Pakistan Urdu Press: June 15-22, 2010
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  • Editorials, Ausaf/Nawa-e Waqt/ Mashriq, June 19, 2010

    Reject US reservations on Sino-Pakistan nuclear agreement: Urdu dailies

    Pakistani vernacular press has criticized the US administration for its reservations over the recent Sino-Pak nuclear cooperation. At least three leading Dailies, Ausaf, Nawa-e- Waqt and Mashriq, have asked the government to reject the US concerns and speedily implement the agreement.

    The Ausaf Urdu Daily’s editorial says “there could be two reasons for the US reservations. First, they want to make India a regional policeman and want to impose it on Pakistan and China. Second, it wants Pakistan economically and financial weak so that it remains dependent on US requirements so that the US could continue to dictate its terms to Pakistan.” It further opines that “over the last eight years America has done nothing to solve our energy needs” and advises Pakistani leaders to understand the fact that the US will never come to its support. The Daily congratulates the Chinese and Iranian leadership for cooperating with Pakistan to solve its energy needs. It concluded by saying that “by rejecting the US pressure, China has written a new history in bilateral cooperation and has sent a message to the US that its days of bullying are over.” The Daily once again suggests Pakistani leadership that “it would be in Pakistan’s national interest to look at China for its needs instead of looking at the US and West.”

    Commenting on the US reservations on Sino-Pak nuclear cooperation, the editorial of Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily writes, “We should ignore the US concern as they ignored our request to also provide Pakistan civil nuclear energy in line with the Indo-US nuclear agreement.” Lavishing praise on China, the Daily says that “China is not only our neighbour but it is our tested ally.” The Daily further says that with the growing Indo-US ties, “China also perceives a threat. Therefore, it is also in its interest to promote nuclear cooperation with Pakistan. Therefore, Pakistan should try to benefit from the opportunity and should try to implement the agreement. Sino-Pakistan relations can guarantee security and peace not only to the region but also to the world and it will also help break superpower notion of the US.”

    Yet another Urdu Daily, the Mashriq, in its editorial says, “Every country has the right to acquire nuclear technology as per the IAEA guidelines and supervisions. However, despite having good relations with Pakistan, the US does not like Pakistan’s possession of this facility. The US policy is diabolic as it seeks clarification from China but has provided this technology to India. Iran, which also faces sanctions from the US, has shown courage by announcing that it will dump all resolutions to the ‘dust bin’ and suggests that Pakistani leadership should also demonstrate similar courage. The Daily says that ‘despite requests to provide civilian nuclear cooperation, the US has not made a commitment in this regard. So other than looking at China Pakistan had no option.’ The Daily in its concluding remarks calls on the international community to view this development ‘objectively’ and to ‘shun the policy of dualism’.

    Jang, editorials, June 21 and June 22, 2010

    Holbrooke’s ‘stop implementation’ remark open and unnecessary intervention in internal affairs of Pakistan: Jang

    The Jang Urdu Dailey in its editorial has lauded Richard Holbrooke, US’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, for his remarks in Islamabad that Pakistan being an independent country has right to take an appropriate decision over Iran Pakistan gas project. The Daily further says that ‘this remark has cleared the doubts that were doing rounds in Pakistani media circles that the recent visit of Holbrooke is aimed at pressurizing Pakistan to revisit its stand on the recently agreed Iran-Pakistan gas project.’ The Daily also added, “The American concern regarding the project was one of the factors that delayed the project from implementation. But the kind of positive attitude the US has expressed now, reflects the fact that the US and Pakistan have started to understand each others view points and if such a development continues on diplomatic front, it is hoped that there would be breakthrough to resolve other issues.”

    Jang’s optimism, however, proved short-lived and the Daily reviewed its stance in the next editorial after Holbrooke said that the US Senate was enacting a legislation that could affect Pakistan-Iran gas project and Pakistan should not hurry up to implement the project. The daily opines, “It is certain that Washington did not like Holbrooke’s earlier remarks and without any delay he reviewed his stance.” The Daily further says, “This remark is extremely unfortunate and is an open and unnecessary intervention in internal affairs of a sovereign state.” It suggests Pakistan to “activate its diplomatic sources” to convince the US and the West to “desist from making Iran-Pakistan gas project a disputed issue.”

    Pakistan Pulse

    Pakistan will stop implementation on Iran-Pakistan gas project: Opinion Poll

    An opinion poll conducted against the backdrop of Holbrooke’s remarks over Iran-Pakistan project suggests that the majority of Pakistani people believe that Pakistan will stop the implementation on Iran-Pakistan gas project.

    Q. Will Pakistan stop implementation on the Iran-Pakistan gas project? (Poll Conducted on 21 June 2010)

    The issue of construction of Kala Bagh dam has regenerated debate in Pakistan amid the inter-provincial disputes over the issue. However, the majority of Pakistanis consider that construction of the dam in country’s national interest, suggests another opinion poll conducted by Asas Urdu Daily.

    Q. Does the construction of Kala Bagh Dam suits the national interest? ( Poll Conducted on June 16, 2010)