Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 May 2019

Imran Khan should address internal corruption head on

Our readers have their say on the Pakistan election, Iranian sanctions, bad driving and the Houthis

Campaign poster for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party. Aamir Qureshi / AFP
Campaign poster for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

I write in reference to your editorial Imran Khan has a real opportunity to end India-Pakistan conflict (July 30): you are correct that the new Pakistani prime minister designate Imran Khan will face a baptism of fire as he begins his tenure.

The first test for the former cricket captain will be the immediate recovery of the national wealth looted and plundered by the corrupt elite. A tried-and-tested model for dealing with corruption is that demonstrated by Saudi Arabia. Another is the Malaysian model deployed by the country’s new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Mr Khan can take pointers from both. Doing so would reduce Pakistan’s dependence on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, both of which are dominated by international powers.

Mohammad Hamza, Dubai

Iran had a chance to pursue peace and did the opposite

I write in reference to your article Reimposed US Iran sanctions also target businesses dealing with Tehran (July 31): unwittingly or otherwise, Iran asked for this. If it had just followed a peaceful path in the Middle East and in particular in Yemen, things would have been different. They should work towards a peaceful resolution in Yemen.

Name withheld by request

Harsher penalties would deter bad driving

In reference to your article Dust storm causes 1,000 road accidents in Dubai (July 30), we need heavier penalties for those that cause crashes. Maybe then the quality of driving would improve.

Darren Banner, Dubai

The Houthis are being used as pawns in Tehran’s game

I refer to your online article Iranian hands still behind Houthi missiles, UN report finds (July 31): the Houthi rebels in Yemen are just pawns on the political chessboard of Iran’s making. They have no value or meaning for Iran but are useful in their foolish way, because they trust Iran and do its regime’s bidding.

As a result they have attacked Saudi Arabia with rockets. Ultimately, devastation and destruction will be the only outcome for the Houthis in Yemen.

Name withheld by request

Updated: August 1, 2018 08:12 PM