Dear president Asif Ali Zardari,
It 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!