The entire country is grueling due to run of power outages. It is the worst time in the history of Pakistan. No amount of agitation, protests, or lamentation would suffice in describing it. In these trying times, it is particularly irksome to see press conferences of our federal ministers. Rude and uncouth, they have terrible body language when they are lying which is too often for comfort. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Sherry Rehman are two specialists of the craft that do it on a daily basis. I think 5-6 hours of black-outs are understandable but to have it stretched to 12 or 14 hours due to mismanagement and wrong planning, is a bit too much. -AMJAD HABIB MIRZA, Lahore, via e-mail, January 3.