پانامہ لیکس اور جوڈیشنل کمیشن

اید ہی کوئی ایسا شخص ہوگا جسے پاکستان میں مختلف ادوار میں بنائے گئے کمیشنوں کی تعداد کا علم ہوگا اور اگر علم ہوا بھی تو میں ایک بات دعویٰ سے بول سکتا ہوں کہ کسی کو یہ نہیں پتہ ہوگا کہ ان کمیشنوں نے کس مرض کا علاج کیا ہے۔

حمودالرحمٰن کمیشن ہو یا ضیاالحق کی طیارہ حادثے کی تحقیقات کے لئے بننے والا کمیشن ہو، کسی بھی کمیشن کی سفارشات پرکبھی عمل نہیں ہوا۔

آج کل ایک اور کمیشن بنانے کی بات کی جارہی ہو جو وزیراعظم اور ان کے خاندان کے آف شور اکاونٹس کی تحقیقات کریگا۔ یعنی کہ یہ بات تو طے ہے کہ حکومت اس معاملے کی تحقیقات میں سنجیدہ نہیں۔

مسلم لیگ نواز کے سب سے بڑے مخالف عمران خان صاحب مطالبہ کرتے ہیں کہ جیف جسٹس آف پاکستان کی سربراہی میں کمشن تشکیل دیا جائے ورنہ وہ شریف خاندان کے گھر رائونڈ ہاوس کا گھیراو کرینگے۔

عمران خان صاحب کے مطالبے سے اتفاق کیا جانا چاہیے اور اس معاملے کی ایماندارانہ تحقیقات بھی ہونا چاہیے۔ لیکن بغیر تحقیق کے کسی پر الزامات عائد کرنا سراسر غلط ہے۔ انھیں انتظار کرنا چاہیے کیونکہ بیرون ملک پیسہ لگانا یا کاروبار کرنا کوئی جرم نہیں شرط یہ ہے کہ پیسہ حلال طریقوں سے کمایا گیا ہو۔ لہٰذا انتظار کیا جائے کہ تحقیقات مکمل ہوں اور اگر اس کے بعد نواز شریف اگر کسی غیرقانونی کاروباری سرگرمی میں ملوث پائے جائیں تو بےشک انہیں استعفیٰ دینے پر مجبور کیا جائے۔

دوسری بات یہ کہ جوڈیشنل کمیشن ہر مسئلے کا حل نہیں۔ آخر نیب اور ایف ائی اے کو سیاسی دباو سے آزاد کیا جائے گا؟ ذاتی فوائد حاصل کرنے کے لئے پبلک آفس کا استعمال کرنا قانونی طور پر جرم ہے، ٹیکس چوری اور حرام کاموں سے کمایا ہوا پیسہ بھی جرم کے زمرے میں آتا ہے لیکن ان تمام جرائم کے خلاف کام کرنا تو ایف آئی اے اور نیب کا کام ہے پھر ہر بار جوڈیشنل کمیشن کا قیام کیوں؟ عدلیہ کو ان سیاسی لڑائیوں میں ملوث کرنا، مطلب کا فیصلہ نہ آنے پر تضحیک کا نشانہ بنا بھی اخلاقی طور پر ایک جرم ہے۔

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Media should spread awareness about mental disorders

An interesting article that most people, especially women, should read is Girl Interrupted printed in You magazine. http://bit.ly/206TUeX

Pakistanis are suffering from various forms of depression and anxiety but they seldom know what it is and so they don’t seek a treatment for this. They continue to suffer for years without even trying to find a relief. People don’t understand that they are suffering from mental disorders. Unfortunately, mental is used in a bad way which usually means insane.

The main reason for this is the lack of awareness about anything that is linked to psychology. When anyone talks about psychology people think of mental asylums and electric shocks. This is because many people have no idea that there is a lot more to explore in this field.

Also seeking any form of counselling or therapy in Pakistan is almost taboo, although they will seek the help of a herbal healer or peer.

This article touches some important things like bi-polar which is a relatively new for our society, as well as PTSD and schizophrenia among other psychiatry issues.

It is requested that  more efforts to highlight such important issues in the media are taken in Pakistan, so that people can seek the appropriate help without causing more distress to those suffering.

Women Cricket Players in Media

The media focussed on T20 world series recently held in India. Special programmes and segments were devoted to the team which completely failed to perform. The team lost to Bangladesh and India – which is the worst blow to the team’s performance.

Like in the recent past, the team played way below the level that an international cricket team should have ever performed at and created a lot of hype and anger.

Despite the worst performance the media kept the men’s team in the news.  http://bit.ly/1V6yleY

On the other hand, the female cricket team played extremely well with the honour of defeating Pakistan’s traditional rival India and moving higher on the way to the finals. Unfortunately they didn’t make it till the end. http://bit.ly/1V6ytLl

The nation realized that the female cricket team had more in it than its male counterpart when the media started giving more attention to it when the other side started slipping.

In the future, if a female team is going to play any sport the media should give it as much coverage that that viewers are informed about sports other than men’s cricket.

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a condition in which people have great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships and also in ‘using language and abstract concepts’. Now a lot of work is being done to spread awareness about autism; but here was a time when no one knew what this was and many children suffered due to the ignorance of their parents and people around them.

April 2 is observed as World Autism Awareness Day and on this day many efforts are made to spread awareness regarding this. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in Pakistan to spread awareness about this condition in Pakistan.

There are 350,000 children in Pakistan who have this condition and they spend their lives misunderstood and facing unnecessary hardships in their lives which with a little understanding can be overcome.

This is where the media comes in to help people understand what autism is and how can those who have it be better understood and improving their lives. Jang Group should be appreciated for highlighting the importance of this day and taking the first step towards trying to spread awareness about this in Pakistan.

It is a good step by Jang Group to making people understand this condition. I hope other media outlets will also do the same in the future.