My hometown Larkana city has its own charisma and charm but is suffering from acute shortage of parks. Parks and gardens undoubtedly make any city beautiful. Apart from their good impact on the environment, parks and gardens have other important functions. They are places to meet, to spend leisure time and relax and learn about plants and flowers. A long time ago, more or less, all the cities and towns of the country used to have extensive network of parks and gardens. Today, parks are either destroyed or encroached by the mafias and so-called city planners and developers. Larkana has more than one million people living in it yet there is no good park for outing. - HASHIM ABRO, Islamabad, November 6.