Pakistan Urdu Press: April 1-15, 2013
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  • Most of Pakistani Urdu Dailies have welcomed the verdict of the May 11 general elections, in which PML (N) emerged as the single largest party, and have presented a “wish list” to the upcoming government in which revival of economy and tackling electricity crisis remain the common issues. The Jang and Ummat have hoped that ties with India would improve while the Nawa-e-Waqt has suggested Nawaz to adopt a “cautious” approach while dealing with India.

    Resolve energy crisis, be cautious in approaching with India: Nawa-e-Waqt

    Editorial, May 13, 2013
    Welcoming the verdict of Pakistan’s general elections, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu Daily writes, “The result of May 11 general elections has proved all calculations of political pundits wrong.” In an apparent reference to Taliban, it say that “the result has also given a befitting reply to all those who wanted to sabotage the democratic process.” The recent elections have also dispelled the misperception that PTI will erode Muslim League’s vote bank. The outcome of the election suggests that instead of cutting vote share of PML (N), PTI has dented PPP’s vote bank and the voters have punished PPP for its poor performance during the last five years.

    Writing about people’s expectation from the incoming government, the Daily says that “on the campaign trail, Nawaz Sharif has promised that he will try to restore the country’s place and stature among the comity of nations and the voters have backed his call through ballots.” Therefore, it should be his utmost priority to take steps to address challenges faced by the country. The incoming government would face huge challenges but it has to address issues facing the nation. It says that the new government should also resolve energy crisis.

    As regards India, the Daily says that India has shown interest in restoring the normalcy in the India-Pakistan relations. However, the new government should be “cautious” in its approach with India, writes the Daily without reasoning it further.

    Nawaz Sharif will try to improve relations with India and the military leadership should cooperate in this regard: Ummat

    Editorial, May 14, 2013
    The Ummat Urdu Daily lists a number of expectations it has from the upcoming government. It writes that the electricity crises, violence, unemployment, shortage of money in government’s coffer are some of the issues the new government will inherit from the previous government. Resolving these issues would be biggest challenge for the federal and provincial government.

    The daily quotes Nawaz Sharif as saying that “both the US and Pakistan will reach a certain understanding to stop drone attacks”. It adds, the PML (N) has never been favourite of the US. However, with the changing scenario of Afghanistan and draw down nearing, the US has no option but to welcome the PML (N).

    On India, the Daily states, “After assuming Prime Minister’s office for the third time, Nawaz Sharif will try his best to improve ties with India. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated him and has invited him to visit India. It is hoped that the military leadership will also fully cooperate with him in this regard.”

    The Daily notes that “Sharif belongs to an industrialist and trading family which is one of the positive aspects. The Sharif family enjoys trust of country’s industrialists and traders. It is hoped that he will be able to help Pakistan sail out of the crisis.” It observes that there is a marked difference between landlords (Waderas) and traders. Waderas give utmost priority to embezzle national funds while traders and industrialist earn the money by promoting trade. Therefore, it can be hoped that Pakistan will prosper and peoples’ economic condition will improve under the new government.

    Address challenges facing to the nation, improve relations with India: Jang

    Editorial, May 15, 2013
    Commenting on the outcome of May 11 general elections, the Jang editorial states that “steeply deteriorating economy and increasing terrorism are the worst internal challenges the country faces today. People has given mandate to an alternate leadership with the hope that it will help the country resolve issues of violence, inflation, unemployment, load-shedding among others. And it is important that the party that has gained majority in the centre realises that the country faces these challenges.”

    It states that Nawaz Sharif has said that he would “construct smaller dams to overcome electricity crisis.” The Daily suggests him to look at alternative sources for electricity like thermal, solar and bioelectricity using sugarcane residues.

    “As regards relations with India and Kashmir issue, he says the issue will start from the point where it broke in 1999. This is also a positive thinking. If issue of Kashmir and other issues with India are resolved through peaceful means, it will not only guarantee a durable peace in this subcontinent but economies of both the countries will also improve”, writes the editorial in its concluding remarks.