Qatar Today - - LETTERS -

Very few among my Qatari friends are un­happy with the new manda­tory mil­i­tary pro­gramme. In fact, many ac­tively wel­come it. The du­ra­tion, a strate­gic three months, will not dras­ti­cally dis­rupt their pro­fes­sional and aca­demic lives while be­ing po­ten­tially life-chang­ing. It's a win-win sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to me. ANEES IBRAHIM An in­ter­est­ing read. Though it's hard to imag­ine a sce­nario where Qatar would be ac­tively in con­flict, the re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the Mid­dle East are not very en­cour­ag­ing. The rea­son given by the gov­ern­ment for the pro­gramme might be to “in­vig­o­rate the youth and give them di­rec­tion” but it is dif­fi­cult not to sense the un­der­ly­ing ten­sion. Or it is just my imag­i­na­tion? SAL­MAN I par­tic­u­larly liked the part about the spe­cial pro­gramme they have for over­weight cadets. The need of the hour, if there ever was one. Ku­dos! KHALID MAN­SOUR

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