By Wajahat Ali
“Youth is the future”, “Youth is the backbone of society”, “Youth is the future of Pakistan”. These were Google’s suggestions when I just typed “Youth is the” in the Google search box. So what will happen if there is no youth? What happens to Pakistan and to the society?
I raised this question because of somewhere in Pakistan in a lonely district also known as Tharparkar, which apparently nobody cares about, infants are dying of malnutrition. The number has reached to atleast, atleast eighty this month while 300 in this year.
Let’s go into a scenario, where we are left in a desert without food and water, for miles you can’t see anything but sand and barren land. We have walked for miles while the sun keeps making our neck burn, when the wind blows instead of cooling you down, it slaps you in the face with a hot air making you feel like if you breathe that hot air in, your lungs will get cooked from the inside.
We suddenly see a man with a big camel which has water and loads of food loaded in it. We scream for the man to come closer to us, but sadly he does not hear our cry for help and walks away in to a storm.
The people of Tharparkar are those people stranded in the desert and our government who has apparently come into power by the people’s vote wouldn’t care less. The only problem is that the infants don’t have a cry for help like we did and sadly they keep dying in their mother’s arms.
Tharparkar is the only fertile desert IN THE WORLD. Now that’s got to be something, eh? The fertile desert is fertile, but the people of the fertile desert are malnourished. What has the government done? Let’s talk about it in the next paragraph.
Our government, as always has been quick to respond and to play the blame game, but the government approached the Sindh High Court. The Sindh High Court gave a verdict of appointing a judicial commission by directing session judges of the drought hit area and “look into the matter”. While they were “looking”, the Sindh government went to Supreme Court of Pakistan against the High Court’s verdict.
The Sindh government has been vigilant, I would say, but unfortunately not much is being done still and people are dying. If this problem hadn’t been manhandled earlier, it wouldn’t have come to this.
According to the Sindh Government, some people are being a problem and due to that the problem is lingering on. Saying “problem is lingering on” is sugar coating the sad and bitter truth that people are continuing to die.
People who use to chant “Food, cloth and home”, should start chanting now “heat, drought and famine” because that’s what the people of Tharparkar have to face.
In March, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had taken notice of deaths in Thar. I love the word “notice”, just like you notice an annoying fly, circling you, the same way you notice hundreds of infants dying.
On a not so lighter note the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry wrote a letter to SC used awesome super powers of knowledge about the pakistani law and used his very persuasive methods of writing articles and constitution rights to do the persuasion for him to tell the SC to do something about the crisis immediately.
Looks like the cry for help by Sindh Government is actually showing some hope. Let’s pray it does and hope that some one high up there “notices” something wrong with hundreds of infants dying and does something.