All private channels try to cover the angst the nation is going through but if you ever go to the state-owned PTV, you would get an eerie feeling of all calm and quietwith appreciations of the federal government thrown in for good measure. There is some music too to complete the picture PTV is portraying about a welfare state (somewhere we dont know) where people are happy as a lark with not a care in the world. The private channels, though, continue to portray the picture of an oppressive state with incompetent rulers that are pushing their people to the bog of crises getting ever more serious, making life for the ordinary citizen ever more difficult to live. Something has to be done to either stop PTV from painting the rosy picture or stop the private channels from showing what a hell we live in. -KHALID MUSTAFA, Islamabad February 16