People are talking about —

By Our Correspondent
December 03, 2023

— the fact that come winter there is an influx of expos and exhibitions that provide a respite from hectic life and social activity on weekends for families to enjoy and these events were accessible to all without any admission charges. Now organizers have begun charging an entrance fee, leaving the public grappling with increased expenses for family outings and families accustomed to freely roaming around these showcases are reconsidering their participation due to the high entrance fees.

An undated image of the road leading towards Islamabad's Faisal Mosque after rain. — Radio Pakistan

— the sad fact that even sports are made controversial in our country because of unnecessary interference. People say sports have the unique capability to transcend borders, cultures, norms and languages, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among people. Sporting events often serve as platforms where individuals come together to celebrate athletic prowess, showcase sportsmanship and build connections that bridge cultural gaps, while the shared passion for sports can create a powerful bond among people, promoting understanding and goodwill among citizens of different backgrounds.

— one of the major reasons for the low turnout among young people during elections is a lack of insufficient education about the political system, electoral processes and the significance of voting. People say distrust in political institutions and politicians also lead young people to disengage from the electoral process, especially if they believe that their voices won’t be heard as there is a lack of representation of young voices in leadership, which contributes to a sense of exclusion. .

— how in a world of ground-breaking medical advancements, such as the first ever eye transplant, it’s disheartening to witness tepid enthusiasm for organ donation in Pakistan, as despite the ethical transplantation law passed over a decade ago and religious leaders from all sects endorsing it, inertia surrounds this critical practice. Overcoming this resistance involves addressing cultural and religious concerns, while engaging religious scholars and community leaders can dispel myths and promote organ donation as an act of compassion.

— the widespread sale of artificial milk made from harmful chemicals, how the unregulated distribution of this chemical laden milk poses severe health risks and the fact that it’s disheartening to see the lack of oversight from the food control department and the apparent disregard for health standards by dairy shop owners out to make a profit. People say rather than providing nourishment, artificial milk is linked to various diseases, including food poisoning, gastrointestinal complications, heart problems, cancer and even death.

— the hundreds of under age, daily-wage sanitation workers who sweep the streets of our cities and whose lives - and that of their older colleagues - are controlled by contractors and subcontractors; are paid an illegal wage and made to work for thirty days every month. People say words like democracy, constitution, and the rule of law are irrelevant and meaningless for them because circumstances do not allow them to get an education and they are paid less than half the minimum wage.

— the sad fact that even sports are made controversial in our country because of unnecessary interference. People say sports have the unique capability to transcend borders, cultures, norms and languages, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among people. Sporting events often serve as platforms where individuals come together to celebrate athletic prowess, showcase sportsmanship and build connections that bridge cultural gaps, while the shared passion for sports can create a powerful bond among people, promoting understanding and goodwill among citizens of different backgrounds. — I.H.