LACK OF INTEGRITY: The official who had grabbed media hype about so-called ‘irregularities’ in elections and sudden awakening of his conscience subsequently backed out of his statements, leaving one wondering if this is the stuff the officers are made of these days. Bureaucrats, military officers and poli- ticians are manifesting lack of integrity and ethical values. As the social order is disintegrating, the selection process and training of officers, both civil and military, are degenerating. The official concerned was neither a fool nor a patient of clinical depression. Yet he chose to behave the way he did. Why? He deserves to be given an exemplary punishment.

Khayyam Durrani
Karachi

GWADAR IN DISTRESS: Heavy rains have caused significant destruction across Gwadar, resulting in the loss of over a thousand homes and other structures. The community is currently in need of food, clothing and medical assistance. Social media posts suggest that the affectees have not received any assistance from the government so far. The federal and provincial autho- rities must extend all possible support to Gwadar during this critical time.

Siddique M.B.
Turbat

ORANGI TRANSPORT: The daily commute has become a hassle for the residents of Orangi Town in the absence of public transport facilities. Orangi has a population of around 2.5 million, and thousands of people have to commute to the main city centres after changing two to four buses on their way, further increasing the commute woes . This not only costs them more than necessary, but also wastes time and energy. Between 2002 and 2005, the Urban Transport Service (UTS) was introduced in Karachi, and one of its various routes covered the Orangi Town, which was a blessing for the locals. However, after UTS became history, Orangi was never provided with a single public-sector transport service. The locals desperately need a proper transport service.

Dawar Shoaib
Karachi

Published in Dawn, March 14th, 2024

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