The experiment of adopting DST (the so-called daylight saving) by advancing clocks by one-hour during summer, has failed miserably in Pakistan for the second time. Public opinion on the subject is no secret. The nation does not believe it has had any benefit from daylight saving. The general view, in fact, is that it has added to the existing miseries such as frequent loadshedding, poor law and order, unreliable water supply, ever increasing inflation, pervasive unemployment and poor health and education facilities. Advancing the clocks by one-hour has adversely disturbed the routine of everyone irrespective of age and gender. Moreover, this being a nation of 180 million Muslims, people have a severe objection to this being in conflict with our prayer timings. Even the afternoon (post 12'o'clock i. e Zawal time), when you are not supposed to recite Holy Quran or offer a prayer, becomes confusing with observance of the DST. The common experience of every Pakistani household during daylight saving is that prayer time arrives early morning at 06:15 AM after which children hurriedly prepare for school and do their breakfast in dark before standing out to catch their school bus. The man of the house also rushes out in panic to work in the same darkened morning light. I think India has shown great wisdom in not adopting the DST in their country. Having failed twice at it, we should learn from their example. -FARID FAROOQ, Lahore Cantt., via e-mail, October 23.