Pakistan Urdu Press: August 17-23, 2009
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  • Daily Ajkal, Editorial, August 17, 2009
    Climate Change would further complicate Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan: Daily Ajkal
    Commenting on the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks on Kashmir during the Independence day address in which he said that there will be no talks with separatists in Kashmir, Ajkal Urdu daily in its editorial says that his strong statement on Kashmir was a balancing act to reassure India’s political right which was annoyed over the flexibility shown by him during Sharm Al Sheikh talks with Pakistan. The newspaper says that it is clear from his statement that “he is committed not to cross the unanimously agreed ‘Red Line’ on Kashmir.”
    The newspaper however praises Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for impressing upon India and Pakistan to resolve their dispute over Kashmir. The newspaper says that Omar Abdullah also urged a “review of the Indus Water Treaty” so that the people of Jammu and Kashmir get their share of water.
    The paper adds Climate Change can create security problems between the two countries, because “both the countries face challenges from Climate Change and Kashmir has a central position in that”. The newspaper says that with climate change the water level in the rivers of Kashmir has gone down. In Pakistan too, underground water levels have gone down. People in Sindh have been talking of abrogating the Indus Water Treaty and an Azad Kahsmir (in near future) would also wish to undo the Treaty which it will inherit from both India and Pakistan.
    In conclusion the editorial suggests that both India and Pakistan should normalize their relations and talk afresh on issues that are likely to get further complicated in the near future. Both countries should agree on a comprehensive programme on climate change and their shared need for energy which would be realistic only when both countries agree on the principle of interdependence.

    Jang, Opinion, August 17, 2009
    Zardari should openly support Musharraf’s trial: Mir
    A recently published survey by PEW shows that only 32 per cent of Pakistanis like Zardari as compared to 64 per cent a year earlier. Hamid Mir, in an opinion column in Jang Urdu daily, says that to raise his plummeting popularity Zardari should implement the public demand for prosecuting Musharraf to ensure supremacy of the Constitution. He says that those who say this is a non-issue are actually Musharraf’s supporters as they were party to his crime. Mir says that Zardari should openly support Musharraf’s trial. He should abolish the 17th amendment. The abolition of the 17th amendment, Mir says, would weaken Zardari constitutionally but will make him stronger politically. The third important step he suggests for Zardari is to announce a “Constitutional package” on Balochistan. He says that without eliminating the sense of deprivation among the Baloch, Pakistan cannot prosper. The fourth step he suggests is to sack corrupt ministers from the Federal cabinet. Finally, an important measure he suggests for Zardari is to evolve a new mechanism for the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court and High Courts.

    Jasarat, editorial, August 17, 2009
    People have started looking at movement launched by the Jamat-e Islami: Jasarat
    Commenting on the recently published opinion polls on Pakistan by PEW, the Jasarat Urdu daily in its editorial says that the PEW survey indicates that from Musharraf to Zardari public perception towards the Pakistani leadership has not changed. The newspaper says that the survey suggests that “the masses are against the policies of the present government and know the fact that the present crisis in Pakistan has taken place as a result of US intervention and Pakistani leadership’s policy of falling prostrate before the US.” The editorial says that at this time there is no political force in the National Assembly which could challenge the US intervention. The paper opines that the US is concerned that the day the people resent the US they will rally behind an anti-US political force, and a revolution will take place. The editorial concludes with the observation that “the people have started looking at the movement launched by the Jamat-e Islami.”

    Khabrein, Editorial, August 18, 2009
    US is using Pakistan as tissue paper: Khabrein
    Against the backdrop of Richard Holbrooke’s recent visit to Islamabad, the Khabrein Urdu daily in its editorial says that the “US is using Pakistan as tissue paper”. The editorial opines that since America no more needs Pakistan in its war against terror it is saying that “it will not provide civil nuclear cooperation to Pakistan and no other nation will do that.” The paper says that in the 1960s Pakistan was an ally of the US and it heeded US’s suggestion to be neutral during the 1962 Sino-Indian war. Kashmir could have been easily liberated at that time. Pakistan’s role was critical in USSR’s defeat during the Afghan war and the US lauded Pakistan a number of times. But as soon as it became victorious, it not only dumped Pakistan but imposed military and economic sanctions through the Pressler amendment.
    The paper says that since the US does not need Pakistan it is saying that it will not cooperate with it in civil nuclear energy. American statements that no other country can do the same is a “veiled threat to France which has shown interest in nuclear energy cooperation with Pakistan”. In this context it suggests that the Pakistani leadership wakes up from its deep slumber and think about the supreme national interest. The paper says that the Pakistani leadership should note that US cares about its interest and achieves it at every cost. The paper says that the “US is using Pakistan as tissue paper and like the past, it will dispose it like the tissue.”

