Playing with passengers’ lives

Updated 28 February 2017
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Playing with passengers’ lives

This concerns the report “Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirms 7 passengers traveled on fully booked flight” (Feb. 28). Sadly, this incident highlights PIA’s continuous decline, especially since 1977.
One must applaud the media which played its role as always; otherwise the PIA authorities would still be denying the incident.
On the other hand, as far as I know, it is not the responsibility of captains of either international or domestic flights to supervise the boarding of passengers and other such things. It is the job of the flight crew and the staff present on the gates at the time of the flight’s departure. Officials who issued the boarding passes to the extra passengers must be held responsible.
I hope the concerned authorities will take swift action against the offenders and that such an incident will never happen again.


Syrian civil war

Updated 18 April 2017
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Syrian civil war

Since it broke out six years ago, the disastrous war in Syria has claimed about 400,000 lives, with the victims being more civilians than fighters. Of the civilians, the most affected are women and children. Peace is shattered in and around Syria only to safeguard the most selfish monster in the world: Bashar Assad.
According to a UNICEF report, grave violations against Syrian children during the war have been recorded. The children in Syria are not only maimed and killed as a result of bombings but also forcefully recruited to be part of the conflict. Children as young as 7 years old are pushed into the front line as fighters, suicide bombers and executioners! The actual figures of those injured, dead and forcefully-recruited children are far higher than in the UNICEF report.
The innocent children “used” in the conflict have had the right to blossom, the right to enjoy life and the right to be on a play-ground torn from them. They have been deprived of the right to education and, according to UNICEF, nearly two million children have been forced to stop their education with one-third of school buildings rendered inoperative due to destruction.
With their often physically crippled parents, the children have to be the sole bread-winners in nearly 75 percent of Syrian households. Unwillingly, the children are forced to serve as garbage collectors, hairdressers and cleaners. Keeping aside what Assad gets out of this war, the beneficiaries of the war are weapon manufacturers who may well be dubbed parasites living on the blood of innocents.
Assad, the inhuman butcher of humanity, does not care what the world says, opines, suggests and warns about the catastrophic war in Syria. More than the ruinous acts of Assad, Russia and Iran, it shocks, grieves and pains to see that the world and the Muslim world has done nothing to stop the butcher of this century from his brutal and barbaric destruction of his own nation and his own people.