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Khan logic

I simply can't understand how Imran Khan's mind works. On the one hand, he says Nawaz Sharif doesn't want to resign from the National Assembly because of the commissions he gets from development projects. So why don't PTI members resign from the KP Assembly? 

Again, his ally in the KP Assembly (Jamaat-e-Islami) is asking the NA speaker not to accept Imran Khan and his party members' resignations from the National Assembly, while he is insisting that the resignations be accepted. Just what is going on? Why is he not allowing his resigned party members to go individually to the speaker and present their resignations? Is it because he knows that they will retract and tell the speaker that they were forced to resign? Again, even after resigning, PTI members are continuing to use perks and privileges. Should they not return the huge sums of money they have taken from parliament? 

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, October 29, 2014




Impossible expectations

This refers to Mosharraf Zaidi's article, ‘What does PM Sharif do next?’ (October 25). What the writer suggests is almost impossible. How can you expect a 64-year-old man to suddenly start liking and trusting those who do not speak the language he learnt (at his mother’s knee)? Or those who were not born and bred in his home town? It would be a miracle if he replaced his relatives and friends from positions of power in the country. 

Such people like to be told that they are doing a very good job. If any aide dares to point out their faults to them, he will either be dismissed or transferred to Chichawatni the next morning.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, October 28, 2014









Anchor away

I would like to know why our TV channel owners and anchors are not aware that it is illegal to defame any person or organisation without adequate proof. We have seen one TV anchor repeatedly waving pieces of paper, claiming that it was proof of what he was alleging. But when called by the court to present this so-called proof, he said he was not in good health, although his illness did not prevent him from hosting live TV shows.
This kind of behaviour is inexcusable and those people who are defending this anchor as a national hero should realise this.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, October 26, 2014



APROPOS Dr Parvez Hoodbhoy’s article ‘Sending Pakistan to Mars’ (Oct 18), not many Pakistanis know that Pakistan began the space race in the sub-continent by launching two rockets into space in 1962. Until then, only nine countries (which included Israel but not India) had been able to launch rockets into space.

Unfortunately, our successive governments did not pay much attention to our space programme and India was able to steam ahead of us. In fact, even Iran sent a monkey into space a couple of years ago.
It will be many years before Pakistan is able to do this, despite having launched two experimental satellites in 1990 and 2001.
For Pakistan to make further progress in space technology, the first thing that needs to be done is to replace our outdated locally-produced science text books with imported ones. We can then hire Pakistani teachers from English-speaking countries to train the new generation in physics, mathematics and allied subjects.
Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in DAWN, October 23, 2014


Imran and Jinnah

Sir: With reference to the article “Imran Khan is no Jinnah” (Daily Times, October 10, 2014), I’m amazed that the writer could even think of comparing a power-hungry person like our ex-cricketer Imran Khan with the founder of our nation, Jinnah. If at all there is a need to compare this Taliban sympathiser to any leader; it should be Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was so eager to become the prime minister of the country that he refused to acknowledge the winner of the 1970s elections and to hand over power to Mujeebur Rehman. We know what happened as a result of this stubborn and arrogant attitude; the country was dismembered. Imran Khan’s attitude is similar to Bhutto’s. The country be damned as long as he gets to be the prime minister.

SHAKIR LAKHANI
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, October 14, 2014

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