Why the culture of corporal punishment must end

Why the culture of corporal punishment must end

Saba Chaudhary

Child abuse and corporal punishment is very serious issue that needs to be addressed. Recently, on the plea of celebrity activist Shehzad Roy, the Islamabad High Court banned corporal punishment in schools, but this ruthless practice sadly still exists in some institutions. And it is rampant in small towns and underprivileged areas. Children in rural areas of Pakistan are already victims of everyday punishment by being denied their basic right and quality education. The education system in Pakistan needs an overhaul as it has become only a money-making machine that even if you don’t pay them fee timely they punish you. Instead of nurturing brilliant minds, children are desensitized to this kind of abuse and this culture of normalizing toxic practices keeps haunting coming generations. Continue reading “Why the culture of corporal punishment must end”

Healthcare Crises in AJK

Healthcare Crises in AJK

Rehan Toqeer

Though the healthcare system is not ideal anywhere in Pakistan, but the situation in its administered territory of AJK paints a very bleak picture. The health care system here has been neglected over the years by successive governments to a point where standards of health care delivery are almost non-existent here. They have never made any attempt to improve the situation and deliver affordable and quality health care to the general public. As a result, the healthcare system is in shambles here in AJK. The fragility existing across the entire health sector of AJK has been glaringly exposed by this pandemic. As the corona virus is spreading its tentacles here in AJK now, the shoddy infrastructure of existing hospitals is entirely incapable to handle the situation and is almost near to exhaustion now. Continue reading “Healthcare Crises in AJK”

Teach Us Our History

Teach Us Our History

Sohaib Rehmani

“The Khilafat movement in the Indian subcontinent proved to be a great success,” were the exact lines read from our textbook by our Pakistan studies teacher in my second year of FSC. This was in clear cut contrast to what I had studied in the compulsory O level Pakistan Studies subject that everyone in Pakistan has to take to study here, which explained how Khilafat movements failed to achieve their objectives. Continue reading “Teach Us Our History”

Flaws in our democratic system

Flaws in our democratic system

Mahnoor Bajwa

The subcontinent was ruled by the British using a democratic system. Muslims tried hard to attain a separate homeland and succeeded on August 14, 1947. Newly existing state due to lack of proper structure painted their way of governing (democracy) upon themselves. It’s the system in which the majority of the people choose their representatives through general elections. Basically, the main purpose of this system is to know about the needs and problems of country men and solve them by using appropriate methods to raise the living standards of people as well as the standard of state in the whole world. It’s the best and the most successful way of governing but unfortunately, it is not successful in Pakistan as it should be. Continue reading “Flaws in our democratic system”

The fiction of online classes

The fiction of online classes

Salman Sikandar

Munir Uddin belongs to Chitral and is a student of history at GCU Lahore. I met him for the first time in Nasir Bagh infront of GCU where he was attending a study circle about the history of student movements. Since then, I often used to see him sitting in front of Bukhari Auditorium where he used to sit alone and read books about history and politics. Continue reading “The fiction of online classes”

On racial discrimination

On racial discrimination

Ateeqa Atia Ul Musawar

Why did our heart throb with pain at the brutal murder of George Floyd? Why did we put scornful and loathsome expressions for white people in United States of America? “Black lives matter.” Do we really wonder about that it is the only slogan which needs to be buzzing for the annihilation of stereotype of racial discrimination? Why do we have prodigious emotions when we read Long Walk Through Freedom by Nelson Mandela? Strong emotions peeped out of body through the tender layers of eyes when we study with fully fledged endorsed sentiments having the mish mash of both contempt and destitute. Do we really think we are in innocuous pace if we don’t own sooty and black color behind the layers of our skin? Continue reading “On racial discrimination”

Empowerment begins at home

Empowerment Begins at Home

Qaanita Shahzad

Hats off for South Asia’s domestic culture! Men being the beings responsible to earn for the family assume it as their only responsibility. I am not denying the fact that to earn is not a piece of cake, it is definitely not easy to bear the boss’ anger, staying engaged with the office work for many hours of the day, putting in all your mental capabilities, being on toes continuously and all that stuff but when the modern men of today talk about “women empowerment” outside the boundary of the house, they need to think again. Continue reading “Empowerment Begins at Home”