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Zero tolerance for indiscipline

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Day in and day out, many Pakistanis complain about the anarchy that seems to have permeated all avenues of our daily life. The tip of this chaotic iceberg includes traffic violations, heaps of rubbish lying unattended, roads inundated with overflowing drains, illegal encroachments, lack of clean drinking water, impurities in food and medicines, crime, tax evasion, poor productivity, wasteful expenditure, pathetic conditions of public institutions with special reference to schools; colleges; hospitals; government offices and courts. There exists a general consensus that nothing runs smoothly and efficiently in this country. Perhaps this is why vigilante justice seems to be on the rise, despite the presence of law enforcement agencies. The 2010 Sialkot incident — when two innocent brothers were brutally murdered by a mob. The lynching of Mashal Khan in 2017 is another example.

Where our approach to fixing these issues is lacking is that we only focus on alleviating the symptoms of the disease, rather than curing the disease itself. A fever isn’t the problem, it’s the infection which is causing it. Similarly, a society that is fraught with symptomatic........

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