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Pakistan is showing its true colour

In the editorial Pak flexes muscles, again(June 4), you have rightly commented that by allowing the key plotter of 26/11 attacks to walk free, Pakistan has shown its true colour. Rather, the flexing of muscles can again be seen in Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s latest statement that “Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.”

His statement should be taken very seriously as it contains an underlying warning. The release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from house arrest after a Lahore High Court judgement is likely to affect India-Pakistan relations for a long time to come.

It seems that the Pakistan state has atrophied beyond repair and is both incapable and unwilling to take on the challenge of fighting terrorism. Now that it has been fighting the Taliban in Swat—a pressing US concern — it perhaps feels it can ease up pressure elsewhere.

In the present scenario, India has to decide its own policy and make strategies accordingly. India has been trying hard to build up international pressure to force Pakistan to take action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack. Ultimately, we have to fight our own battles.

SUMAN KUKAL, Chandigarh

Soft-spoken Speaker

With Ms Meira Kumar’s installation as the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha, women’s empowerment gets a further boost. While the Congress-led UPA government needs to be lauded, we can expect an exemplary conduct from the soft-spoken and dignified Ms Kumar.

COL R S GURUNG ( retd), Kangra

Global warming

Global warming in the world is increasing and depleting the ozone layer that protects us from ultra-violet radiation. To protect the earth from global warming we should take several steps. We should restrict the use of vehicles and airconditioners and refrain from cutting down trees.


Judicial reforms

The Union Law Minister, Mr M Veerappa Moily, has expressed the resolve to reform the judicial system to ensure speedy justice to the poor and needy. His assertion sounds good but it seems to be no more than wishful thinking. The anti-reform lobby is far more powerful and will oppose reforms tooth and nail.

The rot has set so deep that all those who are actively associated with the judicial system do not want any major change in the system. Moreover, judicial reforms would mean elimination of corruption. In the existing scenario, judicial reforms, without the active struggle of the people, will remain a dream.


Tasks ahead

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (editorial, Tasks assigned”, May 30) deserves all the praise for picking up the right men for his team. But it is too much to expect miracles from him especially in a political scenario that has been communalised and vitiated by greedy politicians.

The voters may have cut to size the caste and religion-based opportunistic parties. Still even in the Congress party, there are several black sheep, sycophants and opportunists. Dr Manmohan Singh has a strong team. But neither the government nor the Congress is foolproof. Complacency may cost them dearly.

PROF HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat, Jhajjar

Media bashing

It has become fashionable to blame the media for its coverage. By and large, the Indian media is fair and honest. Unintentionally, some biased or prejudiced reports might appear but it is an exception and not the norm. Instead of criticising the media, constructive suggestions should be given to it.


Awareness drives can curb smoking 

“No smoking” drives (editorial Tobacco kills”, June 4) can be effective only if there are concrete plans to make the public aware of the hazards of active and passive smoking. The editorial has rightly emphasised the need of stepping up of public awareness drives. The poor in our society opt for cheap oral tobacco or bidis to fight the fatigue stemming from the monotony and strain of their strenuous jobs. The anti-smoking campaigns should reach this section of society who is totally oblivious to the adverse effects of passive smoking.

The government will have to implement practical measures. Emphasis should be laid on educating school and college students who are in an impressionable age and often pick up this habit under peer pressure. Merely imposing fines cannot curb the killer habit. Persuasion is far better than prosecution.




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