Appeal for peace
More than 1,000 people are killed around the world every day by gun violence, and many more are maimed or terrorised.india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 00:40 IST
Appeal for peace
More than 1,000 people are killed around the world every day by gun violence, and many more are maimed or terrorised. The world is awash with weapons, and all too often these fall into the wrong hands and are used against innocent people. Despite the mounting death toll, there is no comprehensive treaty to govern sales of conventional weapons. In October, world leaders are meeting to discuss the International Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly in New York. The treaty is based on governments’ existing commitments under human rights and humanitarian law.
As religious leaders from different countries, we call on the world’s governments to act to bring the arms trade under control.
Dalai Lama and others
Dipankar Gupta’s article Is this the master plan? (September 27) made disappointing reading. He has repeatedly used the phrase ‘it is general knowledge’, and offers not an iota by way of a solution. In spite of the Supreme Court not being able to punish erring officials, we applaud the initiative to improve the situation in Delhi. A wrong cannot be justified by another wrong. Ignorance of law is no defence for an erring citizen, official or non-official.
Musharraf, a liar
Pervez Musharraf is a dictator who is unwilling to let go of his uniform and power. He lies with ease, as is obvious from the excerpts from his book. He claims to want to improve relations with India but makes all sorts of provocative statements. It is unfortunate that he has managed to impress the US and is considered an ally in the war against terror, despite harbouring terrorists in his own country.
Ban the outfits
With reference to the report Marad panel indicts Muslim League leaders (September 27), it is time the government and the Election Commission banned IUML. IUML activities are no different from those of Simi, and are against the unity and integrity of the nation.
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First Published: Sep 28, 2006 00:40 IST