There is no denying the fact that the alarming rate of poverty is a critical issue facing Pakistan today. Over 50 percent of Pakistanis are living below the poverty line. According to World Bank Development, 12.7 percent of Pakistanis are living below $1.25 per day. Provincial reports show that Balochistan, which is considered to be the land of reserves and minerals, is one of the most unfortunate areas of Pakistan. 52 percent of people living in Balochistan are below the poverty line. In Sindh, the figure is 33 percent, 32 percent in KP, and 19 percent in Punjab. The report further disclosed that 31.6 percent of children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition and are underweight. 

Bad governance and institutional corruption is to be blamed. Furthermore, the government does not pay much attention to provisions of fundamental right such as basic education and food for the public. 

To overcome the rising poverty rate in Pakistan, the government need to work on manifolds. Terrorism, corruption, education, all of these issues need to be addressed. Through a good system and good governance, employment can be generated for the youth which will open new corridors for economic growth in the country. 

JALIB BALOCH, 

Turbat, September 13.