Pakistan is here to stay

Updated 06 April 2017
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Pakistan is here to stay

March 23, 1940, is one of the most important days in Pakistan’s history. On this day, Muslims of undivided India gathered in Lahore to decide the status of Muslims once the British colonial power left the subcontinent. The decision was unanimous: To demand a Muslim homeland in order to implement Islamic principles as a role model for Muslims worldwide.
People of the subcontinent lived in harmony until the British colonized this peaceful country by overthrowing its Muslim rulers in their policy of divide and rule, which worked in Asia and Africa. But after World War II colonized countries started gaining independence from Western powers.
Once the Lahore declaration was made, Muslims of the subcontinent gathered behind the leadership of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. He worked day and night to achieve this goal, which became a reality on Aug. 14, 1947.
Pakistan was the first Muslim country to become a nuclear power, to pursue its peaceful role in the world, though it is fighting the menace of terrorism. Jinnah once said Pakistan “is here to stay,” but Pakistanis have to be united to achieve the main purpose of making this nation a role model of Islam in order to play its due role in the world.


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