x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

No justification for attack on church

Readers deplore the attack on Christians in Pakistan. Other topics: Kenyan shootings, fire safety standards, electric buses and leap seconds.

Readers deplore the suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday. Fayaz Aziz / Reuters
Readers deplore the suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday. Fayaz Aziz / Reuters

I refer to Church bombings expose the war for Pakistan’s soul (September 25), about the Christians who were killed by radicals calling themselves bearers of justice.

It is unbelievable that they justified the killing of Pakistani Christians in retaliation for drone attacks.

Pakistan’s government must take serious action to bring such offenders to justice.

Islam is all about peace and Muslims must vocalise this. The people who carry out terror attacks should not be given the right to be ambassadors of my religion.

Zahra Khan, Dubai

Tenants must play a part in ensuring safety standards

I refer to Call for action on fire safety (September 24), in which building owners are urged to maintain their properties.

It’s not always the owners that are at fault, it is often the occupiers who have no idea on what to do in the event of a fire.

Although most apartments are equipped with sprinklers, a fire extinguisher and blankets in the kitchen, plus a hose reel on every landing, nobody uses them. They just run out the door and save themselves, and let the building burn.

I come from the UK, where the need to be fire conscious is drilled into us, from government advertising on television about chip-pan fires in home kitchens to fire drills and evacuation exercises in the workplace.

As a homeowners’ association board member, I have already put up signs around my property about the dangers of throwing cigarette butts off balconies, indoor barbecues and gas bottles, and putting hot shisha coals down rubbish chutes.

Dubai Municipality and Civil Defence authorities should begin a dialogue with the various home owners’ associations to make this type of signage more common and to educate building occupiers.

Alan G, Dubai

Mall shootings an act of criminals

I was heart-broken by the news of the Nairobi terror attack (Dubai victims of Kenya mall raid, September 25).

I pray for all the people who have suffered at the hands of a bunch of criminals who are using Islam as their cover. These terrorists are cowards and are causing divisions in our society by spreading fear and untruths.

Islam is a religion of peace, not of killing and terror.

Name withheld by request

Nobody should deliberately target the holy places of any religion.

Everyone’s faith should be respected

K Ragavan, India

Time not ripe for such a big leap

I refer to the editorial Is now the right time? (September 22), about the proposal to eliminate the leap second.

One difficult question is how to elicit agreement among international bureaucrats when – according to online sources – even the technical standards used by the various machines have time counts that differ by 25 seconds?

This proposal also essentially means having to redefine the word “day”.

Name withheld by request

Electric buses are welcome in city

First electric buses to hit the streets in Abu Dhabi (September 24) is great news.

My family does not have a car. We ride our bicycles, walk or take taxis to our destination.

If there were more buses and they were electric, I would certainly take a bus to my destination. Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

Bottled water can harm environment

The movie The Ugly Truth, which was screened on Dubai television recently, emphasised the fact that tap water is better for the environment than bottled water.

I am asking others to help save the Earth by boycotting plastic bottles, which can be unhygienic and are often not properly stored by vendors.

Kanwar Hayat, Dubai

Repeat offender should face jail

I refer to Man pays Dh300,000 in fines and so knocks himself off top of league table (September 25)

Someone who so blatantly defies the law should be imprisoned. It’s just a matter of time before he hurts someone.

Patricia Geiger, Abu Dhabi