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Some hope

Apropos interview by Raj Chengappa (“Big challenge ahead for Pakistan”, Sunday Tribune, May 12), Nawaz Sharif wants to start afresh by picking the threads he left in 1999. But much water has flown since, and the ties between India and Pakistan can hardly be termed satisfactory. Much damage control is needed before peace talks can even begin. Both Prime Ministers have to take certain hard decisions for peace and prosperity of the two nations. They have to be practical and not merely sentimental.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula


As the future Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has rightly declared his priorities are improving the economy and the law and order situation in his country. But there are other less conspicuous factors which influence Pakistan’s economy and law and order. The hostility and proxy war with India has cost Pakistan dear. It would be in the fitness of things if the new Prime Minister takes pragmatic steps in improving Pakistan’s relations with India by overlooking the myopic stance of its army and also the hardliners.

LR Sharma, Sundernagar


The article reminds me of Richard of Time magazine when he interviewed US President Barack Obama. Sharif’s victory was apparent. Imran Khan talked about killer instinct and thought emotions could change Pakistan. It will be interesting to watch which way the peace talks go with Sharif in the saddle.

Anil Fred, mail

Free the parrot

Apropos “Give the caged parrot wings” (Sunday Tribune, May 12), the CBI must have complete autonomy. It should be insulated from external influences for fair investigation. Unless it is ‘depoliticised’, it will only speak in its master’s voice. While the CBI needs wings, the court needs to clip the wings of the government.

Preet Simar Johal, Jalandhar


All stakeholders must come forward to set right the wrong. A comprehensive and separate legislation is a must for all investigating agencies in India, especially the CBI. These agencies should not be left to the mercy of politicians. The CBI should be a statutory body like the Election Commission of India, or its set up should be like the judiciary. It should be saved from becoming a toothless tiger.

Harinder Mittal, Bathinda

Not on track

Girja Shankar Kaura has aptly highlighted the dark side of the Indian Railways in “The gravy train” (Sunday Tribune, May 12). The ‘railgate’ involving Railway Minister Pawan Bansal has come as a shock. The entire system needs to be overhauled, but politicians cannot be entrusted with this job. The Supreme ourt should constitute a high-powered committee for the purpose.

AK Sharma, chandigarh

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