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Letters to the editor: A heavy price

The people of Pakistan are paying a heavy price for their government and army doing business with the devil.

November 4, 2014 12:44:27 am

A sucide bombing on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah check-post at the time of the flag-lowering ceremony killed at least 55 people and left over 200 injured (‘Terror kills 55 in Pak at India’s door’, IE, November 3). A militant group close to the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to the Pakistan army’s actions against their positions in tribal areas. This must be a matter of grave concern for the Pakistan government and army. In the past, Pakistan has used terror as an instrument of state policy for achieving political objectives. In the process, it patronised the Taliban and other terrorist outfits. The people of Pakistan are paying a heavy price for their government and army doing business with the devil.
— M.C. Joshi

Simmer down now
Both  the journalist and Robert Vadra are equally to be blamed for what happened at a Delhi hotel (‘Sandeep Dikshit first to speak out in Congress against Robert Vadra: “Such display unfortunate”’, IE, November 3). Vadra is not a public figure. He is neither a politician nor a film star, but he has been propelled to fame for being the son-in-law of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi. Like any other citizen, Vadra has the right to privacy. The journalist misjudged the appropriateness of the occasion to throw an uncomfortable question at Vadra. That being said, he should have shown restraint and regained his composure after being asked the question. He could have walked off, offered “no comment”. He should have refrained from intimidating the journalist and pushing the mike down.
— Ganapathi Bhat

Slow justice
It is disgraceful that the man who was responsible for the killing of thousands of people and the life-long misery of over half a million others has escaped punishment, thanks to the ineptitude of the Indian authorities. The death of Warren Anderson should serve as an eye-opener for the powers-that-be — act now to bring the other culprits to book. Thirty years have already elapsed and any further delay in the dispensation of justice means the remaining guilty, too, could get off the hook.
— P.G. Menon

The horror
This refers to the special coverage, ‘1984, 30 years later’ (IE, November 3). I have read the gory details of what happened in 1984. After reading the eyewitness accounts, I don’t know whether I should offer my congratulations for the coverage or criticise the Express for exhuming such tragic
stories. The bloodcurdling details could make a grown man cry.
— C.B. Vastrad

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