An Open Letter to President Asif Ali Zardari

Dear president Asif Ali Zardari,

Asif Ali ZardariIt was heartening to hear that a second Pakistani, Hasan Sadpara, has managed to climb Mount Everest. A good piece of news in current times of turmoil. His feat has made every Pakistan glee with pride that we are not all just terrorists. There are among us people capable of achieving the remarkable.

Naturally being a Pakistani I too was ecstatic at his achievement. But when I found that he got a grant of 6.5 million approved by you for his expedition I felt dishearten. I could not help thinking, so he climbed Mount Everest. That’s done. How did this better the living conditions of children like me in Pakistan?

For almost a year I have been living in a camp. I am one of the flood affected children living in makeshift camps on the outskirts of Karachi.

Can you imagine what our existence is like? Living in a tent with no sense of privacy. Daily receiving handout does wonders for my father’s self esteem. So I cannot help but think that if this 6.5 million had been granted to families like us it would have been better utilized. We would have been able to build a small home. My father could have cleared his land and started his farming. And thus we could have given something back to the economy.

But these are just innocent thoughts of a child. You being a president know better. After all you are the person we all voted for to lead us!


5 thoughts on “An Open Letter to President Asif Ali Zardari”

  1. i believe that in a country ravaged by poverty the governments first priority should be aleviation of that. n e rewards be it for cricket hockey atheletics arts should be limited. as this was the most recent such contrbution that i came across thats why i wrote abt it. not intending n e disregard for hassan sadpara!

    moreover as i am writing from the view point of a child who has lost everything with no hope of regaining even 10% of so i guess yes he might be jealous of someone receiving an amount that given to him would have transform his whole life!

  2. You seem to have a problem with a poor Sadpara receiving 6.5 million for his expedition, and yet you don’t question the outrageous amounts received by cricketers. Furthermore, you have mentioned that Sadpara’s achievements have made Pakistanis proud, thus the 6.5 million is his reward. If the Pakistani cricket team would have won the World Cup, they would have earned a lot more on top of the outrageous amount they already earn, but I am sure no one would have questioned that either. Another thing is, maybe an open letter can be written to the leaders of Pakistan on the billions they have in their Swiss accounts, instead of making a poor Sadpara our target to make for a good blog post.

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