When state funded institutions get involved in commercial profiteering ventures than their primary task is compromised. Our cities and towns have become more insecure today because institutions created for security are involved in commercial ventures, with corrupt incompetent civil bureaucrats and elected governments failing to perform their role.

There is a Conflict of Interest involved when such organizations and public office holders at helm, whose salaries are paid by taxpayers get involved in commercial ventures, with huge profits, blinding them to risks they take. Pakistan, its cities and citizens are more insecure than they were three decades back. Land developers and housing schemes have played havoc with lives of citizens. Can any sane person justify commercial eateries and tea stalls near Wagah Border crossing, which were used by terrorists?

MALIK TARIQ ALI,Lahore, March 28.