x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Pakistan and India must engage with words

A reader says violence along the Line of Control is not the answer to problems on the sub continent. Other topics: Facebook, a tortured dog and traffic in the new Abu Dhabi tunnel.

A reader is concerned about violence along the Line of Control between Pakistan and India. Mukesh Gupta / Reuters
A reader is concerned about violence along the Line of Control between Pakistan and India. Mukesh Gupta / Reuters

Shaukat Qadir's article on the recent dispute between India and Pakistan, On Line of Control, this is no time to abandon restraint (January 13), provides food for thought.

A shot can never be defended with another shot. Healthy bilateral talks should be conducted between the parties.

Continuous ceasefire violations from each side have had tragic consequences.

External agents who are oiling the fires must be rooted out.

Jafar Nizami, Abu Dhabi

After watching Pakistan from a distance for 25 years, I honestly want to weep. The country has been torn apart by a handful of selfish parties who have used the country to settle old scores.

The people of Pakistan must shun the puppets of America and other nations who are only biding their time before they flee with their full suitcases to neighbouring countries.

As for the parties promising democratic change, Pakistanis must judge for themselves by witnessing how they behave. They do not follow their own preaching.

People with scores to settle betray a mentality from a time of ignorance, before Islam.

As much as I admire Pakistan's men in uniform, the largest Muslim army in the world, they, too, need to step back.

I hope Pakistan gets back on track, but that won't be possible with its current political leadership.

Angabeen Ahmad, Dubai

Social media can be distracting

Regarding Are you a Facebook addict? (January 8), I have always known that Facebook is an addiction and a major distraction.

Therefore, I decided to create an account only after I graduated from university, a few years ago.

Since then, I have been spending a lot of time on the social networking site. I sometimes end up spending several hours or even the entire day on Facebook.

The networking site has transformed me into a virtual freak who has lost tremendous amounts of quality time that could have been used for better purposes.

I have also realised that due to keeping pace with my online friends, I am losing out on my real friends simply because I am unable to devote time to them.

Facebook should be used in moderation or else it will take a toll on us all.

Fatima Suhail, Dubai

Tunnel speed limit should be uniform

The new Sheihk Zayed Tunnel in Abu Dhabi looks beautiful and is a state-of-the-art structure that will serve the growth of Abu Dhabi for years to come.

However, when I use it, I am confused by the implementation of several different speed limits along the tunnel.

I am a cautious driver who likes to remain below the displayed speed limit, but I too often find cars speeding up to me, flashing their lights, despite clear signs saying that the limit is 60km/h or 80km/h.

The authorities must find a way to book those drivers who break the limits or there will be many accidents in the tunnel.

I also think they should establish just one speed limit for the entire length of the tunnel, obviating the need for people to speed up or slow down.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Animal torturers need education

I am writing about Torture dog has life-saving surgery (January 11).

My best wishes go to the woman who found and rescued the dog.

But what about the children who tortured the animal almost to death? Shame on them for hurting a defenceless living being.

They must be educated not to do this again.

Brigitte von Bulow, Dubai

I was shocked to read what happened to Pumpkin the dog, and I hope she has a speedy and complete recovery. G Adams, Abu Dhabi

 

Sailing a part of nation's heritage

Before Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, I went to the Kuwait sailing base near Fahaheel, where they had Hobie 16s and Lasers for the young Kuwaitis to use.

Inside the building they had more boats, the same as those used in the Oxford-Cambridge boat race.

However, nobody had shown the young people how to rig the boats or how to sail them. I taught them, and they were very enthusiastic. Some of them became very good.

When I returned after the war, all the boats and equipment had been stolen or destroyed.

This story illustrates the fact that, without the proper facilities and training, sailing will be just a sport for the very rich.

I hope facilities and training can be made available to young people here in the UAE, which is a nation with a long history of sailing and international trade.

Peter Nixon, Abu Dhabi