Voice of the People

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Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan

Whenever it comes to defending the homeland, the name of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan will always be remembered.

Pakistan today stands as an invincible country due to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, who gave this country a nuclear identity in the world.

Today he is now more with us. He was given state funeral at Faisal Mosque. A large number of people including Cabinet members MPAs MNAs and military officers as well as public attended the funeral prayers.

His everlasting staunch endeavours and the assets he left behind will live on forever. He had done his best to strengthen Pakistan’s defence capabilities. He is widely regarded as founder of Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent program.

Dr Khan was a manifestation of courage, bravery and selflessness. Dr. Khan is the only Pakistani to have received the highest civil award of “Nishan-i-Imtiaz” twice in August 1996 and 1998.

The passing of Dr Khan is a huge loss for the country. His role in making Pakistan an atomic power remains central.

If Dr Abdul Qadeer had not made Pakistan a nuclear state, our neighbouring enemy country would have destroyed us long ago.

Today the whole nation is paying homage to this brave scientist who made country an atomic state.
I have no words to describe the benevolence of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan towards my country. The defence of this country has become invulnerable for our future generations. The people of Pakistan will always be proud of their nuclear scientist. May Almighty ALLAH bless him highest place in Jannat.

IRFAN ALI QAZI
Karachi

Remembering Dr A Q Khan!

Great people are always great. They have qualities of head and heart and are remembered in golden words.

Generally speaking, great people are great server and saviour of mankind. They oblige others with their unmatched ideas and works. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was one them.

He excelled as a student and got masters degree from Germany and obtained PhD degree in metallurgical engineering.

In 1983 Dr. Khan was sentenced in absentia for trying to steal enrichment secrets from the Netherlands.

He denied the charges, and his conviction was overturned in 1986. In the words of William Jones; “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

Dr. Khan was considered the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program and a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb. He will live on in this world and will be remembered for all the time to come.

KHUSHAL KHAN
Peshawar

What a CM!

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, people have lost their jobs and have nothing to eat since the last 22 months and the CM of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Thackeray is not even willing to help them out financially.

Even the free ration which the CM had promised to give the people during the lockdown period was not given to them.

The people of Maharashtra are fed up of the CM because he has also instructed the railways not to issue single or return journey tickets for single and double vaccinated commuters in spite of the court giving orders that vaccination is not compulsory and all people, including children, can travel by local trains even if they are not vaccinated.

JUBEL D’CRUZ
Mumbai, India

Uneducated agents and dealers

Pakistan, a developing country with one of the fastest growing population in the world, is at the crossroads of an indigenous urban population growing at incredible rate.

The lack of infrastructure and services in rural areas, economic and social factors is driving the population from rural areas to urban centres at a pace that is beyond the capacity of the state, municipalities and urban development authorities.

The metropolis is rapidly transforming both vertically as high-density plazas take place of low occupancy buildings and horizontally as more housing societies spread the borders of the cities.

While the new housing societies do plan for the densification, raising high-rise in urban centres come with greater problems than they can resolve as urban centres lack the infrastructure for densification.

These housing societies are a boon as they not only provide unprecedented services to the residents, they also takes the load from the municipalities and government as they are already overloaded to cater to the city’s needs.

Shelter is one of the basic necessities of life and takes the biggest portion of one’s financial as well as emotional resources.

Housing ownership not only relieves that anxiety, it promotes citizen’s participation in the development work as well as social cohesion as the occupants feel the emotional and social attachment, permanence and plans for the future at that place.

All these reasons drove the demand of housing to unprecedented levels, not only as a shelter, but also a roaring business.

As a concerned citizen, I urge the government to check into the irregularities occurring in the estate industry which can lead to negative and potentially dangerous consequences.

Considering the huge unmet housing demand of Pakistan, the real estate market has been overtaken by uneducated agents and dealers who don’t have the necessary skills to guide people further, and in most cases leads to cases of fraud.

Wisely conceived, mandatory requirements can serve public and private sector interests well and will develop the confidence of people, especially overseas Pakistanis to invest their hard-earned money in this sector without having any fear of scam.

MUHAMM SAGHEER
Islamabad

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