People’s Voices – Pakistan Observer
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For the blind community
The Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) has been working in the Larkana District branch since 1991.
It has 100 active members who volunteer for the welfare of the blind community.
Jobs include education, security, personality grooming, and wellness. I have met a few who complained that the government is forgetting about us. We have no share in the budget. The funds are not given to us.
The 100 active members of the PAB collect financial support from different sources. It is high time the government took concrete action for the welfare of the (especially) blind community.
Quality institutions such as schools, vocational training centers and health plus life security cards must be issued to them.
Such quality institutions can cherish talented young people who could work as leaders. We have precedents like Yousif Saleem, the first blind judge, who was sworn in in 2018 after passing the legal competition.
Like him, many can achieve the highest goals. They are part of society and could contribute to the better living of the disadvantaged community. The government must create jobs for them to live the life of an ordinary man.
It is the state’s responsibility to look after all segments in general and special people in particular. Being special, they need special attention.
MUJEEB ALI SAMO
Impact of confinement on social relations
Family and friends both play an important role in our life. Based on my observation, the majority of people feel more comfortable with friends because they are their peer group and they can express their feelings quite openly.
People feel embarrassed to say things in front of their family members. The majority of families are also not very open-minded and have restrictions.
Friends are an important part of our life. We share our feelings and problems with then without any hesitation. We feel more comfortable talking to them.
In the pandemic situation, people were estranged from each other and were unable to express their feelings. According to research, many people were depressed and anxious.
We cannot express our feelings through social media because there is no correspondence between face to face meetings. People were depressed, which resulted in distancing in relationships.
But many people have come closer to their families and have had a good impact as well. But majority relations are undermined.
People should give themselves time because the lockdown is open now. They need to remember the good times they have spent with others, and at least give time to clarify things. It will change mentalities, and also dispel many misunderstandings.
Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area and the richest in natural resources.
In addition, it enjoys a strategic location and the coastline of Balochistan is approximately 770 km.
However, it pains me to mention that illegal trawling is at its peak and poor fishermen lead miserable lives.
In addition, fishing is the main source of livelihood for the people living along the coastline of Balochistan i.e.Gwadar, Pasni, Jivini, Ganz, Ormara, etc. Fishing is considered one of the riskiest activities in the world.
According to the International Labor Organization for Safety and Health at Work, around 24,000 deaths occurred in the fishing industry worldwide last year.
However, illegal trawling is a key factor in global overfishing and it threatens the marine ecosystem, endangers food security and regional stability. Apart from that, it is linked to major human rights violations and even organized crime.
More importantly, Pakistan is home to a 1050 km long coastline of which 750 km crosses the largest province of Balochistan.
Illegal trawling in Balochistan began in the 1960s and in 1971 the government of Balochistan issued a Fishing Ordinance for the Prevention of Illegal Trawling in Provincial Waters in order to save the marine ecosystem.
At the time, trawlers were not equipped as they are today to fish intensively and extensively. The problem with trawlers is that they also damage the ocean ecosystem.
A trawler discerningly catches every life and object he encounters. These objects sometimes include endangered fish and even vulnerable deepwater corals.
This collateral damage also devastates large areas of seabed habitat that provide marine species with food and shelter, leaving the marine ecosystem permanently damaged. Trawling also pollutes the sea with oil and other chemicals.
The majority of people living along the country’s coastal areas depend on fishing for their livelihood. Hopefully the authorities concerned will listen!
Turbat, Kech Balochistan
Wearing two masks will be more suffocating
As a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic crosses the country, health experts are encouraging people to wear two face masks, a practice commonly referred to as ‘double masking’.
Wearing one mask as is is suffocating, even if worn for 30 minutes. Wearing two masks one on top of the other will be more stuffy.
Water is the basic necessity of life without which humans and animals cannot survive.
Despite such importance of water for the survival of Thar’s living beings suffer from its devastating crises. They all suffer calamity due to political neglect at a higher level.
The problem can only be solved if governments pay serious attention to this crisis and use all funds allocated to water scarcity management to copy the crisis instead of corrupting it. The people of Thar need an adequate canal system to meet their water needs.
In addition, they should be proud of the plants treated with salt and fluorine, so that they can drink clean water and lead a healthy life.
RASHED HAROON UL