Playing with passengers’ lives

Updated 28 February 2017
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Playing with passengers’ lives

This concerns the report “Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirms 7 passengers traveled on fully booked flight” (Feb. 28). Sadly, this incident highlights PIA’s continuous decline, especially since 1977.
One must applaud the media which played its role as always; otherwise the PIA authorities would still be denying the incident.
On the other hand, as far as I know, it is not the responsibility of captains of either international or domestic flights to supervise the boarding of passengers and other such things. It is the job of the flight crew and the staff present on the gates at the time of the flight’s departure. Officials who issued the boarding passes to the extra passengers must be held responsible.
I hope the concerned authorities will take swift action against the offenders and that such an incident will never happen again.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia