Pakistan Urdu Press: June 23-28, 2010
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  • Editorial, Nawa-e- Waqt, June 26, 2010

    Remove Articles of the Constitution which claims Kashmir an integral part, suggests Nawa-e- Waqt to India

    In an editorial written in the context of the India-Pakistan Secretary level talks in Islamabad, the Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily writes, “So far 130 rounds of talks have taken place between the two countries but it has not yielded any result. Most of the time the talks were left unfinished because Pakistan raised Kashmir issue. It is only India that presses for talks and sabotages it later on, which gives us a sense that India is not at all interested in resolving the longstanding disputes.”

    The Daily also questions Pakistani leadership for its “temptation” for talks with India and suggests coming out of “this drama of talks with India.” It also calls India to implement UN Resolutions on Kashmir and “remove” the Constitutional clauses which call Kashmir its integral part and then sit on the negotiation table to “evolve a mechanism for conducting a plebiscite (in Kashmir).” If India continues to term Kashmir as its integral part then we should explore other options including nuclear one, says the Daily. The editorial also criticizes Pakistan for opening its market for Indian goods and says “it would tantamount to realizing the plans of creation of an Akhan Bharat.”

    Jang, Editorial, 28 June 2010.

    Commitment for joint investigation of Mumbai terror attacks a “positive development”: Jang

    The declaration of SAARC’s Home Ministers’ Conference has received mixed response from Pakistan’s leading Urdu Dailies. The Jang Urdu Daily writes that ‘it appears from the heavy agenda of the SAARC conference that the member countries have made substantial progress and it is expected that till the next year’s conference scheduled to be held in Bhutan, they may achieve significant progress.’ But the Daily also adds that “it would be premature to judge that the member countries would achieve all the goals set in the Declaration because its performance, if compared with EU, ASEAN and the Arab League is not something we should feel proud about.” The Daily opines that because of some “unresolved key issues” between India and Pakistan, the organization has not achieved significant progress. Whenever Pakistan raises issues such as Kashmir, Sir Creek, Siachen and water, India rejects saying that these issues are of bilateral nature and should not be raised on multi-lateral forum.”

    The Daily appreciates the commitment made by India for a joint investigation of Mumbai terror attacks as a “positive development” and advises that it would be better if both the countries evolve similar mechanism for resolving their festering problems. The Daily has also suggested inclusion of China and Iran in the SAARC. It says that “China and Iran has been trying for years to be included in SAARC but its entry has not been liked by India.” The Daily opines that if a powerful country like China and a resource rich Iran is included in SAARC, it will not only broaden the organization’s reach but will also open up opportunity for regional development.

    Jang, Mashriq, 28 June 2010

    Home Ministers Conference’s declaration should be pursued sincerely: Mashriq

    Commenting on the outcome of SAARC’s Home Ministers’ Conference the Mashriq Urdu Daily writes that “SARRC countries should work honestly to make the forum an active one. The responsibility is with the SAARC countries, especially India to make the relationship between the countries amicable. This is possible only when they respect each others’ boundaries and resolve their disputes.”

    The Daily welcomes India’s decision to hand over dossiers related to Mumbai terror attacks to Pakistan during the summit. However, it says that “the dossiers should have been handed over at least a month earlier, so that Pakistan could have analysed and presented an assessment so that the member countries could have known the facts.” However, the Daily concludes its editorial on an optimistic note: “Declaration of the Home Ministers’ Conference is encouraging but it should be pursued sincerely.”

    Nawa-e- Waqt, Editorial, 28 June 2010.

    The Nawa-e- Waqt in its editorial, however, says that the aim of the conference was to pressurize Pakistan to bring the mastermind of 26/11 to court. The Daily says that “the way Indian Home Minister Chidambaram urged Pakistan to play its role against terrorism and dictated his wish to bring Mumbai terror attacks mastermind to court, gave us a sense that the conference was aimed to further pressurize Pakistan.”

    The Daily opines that “in the first place, the SAARC Home Ministers should have reviewed India’s expansionist designs and advised India to desist from its designs. Though, it was pledged in the SAARC Declaration that the territory of the countries would not be allowed for terrorist activities, but the need to blame India for this was not felt.” The Daily alleges that “India is using not only its territory but also Afghanistan’s territory for terrorist activities against Pakistan.” The Daily also suggests the SAARC member countries to “come out of India’s net” and take notice of its “expansionist designs” if they want peace and stability in the region.
    It also blames Pakistani Interior Minister Rahman Malik for not raising issue of Kashmir during the summit.

    Pakistan Pulse

    Foreign Secretary level talks will not help ease tension between India and Pakistan: Opinion Poll

    An opinion Poll conducted at the backdrop of the Foreign Secretary level talks between India-Pakistan suggests that majority of people in Pakistan feel that the talks will not help ease continuing tension between the two countries. Only 3481 among 11,283 respondents believed that the talks will help ease tension between the two neigbours, suggested the poll conducted by Asas Urdu Daily.

    Q. Do you believe Foreign Secretary level talks will help ease continuing tension between the two countries? ( Poll conducted on 26 June)