    Nawae Waqt, editorial, August 18, 2009
    Balochistan issue is being internationalized: Nawa-e-Waqt
    Commenting on the recent remarks by Richard Holbrooke that the US understands the Balochistan situation and Pakistan’s concerns and has raised the issue with Afghanistan, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial says that Holbrooke’s reference to Balochistan raises concerns that the issue is being internationalised. It advises that the Pakistani government and national leaders should be cautious on the issue.
    ( -daily-urdu-online/Opinions/Editorials/18-Aug-2009/3761#

    Nawae Waqt, editorial, August 18, 2009
    Unjust treatment to minorities will provide the basis of India’s further fragmentation: Nawae Waqt
    Commenting on BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s remarks that Jinnah was not responsible for India’s division but that the failure to understand the concept of a Federal India led to India’s division, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu Daily in its editorial advises that “he should consider that unjust treatment meted out to Muslims in India may lead to another division”. It says that India continues with its anti-Muslim policy which will result in another partition. The paper says that “in Occupied Kashmir Indian forces’ oppression is bringing Kashmiris closer to the liberation movement and in India unjust treatment to Muslims and other minorities will provide basis for its fragmentation. The paper also quipped that “Perhaps the present situation will provide an opportunity to Jawant Singh to write a new book on the issue.”
    ( daily-urdu-online/Opinions/Editorials/18-Aug-2009/3761#)

    Jang, Editorial, August 19, 2009
    Indian PM’s allegation could be part of conspiracy to launch aggression on Pakistan: Jang
    Criticizing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent remark (while addressing the Chief Minister’s Conference) that Pakistani militants might launch another sophisticated attack inside India, the Jang Urdu daily says that “lodging a customary protest by calling Indian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over the allegation by the Indian Prime Minister is not an effective response. Since the statement has come from the Indian Prime Minister the response should come from Pakistan’s senior leadership.” The newspaper speculates that this allegation could be part of a conspiracy to launch aggression on Pakistan in the future and to mislead international opinion and thus alienate Pakistan. The paper further says that “it is also possible that under the pretext of this allegation India wants to broaden the ambit of its destructive activities with the help of terrorist groups inside Pakistan.”
    The paper reiterates that instead of a customary protest over this serious allegation Pakistan should activate its overseas diplomatic missions to counter the Indian propaganda. The editorial says that “if India has any credible evidence of involvement of any Pakistani organization or any one is using Pakistan for planning to attack India then it should present it through the diplomatic channels.” The paper says that the open allegation by India “shows that it wants to activate anti-Pakistani element and extremist organizations in Pakistan.”
    The editorial suggests that the Pakistan government should be aware of “India’s designs and should give a befitting and categorical response over its allegation so that a misperception about Pakistan among the international community could be dispelled and India desists from further baseless allegations. A mere customary protest by Foreign Ministry cannot counter India’s allegation.”

    Millat, Editorial, August 19, 2009
    India is saddened because Pakistan has exposed its intervention in Balochistan: Millat
    Commenting on Indian Prime Minister’s remark, the Millat Urdu daily in its editorial says that “this allegation by the Indian Prime Minister came at a time when Pakistan handed over evidence of India’s involvement in Balochistan and this kind of baseless allegation was expected.” The editorial says that India is not only saddened because Pakistan has exposed its intervention in Balochistan but also because it has crushed the terrorists during the Swat operation who were sowing seeds of hatred inside Pakistan. The paper questions the Foreign Ministry’s protest and assurance of cooperation, and asks how many times should Pakistan keep lodging protests and assuring cooperation.
    The paper says the Indian Prime Minister’s statement indicates that to maintain political and diplomatic pressure on Pakistan it will continue its policy of aggressive statements so that it can maintain its hegemony in the region. It adds that this statement indicates that India has officially adopted a policy of “global imperialism” in the region. The paper says that in this context it would suggest that the government of Pakistan reviews its policy and evolve a comprehensive strategy to maintain natinoal security and sovereignty so that there is no need to prostrate before Western powers and beg India for a dialogue.

