Summary: In the present paper we show that the contractive conditions employed by M. A. Al-Thagafi
and N. Shahzad
[Acta Math. Sin., Engl. Ser. 24, No. 5, 867–876 (2008; Zbl 1175.41026
)] in particular and contractive conditions in general do not constitute a proper setting for studying common fixed points of occasionally weakly compatible mappings. Further, we improve the results of Al-Thagafi and Shahzad by employing a proper setting.