Great show! Well done Dawn News!
I wonder how many people have watched 30:30 – a new show on Dawn News. Personally I find it really rivetting – of course that might be because I was a debater in school and college and it brings back wonderful memories. The host of 30:30 is very professional and does a great job. I wonder what his background is.
Some of the guests on the show take to it quite like ducks to water, but others face some problems. Why so? Well, the basic concept of the show is that there is a theme for each episode – the two guests hold differing points of view. They make opening statements after which each one conveys his viewpoint or responds to the others’ question or remark in 30 seconds. It is the 30 seconds that is a problem because we seem to have difficulty in saying anything in less than several minutes.
Anway, to get to the point (see what i mean about us Pakistanis going on and on!) a couple of days ago, the theme of 30:30 was the traffic jams in Karachi. The guests on the show were none other than the City Nazim of Karachi, Syed Mustafa Kamal and Mr. Hamid Maker, the Chairman of Helpline Trust (an NGO that has been very vocal in agitating for citizen and consumer rights). I don’t need to tell you who was on the hot seat! 🙂
Hamid had prepared himself very well and presented his case very professionally. What I was most impressed with in the case of Hamid Maker was that he was able to put forward his strongest points without being rude. It is amazing how much one can get done if one doesn’t make the other person feel that one is on a witchhunt.
Mustafa Kamal too must be complimented on accepting the faults with his administration and being open to suggestions on improving the system. He answered all the questions posed to him and didn’t try and evade even the most difficult of queries – something one doesn’t really expect from most politicians.
What came out during the discussions was no surprise to anyone who watched the show. Karachi is run by 13 different bodies. In addition to that, the traffic police do not come under the authority of the city government. So whereas the pending construction work in non-cantonment and DHA areas and the lack of sufficient public transport are the responsibility of the city government, the traffic police are not. Nonetheless, apparently CDGK is working with the police authorities to try and ensure better traffic management. 300 CNG buses have actually arrived in Karachi and will be on the roads soon. I wonder how much this will add to the congestion but there is no denying that more public transport is a necessity.
Congratulations to Dawn News on a brilliant show. Keep them coming!
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