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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 29, 2013
First Published: 21:43 IST(29/3/2013)
Last Updated: 21:45 IST(29/3/2013)

If the general has a strategy for saving Pakistan, he must reveal it
Vinod Sharma in Back, but is he home? (March 27) is right in stating that finding regular allies in the poll battle will be an uphill task for General Pervez Musharraf. Though he has ruled Pakistan for many years, he has made more foes than friends. He has even antagonised the judiciary. The main political parties are not going to welcome him. He is depending to cash in on the message that he is not a coward and has returned to Pakistan in spite of a threat to his life, issued by the Taliban. Pakistan, at present, is a shattered country with the economy failing and terrorism rising. In this situation, it is not clear how Musharraf will save Pakistan.
Gulshan Kumar, via email

Katju is stretching the argument
I do not agree with Markandey Katju's views in Why I am not the Devil's advocate (March 27) that the illegal weapons possessed by Sanjay Dutt were meant for self-defence. Having assault rifles at your residence doesn't suggest he planned any self-defence - it suggests malafide intentions. Dutt is lucky to have undergone only 18 months in jail. Dutt has done a great job in getting public sympathy. The question arises whether should we pardon every guilty person for the heinous crime they have committed while young or is it only in the case of Dutt?
Vaibhav Gupta, via email

Don't trivialise public sentiments
With reference to the report Jaya forces SL players out of IPL in Chennai (March 27), the  situation in Tamil Nadu warranted the decision to not allow Sri Lankan cricketers to play in IPL matches scheduled to be held in Chennai. Those who deliver sermons on the virtue of refraining from mixing politics with sports must raise their voices and declare those who spilled the blood of innocents as war criminals.
David Milton, via email


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