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Kartarpur Corridor: A road to peace
Pakistan is all set to open its doors for Sikhs from all across the globe, as the construction work on Kartarpur project enters final stages and will be open to public on 9 Nov 2019. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Indian Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.
Every year thousands of Sikh devotees come from India to Kartarpur to celebrate Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary. Kartarpur is located in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. About three kilometres away from the border with India, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is located on the banks of River Ravi in Pakistan and is the site where founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak, spent his life’s last 18 years before dying in 1539.
Considering the current hostile situation between the two neighbours after the Pulwama attack and scrapping of J&K’s special status by India, Kartarpur corridor can serve as a peace gesture and confidence building measure between India and Pakistan. This initiative cannot only serve as a tool of religious and cultural diplomacy to promote peace and harmony by bringing people of two countries together, but also has the potential of enhancing tourism in Pakistan.
The final post-mortem report of high-profile murder case of Dr Namrata Kumari, final year student of Bibi Aseefa Dental College, Larkana, has finally been issued by the Woman Medico-Legal Officer (WMLO), Dr Amrita of Chandka Medical College Hospital. As per the autopsy report the death of the deceased has happened by producing Asphyxial signs caused by ligature on the neck as the ligature marks tally with the ligature found. Such signs are produced either in strangulation or hanging and to be ascertained through circumstantial evidence as corroborative at the crime scene by state investigation authorities, she added. She said in the report that DNA test confirms of a male DNA profile indicated from semen stains & clothes in sent, high vaginal swab also indicate sexual act with the deceased.
Dr Namrata Kumari was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her hostel room on 16 September 2019. The VC, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, had claimed at the very outset prior to police investigation that Dr. Namrata committed suicide but this final autopsy report has exposed that Namrata was actually raped and then murdered.
After massive protests across the province and abroad Sindh Government had ordered judicial inquiry to find the truth which is being conducted by the District & Sessions Judge, Larkana, on the directions of the Sindh Government through Sindh High Court which is still underway. Dr Vishal, brother of the deceased, had also claimed that her sister was killed which now has been proved. Now police will have to trace the accused either through DNA or through its probe after the judicial inquiry is completed, the experts opined. Punishment awarded to the perpetrators of the crime would deter others to repeat the crime.
Rain rescued the first T20 for Pakistan against Australia but mediocre performance in second match brought defeat for green shirts. Pakistan has to play aggressively against Australia and show some courage to defeat the strong team. The ease with which Australia snatched the match is awesome.
More hard work, concentration and application is required from our top batsmen and economical bowling is the need of third match to level the series. Alternatively, our losing streak will continue relentlessly.
Social media or social evil
The world is now a global village. Living far away from each other and long distances doesn’t really matter. We are able to communicate with one another with just one click. Over past few years social media has grown very fast. People have access to any kind of information with just a button press.
It has many advantages but on the other it has boosted up the concept of cyber bullying and other social evils. People can look through someone life’s activities very easily and pass comments and might even have right to judge. Fake online identity, hacking, cyber bullying are the terms that has been increasing with the growing age of this social era. One must carefully weigh the positives and negatives before engaging in social media. If used in the correct way social media can be a beneficial tool for mankind.
M SAAD HUSSAIN
Pressure faced by adolescents
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to raise the issue of pressures faced by adolescents. In the absence of proper counselling, an adolescent is likely to take to crime, start drinking, get involved in fights, enter the world of drug trafficking or get engaged in verbal, physical or sexual abuse. Crime by young people has become rampant in metropolitan cities. The adolescents are thrown in the criminal world at a tender age being oblivious to the path of being a criminal.
Secondly, kids who start drinking before the age of 21 are more likely to be involved in fights, commit crimes, use drugs and engage in verbal, physical or sexual violence. The youth of today are technical and are deprived of fun they can have in playing football on the actual ground than on a FIFA game, play station. It leads to obesity, the root cause of many medical problems. These issues can be handled with the combined efforts of parents, society and social organizations. Moreover, the police and other law enforcing agencies should reach these teenagers and counsel them properly.