Pakistan Urdu Press: September 28-October 4, 2010
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  • The debate over Pakistan’s suspension of NATO’s supply line to Afghanistan following NATO forces’ air strikes inside Pakistani territory has dominated the Pakistani Urdu Dailies this week. Various Urdu dailies have analyzed the issue and have given suggestions to government of Pakistan from their own perspectives.

    Completely block the NATO Supply to Afghan, till they apologise for the attacks

    Azkar, Editorial, October 3, 2010

    Commenting on the above mentioned issue, the Azkar Urdu Daily writes, “Pakistan’s stand has been that America should share the information with the Pakistani authorities if it claims the presence of terrorists in Pakistan’s tribal region. After that Pakistan would act on the information. But the US administration has never respected Pakistani sovereignty and continued with drone attacks. Now, with NATO also doing the same, Pakistan has suspended NATO’s supply lines to Afghanistan.”

    The Daily thinks that this is a step in the right direction. However, in a strong recommendation, it suggests Pakistan to completely block the supply line instead of temporarily suspending it till the NATO countries apologise and provide assurance of respecting Pakistani sovereignty in future. For this, it suggests Pakistan to activate its diplomatic strategies to “…make the international community aware that Pakistan wants to get rid of terrorism but at the same time it wants to maintain its sovereignty and autonomy and if its sovereignty is not respected, the nuclear nation knows to defend it.”

    Convince Americans that the Air Strikes inside Pakistan do not serve their interest

    Jang, Editorial, October 4, 2010

    On the other hand, the Jang Daily believes that the recent surge in NATO attacks is aimed at “pushing Pakistan to open a new front in North Waziristan.” The Daily views that the step could prove counterproductive as it is increasing “anti-American sentiments among the common people”. Its editorial says that “it is possible that a few suspected terrorists may have been killed in these attacks but killing of innocents is leading to anti-Americanism and providing recruits to Taliban.” The Daily believes that “since the US Pakistan economic and military relations are very deep, no one should think of severing it. However, if Pakistan could convince American intelligentsia that those section of American administration who advocate for air attacks inside Pakistan are not serving American interest but aggravating the problem, they may understand ground realities. This will end uncertain situation in Pakistan-US relations but it would be possible only when our government is willing to set a clear goal and adopt strategies to achieve that goal.”

    Suspend all logistic facilities to the US forces

    Nawa-e- Waqt, Editorial, October 4, 2010

    The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily, in its editorial, takes a hard-line stand. The Daily writes, “If the Pakistani government had stopped the first incident of violation of its territory, American commanders would have thought twice before repeating it.” The Daily further opines that it is the responsibility of the government to make its people aware of enemy’s acts and intentions. Against the backdrop of the incident, the Daily suggests that the Pakistani forces should be “relieved from all the civilian responsibilities” and should be “deployed on the borders to secure the frontiers.” In addition, “all the supply lines of NATO forces should be blocked, logistic facilities provided to the US at Pakistani forces should be withdrawn and those who adopted militancy in response to US action in Pakistan should be accommodated in Pakistani military to defend the nation.” The Daily suggests that the government should not care about the consequences of its response to external aggressions. It argues that “if the enemy is prompting us to respond, then it is the responsibility of the civilian and military leadership to respond appropriately and any laxity and delay would be intolerable.”

    Allahabd Verdict has exposed real face of India and it is aimed at satisfing Hindu extremists

    Ausaf, Editorial, October 1, 2010 and October 2, 2010

    Only a few dailies have gone beyond reporting the issue of Ramjanmbhumi-Babri Masjid verdict by the Allahabad Bench of Lucknow High Court. The Ausaf Urdu Daily has written two consecutive editorials on the issue. In the first editorial it writes that “the verdict on Babri Masjid has exposed the real face of India and its claim to be a secular, democratic and just nation stands exposed.” The Daily further writes that “the disputed verdict has confirmed that India is a country where minorities including Muslims have no right to live and its religious rights are not protected. Only Hindu extremists wield power in India.”

    In its second editorial, it writes, “It is clear from the verdict that the decision was announced in the court but was taken somewhere else. They thought for years on this political decision and considered all the aspects which could satisfy Hindu extremists.” It goes on to write that “Indian Muslims also know that if they protest against the decision and come on the street, history of Gujrat may be repeated and no one would come for their help and the international community will only pay the lip service as they did during the Gujrat massacre.” So the Indian Muslims are “responding cautiously” to the verdict, according to the editorial. But the thing would continue to haunt them in the future in form of being treated as “third grade citizens”.

    Pakistan Pulse

    Pakistan should act against NATO air-strike inside Pakistan: Opinion poll

    A day after NATO air strike inside Pakistani territories, the Asas Daily tried to assess Pakistani people’s response by asking whether Pakistan should take action against the strike. An overwhelming majority responded in “yes”.

    Q. Should Pakistan act against NATO forces? (Poll Conducted on Oct.1, 2010)