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Bumpy road ahead for Pakistan

In his thought-provoking front- page editorial, “There is no change in the basics in Pakistan” (March 18), Mr H K Dua has justly concluded that the crisis in Pakistan isn’t yet over. It has only been superficially defused. Indeed, it is too early to celebrate the “victory” of the lawyers and the civil society in Pakistan and to jump to the conclusion that hereafter it would automatically result in return of true democracy.

Given the past unpredictability of its rulers and the ongoing turmoil caused by fundamentalists and terrorists, it is correct to assume that for the ‘rule of law’ and the people’s will to prevail, the road ahead is still long, difficult and fraught with danger. It is now for the political leaders in Pakistan to come together to systematically rebuild democratic institutions afresh.

As the recent developments reveal, Pakistan, a nuclear state, is slowly moving towards chaos.



Mr Dua very rightly puts forward the hypothesis, “it will be a mistake to think that the restoration of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary as Chief Justice marks the dawn of a new era in Pakistan”. It is without doubt a significant moment in the political history of the strife-torn nation. The Long March may be over but the road ahead is bumpy .The country is in a real danger of being run over by the Taliban which already controls the Swat valley.

Talibanisation is fast spreading and threatens to overwhelm Peshawar. The real danger, however, lies in the fate of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. If by any chance, the fanatic Taliban gets to lay its hands on these weapons of mass destruction, countries like the US, India and Israel may be in for unimaginable destruction. It is of paramount importance that politicians and other forces in Pakistan bury the hatchet in their own interest and move ahead on a path of reconciliation. The US can play a decisive role in this potentially explosive hot spot which has truly been described as the most dangerous place in the world.

DR M K BAJAJ,  Zirakpur


Pakistan with multiple stakeholders for power is heading towards chaos and disintegration. It has become a tool of misuse in the hands of the US foreign policy mandarins. A terrorist hub of the world, lawlessness is ready to engulf the state. The power-hungry politicians are adding fuel to the fire. For the sake of humanity, all concerned should work in tandem and ensure the welfare of the common man in Pakistan.


Uncertain times

Political instability is looming large. So, what is the remedy? Nobody is interested in changing the system. We are only voters and not the agents who can change the system. We vote and the candidate we elect appears to be more interested in his salary. The politicians have already damaged our democratic system. The voter stands cheated. The working of democracy’s three wings— the executive, the legislature and the judiciary— is in tatters.

AK KASHYAP, Chandigarh

Save birds

To the news-report, “Village given to peacock conservation” (Feb 21), I would like to add that not only peacock but also other birds like sparrows, kites and koels are on the verge of extinction. Besides, animals like star tortoises, rhinos, leopards and sea horses etc are dwindling. Strict action should be taken against those indulging in the smuggling of these animals. The poachers must be penalised and put behind the bars. Plus, forest guards should be given more power and the Wildlife Act should be followed in letter and spirit. Dependence upon forests for livelihood should be minimised.


Black sheep among doctors

The editorials “Gone are medical ethics” (March 6) and “Doctors on hire” (March 7) highlighted the ethical crisis affecting the medical fraternity. The doctors, who take the Hippocratic oath to deal compassionately with their patients and to alleviate the suffering of those under their treatment, have lately been following many unethical practices.

That a doctor, a former head of a department in the PGI, is sentenced for dishonesty and misappropriation while dealing with his patients, speaks volumes of this unethical morass. Earlier, there was the ignoble case of the principal of Amritsar Medical College who was arrested for his involvement in the infamous kidney scam. Then there have been cases of Dr Amit Kumar and others. Add to that the reuse of syringes in Gujarat resulting in many deaths and the expired medicines used in eye camps as often reported by The Tribune.

The unsavoury case of Punjab’s doctors moonlighting in medical colleges in South India during the Medical Council of India inspection is the latest in the long list of unethical practices. These doctors, though in minority, sully the good name of the noble profession and need to be dealt with severely. The MCI must debar such doctors.

BRIG H S SANDHU, Panchkula



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