    Nawae Waqt, Editorial, August 19, 2009
    Manmohan Singh’s statement reflects India’s animosity towards Pakistan: Nawa-e -Waqt
    Commenting on Indian Prime Minister’s remark, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial writes that it is part of India’s strategy to overcome the international community’s pressure to open dialogue with Pakistan. The daily says that “the kind of pressure it has created on Pakistan after the Mumbai incident lessened when Pakistan presented evidence of India’s intervention in Balochistan.” The propaganda through which it has received support from the international community and especially from the US has also died down. The Daily says that to deflect attention from its oppression in Kashmir and the strategy to overcome the international community’s pressure to open a dialogue with Pakistan, it has raked up the issue of terrorist planning inside Pakistan for an attack in India.
    The paper says that the statement by the Indian Prime Minister not only reflects India’s animosity towards Pakistan but also indicates a strategy of opening a way for negative propaganda against Pakistan by executing an attack on some of its cities through its own agents so that it could launch a surgical strike on Pakistan. It urges the government of Pakistan to get ready and evolve a counter strategy.
    ( daily-urdu-online/Opinions/Editorials/19-Aug-2009/3788)

    Khabrein, Editorial, August 19, 2009
    Share information so that an action is taken against the planners: Khabrein
    The Khabrein daily says that if India has information about a plan being organised on Pakistani soil for an attack in Indian cities, it should have secretly shared this with Pakistani authorities so that action against them could be taken. Through an open statement it has made those terrorists alert. The daily says that India still has time to share the information so that action is taken against them; otherwise it would be construed in Pakistan that India is continuing its old habit of launching another campaign against Pakistan.

    Ausaf, editorial, August 19, 2009
    Indian PM’s allegation aimed at silencing opposition criticism: Ausaf
    Reacting to the Indian Prime Minister’s remarks at the Chief Ministers’ conference, the Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial says that “whenever pressure mounts from the opposition, the Indian government opens up allegations against Pakistan to ease that pressure.” The editorial says that after Sharm-el Sheikh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was facing severe criticism from opposition parties and this “baseless allegation” is aimed at silencing those criticisms.
    The paper says that India wants to deflect attention from its activities in Pakistan which it is executing from Afghanistan and suggests that Pakistan “expose India’s real face to the international community.”

    Khabrein, editorial, August 20, 2009
    Take notice of India’s propaganda campaign, Khabrein advises Pakistani government
    After the previous day’s mild reaction over Indian Prime Minister’s remark, the Khabrein daily in a second editorial has reacted harshly. In its first editorial, it suggested that India share information so that Pakistan could take action against the groups involved. But in its second editorial, referring to Indian Defence Minister Antony’s statement in which he said that India faces security threat from terrorists camps in Pakistan, the Khabrein daily says that to cover the recent internal problems such as oppression in Kashmir and anti-minority riots in Gujrat and elsewhere, India has unleashed anti-Pakistan propaganda. The paper says that “Pakistani forces’ operation in Northern Areas compelled Indian agents to leave the area, angered India and it is licking its wounds.” The paper says that “the series of allegations indicates India has accepted its defeat.”
    The daily suggests that Pakistan “take notice of the propaganda campaign”. It says calling the Indian ambassador to the Foreign Ministry and lodging a protest is not enough. The Pakistan government should make it clear that it will give a strong reply to this campaign. The paper suggests that Pakistan “should not show laxity in informing the international community about India’s sinister design.”

    Al Akhbar, Opinion Column, August 20, 2009
    Expansion of US embassy in Islamabad aimed at turning it into a fortress: Izhar Bhatti
    Commenting on the ongoing expansion of the US embassy in Islamabad, Columnist Izhar Bhatti wrote in Al-Akhbar daily saying that the expansion is aimed at housing thousands of Marines in the building and thus the embassy would be turned into a permanent fortress. The columnist says that the US says that it is expanding the embassy premises to meet its security concerns, but it may be the beginning of an expansionist policy in the region.
    The columnist suggests that  the Pakistan government seek clarification from the US. If the other 104 embassies in Islamabad have not expressed such security concerns, then why does the US need a complex to house the Marines?  He says that by making a permanent fortress the US wants to stay in the region for a longer period and suggests that the government debate the issue in parliament. 

    Jinnah daily, Opinion Column, August 20, 2009
    Expansion of American embassy is part of US’s plan to keep watch on China:  Khusnood Ali Khan
    Columnist Khusnood Ali Khan in an opinion column in Jinnah Urdu daily says that it the expansion of the US embassy is a part of the US’s plan to keep a watch on China from Pakistan. He says that the US wants to build such a complex in Nepal but the Nepalese did not give their assent to the American plan. Khan says that China is Pakistan’s time tested friend and it should not become a part of the US game plan on China and Islamabad should follow Nepal in denying permission to expand the complex.