Our electronic media is abuzz with talk shows on abstract issues, democracy, autocracy, electoral reforms, ‘azadi march’ and ‘inqilab march’, but nobody is concerned about the problems of the fixed income section of the population. For example, electricity has become very expensive and now I am paying 20% of my monthly pension as electricity tariff (Rs 18,000 for July). We are a small family using normal household electronic appliances and our only luxury is one AC. We are victims of scheduled and unscheduled load shedding in this sultry weather. The plight of people living on and below the poverty line is pathetic. They don’t have access to clean drinking water, health, education, welfare and security. Nobody feels secure anywhere in this country. The under privileged can only pray.


Islamabad, August 7.