A reader says Pakistanis have few good options to choose from during the election on May 11. Other letter topics: Abu Dhabi's library, India, Iran, plastic bags, and progress.
Limited choices for Pakistani voters
Pakistan needs a leader who can bring change
Who other than Nawaz Sharif is an option for Pakistan (Sharif confident of Pakistan election victory, May 3)?
Whether Mr Sharif or anyone else, nothing is going to change for Pakistan. Mr Sharif may be a more trusted candidate than others, but that trust is only in relative terms.
He turned Pakistan into a nuclear-armed state. That is probably the worst thing he did for the country, which reels in poverty, deprivation, malnutrition, female subjugation and other social evils.
Mr Sharif may be confident of winning the election, but it is more important for voters to consider whether he is capable of bringing about real change.
The world powers should also try to push for political stability in Pakistan, which is important for peace and stability in south-east Asia. Only flying drones over Pakistan and chasing militants will not help. Instead, some of the core issues must be looked at.
Abbas Naqvi, Ras Al Khaimah
Abu Dhabi has library facility
In his letter Would-be reader looks for a library (May 1), the writer claims there is no library in Abu Dhabi. That is not right. There is indeed a public library which he can use. The details of can be found on www.tcaabudhabi.ae.
Nabeel Al Mehairbi, Abu Dhabi
India must take bold stands
The killing of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian who had been charged with spying by Pakistan and who had been languishing in a Pakistani prison for more than two decades, shocked all those who value human dignity (Anger in India over prisoner death in Pakistan, May 3).
A few months ago, two Indian soldiers were allegedly beheaded by Pakistani army soldiers. Pakistan should refrain from committing such brutal acts.
India has taken a soft approach to many of the important issues, including the Chinese incursion into Arunachal Pradesh.
Incidents like these will only jeopardise India's relations with its neighbours.
Ramachandran Nair, Oman
Let us do away with plastic bags
I am responding to the article Are biodegradable bags in the UAE doing more harm than good? (April 14).
I wish plastic bags of all sorts were banned, biodegradable or not. They seem to blow around everywhere - you find them in the desert, you find then in streets and in your garden, you find then in the sea when scuba diving, you find them stuck in bushes and trees, you find them stuck to the exhaust pipe of your car.
Let's do away with plastic bags. They are nasty and their impact is long-lasting.
Charge people a dirham a bag, then in three months double it, and keep doubling the price. When it hits your pocket habits will change.
Peter Nixon, Abu Dhabi
Elections are a big challenge for Iran
Iranian elections, from a western standpoint, are the subject of derision and black humour (Foreign policy won't be on the ballot for Iranians in June, May 2). When the Guardian Council is legally able to decide who can run and who cannot, the entire process becomes a mockery.
The Guardian Council is comprised of religious hardliners who want an ultimate war between "good and evil". Iranian elections are a farce.
Beyond this, their dreams are to wreak revenge upon the Sunnis for perceived oppression over centuries. And if permitted, their revenge will be devastating.
Bob Brown, US
UAE an example of real progress
The news that a majority of UAE residents have no gender preference for babies is really heartening (Majority of UAE residents have no gender preference for babies, May 4)
A survey found that more than half of the 760 respondents have no preference when it comes to the gender of their baby. I wonder why India is so different in this respect.
India has made progress in every field, be it social, political, scientific or academic. But the general mindset has changed little over time. That is reflected in the preference for boys among majority of Indians.
This explains why so many girl children are killed, tortured, abandoned or neglected. This is the reason for female foeticide, which is widespread in that country. That is perhaps the reason why incidents of rape are so common.
The UAE has achieved a lot in a short time. I wish my country could do the same. Gender equality is one of the hallmarks of progress.
Name withheld by request