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There are reasons enough to be sceptical of the Pakistani establishment’s sincerity in militarily defeating the Taliban....

May 4, 2009 12:01:42 am

•There are reasons enough to be sceptical of the Pakistani establishment’s sincerity in militarily defeating the Taliban (‘Potemkin battles’,IE,April 30). There’s no denying that the Pakistani armed forces moved in a big way against the Taliban that entrenched itself in Buner. There are also indications that they have finally decided that the Taliban is the real threat and therefore it would pay to redeploy their troops from the Indian border (‘First signs visible that Pak accepts…’,IE,May 1). Nevertheless,one cannot be faulted for attributing this development to US pressure instead of a genuine change in the Pakistani establishment’s worldview.

— R.J. Khurana Bhopal

Terror twins

•The clerical error in sending identical DNA reports of two 26/11 terrorists to Pakistan (‘DNA goof-up’,IE,April 30) was a grave mistake that has not only embarrassed New Delhi but also tarnished India’s professional and scientific image of pioneering work in the field of DNA finger-printing technology at CCMB,Hyderabad. Such errors have grave political consequences.

— Nagesh Tekale Mumbai

Spineless CBI

•This refers to the editorial ‘The two stooges’ (IE,April 30). We have long accepted that our political class can breach all legalities and ethical codes to save the tainted amidst their lot. That’s why we don’t agitate when clean chits are issued to the riot accused or to the likes of Quattrocchi. In fact,the CBI and the Union government had made their intentions about Quattrocchi quite clear much earlier when they first allowed the warrants to expire and then allowed him to withdraw his money. In systematically and deliberately mishandling cases,the CBI has fully convinced us that it lacks a spine.

— Ved Guliani Hisar

How open?

•This refers to Thomas L. Friedman’s article (‘The devil and the deep sea’,IE,April 30). Friedman sounds apologetic in Obama’s behalf. And apologetic he should be. The US unabashedly interferes in the affairs of other nations: sometimes without understanding the value systems of such nations (Vietnam),sometimes on the basis of self-delusion (Iraq). That such intrusions have repeatedly resulted in major embarrassments and ground level costs for the US itself is a fact. The “open society” Friedman so worships has produced America’s indulgent citizenry.

— Siddhartha Mukherji Pune

The whole truth

•The report ‘SC tells Govt to consider fast-track courts for riots case’ (IE,April 14) should come as a welcome relief to those who believe in fairness and justice and desire to know the truth behind the Gujarat riots. While political complicity was always suspected in the riots and the SIT has been doing a fantastic job in that regard,its investigations have also brought to light the ulterior motives with which the so-called do-good NGOs work. Nevertheless,it’s time we got all the facts about the Gujarat riots and fast.

— V.K. Saxena Ahmedabad

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