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Time it right

The article “Indo-Pak relations: New beginnings, old endings” by Raj Chengappa (Sunday Tribune, September 1) is not a realistic assessment of the issue. A dialogue with Sharif is not appropriate at this juncture when Pakistan has been resorting to unprovoked firing and killing Indian troops. The US President recently snubbed Russia for providing asylum to Snowden. Pakistan army chief Kayani knows there is no support for dictatorial regimes, and so is conveniently allowing the civil government to wear the crown of thorns. But he is the de facto ruler. The people of Pakistan want good ties with India, but its rulers couldn’t care less.

LR Sharma, Sundernagar


I was 11 at the time of the Partition and all my Muslim friends left. In the 50s the border opened for the first time. No visa, no enquires, no sponsorship was required. I, an unknown student from India, received a warm welcome at Islamia College Lahore. I did not go to see the match for which the border was opened, but basked in their hospitality for three days. Later working in a hospital in the UK in the 70s, among the many Asian doctors that were working there, two doctors closest to me were from Lahore. Similar habits, same language. The efforts should bear fruit.

Dr Kapalmit Singh, Chandigarh


Dialogue is the best option for solving problems, but the time is not ripe. Pakistan is in turmoil and the government is shaky and therefore, untrustworthy. Sharif must first tame the ISI, Pakistan army and the Taliban and close down terrorist camps. Perpetrators of the Mumbai attack must be punished and India must be accorded MFN status. Only then should India resume talks.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla

Land in trouble

Naveen S Grewal’s interview with Ashok Khemka, “If reforms happens, my job is done” (Sunday Tribune, Sept 1) raised hope in the otherwise gloomy environment in the nation. Khemka is not the first bureaucrat, and hopefully not the last, to swim against the tide, but his courage and honesty outshine others. He has fought against the most powerful family of the nation, who are working like the land mafia. The intelligentsia of the nation and media should have supported him. People like him are the only hope for the country, which has been vandalised by vested interests.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh


Khemka has raised serious aspects of land dealings which require urgent reforms. The government machinery is supposed to work in public interest, but panchayat and public land has been inappropriately transferred to private parties generating illegal gains to private coffers. It amounts to official land-grab in connivance of corrupt babus. Action must be taken immediately to avoid land scams and resultant loss to the exchequer. Offenders should be brought to justice and vigil must be exercised to monitor land transfer cases.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

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