KARACHI: Poverty has been one of the biggest problems that Pakistan has been facing for long. We can define poverty as a condition where the basic needs, like food, shelter, clothing and education of a family are not fulfilled. It can lead to other issues and social evils. Most poor people either have low-paying jobs or are jobless. Some are too ill or disabled to work and others are living alone; such people cannot earn enough to support themselves or their children, if any. The poor cannot get loans for self-employment. The situation becomes grimmer when the earning member of a poor family loses their job, even for a short period, or dies. The poor have no assets to protect them from the collapse of their precarious financial situation. They are just holding on by the thread at such times. The government needs to look into the matter seriously and take steps in order to eradicate the problem from our country.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2020.