I generally hold the Defense News publication in high regard, both for the quality of the reporting and the quality of the editorial pages. So it came as a shock to see that you published a letter by a certain Sardar Wali Imran (Dec 6, 2004) that contained so many factual errors that I wonder how it ever got to print.
Some gems include India’s attempted annexation of the Maldives, India’s political system where only ‘Hindus (upper class)’ prosper, Pakistan’s refusal to ‘complain’ when India conducted nuclear tests, and this is the beauty — suggesting that the ‘memory of the 11th century conquerer Ghaznavi is deeply imprinted in India’s psyche’. The last one is especially rich coming from a country which named its ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’ for exactly the same reason !
While I believe it is only right for you to allow a Pakistani response to an earlier Indian letter-writer, allowing such factual errors to creep into your editorial pages is unfortunate.
It is not my intention to spark off a war of words on your editorial pages, so I would request you not to publish my letter. But I hope you will take the minimum journalistic care before you print whatever rubbish that arrives in your mailbox.