Sir,

A grassy football ground is being developed in Korangi K-Area. One point of concern is that this ground is being cordoned off and covered with huge ugly walls, giving the look of a fortress or a jail.

While we are spending a considerable amount of money on this facility, can’t we do it using a little aesthetic sense and cover the ground’s boundary with iron grills?

This will reduce the cost of the project while it will enhance its elegance and beauty. We hope our request will be considered by the relevant authorities.

ZEESHAN SHAFI & RESIDENTS Korangi

Who will save Karachi?

Sir,

The recent spate of killings in Karachi has compelled me to pen down a few lines about the aggravated law and order situation of the city. It is the responsibility of the government to guarantee the security of life and property of its people, but the government of Sindh has totally failed to fulfil its constitutional obligation.

The politics of reconciliation (there is virtually no opposition in the Sindh provincial assembly), has proved to be a total disaster for the residents of Karachi as thousands have lost their lives in political and ethnic killings since 2008. Turf wars between political parties and rampant extortion has resulted in a flight of capital from Karachi.

The metropolis is the economic hub of Pakistan, yet no one is willing to put an end to the killings in the city, which is actually the jugular vein of our country.

The police force is incompetent, politicised and ill-equipped to tackle the various criminals operating in the city today. It is beyond comprehension as to why the army chief, DG ISI and corps commander Karachi are paying no heed to the law and order situation of the city.

There is no point of investing a sizeable chunk of the budget on defence if the life and property of citizens is not safeguarded.

Even the suo motu action by the chief justice last year on Karachi killings did not yield the desired results as the perpetrators were neither identified nor brought to justice. If an elected prime minister can be shown the door for not writing a letter, then some heads must roll for the innocent lives lost in Karachi.

It is high time that somebody at the helm of affairs called a spade a spade and devised a strategy to stop the bloodshed in the city, whatever the political repercussions may be. I hope and pray that the city once known as the uroosul bilaad (Bride of the cities) and roshnion ka shehr (the city of lights) regains its lost peace and prosperity.Ameen.

MUHAMMED ZAFIR ZIA Karachi

Benefits of Ramazan

Sir,

The month of Ramazan is a wonderful opportunity for Muslims to develop feelings of compassion for the needy and to renew their faith.

However, it is a sad fact that many people have labelled this month as the month of cooking shows and late-night shopping.

The month has a special significance. But instead of contemplation, people tend to spend time in shopping malls. We ought to finish our shopping earlier, and traders also need to complete their sales earlier so that both the buyers and sellers could gain the most of Ramazan’s blessings.

DR RABIA AKHTAR Gulshan-i-Iqbal

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Updated Jul 29, 2012 10:17pm

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