Letters to the editor

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Published: January 15, 2016 12:10:26 AM

Apropos of the report “Pakistan detains JeM chief Masood Azhar, offices sealed” (FE, January 14), crackdown on the Jaish-e-Muhammad and arresting its chief Masood Azhar may give the impression that Pakistan is acting evidence given about its involvement in the Pathankot terror attack, but is not of much importance for India.

Pakistan acting?

Apropos of the report “Pakistan detains JeM chief Masood Azhar, offices sealed” (FE, January 14), crackdown on the Jaish-e-Muhammad and arresting its chief Masood Azhar may give the impression that Pakistan is acting evidence given about its involvement in the Pathankot terror attack, but is not of much importance for India. Azhar was also detained by the Pakistani authorities after the December 2001 Indian Parliament attack, but was never formally charged. However, much has changed since the Parliament and Mumbai terror attacks. The global community is united against terrorism and the countries patronising terrorists. The US, Pakistan’s long-term ally, is persistently asking for action against terrorist groups operating in its territory. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s surprise Lahore stopover sent a strong message of India’s sincerity for peace with Pakistan while the Pathankot attack projected Pakistan in bad light. The problem is that the real player is the Pakistani Army and the long-time patron of the anti-India terrorist groups in Pakistan would hardly act against them unless there are compulsions.

MC Joshi, Lucknow

Clarification

This is with reference to the article published by The Financial Express on January 6, “High level exits in India Ratings.” Satish Nair, head (corporate affairs and investor relations), India Ratings has said his quotes were misrepresented and that the context of the response was altered. FE would like to clarify that the comments attributed to Nair were those from a telephonic interview and that the writer had duly apprised him about the background and context of the article for which his comments were sought. It was also mentioned in the article that Deep Mukherjee, head of corporate credit rating (Western), had quit the firm reportedly over differences with the senior management. Deep Mukherjee has denied this, saying he left to pursue other professional interests. We apologise for not getting Deep Mukherjee’s comments.

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