Pakistan Urdu Press: September 12-18, 2011
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  • We are thankful to the Supreme Court for intervening in Karachi’s situation: Ausaf

    Editorial, September 17, 2011.

    The Ausaf Urdu Daily has appreciated Pakistan Supreme Court’s for suo moto hearing on violence in Karachi. In its editorial the daily writes that “the apex court in its interim judgment on violence in Karachi has directed the police to submit an action taken report against the criminals on daily basis. The Court has also asked all the four DIGs of Karachi to present a report about their action against all the extortionists” the Daily says that if IG Sindh and all the DIGs of Karachi failed to deliver then the apex court will snub them and will instate officials who could control law and order in Karachi and satisfy the apex court.

    The Daily criticizing Interior Minister Rahman Malik says that if the Interior Minister had taken the issue as seriously as the Supreme Court took, Karachi could not have fallen prey to the violence. Rahman Malik had been trying to persuade MQM by visiting “9-0” ( Karachi based MQM headquarters). He even visited London to convince Altaf Hussein. The daily opines that had he stayed in Karachi and could have monitor the situation from there, Karchi’s violence could have been controlled.

    The Daily in its concluding remarks says that “ we are thankful to the Supreme Court for intervening in Karachi’s situation and adopting a method which could guarantee a durable peace in the city.”

    The US wants to establish permanent bases in Afghanistan to keep an eye on Pakistan, Iran and China: Nawa-e-Waqt

    Editorial, September 16, 2011.

    The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily in its editorial has suggested Pakistan to take US’s presence in Afghanistan seriously. The Daily writes that the US has announced that it would withdraw from Afghanistn by 2014. However Michael Flomy, a senior official in Pentagon has said that “US will stay in Afghanistan for another 20 years. Iran ahs taken Flomy’s statement seriously.” It is also being reported in media that the US is trying to sign an agreement with Afghanistan which would allow the US’s forces to create their bases in Afghanistan. The daily opines that “America is keeping its friend ( Pakistan) in dark.” Behind the cloak it is trying to hurt Pakistan’s interest as it has done since 1971, blames the Daily.

    The Daily opines that the US is creating bases in Afghanistan “to keep an eye on Pakistan, China and Iran.” The daily suggests Pakistan that “it is necessary on Pakistan to understand the US’s secret conspiracies and evolve strategy to safeguard its national interest. Pakistan should also not allow the US’s war on terrorism to spread into Pakistan territory. In case the US threatens to take direct action inside Pakistan, Pakistan should convey that the time has changed and if something like Abbottabad takes place, it would be construed as a war against Pakistan.”

    The Daily concludes its editorial with a threatening remark: “The US should remember that the ground realities have changed and it has become unreliable for Pakistani people and the people of Pakistan and the Pakistani military will give a befitting reply to US’s aggression. The US should read the writings on walls.”

    Why will Pakistan break up?: Saleem Safi: Jang

    Opinion Column, September 17, 2011

    In an apparent response to MQM leader Altaf Hussein who recently stated that if the violence in Karachi continues to fester Pakistan will break up, Columnist Saleem Safi tries to dispel the perception. In an Op-Ed in Jang Urdu Daily, he writes that Altaf Hussein’s fear (from US and the UK) is understandable… But I am puzzled about Jamaet-e-Islami and other religious leaders’ attitude towards the US. They speak and write against the US but practically they consider the US as their god.

    He further writes that why the US and their western allies would would break Pakistan? They can not handle one Pakistan at this time how can they handle five Pakistan in the future. There are elements in Pakistan who equates today’s situation with that of Bangladesh. But there is wide difference in situation in Karachi, Balochistan or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Bangladeshi remained concentrated in Eastern Pakistan, but Pashtoon, Punjabi and Urdu speaking people have spread in different parts of Pakistan. Separation is not part of any major parties’ manifesto. In the past, ANP and Jiye Sindh had an aspiration to establish Pakhtoonistan and Sindhu Desh respectively. Now ANP is government’s ‘B-Team’ whereas there is no slogan of separatism from any part of Sindh. Certain sections do raise voice of a separate Balochistan but their stature is no where parallel to their previous generation leaders. The Taliban and other militant groups have challenged the writ of the government but separatism is also not on their agenda.

    Against this context, Safi asks that if the internal forces do not want to break Pakistan how external powers could wish to break Pakistan. He also notes that “linguistic division of Pakistan does not suit the interest of Iran, China and India” though some of them encourage the disturbing elements but only to “blackmail” Pakistan.

    In a satirical note Safi writes that Altaf Hussien will rejoin the government again and he will again visualize a “secure Pakistan” but Munawwar Hussien (Jamaet-e-Islami Chief) will continue to look a bleak future of Pakistan at least for another one and half years.