Senseless act

Updated 06 March 2017
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Senseless act

This refers to the report “Israel aircraft attack Hamas targets after rocket fired from Gaza” (Feb. 28). As a matter of fact, Hamas should come to its senses and not launch unnecessary rockets from Gaza into Israel. Hamas should remember that Israel is mightier than Hamas and has nuclear power. Undue provocation on the part of Hamas will be detrimental for its progress and peace. Hamas also must understand that launching rockets cannot destroy Israel, but in response to launching rockets, Israeli attacks will create mishaps in Gaza. From this perspective, Hamas’ launching rockets is senseless and it should desist from the act.
Should Hamas have problems, it should request the legitimate Palestinian Authority to take its grievances to the UN and solve its problems. Hamas must know that it is on terrorist lists in the Western world, so it must improve its attitude so that it may be removed from the lists. It will be very essential for Hamas to do something good to remove its name from terrorist lists, so that in times of emergency, it can resort to the UN to solve its problems. On the other hand, Israel should not find pretexts to launch its barbaric attacks on Gaza and should mend its ways of dealing with Palestine so that peaceful ways can be negotiated.
It is no doubt that the Palestinian people have been bearing the brunt of Israeli force for more than seven decades and it is high time the UN and superpowers did something positive to stop Israeli incursions so that peace may be achieved between Israel and Palestine. Israel must note that Palestine accepts Israeli existence and that is why Palestine has been asking for the two-state solution for peace on both sides. It is high time America should dispense justice and not favor Israel’s illegal ways. It is very apparent that if America were serious, Israeli and Palestinian problems would soon be solved. The world has been observing for a long time that America has been conniving with Israel’s atrocities and not taking any drastic action to stop skirmishes between Palestine and Israel.
In the time of Barack Obama, he only delivered flowery speeches and did nothing positive to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, and eight years of his governance passed without finding a solution to this conflict.
The Donald Trump administration should do something very seriously for this conflict so that innocent lives may be saved and that both sides could live in a peaceful environment. Israel should remember that the Arab world accepts Israel’s existence and wants to live in harmony and peace with it, and from this perspective Israel should sit at the negotiating table for the sake of solving long standing issues and achieving peace and tranquility on both sides.


Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

Updated 17 April 2017
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Spies deserve ‘harsh punishment’

This refers to the story “Pakistan’s army sentences alleged Indian spy to death” (April 11, 2017). Since the announcement of the death penalty for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian intelligence agent who was involved in various terrorist activities in Pakistan, the Indian media are making false allegations against Islamabad.
We are citizens of a sovereign country. No one can dictate to us how to ensure the security of our people. Jadhav’s confession regarding his activities in Pakistan is available on YouTube. That should be enough for the Indian authorities.
A spy that conducts and masterminds terrorist activities that result in the death of many people has to face harsh punishment.
I firmly believe that if the death penalty is waived in Jadhav’s case, the consequences will be worse and terrorist acts will escalate in our country.
This must come to an end.
As Sartaj Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to the prime minister, pointed out in his recent statement, Jadhav was tried according to the law of the land, in a fully transparent manner, while granting him his rights, as per the constitution of Pakistan.
Due process has been followed in the proceedings against him.
Jadhav, a serving commander in the Indian Navy, was apprehended on March 3, 2016, having crossed into Pakistan from the Saravan border with Iran.
He was found in possession of an Indian passport issued by the government of India on May 12, 2015, and valid until May 11, 2024.
He confessed that he is a resident of Mumbai, India, still serving in the Indian Navy and that his retirement is due in 2022.
New Delhi should not underestimate the fact that the entire Pakistani population is behind the Pakistan Army.
We, Pakistanis, have been victims of massive terrorist acts for decades.
I am sure that our government and armed forces understand that there shall be no compromise where Jadhav is concerned. — Farheen Ayub, Taif