Voice of the people – Pakistan Observer

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Unfair shifting of LM Library

The recent decision to transfer books from Commander Shahzad Library in Lala Musa (LM) to Kharian has stirred a profound debate within our communities, questioning the fairness of depriving one city to establish a library in another.
In 2008, the displacement of Kharian Municipal Committee’s library and its relocation to Lala Musa highlighted the fragility of our cultural institutions. Despite challenges, individuals like Deputy Nazim Chaudhry Irfan Ahmed Safi and Commander Shahzad, an associate of President General Pervez Musharraf, established a vibrant library in Lala Musa.
However, recent events, including the contestation by Kharian Welfare Trust and the decision to transfer books back to Kharian, have reignited tension and raised fundamental questions of equity and justice. Is it fair to uproot thousands of books from one community to rectify the grievances of another, especially when disparities in resources and historical context persist?

As citizens deeply invested in the welfare of both Kharian and Lala Musa, we implore the Deputy Commissioner of Gujrat to intervene swiftly and impartially. It is imperative to seek a resolution that upholds the principles of fairness and inclusivity, honouring the aspirations of both communities.
The commendable efforts of Kharian Welfare Trust to pursue justice must now be met with a commitment to prevent further injustice. Let us not build our dreams on the ruins of others’ aspirations but rather strive for an honourable solution that unites rather than divides.
In closing, I echo the sentiments of my fellow residents: Kharian is ours, and Lala Musa holds a cherished place in our hearts. May our city officials find wisdom and compassion in their deliberations, guided by a steadfast commitment to the common good.

AIJAZ AHMAD PASWAL
Lala Musa
Transportation woes

Transportation services in Sindh are deteriorating by the day, with even renowned local operators contributing to the decline. Recently, some friends travelling to Karachi shared their harrowing experience with me. They described a journey marred by frequent stops at every city to pick up passengers, resulting in discomfort and safety concerns. This practice not only slows down the journey but also compromises passenger safety, particularly in the winter months when fog blankets the region during mornings and nights.
To exacerbate matters, bus operators prioritize profit over passenger comfort by allowing local vendors to board and sell their wares during stops. This not only creates an uncomfortable environment but also poses significant safety risks, especially for women, students and families.
I urge the Minister for Transportation to take decisive action against operators who prioritize local passengers over ensuring a comfortable and safe journey for all. It is imperative that steps be taken to address these issues and improve the overall transportation experience in Sindh.

AREEBA ALTAF
Larkana (Sindh)
Water woes

A home without water is like a tree without blossoms. Water, the fundamental need for all living things, sustains life on Earth. Unfortunately, in Gwadar, a vital city for Pakistan, residents face significant challenges accessing clean water.
Much of the water supplied to the city lacks taste and quality, leaving locals with no option but to rely on tanker deliveries. Despite paying for these services, many residents still receive water that is dirty and saline. This persistent issue remains unresolved, forcing residents to consume unsafe water.
It is imperative that the provincial government takes immediate action to address this critical issue. Clean and safe water is a basic necessity and every effort must be made to ensure that residents have access to it. The provincial government must prioritize this matter and take decisive steps to provide Gwadar’s residents with the clean water they deserve.

ULFAT NAZEER
Via email
Discipline essence

Discipline is one of the most essential elements of human life, making us the smartest among all living beings. Simply put, wanting discipline means self-control. It is considered the key to success and contributes to making our lives beautiful. Discipline brings better health, more respect, increased harmony and, above all, shapes a perfect human being. Its significance extends across various aspects of today’s world, be it at home, school, or in all phases of life.
The lessons of discipline commence with parents teaching children good habits, such as meeting their basic requirements. On the other hand, every individual should be willing to sacrifice for creating a positive environment. Discipline not only manages your time but also shapes your life. Time management equates to life management.
Discipline is not just necessary but also vital for any civilized society. In fact, discipline and Nature are synonymous. Anything defying or interrupting the natural order becomes a calamity. Similarly, life without discipline can become chaotic.

The term ‘discipline’ refers to any training aimed at developing moral character or instilling a specific pattern of behaviour accepted by various institutions and society.
MAHNAZ AMAN
Karachi

Box letter
Education crisis
One of the paramount challenges facing Balochistan is the dismal state of its education system. Despite its sizable population, the province grapples with numerous foundational shortcomings, including a lack of schools and qualified teachers. In many parts of Balochistan, the concept of schools and teachers remains virtually non-existent, posing a critical issue for its residents. As the population steadily grows, particularly in towns and villages, the provincial government’s failure to provide adequate facilities exacerbates the problem. Consequently, many students receive minimal to no education due to the absence of school infrastructure, coupled with their parents’ inability to afford education elsewhere in the country. It is imperative for the provincial government to prioritize the revival of education at both primary and secondary levels. Addressing this issue requires urgent attention and action. The government must undertake comprehensive efforts to improve access to education and ensure that every child in Balochistan has the opportunity to receive a quality education.

RAHAT AHMED
Quetta