Vikram Sood in The slide show (August 20) rightly says that General Musharraf has lost the confidence of his army and so political parties are raising their heads. The General is riding a tiger. The way the Lal Masjid episode was handled showed his ineffectiveness against radicalism. Pakistan supported fundamentalists against India, allowing Islamisation of the army and nurturing the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Arjit Mishra, Delhi
Vikram Sood’s article is informative but he should have mentioned how Pakistan treated Muslims who went to Pakistan from India in search of the promised land of Islam and dubbed them ‘Mohajirs’. India, on the contrary, treated its refugees with extra care by resettling them. It is time the voice of sanity of liberal Pakistanis sought a united Indo-Pak federation. This will help both countries fight poverty.
Kuran Chandra, via e-mail
It is a veiled attack on Islam by Vikram Sood when he writes that as one of the pillars of governance in Pakistan, Islam does not encourage equality and dissent. Some Muslim rulers do. No Pakistani ruler ever represented the doctrine of equal status to all human beings and a democratic society. This is because most Islamic leaders were themselves products of un-Islamic tradition and practices. What the Pakistani rulers are doing today cannot be ascribed to the tenets of Islam.
Khalid Saifullah, via e-mail
After Independence, India and Pakistan initiated their own paths, but Pakistan lost the momentum and is now paying for it. Its rulers created problems for India rather than lead the country towards progress. Pakistan spends a huge amount on its army and fundamentalists. Unless it adopts India’s route, even Nepal could outpace it in development.
Praveen Singh, Ghaziabad
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