Pakistan Urdu Press: March 2-8, 2010
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  • Ausaf, editorial, March 2, 2009

    Indian Prime Minister went to Saudi Arabia to achieve a bigger goal: Ausaf

    A section of the Pakistani media expressed concern over the Indian Prime Minister’s Saudi Arabia visit. The Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial asks that “what could be the reason behind India’s step to strengthen its relations with Saudi Arabia?” The paper further asks that “is it only a wish of friendship that drove the Indian Prime Minister to Riyadh or there are other goals behind it?” The daily opines that the Indian Prime Minister understands Chanakya and Machiavellian philosophy and “has gone to Saudi Arabia to achieve a bigger goal. He wants to convey the message to the Saudi government that India wants to maintain peaceful relations with its neighbours. He also wants to make Saudi understand that India and Saudi Arabia face similar challenges from extremism and hence both the countries should enhance cooperation.”

    The paper opines that after a gap of 28 years (Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s visit to Saudi Arabia) the Indian government has expedited its effort to strengthen relations with Saudi Arabia realizing that the Saudi role would be important in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. The paper says that “to play an important role in Afghanistan, India wants ‘permission’ from Saudi Arabia.”

    The editorial asks ‘what Pakistan should do after these developments?’ The paper goes on to suggest that Pakistan should exploit the Indo- Saudi friendship for its own interest and “ask Saudi Arabia to engage in arbitration over Kashmir”. “At this juncture Pakistan needs intelligent diplomacy and we hope that Islamabad will meet our expectations”, opines the newspaper.

    Nawae -Waqt, editorial, March 2, 2009

    Instead of reminding us to unite against terrorism, Saudi Arabia should push India to resolve Kashmir issue: Nawa-e-Waqt

    The Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily also seems upset over Saudi Arabia’s concerns over growing terrorism in Pakistan. The daily quotes Saudi Prince Saud Al-Faisal, also in charge of Saudi Foreign affairs, as saying that “it is the responsibility of the Pakistani leadership to unite and not let terrorism grow in the country”. The daily says that the Saudi Prince’s concern is appropriate but since the concern has been expressed at a time when Indian Sikh Prime Minister is present in Saudi Arabia, it amounts to encouraging India’s stand on terrorism. The paper reminds Saudi Arabia that “India is not only our enemy; it is the enemy of the entire Muslim world since it is a stooge of Satanic forces.”

    The paper says that the ‘honourable’ Saudi government must realize that India’s first priority is to put Kashmiri Jihad in the category of terrorism so that Jihad and terrorism are put in a similar category.”

    The editorial in its conclusion urges Saudi government that “instead of reminding us to counter terrorism, the honourable Saudi government should push India to resolve the Kashmir issue as per UN resolutions.” The paper again reminds us that “our Arab and non-Arab Muslim nations should not forget that only a nuclear Pakistan stands between ‘an aggressive India’ and ‘their land’.

    Ausaf, editorial, March 7, 2009

    Stop India’s “Water aggression”: Ausaf

    “The World Bank has said that Pakistan did not raise the issue of water sharing at an appropriate time,” writes the Ausaf Urdu daily quoting a World Bank report on Indus Water Treaty. The daily quotes the World Bank report as stating that “India has informed the World Bank about the construction of Baglihar dam in 2002 but Pakistan responded three years later and approached the World Bank in 2005.”

    The daily against this context opines that “it is clear from the report that the previous dictator regime not only ignored the issue but also did not raise the issue for over three years. India exploited the situation and constructed various dams to turn Pakistan into a desert. The present government also does not seem to be taking a keen interest in the issue. If India’s ‘water aggression’ is ignored further, the catastrophe for Pakistan would be unimaginable.”

    The paper suggest Pakistani politicians “unite to stop India’s water aggression” and secure Pakistan’s future by “raising the issue at international fora.”