The Desert Locust episode in Pakistan (2018-21), when swarms of desert locusts migrated to the Indo-Pakistan border from the Arabian Peninsula in 2019, was a crisis that called into question the performance of our policy-makers and institutions. This locust crisis was an actual eye-opener for the nation w.r.t. the dilapidated systems of governance and performance. In addition to this, the crisis also showed the importance of communication and efficient dissemination of information during crisis management.
Ms Mamoona Shahzad is currently pursuing an MPhil in English Linguistics from the University of Sargodha. She has a Bachelor's in English Language and Literature from the same university.