THIS is apropos a news item in which Nawaz Sharif promised to build a train and a motorway from Karachi to Peshawar. Projects such as the bullet train or motorway have played a vital role in boosting the economy in developed countries. But the question is: can we afford it?

Unfortunately, more than 50 per cent of our population is illiterate. The majority is unable to get clean drinking water, while getting basic health facilities is l a dream for people who live in rural areas. We are far away from an average peaceful society. Thus, instead of starting new infrastructure projects, we need to focus on our primary issues.

It is also suggested that the new government should prepare long-term and short-term policies on key issues like education, health, security, private and public-sector organisations and population growth. In this regard, all opposition parties should be in unity and every stakeholder must commit to continue the same policies.

KHURSHEED MEMON Karachi

Laptop & marginalised students SHAHBAZ Sharif has introduced laptops scheme for students. But I feel that some students are being marginalised. I am doing MPhil in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi.

I am not eligible for the laptop because I am doing a job. Now my question to Shahbaz Sharif is: what about those students who work to support their education? If I need to work to pay my fees, then why I am being marginalised and not being given an opportunity?

Before making a policy, one should see that which class is affected by it. Shahbaz Sharif needs change this policy.

ANSARI Rawalpindi

Updated May 13, 2013 03:23am

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Comments (13) (Closed)


paklover
May 14, 2013 03:04pm
Yes, they should think of getting brains first, before running bullet trains!
rabbani
May 13, 2013 07:34am
If you had known Nawaz Shareef, you would not have asked this. He gives statements like these very often.
Tawheed
May 13, 2013 10:59am
A bullet train is just a mirage... Pakistan does not have electricity to fulfill its industrail demands, from where is it going to get enough energy for a bullet train. Plus, the current train infrastructure is pathetic. A bullet train needs world class infrastructure and maintenance. Then the manitenance. The maintenance budget of a bullet train is much much higher than Pakistan can afford. It would be better to invest in other, more realistic projects...
Rosilva One
May 13, 2013 11:37am
Dear Mr. Memon Nations succeed when they have high speed modern communications infrastructures. That is why Punjab is ahead of Sind, because PML (N) concentrated on infrastructure development even in villages. Visit interior Punjab and see for yourself. Metropolitan areas are not everything.
Rosilva One
May 13, 2013 11:40am
Dear Ansari Sahib We should stop groaning and moaning. Governments cannot give everything to everyone. It is better to work rather then live on handouts.
Agha Ata (USA)
May 13, 2013 01:14pm
Bullet train when half of the nation cannot even read and write? My humble suggestion is that opening new schools and educating masses (COMPULSORY EDUCATION) should be the TOP PRIORITY, not the bullet train.
G.A.
May 13, 2013 03:45pm
Why dream of bullet trains when they can barely run Pakistan Railways, or whatever is left of it?
mazen
May 13, 2013 04:15pm
There is a maxim that Think before you speak. But unfortunately this doesn't apply to Mr.Sharif. He wants to build a bullet train when about 40 % of people are destitute. Unemployment is rife and we have been suffering from this conundrum of load shedding. It's better for him not to give his words.
hyderphd74
May 13, 2013 04:27pm
If people do not believe him, how come he gets elected? It is undoubtedly very easy to fool Pakistani voters.
Alam Zeb Khan
May 13, 2013 05:53pm
Nawaz sharif need bullet train not schools/hospitals because that is how he will get kick back. When the railway is destroyed instead of repair the destrcution he wants to create another monster for the country. Shame on you
khalidmurad1
May 13, 2013 08:33pm
They will go for what enlarges Raiwind Sharif, may that be bullet or metro. After all they have invested so much, not to look for your distitute. This time it will be "Mulk Bachao", instead of "Mulk Sanwaro", as they are in hard competition with Zardari. Allah Khair Kare.
Syed
May 13, 2013 08:39pm
I wish if Sharifs and PPP could understand difference between providing goods/cash and providing services. Provding cash and laptops to the people from the tax money is extremely easy, but improving health, education policing system requires good governance. These dramaybaz won't ever understand.
simlpysaints
May 14, 2013 12:39am
I think we should have a bullet train... one that hovers because we sure do not have the tracks to run a modern train. Also, are bullet trains not powered by electricity? Hmmm...