Pakistan Urdu Press: June 6-12, 2011
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  • An unjust system has pushed Pakistan at the crossroads: Ausaf

    Editorial, June 10, 2011

    In an analysis of present situation of Pakistan the Ausaf daily in its editorial writes that because of the economic disparity, intolerance, war against terrorism and absence of a justice delivery mechanism Pakistan has been pushed to “a crossroad.” “From this cross road a road leads to existence and evolutions while another to demise”, writes the daily. “If we want existence then we have to adopt justice and if we want to perish we can continue with what we have done in Kharotabad or what a ranger did to an unarmed youth in Karachi”, writes the daily commenting on the two incidents that took place in quick succession.

    The daily further says that the situation “smells like situation of Eastern Pakistan and every poor Pakistani appears harassed.” The daily says that Pakistani people use to love its military forces from the core of their hearts but ever since they have been pushed into the war against terrorism the distance between them is growing. “The situation is alarming”, adds the daily urging Pakistani authority to “take corrective measures”.

    A strategic partnership of Pakistan, China, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan can become a guarantor for regional and international peace: Nawa-e- Waqt

    Editrial June 9, 2011

    The Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial has praised China for its support to Pakistan in every field. The daily writes that China has reaffirmed its commitment at a ceremony held to commemorate 60th anniversary of Sino-Pakistan friendship that it will stand with Pakistan at the time of happiness and sorrow. On his part President Zardari said that China is Pakistan’s most trusted friend, writes the daily. The Nawa-e-Waqt in its editorial has mooted a proposal to from a block comprising of Pakistan, China, Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan. The daily says that if these countries forge a defence and strategic partnership. The partnership can achieve two goals. It will help end US’s status of sole superpower at the international level and at the regional level it will diminish India’s policeman role designated by the US. Thus Sino-Pakistan friendship which is sweeter than honey, taller than Himalaya and deeper than Arabian Sea will become a guarantor for regional and international peace.

    Pakistani military should accept civilian government’s subservience: Najam Sethi Jang

    Opinion Column, June 11, 2011.

    In an opinion column in Jang Urdu daily, Najam Sethi has argued that the time has come when the military should accept civilian government’s subservience. He writes that the attack on GHQ last year and the attack on Mehran base last month have “exposed defence institutions’ capabilities and its ineptness.” Within the military the junior officers have been questioning their seniors ability. The people are also furious. They are asking why they should spend money on JF 17 and other armoured vehicles when the military is unable to defend the nation. Questions are also being raised on militaries involvement in different kind of trade and business, writes Sethi.

    “Most importantly, at the common man level military’s standards and role is being criticized. There is a demand to debate the philosophy of national security especially that of posing India as a threat and entering into an arm race that continues for 60 years which has put peoples’ welfare on stake”, writes Sethi. This argument that criticism of military is tantamount to treason has lost relevance…..People do not fear to express their thought without fear, he adds further.

    He also writes that people do not fear to question the ISI. The opposition instead of blaming other unknown hand blamed ISI for journalist’s abduction and killing. It has becoming part of peoples’ thinking that ISI is also not above the law . This is a big change, he observes. In his analyses he summarises that the media and the judiciary has played an important role in this “big change”.
    In his concluding remarks Sethi opines that “now Pak military should understand the situation and should become subservient to civilian rule.”