[DAWN] Europe is the victim of its own success. European prosperity was fostered over the past several decades by the Single Market, enabling the lower-wage countries to grow through trade and investment flows. However, with the launch of the single currency, the advantage of the ‘poorer’, peripheral members of the Union was significantly neutralised. The more efficient ‘northern’ countries, especially Germany, became the dominant producers and exporters, within and from the EU. Growth in the periphery was maintained by the extension of credits (sovereign bond issues, bank loans etc). With basic necessities met, the money flowed mostly into non-productive sectors, like real estate and stock markets, creating ‘bubbles’ which burst once the contagion of the US sub-prime bubble collapse spread to Europe in 2008-9.
[DAWN] KARACHI'S business community and its citizens in general have long complained of being shaken down by criminals as well as elements associated with political parties and religious groups in the name of 'donations' and 'charity'. In fact, eliminating extortion in the metropolis has been one of the key aims of the law-enforcement operation currently under way in the city. While extortion is a year-round menace, during religious occasions such as the month of Ramazan or Eidul Azha, citizens are under additional pressure to forcibly cough up dues such as zakat and fitra to decidedly undeserving elements, or to hand over sacrificial hides. This year, the Rangers seem to be displaying extra zeal in order to stop the forced collection of religious dues. On Thursday, members of the paramilitary force picked up several MQM workers from Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... 's Rizvia neighbourhood for 'forcible' collection of fitra. An official told this paper that "the Rangers will not allow any political or religious party to collect Fitrana from residents forcibly". The MQM, meanwhile, has protested the Rangers' action, claiming that the paramilitary force is preventing the party from carrying out "welfare activities".
Forcible collection of charity by any party or organization cannot be condoned. The very idea behind charity is that it should be a voluntary act. Hence efforts by the state to crack down on forcible collection of funds are positive. However, you can observe a lot just by watching... the campaign must be across the board and should not be directed at a single party. The state should also keep a close watch on krazed killer outfits that use the mosque and madressah to collect funds in the name of religion. There is very little accountability of these funds, which can very easily end up in the hands of hate groups or outfits that promote violence and militancy. Paks are known for their philanthropy as it is, and people should be free to decide who they want to give charity or religious dues to, without any sort of duress or coercion.
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