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Sir: The A1 Grand Prix is the latest high performance car race event that started last year. The race is held between teams from different countries but in similar cars. Pakistan also competed in this event. When the A1 was first announced Pakistan did not have a race-car driver of high calibre. Finally a Karachi born, US based race driver, was selected to represent the team.

Although Pakistan was in the middle of the grid when the race started, soon the Pakistani driver started to slow down his pace. He was braking approximately 3 seconds before the other cars around the corners. And soon enough other drivers were starting to lap him.

To make things worse, the Pakistani driver was letting the other cars pass him by, moving to the side into the dirt and not fighting for any of the positions. The race ended with Pakistan being lapped 5 times by the race leaders. India came in fourth after a very tough battle with Italy. It was a very embarrassing day for Pakistani supporters at Brands Hatch Circuit on April 29.

I think the A1 Pakistan team should start looking for a new driver for the next season, or maybe two drivers, to select the better one. The current team seems to have lost the energy and ambition to win the A1 Grand Prix competition.

SHAHRYAR BASEER

UK

Time for change

Sir: It is great to learn that the Daily Times team is launching an Urdu daily, Aaj Kal. It is time for an Urdu paper that would propagate progressive, secular and liberal values in society.

There is little doubt that Urdu is the most widely read language of Pakistan. Unfortunately, Urdu language newspapers often propagate rightwing and obscurantist ideas. Against this backdrop, it is heartening to know that the Daily Times, which has earned credibility by reporting and analysing current affairs sensibly, is launching a paper in the lingua franca of the country. I wish all the best to your team and look forward to reading a progressive and modern newspaper.

KAZIM AIZAZ ALAM

Karachi

A scary thought

Sir: The stand by the chief justice has unquestionably raised the spirits and rekindled the hopes of the disheartened people of Pakistan. It has inspired the indifferent and depressed people to stand up against the military dictatorship. Imagine what a Mush-CJ deal at this time would do to the present movement for democracy, rule of law and the independence of judiciary. Such a deal will make the people lose hope in any good ever happening in the country. Why would any one think that a Mush-PPP deal would be any less devastating for the people of this country?

AZIZ NAREJO

Via email

Mobile phone scam

Sir: Mobile phone companies probably earned billions of rupees within a few hours due to the mobile virus rumour spread across the country recently. Within a span of six hours mobile companies generated record revenue. Now I am not a controversy theorist, but why do I feel this

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