Pakistan Urdu Press: September 05-11, 2011
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  • Karachi under the siege of political parties’ military wings? : Ausaf

    Editorial, September 9, 2011

    Pakistan’s Urdu Press has given extensive coverage of Pakistan’s Supreme Court’s suo moto hearing on ongoing violence in Karachi and has written back to back editorials on the hearing in the apex court. The Ausaf Urdu daily in one of its editorial writes that “September 7 was an important day as during the suo maoto hearing Chief of the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers Sindh termed the Karachi’s situation graver than that of terrorism-hit South Waziristan.” During his testimony he told the apex court that the Karachi’s political and linguistic groups have “set up their militant wings who execute crime in the city and take refuge in the headquarters of political parties.” The Rangers is not authorized to search the headquarters of political parties.

    The daily opines that the revelation made by Director General Rangers Aijaz Chaudhry is “based on truth.” The informed people are aware of the fact that some of the political parties’ position is akin to mafia groups. The daily states that “we should accept the fact that some of the parties force people to vote in their favour and the people vote them fearing that if they do not do so they would be killed, or would be abducted by torture sell and would be tortured.” They daily asks that how can the elections in these cities can be called free and fair? The daily against this context poses another question: If a political election in Pakistan is won because of gun, “then why do we call polling in Indian occupied Kashmir as sham or fraud?” The daily stopped short of calling for imposing a martial law in Karachi. But in the concluding remarks it states that “if the martial law is a bigger sin then let us state that this democracy is also fraud and no lesser sin than that of martial law.”

    Karachi Violence: It is unlikely that Core Commanders would sit idle for long time: Ausaf

    Editorial, September 10, 2011

    In its next editorial on the hearing of Supreme Court on violence in Karachi the Ausaf Urdu daily writes that during the suo moto hearing on violence in Pakistan’s trade hub, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said it were situations like the one in Karachi that lead to military takeovers. The Daily highlights that on the same day an extra-ordinary meeting of Core Commanders held under the chairmanship of Genral Ashfaq Kiyani which ended without issuing any statement. The informed sources say that the situation of Karachi was discussed during the Core Commanders meeting.

    The daily writes that in the Supreme Court Chief Justice repeatedly expressed its concern over a possible imposition of martial law, however, he made the nation aware that it is because of Judiciary’s vigilance the military has not intervened. The daily opines that the Chief Justice by these remarks were trying to suggest the political parties to understand the situation and unite their ranks and files otherwise the military can intervene any time.

    Analyzing the two developments-the remarks by Chief Justice in the Supreme Court and Core Commanders meeting- the daily says that “it can not be said with certainties that threat of imposition of another martial law is over but it is sure that if a martial law is imposed it would be different than that of previous martial laws.” The daily further writes that “we have heard people speaking that if a martial law is imposed this time more than ten thousand characters involved in corruption and embezzlement of national resource should be hanged against the walls so that they smaller and major looters get a lesson… Then the military should hand over power to such people on whose honesty no one could doubt. They should be such people whom no one could buy and no one could mould.”

    The daily opine that it may be a “wishful thinking of the people but we realize that some of the political parties through their acts have paved the way for imposition of a martial law. We also perceive that the embankment which the Supreme Court has made to halt the martial law is very weak and could not withstand for longer.”

    In concluding paragraph the daily writes that “we do not know the reason behind not issuing the statement at the conclusion of Core Commanders’ meeting. Only a military spokesperson can tell the reason…but it is unlikely that the core commanders including the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani will sit idle” after receiving the sensitive information about Karachi’s situation.

    Karachi Violence: Political parties should rise above their personal interests to avert another break up of Pakistan: Nawa-e-Waqt

    Editorial, September 9, 2011
    The Nawa-e-Waqt Commenting on remarks made by Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court during the suo moto hearing on violence in Karachi writes that “ Chief Justice made two contradictory statements in the apex court. One the one hand he said that the Supreme Court has averted the possibility of another martial law while on the other hand he said that it was situations like the one in Karachi that lead to military takeovers.” The daily writes that even when the hearing in Supreme Court was underway killing in Karachi continued unabated which suggests that the miscreants hand is longer than the law and they do not care for the law and the judiciary.

    The daily further writes that people in the country believe that behind the serial killings in Karcahi are the militant wings of the PPP, the MQM and the ANP. The daily also writes that following the arrests of dozens of targets killers, believed to be part of the “trilateral alliance” in Sindh, Core Commanders meeting took place which reviewed Karachi’s situation. The meeting ended without issuing a statement. The government should take note of it. The daily also hints at “external elements” involvement in violence in Karachi. The daily writes that Ajmal Pahadi has accepted killing of 125 people in his statement before police and have recvealed that he was part of one of the party in Sindh’s “trilateral alliance” and have “received training in India.”

    The daily notes that political parties of other provinces have termed the Karachi’s situation an internal matter of Sindh. This is like passing the back and not accepting their responsibilities in controlling the situation. This is insensitive and this kind of insensitivity has led to the bifurcation of the country. So the political parties should rise above their regional interest and play their role to save Pakistan, suggests the daily.