By Rana Kashif
LAHORE: Many Lahoris on Wednesday expressed concern over the installation of missile replicas in the city.
“Though nuclear capability is essential for the country’s safety, some other issues need more attention than missiles,” they said. They said the country was capable enough to thwart any foreign aggression, but the major issues were education, health and economic stability. Yousaf Salahuddin, a prominent socialite, said, “To have nuclear capability is good, but the government should focus on graver issues. The people need to have bread, education, health and easy access to justice.”
He said celebrating Yaum-e-Takbeer and installing missile replicas was not bad, but these replicas should be removed after the celebrations. Muhammad Aftab, a resident of Gulberg, said, “It is surprising to see that we have again started installing missile replicas, which were earlier removed. We feel proud that we are a nuclear power, but we have nothing to do with bombs and missiles. We need bread, education, and health.”
Another citizen, Muhammad Kamal, said, “Installing the replicas does not show that we are a strong nation. The thing that matters is a strong economy. We need bread, education and a better law and order. The installation of missiles is a sign of aggression.” He said he was not against nuclear capability, but being a Pakistani he wanted democracy to prevail in the country.
Farzana Zafar, a resident of Gulberg, said the installation of missile replicas could not resolve real issues. “We should install replicas of pigeons and doves that represent peace and love.”
The previous Punjab government removed replicas of Chaghi mountains (Balochistan) and nuclear capable missiles from the Lahore Railway Station.