Budget without priorities  


Sir: The budget allocation has once again shown that as a government our priorities have not changed. A country where more than half of its population has no access to clean water and proper health facilities, only Rs 26.8 billion is allocated to the health sector, whereas Rs 30 billion will be spent on the Karachi-Lahore motorway. It is a shame that Pakistan has been in the headlines for years now over the sudden increase in the number of polio cases. There is no denying the fact that a good road network indicates development, but it certainly does not come above health and education. It was expected of the PML-N government to prioritize the state’s spending, but unfortunately it was not to be. It is business as usual; the government taking its own view on things, without bothering to understand the needs of its constituents.

Sarah Mughal