THIS refers to the letter ‘Self-financed senators’ (March 10). I endorse the suggestion that the government should consider setting up a ‘businessmen’s section’ in the Senate with two or three seats from each province solely reserved for the business class.

However, 50 seats the said letter suggested are way too many. We would not like our Senate, which is a key constitutional legislative forum, to suddenly turn into a ‘businessmen’s club’. However, two or three such seats from each province can be ‘auctioned off’ and the proceeds may be spent on development activities like poverty alleviation in the province of the ‘winning’ senator.

Likewise, technocrats, economists, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, architects, urban planners and overseas Pakistanis can also lobby the government, or the quarters concerned, for a reserved seat or two for each such professional constituency.

The aim should be to foster the influx of educated, multi-skilled and talented people into the Senate, thereby helping to convert the forum into a modern platform for the country’s upward trajectory in the coming decades.

Abbas R. Siddiqi
Lahore

Published in Dawn, March 25th, 2021

Opinion

Diverging paths
15 Apr 2021

Diverging paths

The strategy paper shows a significant deviation from the commitments given to the IMF by Hafeez Sheikh.
Judging the judges
15 Apr 2021

Judging the judges

In the end, like Joan of Arc, they were made to pay with their blood.
People to people
15 Apr 2021

People to people

India and Pakistan are losing out on potential public diplomacy efforts.
Hostage to extremism
Updated 14 Apr 2021

Hostage to extremism

Once again, the TLP has succeeded in bringing the administration to its knees.

Editorial

15 Apr 2021

Afghanistan exit

THE Biden administration has now given a more definite timeline where the withdrawal of foreign forces from...
15 Apr 2021

New census

EARLIER this week, the Council of Common Interests approved the controversial National Population and Housing ...
15 Apr 2021

With no place to go

No matter where one looks, one can’t escape the heartrending sight of scores of children of all ages begging, ...
TLP protests
Updated 14 Apr 2021

TLP protests

For the good of the country, and its image as a nation where extremism has no place, such groups must be strictly reined in.
14 Apr 2021

PPP’s formal exit

THE PPP’s formal resignation from all offices of the PDM comes as no surprise after weeks of tension and public...
14 Apr 2021

Natanz attack

AS the P5+1 and Iran try to breathe life back into the JCPOA, as the nuclear deal is officially known, it appears...