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Karachi resident sets himself on fire ‘due to poverty’

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Karachi resident sets himself on fire ‘due to poverty’


A 45-year-old man committed suicide by setting himself on fire in Karachi’s Orangi Town on Monday evening, according to Pakistan Bazaar police and rescue sources.

Police officials, quoting eyewitnesses, said that the victim took out a bottle of petrol from his rickshaw near his residence at Nishan-i-Haider Chowk, sprinkled it over his body and set himself on fire. Residents of the area rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The body was subsequently shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital to fulfil legal formalities.

Pakistan Bazaar Station House Officer Iqbal Tunio said that the rickshaw driver ended his life due to poverty. The officer added that the deceased had been plying the rickshaw on rent.

Why is government so bad at solving poverty?

Primarily, the best way to solve poverty is through economic growth and ingenuity, not the government, which primarily promotes dependency. Civil society plays a role, but it too needs access to economic growth and igenuity as well. One of the most valuable ways to alleviate poverty in society is for the citizenry to recognize that government has limits and has been constrained by our federal and state constitutions for a reason.


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