Garbage in posh localities

Published Jun 04, 2013 05:09am

I FEEL sorry to write that the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are living in areas filled with filth and dirt. Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, is considered to be one of the most developed cities of the country. I see a lot of filth in the ‘posh’ localities of Defence, Clifton and PECHS. It is very surprising that an area like Clifton, which comes under a cantonment, is in such bad shape, with broken roads, overflowing gutters and filth.

I see innocent young children playing in grounds full of garbage and picking throwaway litter and leftover edibles. Young boys carrying bags of filth on their bicycles are seen roaming around open vacant plots of the land to find something which can fetch them some money.

People, even educated ones, throw away their broken furniture, electronic equipment, burnt bulbs in front of their houses. Broken glasses and bulbs can hurt these children who come to pick up this filth for the sake of their bread and butter. Garbage trucks which are supposed to pick this litter are not regular.

Pakistanis visit Europe and Western countries but do not learn and care about cleanliness. Islam teaches us that cleanliness is Imaan (faith). Before praying five times, it is an obligation to wear clean clothes and wash your face, hands and feet.

MOHAMMAD AHMED Karachi


Do you have information you wish to share with Dawn.com? You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Collective will

LATELY there has been an increasing clatter in the media and social circles about how to face terrorism and Indian...

Port Qasim

IN every government organisation, there is a facility called extraordinary leave and ex-Pakistan leave, which is...

Killing houbara

ONLY this year a courageous and conscientious game warden in Balochistan, Jaffar Baloch, blew the whistle on the...

Comments (6) Closed




G.A.
Jun 04, 2013 11:59am
Cleanliness is half the faith. Maybe that's why people reject it because its only half. They want full faith.
Nauman Q
Jun 04, 2013 08:33am
M Ahmed, how very true. As I tourist, I am awed to see the beautiful houses in the areas that you mention but am appalled at the indifference at the public of not supporting their neighbourhoods by indiscriminately dumping the rubbish on pavements and in empty plots.
Razzaq
Jun 04, 2013 10:01pm
Apart from people being not properly educated, Karachi have no local government in place therefore, no one can be blamed for sure.
Fazlul Bari
Jun 05, 2013 09:34am
First of all who create garbage? Those rich people who lives in a posh area create garbage. They should find the way to dispose the garbage appropriately. Instead garbage are left on the corner of the street or dumped on open fields. One can blame government for doing nothing about garbage, but they are one live with their own garbage. I was disgusted seeing open line of sewage flowing to the ocean near Defense residential area in Karachi. Has any rich and affluent resident of Defense objected and prevented such a humanitarian crime polluting the ocean?
Farhan Jumani
Jun 04, 2013 05:59pm
I think, this is intentionally planned activity to annoy people with filth and dirt. Otherwise This is not possible roads are full of garbage dumps and institutions are doing nothing. Few days back dawn reported St. Andrew church wall was broken because of Garbage Dump. As soon dawn news project within third article the garbage space was clear and move to other side. Therefore i think this trouble has been created intentionally for the people of Karachi.
Raj
Jun 04, 2013 11:51am
Go to India and visit rich localities , There it is worse. Garbage is not picked up at all. In some localities , there ar no public toilets at all and poo people have no choice but urinate o defecate when nature calls. So Pakistan can be considered 1000 times better than overcrowded and dirty cities of India.