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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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M A I L B A G

Pakistan is in a terrible mess

H.K. DUA’s front-page editorial, “The cauldron called Pakistan: Irrelevance of Musharraf” (Dec 29), very appropriately analyses the solution-defying problems that Pakistan faces today.

The generals ruling Pakistan have ruined the country for their own selfish ends, clinging on to power. Musharraf is a great con-artist, who knows all the tricks for seducing America. He has mastered the art of winning the heart and mind of President George W. Bush. President Clinton rebuffed Musharraf when he stopped for only five hours in Islamabad after finishing the five-day ice breaking trip to India.

Mr Dua has rightly blamed the late General Zia-ul Huq for recruiting fundamentalists in the forces, who have risen quite high in the ranks of the Army. It won’t be possible to secularise them now. Well, Pakistan is in a terrible mess from where it will be hard, if not impossible, to come out.

HARJAP SINGH AUJLA, Monmouth Junction New Jersey (USA)



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The tallest leader of Pakistan, Ms Benazir Bhutto, has been felled by the assassin’s bullet. She was the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan as well as in all Muslim countries. Her charismatic personality and political acumen helped a lot to restore democracy in Pakistan. Military rule in Pakistan in always a threat to democracy and also to those who steadfastly stand for it.

President Musharraf usurped the reins by throttling the democratically elected government led by Nawaz Sharif. To legitimise his dictatorship, he helped terrorist outfits to grow from strength to strength. Now these are too powerful and dangerous to be tamed. Nobody is safe in Pakistan these days.

Ms Bhutto paid the price of her life for the survival of democracy in Pakistan. Explosive conditions in Pakistan are potentially dangerous to the whole of South Asia.

KARNAIL SINGH, Kharar

III

Benazir Bhutto’s barbaric assassination is a great loss to all peace-loving Indians. Shimla is still fresh in memory when the teenaged Benazir visited the city accompanying her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto during the Simla Summit in 1972.

She mesmerised the Shimlites, nay the whole of lot of Indians, with her charm and glamour. She became Shimla’s darling and will remain so forever. Her removal from the scene suits only those who do not want democracy to return to Pakistan.

Wg-Cdr C. L. SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

IV

The editorial, “Murder of democracy” (Dec 28) aptly analyses Benazir’s contribution to the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Terrorists have silenced the champion of democracy in Pakistan, who had the courage to end her self-exile and returned to her motherland on October 18.

The present regime of Pakistan is nourishing the terrorists and providing safe havens to Al-Qaeda terrorists who not only infiltrate into India but causing deaths to the people of Pakistan. To destroy the roots of terrorists, India, Pakistan and China should adopt a joint strategy so that the people of this subcontinent can live in harmony and peace.

MUKAND LAL KAUSHIK, Chandigarh

V

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi signals an intensification of Pakistan’s internal strife and is qualitatively different from the previous bomb blasts, terrorist attacks and political crises that have beset that country in 2007. Evidence would bear this out. Far from being a catharsis and a new beginning for Pakistan, the national election now seems a non-starter.

Certainly, after one of the favourites for the Prime Minister’s job — and one tacitly backed by sections of the establishment in both Islamabad and Washington — has been murdered, there will be many influential voices wondering what purpose the election due on January 8 will serve. The priorities will be quite different now.

Dr J.S. ACHARYA, Hyderabad (AP)

 

VI

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s sudden demise needs to be condemned in strongest possible words. It is the most shocking news for the whole world this year.

When a person is not safe in her own country, what can be said of that country? Benazir returned to Pakistan with lots of dreams in her eyes but she was not even allowed to take breath in her motherland by the so-called terrorists. There cannot be any more wake up call for the authorities to rise against the terrorism and take appropriate steps. Her death will cause more violence in the country as her supporters will not sit silent; they will be more aggressive.

PURNIMA BALI, Shimla

VII

We don’t know who the killers are, but it is very much clear that it is the handiwork of terrorists. The people of Pakistan should introspect and ensure that terrorism is wiped out from that country. If terrorism continues, the future of Pakistan as a nation will be in jeopardy.

India too cannot sit as a silent spectator. When the neighbour’s house is in fire, we must take adequate steps to stop the spread of the fire. The people of India mourn Bhutto’s tragic murder. We will miss her very much.

DALIP SINGH WASAN, Patiala

VIII

Pakistan is inching towards anarchy. Benazir was assassinated right under the very nose of the Pakistani Army at Rawalpindi. This reflects upon Musharraf’s ability.

Benazir would always be remembered for her boldness and charismatic personality. This is the best tribute to her. As a keen lover of India’s democracy, we lost one of our true friends.

BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, Faridabad

Wake-up call for Congress

With Himachal Pradesh also going out of its grip, close on the heels of its crushing defeat in Gujarat, the Congress is now ruling in 11 States and Union Territories, namely, Assam, Delhi, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir.

That implies that out of the country’s total population of 102.70 crore (2001 census), the Congress rules over 25.21 crore people (24.5 per cent) whereas non-Congress parties rule over 77.48 crore people (75.5 per cent). The Congress should wake up before it is too late.

K.S. BHALLA, New Delhi

 






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