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Pak must stop nurturing terrorism

If the editorial 'Torn by terror' (September 24) is to be read in Pakistan, saner readers would definitely wish to initiate a debate on the issue. Not that terrorism is only tormenting Pakistan alone. Many nations are being targeted by this dreadful cult. But in Pakistan's case, the issue has a special significance. It has been using terrorism, overtly or covertly, to needle India. Whenever India brings such things to the notice of Pakistan, it shifts the blame on ''non-state actors'', a phrase coined by it to absolve itself of the responsibility.

But with the passage of time, terrorism in Pakistan has developed itself into a full-fledged institution commanding and demanding its share for its services. In fact, terrorism has become a Bhasmasur if we use Indian mythological phraseology. The editorial has rightly described that the government of Pakistan has given a free hand to terrorists and that Pakistani society at large has been distorted by radicalism. It is time Pakistan distanced itself from terrorism. There are other diplomatic and civilised ways to sort out its differences with India rather than using terror outfits as hatchet men.

The US and the European countries, too, have by now realised that there are very few countries in the world which harbour terrorism covertly. It is time to ostracise such rogue countries.

L R SHARMA, Sundernagar

Racial attack

Apropos the editorial 'Hate in Harlem' (September 25), the murderous attack on Prabhjot Singh, a case of mistaken identity, in Harlem, has come as a grim reminder of the atrocities perpetrated against the Sikh community there, while those at the helm maintaining a stoic silence. While a Sikh gentleman was shot while driving, near Orlando, yet another elderly Sikh was ruthlessly beaten up in Fresno (California) early this year, besides orchestrating an attack on a gurudwara at Oak Creek, Winconsin, leaving many dead there. The incident had sent a shock wave across the world.

It is time now for the Indian government to come out of its supine posture and take a call and have those involved in the acts of horrific crimes against the minority community there, which has contributed significantly to the integrated growth of the country, brought to justice. Enough is enough!


Faulty SBI ATM

The SBI ATM at Baru Sahib in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh has been out of order since August 3. A number of representations to the authorities concerned have failed to yield the desired results. Thousands of students, parents, university faculties and others are facing a great inconvenience. Will someone from the SBI head office in Chandigarh do something in this regard?


Right step

This is with reference to the editorial 'A surprise from RBI' (September 21). The RBI Governor has taken a right and bold step by raising the repo rate by 25 basis points. Besides, the Federal Bank chairman's statement can temporarily help check the rupee's slide but cannot make a long lasting impact on the Indian economy. It is time we introduced some attractive schemes which could bring in foreign investment in a big way.


Amend Juvenile Act

The editorial 'A landmark judgment' (September 14) should be an eye-opener for women organisations, the police and the public at large. The thesis propounded by the editorial is correct and relevant. But the main issue seems to have been skipped. Punishment for criminals, irrespective of their age, sex or caste, is a must. The nature (or seriousness) of the crime committed does not change if it is done by an adult or a juvenile.

A criminal should not go scot-free on the ground of being a juvenile. If a juvenile is capable of perpetrating rape and murder, what difference is there between him and an adult criminal? Juvenile houses are considered reformatories for criminals but the fact remains that after serving a lenient punishment, they come out as hardened criminals. The Law Commission and the Union Ministry of Law must amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, and give deterrent punishment to criminals even if they are underaged.

S D BALI, Chandigarh 



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