ISLAMABAD: This letter is apropos an editorial published in this newspaper on November 20, which is observed internationally as Universal Children’s Day. A child is a parent’s most precious possession and in him or her lies the country’s greatest hopes. Ensuring a proper, stable and happy childhood for children is one of the most important tasks we have to perform.
Roughly one-third of Pakistani children are between the ages of one and 14. According to recent reports, between six and seven million Pakistani children are out of school, and the statistics for child labour, too, are alarming. Effective measures have to be taken by parents and the government to protect the present and future of our children as they are the ones who will lead the nation. Just as we look to them as our hope, they look to us for the provision of opportunity and suitable environments in which they can thrive in a productive manner. As a community, it is our responsibility to emphasise the importance of education, welfare and nourishment of children.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2015.