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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 18 August 2018

A powerful military is not Pakistan’s biggest problem

Our readers have their say about the Pakistani army, space exploration and the Lebanese election

Indian policemen taking aim in 1989 after Kashmiri militants opened fire on government forces in Srinagar. Kashmir remains a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Habib Naqash / AFP
Indian policemen taking aim in 1989 after Kashmiri militants opened fire on government forces in Srinagar. Kashmir remains a bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Habib Naqash / AFP

In response to Rajendra Aneja’s letter With the powerful military, Khan can only do so much (July 30), it is most unfortunate that some sections of the media and our Indian friends are singing from a flawed hymn sheet that aims to demonise the Pakistani army.

The army is one of the state institutions and ensures the security and stability of the country. To suggest that the civilians and the army are not on the same page is naive.

Kashmir is the core issue between India and Pakistan pending a solution and has precipitated regular military engagements since 1947.

United Nations Security Council resolutions are in place calling for a plebiscite administrator in the disputed territory.

It was only during the term of Pervez Musharraf ( a military man) when we were anywhere close to reaching a solution but it was derailed by the Indian, not the Pakistani, establishment.

Refusal to join the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) summit, as happened when it was held in Islamabad in 2016, has been the Indian position.

Any attempt to drive a wedge between the popularly elected new government and the army will not succeed. The nation stands united as one on all issues.

Mohammad Hamza, Dubai

The echo of the UAE’s space exploration is heard on Earth

Regarding your story Stargazers of the UAE, get ready to see Mars up close (July 30) and your coverage of the UAE’s Mission to Mars, as an excited millennial and young engineer who loves space, seeing my country pointing the steering wheel towards the Red Planet gives me goosebumps.

There have been more than 50 missions to explore Mars, yet only 27 have succeeded. No Arab or Islamic country has previously thought about taking such a step.

Thinking about all of this just makes me excited to try to explain to everyone why it is really a step forward for every one of us.

We as a human race are dying to answer the question: “Are we alone?”

That is why it is a big deal that we are going to Mars and why we called the most important and the first space mission for us “Hope”.

It is a message we are carrying 54.6 million kilometres away from Earth, yet its echo is meant to be heard right here at home.

Abdulla Al Ameri, Colorado

It is high time Lebanon formed a proper government

Michael Young’s article Nearly three months after Lebanon’s election, Hariri is walking a tightrope (July 30) was a good read.

Even after the election result, Lebanon has still not decided on an administration.

It is high time it set its political objectives and formed a proper government, even though the Syrian situation is affecting its powers to do so.

K Ragavan, Denver

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