This October signifies the completion of yet another eventful year of this journey 'towards a purposeful regimen'. Yes, ISSUES & CONCERNS has completed 13 long years. Looking back over the shoulder, this sojourn has been very trying and tiring too. But the satisfaction of completing a milestone has its own rejuvenating dimension. We are certainly more sure of facing the future with confidence.
Monsoon has ebbed. But it has been far more copious than the requirement. In different parts of the country there have been massive water logging and inundation. Hopefully it has not damaged the food crops to any cognizable extent. But it was clear that climate is changing. Hope our experience of this year’s monsoon fury shall become handy in the next monsoon to be better prepared.
Bombing at church in Peshawar, where some close to 100 died with over 200 injured, was the worst terror attack that world witnessed in recent times. It was very very sad and bad that in international conflict, it is only the defenceless who die. The drone attack on Pak by US army, ostensibly was the reason for this completely senseless terror attack on Christians in Peshawar. Its bad for the world, bad for Pakistan. Surely, there will be international reaction on this. Now that the new Pak government of Pakistan has released a top terror leader Mulla Baradar to facilitate dialogue with Talibanis and Afghan leadership, it is going to be very dicey for any govt. in Pakistan to come up with any meaningful solution to this problem of terror.
The ordinance, the UPA govt. is trying to promulgate, to shield tainted MLAs and MPs just before the judgement on Chaara Ghotala case of RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, has run into very awkward impasse, with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi calling it NONSENSE, and that it should be torn and thrown into basket. Union cabinet, to reverse the apex court verdict which recommended disqualification of MPs and MLAs who are convicted, had decided on the ordinance and submitted to the President, who has already raised questions. However with Rahul Gandhi introducing cat among the pigeons, its going to be pretty embarrassing for the union government. There is an air of serious uncertainty. One has to wait and see.
Month-in-Perspective is as usual. We have tried to cover whatever was possible. In a span of only a week, many things in Pakistan have happened, besides the church attack & Fidayeen attack in Kashmir, which represented the failure of civil society of Pakistan. We have tried to cover it under Focus. Readers are requested to read it with an open mind and revert with your inputs. We do value them.