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Terrorism transcends boundaries

The terrorist attacks in Hyderabad, Ajmer, Ludhiana and now in Pakistan show that terrorism is not confined to any specific country. The attack on Ms Benazir Bhutto who returned to Pakistan after eight years in exile is the expression of terrorism beyond boundaries.

Terrorists don’t have any agenda on their hit list; they use these activities to stop progress in the changing world. The attack on Ms Bhutto shows that fanatic people in Pakistan do not want restoration of democracy in that country purely because of their selfish interests. If Pakistan has to progress, democracy is essential.

Another aspect of the attack is that whoever supports terrorism will face the consequences. The Pakistani government supporting various terrorist outfits in Pak-Occupied Kashmir is now feeling the heat from the same groups. Terrorists are targeting the leaders one by one. The whole world, especially Pakistan, must learn a lesson from this episode.

VIPAN  KUMAR, Amritsar


 

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High alert is always sounded and patrolling intensified after bomb blasts in any city. The government promptly announces ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased or to the injured. Time is a great healer. Soon additional forces on special duty are withdrawn. When everything is normal, we hear of yet another blast in some other city.

To avoid such incidents, high alert should never be withdrawn. Such happenings, certainly, create panic, chaos and anxiety among the public.

R.L. REKHY, Panchkula

III

The serial blasts in Ludhiana and Ajmer in which may people lost their lives and many more were injured reflect the carelessness of our police and intelligence services. The authorities should have taken precautions to prevent the bomb blasts.

These incidents prove that the terrorists are much ahead in planning and executing the acts of terrorism. The terrorists’ whole purpose behind these attacks is to create communal tension and fear in the minds of the public. The government should provide security to important religious places where large crowds are expected to assemble during the festival season.

PAARTH SHARMA, Solan

UN reform

Regarding Inder Malhotra’s article, “Reforming the UN: The Secretary-General runs the club through coterie” (Oct 19), please note that the Secretary-General firmly believes -- and has said repeatedly -- that the make-up of the UN Security Council should closely reflect the realities of today rather than yesteryear. It should take account of the rise of Asia in recent decades, as well as give greater voice to developing countries. The specifics of any reform, of course, are for the General Assembly and the Security Council itself to decide.

As for the notion that “an all-Korean coterie of confidants” runs the Secretary-General’s executive office, “'nonchalantly bypassing established UN channels”, that is simply wrong. The Secretary-General has but one Korean senior adviser, who serves as deputy to his Chef de Cabinet — an Indian.

SHALINI DEWAN, Director, UN Information Centre, New Delhi

SC helps good Samaritans

I read the legal notes of S. S. Negi (October 11). The Supreme Court’s directive, if enforced in letter and spirit, will provide great relief to road accident victims. Hereafter if a good Samaritan provides timely help to anyone injured in an accident, his duty will cease after he gets the injured admitted to a hospital.

The hospital authorities will complete all the medico-legal formalities after informing the police. The onus is on the hospital authorities for providing treatment to the patient. The hospital will not withhold medical aid for want of receipt of payment or impose a pre-condition for it.

The expenses so incurred will be recovered from the patient’s relatives. The police and hospital authorities should take due note of the apex court’s directives for strict compliance.

RIKHI DASS THAKUR, Palbhu (Hamirpur) 


 


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