People in rural areas still talk about 'old time' and 'new time' as if the whole idea was a sinister plan to dismember Pakistan. The resistance to daylight time saving, thus, goes on. The most vocal of these critics are the religious-minded people. They have conditioned themselves to tapping the loudspeaker for Azaan at a certain fixed time, which they establish after looking at the clock on the wall. For them, changing the wall clock time is like changing Islam. Furthermore they lose one-hour sleep if they follow the +1 formula of daylight time saving. On the other side of the coin are our politically motivated planners who just like to apply their extremely expensive foreign education in Pakistan. After all, why can't the daylight time saving be done with only a 30 minutes difference instead of the present 60 minutes? It would certainly be more applicable and save our Islam from the wrath of the western clock. If one really thinks about it, the daylight time saving is supposed to save unnecessary light bulbs from being turned on. But the least of the worries on our electric bill is the light bulb. It accounts for a very small fraction of the total power bill. So why do we have to have daylight saving time that is not deferential to the unity of the country? -JEHANZEB ISMAEL, Lahore, via e-mail, June 14.