It was nice to hear Mian Nawaz Sharif say that he would not let the country relapse into the era of 90's (The Nation, May 14). While all western countries provided their citizens basics such as education, health, excellent means of transportation and communication, and provided basic utilities such as water, electricity etc, we are still crying for clean drinking water, electricity and shortage of the basics. How can we then claim that we have left the 90's era behind? -MASHKOOR A. KHAN, Lahore, via e-mail, May 17.