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india Updated: Nov 28, 2011 22:25 IST

Once more without feeling, Islamabad says it's fighting terror
Pakistan is once again trying to hoodwink the world into believing that it's fighting terror with its announcement that it won't initiate any dialogue with the Taliban until it renounces violence (Pakistan says Taliban must lay down arms, November 26). Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik, who made the announcement, realises that his remarks have little or no consequence, as the Pakistani army has the final say in all matters concerning the nation's future. That's why there's little to cheer about in this latest announcement.
Deepak Chikramane, Mumbai

Direct investment in votes
With reference to the report Maya blames Rahul for FDI in retail sector (November 27), it's interesting to note how the upcoming assembly polls have suddenly made all political parties concerned about the welfare of the people of Uttar Pradesh. It's doubtful if the ongoing debate on FDI will affect the common man or whether he is concerned about the issue at all. But for the parties, it's a great chance to seek votes under the guise of fighting for the rights of the poor.
Gulshan Kumar, via email

Killing the justice system
In his article Lesson from Mumbai (Maha Bharat, November 24), Samar Halarnkar rightly states that it's impossible for the government to compensate the family of Ishrat Jahan for the trauma and the humiliation that it's facing over her alleged links with terrorist groups. The police must use encounter killing as a last resort in the battle against organised crime. There must be some transparency in the way the authorities bring criminals and terrorists to justice.
Salman Ghani, Delhi