Karachi bomb blasts

There have been confusing reports regarding the two bomb blasts that occurred in Karachi on Feb 5 in which 35 people were killed on the spot and at least 100 others were injured. None of them seem to point out the real culprits.

The first incident took place on Shahra-i-Faisal when a motorcyclist suicide bomber rammed into a busload of mourners. At least 12 people died in the blast. The second attack took place outside the emergency ward of the Jinnah Hospital Karachi when the wounded from the first attack were being brought to the hospital.

A third bomb containing 25kg of explosives was also found at the Jinnah Hospital and defused by the bomb disposal unit.

Why has this serious issue suddenly been put on the backburner? What are the police doing about it? Who was behind these attacks? Isn’t this an attempt to create Shia-Sunni divide?

I request the Government of Sindh, including all relevant law-enforcement agencies, to ensure our safety by taking stringent action before it is too late.  





Exchanging renewable energy ideas

India’s Indus Commissioner G Ranganathan said at the end of his five-day visit to Pakistan that the current water reduction in the rivers was the result of weather variations rather than any activity on the Indian side of the border.

The fact that an Indian delegation has visited Pakistan to assure cooperation in resolving the water issue is in itself a positive development.

The role of environmental factors cannot be denied in the current dry spell that has left rivers in Pakistan with dwindling water. One of the major concerns of Pakistan is that less water will be available for Hydro power generation if the dry spell continues hence aggravating the Pakistan’s energy crisis.

Pakistan’s concerns are legitimate and India’s response to those concerns seems to be responsible.

We share the same subcontinent whose lands are nourished by the water that flows from the glaciers of Himalayas.

The climate change that is threatening us has to be dealt with joint efforts to protect environment and one of the ways to protect environment is to promote renewable energy especially wind energy.

India has comprehensive polices and advanced programs for promoting renewable energy. India has installed capacity of 10,891 MW to produce electricity through wind and has a solid industrial base to produce wind turbines.

Pakistan has not been able to tap its vast potential of producing electricity through wind energy. India’s renewable energy policies could help Pakistan to overcome the policy impediments that have blocked the growth of renewable energy sector and development of renewable energy industrial base. Water is scarce but wind is free. Isn’t it a win-win situation if Pakistan and India collaborate in this sector?  





A forgotten promise

Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haque recently announced at least 2,000 vacancies for lecturers in different institutions of Sindh.

He also promised to fill such vacancies through the Sindh Public Service Commission at the earliest.

However, till today no such advertisement has appeared in any newspaper.

Educational institutions in Sindh, particularly in the interior, are suffering badly due to shortage of teaching staff.

I appeal to all concerned to fill these vacancies of lecturers in Sindh as soon as possible as it will serve two purposes: improve the quality of education and reduce unemployment.  





Scrutiny of doctors

The recent upsurge against the malpractices of doctors may have bought solace to many who have suffered due to the negligence of those “unqualified” doctors who got license from our competent authorities to practise medicines.

But, probing the issue closely, one finds that we are actually embarrassing the highly qualified doctors who have saved millions of lives.

These foreign-qualified doctors could have easily been practising in the countries like America and Europe and could have led a better life financially and socially, yet they came back to their country and have been providing us the treatment well matched with one given in developed countries.

It is worth stating that we live in a country where the health sector has not been a priority and where conditions of our government hospitals are not congenial and, hence, those who can afford are forced to seek services of private hospitals.

By launching a campaign against private hospitals and their doctors we are forcing the foreign-qualified doctors to go back to those countries where there are systems to safeguard their rights.

Here the question also arises that if some doctors have been negligent in treating patients, not all doctors should be targeted because of the few individuals.