Condition Of Pakistan

  • During his trip to Karachi on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan abruptly announced that all Bengalis and Afghans, who have been living in our motherland for decades, should now issue CNIC and Passports, this would inevitably make them formal citizens of Pakistan. It is clearly evident that the prime minister has turned his attention to the plight of marginalized and forgotten communities. According to the current PM, neglecting such communities, with a long-term presence in our country, would result in pushing individuals towards desperation and crime. Furthermore, all those residing in this country should live a life of dignity and respect. Nevertheless it is important that the Parliament along with the provinces and those communities where Afghans and Bengalis inhabit should be consulted  before any action is taken. Along with all the advantages there are some factors that require PM Imran Khans attention. For example, granting voting rights to massive groups nesting in Karachi and Quetta could alter the electoral dynamics and introduce shifts at the provincial level. All sides should consider every aspect before finalizing their decision.

    Gender inequality has always been a barrier to human development in Pakistan. Such controversy needs to be acted upon urgently as it will benefit the country’s economy and in process increase the life expectancy of current population that is estimated to be 66.6 years. Pakistan has been ranked 150th on the annual UN Human Development Index, which lists 189 countries in categories such as life expectancy, education, living standards. This country, having the slowest growth in South Asia lags behind India, Nepal and Bangladesh in most social indicators. There are lack of opportunities and empowerment when it comes to women, which could either be caused due to insufficient education or lower income, such factors create limitations to the country’s advancements. Among many detrimental practices that deny women’s agency, childhood marriages must be stopped as it undermines women’s education and income. For too long women’s rights have been neglected and they in general have been considered inferior to the opposite gender in health, education and politics. The fastest way for this country to progress is by providing women with the freedom that should have been theirs for centuries.          

     As Ashura falls on this years Friday, so come the majalis and mourning processions on Muharram 8, 9, 10, which will bring forth the biggest turnout of people. Security measures in several parts of the country have been announced by the administration. In Balochistan 20,000 law enforcers will be placed on security duty, while 70,000 police personnel will be deployed across Sindh. With hundreds and thousands of majalis being organized all across Pakistan, it is a major challenge for the state to provide such security covers. Since the new administration are in place, they need to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of thousands of people in each province. In any case of disturbance, the state community and Ulemas must do their utmost to calm matters and restore order. While the mourning period reaches its climax on Ashura, majalis continue nonetheless which is why security concerns should be dealt with immediately.