Letters to the Editor (July 2014)

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Once again terrorists jolted the foundation of our law-enforcement agencies by attacking Karachi Airport. But, the question that really perplexes many is how they could get access into the Airport? One thing is obvious that every insurgent attack baffles us as the attackers disguise themselves in the garb of security personnel. We must think about where terrorists bring our forces’ uniforms?

Whether the deployed security personnel just see the uniform or just cursorily look at the vehicle and let them pass or do they get help from some tailors?

So, there must be a vigilant check on these issues. In addition, ‘Sasta Bazaars’ should also be inspected regularly by the police.
Ayaz Khan


Last year, the FPSC announced to conduct a screening test before CSS written exam. This certainly has been a good move to filter out non-serious students because every year the number of CSS aspirants is increasing. Unfortunately, the screening test was postponed for a number of reasons. This year also it is said that the screening test will be conducted but there is no confirmation yet. CSS aspirants are still waiting for a proper official announcement. It is high time the authorities concerned announced it officially so that students manage to focus on their studies.
Bilawal Ibrahim (Jaffarabad )


Mian Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India proved just a damp squib. Modi not only left him speechless but also handed over him a list of demands including steps to stop cross-border terrorism and to bring to book all those involved in the 26/11 attacks. It shows that India’s diplomacy about Pakistan once again has been at its best. At present, India enjoys cordial relations with almost all Saarc countries. So, inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony was not a big deal. Afghanistan is India’s new ‘strategic partner’ now and Karzai’s participation in this ceremony was understandable. But, Pak-India relations have their own distinct nature and chronology. To reciprocate Indian goodwill gesture, Pakistan could have attended this ceremony by sending a senior state functionary, as Bangladesh did. Pakistan, at the end of the day, got nothing out of this visit except another humiliating charge-sheet.
Salman Shabbir (Jamshoro)


I would like to draw the attention of the vice-chancellor of the University of Karachi towards the discrimination between the students of the IBA and other departments by security guards of the university. Every student who wants to enter the university is asked to show the identity card, if she or he is on foot; but if they have transport they are asked for special pass.

On the other hand, if an IBA student enters the university, he is only asked to show his identity card. They park their vehicles inside their department, near their institute or wherever they like. Moreover, they enjoy their exclusive point buses. Have other students done any sin for which they are being discriminated by security guards?. I request the vice-chancellor to look into this matter.
Jawwad Junejo (Karachi)


I wanted to have my B.Com and M.Com degrees attested by the HEC. Both degrees were issued by the University of Balochistan. But, when I contacted the HEC offices, I was astonished to know that the HEC attests degrees only at its Islamabad head office and regional offices in Lahore and Peshawar.

No attestation facility at the regional offices of Karachi and Quetta is available. Sindh and Balochistan are at the mercy of the courier service that takes more than two weeks as against the same-day attestation if you visit the HEC in person.
Isn’t it a discriminatory treatment with Sindh and Balochistan? Would anybody from the HEC justify this?
Abid Sheerani (Quetta)


The ‘peace talks’ between the TTP and the government were always doomed owing to non-serious behaviour of both sides. But, the TTP ended up gaining what it wanted: time for the snow to melt on the mountains and to position terrorists in urban centres. The brazen attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi is thus no surprise. Such a grisly and well-planned assault should have been anticipated by those responsible for protecting that important state facility. Indeed, we should brace up for more attacks in our urban centres in the aftermath of the formal commencement of operation against the TTP. Now that the government has finally decided to go after the terrorists, the political parties should realise their national responsibility and desist from creating confusion which results in weakening the national resolve. As Pakistanis, we should know that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb is actually one of the most important battles to reclaim the lost soul of Pakistan. The PPP, the PTI, the MQM and other political parties have done well by publicly supporting the operation. Now, it is the turn of the right-wing parties to step forward and play their role in a positive manner.
Azra Afzaal (Sialkot)


Thank God the charade of peace talks with the militants is finally over and a full-fledged operation in North Waziristan has begun. As a nation, while standing squarely behind our brave soldiers, we must have realistic expectations of Zarb-e-Azb. The greatest achievement after the success of the operation would be the denial of physical space or sanctuary to the Taliban, from where they could plan their murderous attacks on the heartland of Pakistan. We should not expect a quick end to the operation. The Taliban have spread throughout the country and many more battles have yet to be fought against them. We must be mentally prepared to be in this war of survival for a long haul, decades perhaps. Equally important would be for our intelligentsia and media to wage a war of ideas against the retrograde worldview of the Taliban. A national counter-narrative based upon enlightenment and peaceful coexistence has to be developed against the dark and intolerant narrative of the Taliban, which is unfortunately accepted by many segments of our society.
Akbar Jan Marwat (Islamabad)

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