Pakistan Urdu Press: October 5-11, 2010
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  • Issues surrounding the blockade of NATO’s supply line dominate Pakistani Urdu media for the second consecutive week.

    Nawa-e- Waqt, Editorial, October 11, 2010

    Slapping taxes on NATO supply line will not solve the problem

    The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily expressed its displeasure over the lifting of blockade of NATO’s supply line to Afghanistan in its editorial. It stated, “Lifting the blockade without a proper assurance from NATO (for not violating Pakistani air space) is unacceptable. Now to satisfy the people, it is being said that tax would be imposed on NATO tankers plying on Pakistani roads.” The Daily questions that by asking “will the taxes on the tankers be sufficient enough to repair our roads?” The Daily further states that the attacks on NATO tankers by the people in Bolan district should be an “alarming situation” for Pakistani government. The government should understand that merely imposing taxes would not eliminate peoples’ anger against the US and NATO. Slapping taxes is no solution to the issue. The only solution is to compel Americans to leave the region, says the editorial.

    Jang Editorial, October 11, 2010

    Restore NATO supply line but address people’s problem too

    Another Urdu Daily, Jang, takes a softer approach on the issue. In its editorial, the Daily suggests that the government “should restore NATO supply line but should address people’s problem as well.” The Daily says. “During the Musharraf regime, tax imposed on NATO tankers was almost nil.” The Daily suggests the government to charge heavy taxes from the NATO tankers to repair the roads and bridges which have been depleted by heavy vehicles used by their forces. At the same time, the Daily argues that “not only the oil but subsidised supply of all the eatables such as onion, cauliflower, fruits, eggs and chicken has caused shortage in Pakistan and led to inflation.” The Daily opines that because of the inflation of eatables, “anger and despair” among the common people is “natural”. The Daily, in this context, suggests that “only surplus food should be allowed to be provided to Americans and allied forces and the issue should also be discussed with the US.”

    Azkar, October 9, 2010

    Musharraf’s statements will create more problems for the country

    Pakistani Urdu media has paid enough attention to Musharraf’s political activism and his recent statements. The Azkar Urdu Daily has criticized Musharraf for his interview to a German magazine, “Der Spiegel”. The Daily quotes Musharraf as saying that “Pakistan helped set up terror camps in Kashmir to compel India to join the negotiation”. According to the Daily, this “dangerous statement” from Musharraf has come at a time when the world is blaming Pakistan that its soil is being used for international terrorism. The Daily says that his statement suggests that he has gone mad. It opines that “at a time when Pakistan’s enemies are conspiring to besiege it from all fronts, former President’s statements will create more problems for the country.”

    Ausaf, October 7, 2010

    Kayani should bring Musharraf back before he becomes problem for the country

    Commenting on the same issue, the Ausaf Urdu Daily writes in its editorial that “Pervez Musharraf was perhaps drunk when he stated that Pakistan constituted militant organization to push India to join the negotiating table.” The Daily also writes that Musharraf has termed Nawaz Sharif his enemy and has described A Q Khan as a person with bad character. The Daily opines that “by making allegation on Pakistan, he wants to gain importance from the US and the West.” The Daily describes him as a “used shell” and states that the US and the West has squeezed him during his 9-year tenure and he is of no importance for them anymore.”
    The Daily believes that Musharraf has become a danger for Pakistan as he may reveal the secrets which could spell trouble for the country. Therefore, it goes on the “request the Army Chief General Kayani to bring Musharraf back to the country” and suggests that Musharraf should be treated the same way like what he himself did with A Q Khan.” It is obligatory on the Apex Court to bring him back to the country and expedite the pending cases against him, opines the Daily in its concluding remarks.

    Pakistan Pulse

    Pakistan should not restore NATO’s supply line: Opinion Poll

    When Pakistan was mulling to restore NATO’s supply line to Afghanistan, the Asas Urdu Daily probed Pakistanis in one of its opinion poll and asked whether the government should restore the supply line. Expectedly, majority of them responded in “NO”.

    Q. Should the government restore the NATO supply line? (Poll conducted on Oct 10, 2010)