workers and an increase in salaries is completely justified. The authorities should immediately act upon it to improve the functioning and infrastructure of the corporation. Such types of progressive amendments, along with strategies to curb power shortage in the country, may result in better service delivery by KESC.
Progress is impossible without the preservation of labourers’ rights. As labourers form the backbone of our economy, let us hope that pleas made on several social fora can become effective in producing favourable results.
Pakistan’s political crisis
Sir: As a former citizen of Pakistan I am appalled by the recent events in the country. The constitutional crisis created by the current regime has weakened the foundations of Pakistan and threaten its national security. It was a denial of democratic government by an army bent on misruling the country that created a constitutional struggle that resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. The massacre of innocent citizens of former East Pakistan, by a debauch military ruler, after denial of the 1971 election results, was the last nail in the coffin of democracy. There was already a lot of resentment against the imposition of Urdu as the national language, in violation of democratic norms. It is ironic that Bangladesh was created to achieve the goals set by Quaid-e-Azam, which were subverted by his successors immediately after his untimely death.
The present protests in Pakistan augur well for the future of democracy. We wish Pakistanis well, and hope they realise that the only way to ensure the long-term national security of Pakistan is to have a democratic system of government, with no political role for the army, an independent judiciary and a free press. The people of Pakistan should reject politics based on religion, ethnicity or linguistic divisions.
RIAZ UL HAQUE
GT Road off-limits
Sir: Recently Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was advised against travelling to Lahore via GT Road to address the Lahore Bar Association on May 05, as there were reports by the ‘agencies’ of a possible terrorist attack on him. Who would want to kill the CJ? His present struggle and the judgements of the Supreme Court under him in several controversial cases have made him very popular. The government should not be attempting to bar him from using his constitutional and lawful right of addressing bench and bar. It would amount to a breach of the government’s promise not to restrict the CJ’s movement across the country.
Preventing the CJ from travelling on the GT Road and live media coverage of the proceedings might usher in another big crisis, which the government might not be able to handle.
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