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Hobson’s choice

india Updated: Jul 24, 2007 23:23 IST

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Apropos of Amit Baruah’s article General malaise (July 23), the political situation in Pakistan is complex and the army is faced with the difficult choice of cracking down on the militants. If it does crack down, it is fearful of a backlash from the militant groups. The Pakistan army needs to take the bull by the horns and plunge into a counter-militancy campaign in the trouble-torn areas. A State cannot legitimise militancy on its soil. The earlier the Pakistan army realises this the better.

Rahul K Bhonsle


Musharraf has been smart enough to comply with the Supreme Court judgment exonerating Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of corruption charges and reinstating him, and projecting himself as a fair-minded person who respects the primacy of the courts. A smarter thing now would be to resign and exit gracefully. If he stays on, he will only be working towards a forced exit.

RJ Khurana

Dodgy record

It is beyond one’s comprehension as to how undertrials like Mohd Shahabuddin, Shibu Soren and Pappu Yadav serving prison terms were allowed to vote in the presidential election. Though they are elected representatives of the people, what service are they rendering to their constituencies? No other country would show such leniency towards offenders.

LR Sabharwal
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Law and disorder

It is disgusting to read about the increasing lawlessness in the society. The rogue elements are taking the law and law-enforcing agencies for a ride or else one can say that the law is hardly acting as a deterrent. Maybe, it’s because money power can influence unscrupulous elements in the law-enforcing agencies. Stringent laws should be enacted to contain such elements.

Anil Sood
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