Stranded Pakistanis

Updated 10 November 2012
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Stranded Pakistanis

Referring to the letter “stranded Pakistanis and vote bank politics” and also in response to the Pakistan Repatriation Council’s proposal presented in a symposium recently in Jeddah. I it should be noted that Rabita Trust is not going to build houses for repatriated stranded Pakistanis in Lahore or any major city, so the readers’ doubt that this “vote bank“ will be captured by the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) is not substantiated.

I suggest people who make such a false claim to read the Rabita Trust agreement which proposed to settle those quarter million Pakistanis in several remote cities of Punjab which is hardly going to change the political equation. Even in Sindh which took more than two hundred thousand repatriated Pakistanis in 1975, there was no change in the electoral arithmetic because they were scattered in many cities and did not become “vote banks” of MOM.


I think it is important for us that we don’t deny the basic rights of citizenship to any Pakistani. Just because we lost the war in 1971, so can we deny rights of those patriots who fought for unity of the country along with our army? — Mohammad Umair Khan, Jeddah


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