Pakistan Urdu Press: August 31 - September 6, 2009
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  • Khabrein, Editorial, August 31, 2009
    Creation of Gilgit-Baltistan, a welcome step: Khabrein
    Commenting upon Pakistan’s federal government’s decision to rename the Northern Areas to Gilgit-Baltistan and granting them status equal to an autonomous province, the Khabrein daily says that “this is a welcome step”. The daily hopes that the situation and system of governance in these areas will improve. However, the daily suggests the government of Pakistan allay the concerns and address the reservations of Kashmiri leaders who believe that Gilgit and Baltistan are part of Kashmir and their status should be resolved through UN resolutions.

    Ajkal, Opinion column, September 1, 2009
    Jaswant took 75 years to change his views:  Asad Mufti
    Commenting on the controversy over Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah, Columnist Asad Mufti in Ajkal daily questions “why was he given such a harsh punishment of expulsion from the Party’s (BJP) membership” when a few other leaders in the party also hold the view that Jinnah was a secular leader? The columnist says that “as far as Jaswant Singh’s book is concerned, no body is taking him seriously because nothing new has been stated in it. After reading the book it seems like a normal intellectual exercise and reading has not been Jaswant Singh’s profession as the book he has written after five years of research is based on general information”. The columnist ridicules him for saying that “it took him almost two thirds of a century to change his view on Qaed-e-Azam”.  He says it is an open secret about who was responsible for the division of the Subcontinent and it will not influence the truth (behind division) whether Muhammad Ali Jinnah is criticized or appreciated. However, the columnist implicitly commends Jaswant Singh for writing a book which has triggered a debate in India whether Jinnah was secular from inception or his sympathies regarding minorities during his post-partition speeches made him secular.

    Ummat, editorial, September 1, 2009
    NYT report on harpoon missile upgrade is aimed at scuttling US aid to Pakistan: Ummat
    Against the backdrop of the controversy over upgrading harpoon missiles into sea to surface missiles, the Ummat Urdu daily in its editorial says that these missiles provided by the US 25 years back were of no use in today’s day of significant technological advances. The editorial questions those who criticize these moves by asking whether “Pakistan should sell these missiles as scrap if it does not upgrade them?” The daily opines that the US is concerned over Pakistan’s capability to produce conventional and nuclear weapons and wants to cripple Pakistan’s capability. The daily also criticizes the New York Times (NYT) report for making this information public and says that it was raised at a time when the US Congress is in the process of approving $ 7.5 billion of aid to Pakistan. The daily says that the NYT’s report is part of a pressure strategy to stop the approval of aid by the US Congress. The editorial says that those who wrote this report in the NYT had also been involved in anti-Pakistan propaganda in the past. 

    Ibham, Editorial, September 3, 2009
    Indian army exercise in Punjab was aimed at launching operation against Pakistan: Ibham
    Commenting on the recently concluded exercise by the Indian army, the Ibham Urdu daily says that the three day exercise was conducted close to Western Punjab and the Indian army says that due to the worsening internal security situation in Pakistan they would be conducting more such exercises. The daily in its editorial says that countries around the world keep conducting such exercises to increase their professional qualities but some exercises are conducted to launch operation against enemies and the recent exercise by the Indian army was aimed towards that end. (

    Daily Pakistan, Editorial, September 3, 2009
    Talks with Taliban to resolve Afghan problem: Daily Pakistan
    Commenting on US Commander General Stanley McChrystal’s remark in which he said that the situation in Afghanistan is serious and demands a revised strategy, the Daily Pakistan in its editorial says that the US is in a dilemma over Afghanistan. On the one hand its allies are not ready to send more troops in Afghanistan while on the other hand its experiment to expand Afghanistan’s police and military has failed. The daily says that the sooner the talks are held with the Taliban in military infested Afghanistan, the better it would be for the US. The denial of talks will remain a cause of violence and destruction there. Pakistan should also continue its effort of holding talks with the Taliban, the daily suggested.

    Khabrein, Columns, September 3, 2009
    If Gilgit- Baltistan, why not Sareakistan? : Zahoor Ahmad Hareeja
    Commenting upon the creation of Baltistan-Gilgit state, columnist Zahoor Ahmad Hareeja in an opinion column in Khabrein daily welcomes the step but questions whether will it get autonomy? Whether the Kashmiris will accept it? He says that Agha Khani Shias will be happy over it but what impact will it have on other sects? He says that on the issue of the Seraiki province every body is fooling Seraikis. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Geelani, while in opposition used to give speeches in favour of the Seraiki province but forgot the issue as soon as he became Prime Minister. He says, after the dissolution of the one Unit system, Balochistan was created. Now Gigit-Baltistan has been formed, then why should not a Saraekistan be formed? He urges the PMLQ to make the issue a part of the party’s manifesto, if it is really sincere towards the issue. The author says, Indian leaders may have thousands of shortcomings but they keep taking steps for the development of the country and suggest that Pakistani leaders should also form a Committee like the Fazal Ali committee in India and should study the creation of Pothohar and Seraiki provinces separation from Punjab.

    Nawae Waqt, Editorial, September 5, 2009
    Adopt a tit for tat strategy in case of a nuclear test by India: Nawae Waqt
    Quoting Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial says that Pakistan has expressed concern over reports that India is preparing to conduct yet another nuclear test and will continue its policy of maintaining a credible minimum deterrent. The daily says that the revelation by Indian scientists that the 1998 Pokhran test did not achieve desired results, is a well thought ploy by India to avoid signing the CTBT so that it can conduct more atomic tests. The daily says that instead of expressing concern and repeating its insistence on a credible minimum deterrent, Pakistan should also prepare to conduct nuclear tests. At a time, when India is busy advancing its nuclear program and is manufacturing the hydrogen bomb, Pakistan should announce “maximum credible deterrence” and in case of a nuclear test by India, it should go for a tit for tat strategy to prove that it is not ready to compromise on its sovereignty, security and defence.    
    ( news-newspaper-daily-urdu-online/Opinions/Editorials/05-Sep-2009/4187#)

    Mashriq, editorial, September 29, 2009
    K Santhanam’s remark a ploy of escaping from CTBT: Mashriq
    Taking note of Indian nuclear scientist K Santhanam’s remark that the 1998 Pokhran nuclear test did not achieve the desired result, the Mashriq Urdu daily in its editorial says that “the Indian scientist is making this admission 11 years after the test at a time when the Obama administration is pressurizing the entire world to sign the CTBT”. The daily says that this is a “new ploy of escaping from the CTBT”. It urges the world community to take notice of India’s statement and suggests Pakistan be cautious over India’s move.