt for the last few years. Crimes against women have increased manifold during the recent past. This alarming rate of increase in crimes is a cause of concern for all right-thinking citizens in the country. Lack of moral education, propagation of violence in films and television serials, irresponsible police behaviour and a desire for easy money or undeserved prosperity in life is some of reasons that lead to crimes. There are also several cases of sexual assault and acid attack. Women are also the victim of domestic violence. When we turn the pages of a newspaper, we come across many headlines reporting cases of sexual assault, molestation, sexual harassment, rape, trafficking, ill-treatment of women in houses, violence against women in remote areas etc. The crime comes amid heightened concerns about sexual violence in Pakistan. It seems that criminals are no longer afraid of the law.
It is also evident that cities in Pakistan can no longer claim to be safe for the growing number of working women. We must have remedial or curative measures such as fast-track courts especially dedicated to deal only with these offences and crimes. These can be made responsible to clear the cases on day-to-day basis with the fair trial as its core principle. The law should be strong enough so that nobody could ever imagine doing such things. It is time the government undertakes drastic measures to put an end to crime against women.
SHAFAQ TARIQ
Karachi

Terrorism

Terrorism is something which all over the world is a major problem at the moment. Terrorists were not born but they were made in the name of religion. None of the religion preaches terrorism nor asks the followers to take the life of other people but it was preached by wrong leaders and innocent people fall as a prey and lose their lives and kill other people as well.
Terrorists do not understand that by acting in the name of terrorism, they are bringing disgrace to their own religion and at the same time ruining their own country and people and when they are no more.
Jubel D’Cruz
Mumbai, India