Pakistan Urdu Press: December 28, 2010 - January 3, 2011
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  • Immoral statements by political leaders will pave way for dictatorship in the country: Ausaf, editorial, Decemeber 31, 2010

    Pakistani Urdu Dailies’ have predicted a turbulent year ahead for country’s politics in their end of the year editorials as both MQM and Jamiat-e-Ulemae Islami (JUI) have withdrawn support from PPP government.

    The Ausaf Urdu Daily, commenting on the public spat and abusive languages used by the MQM and PML (N), writes in editorial that “It was alleged that our politicians do not enjoy the democracy and can only rule under the dictatorship.” The Daily writes that because of their “immoral statements” and abusive languages, the people are fade up with the politicians. This kind of situation paves the way for dictatorship. But irony is that the politicians will again re-assemble under the “umbrella of a dictator” and rule the same people.

    Against the backdrop, the editorial suggests that there should be a “moral code of conduct” for the politicians and media should ensure that they would not give such leaders the space in talk shows since they would use media for issuing immoral statements and will lead to “anarchic situation in the country.”

    The Daily writes that “not only the MQM but also the Muslim league should apologise from the nation for their statements and abusive languages”. The Daily suggests leaders of both the parties to influence their elected representative to stop using abusive languages against each other, which is in the interest of their own parties and the nation as a whole.

    Politicians should not repeat the mistakes they committed last year: Khabrein, editorial, January 1, 2011

    In its editorial, the Khabrein Urdu Daily has criticized Nawaz Sharif for his ambiguity over the political and general situation in the country. The Daily writes that “so far Nawaz Sharif has been issuing statements. It is not obvious whether he is inside or outside the government, whether he is a critique or a supporter of the government policies, whether he is an ally of or opposition to the government.” The Daily says that the PML (N) can play a decisive role in influencing the government. Had it pressurised the government to bring down the price of essential goods, the prices could have been controlled. But it seems the PML (N) is not interested or lacks an alternative vision.

    The Daily adds that “in our country, government changes but the political actors and policies remains the same. Prices were rising in Mushharf’s period but now it has touched the peak. The external pressure was then also but it has increased manifold. Drone attacks were there and it continues in this government too. The politicians were raising slogans then and they are doing the same now”. Musharraf has used threatening language, but the politicians are using abusive languages. So what is the difference between and dictatorship and democracy? asks the Daily.

    “Now the sun has risen in the new year. Whatever politicians had done in the last year is not significant. The politicians should take the pledge that they would focus their politics on people’s issues and that they will not repeat the mistakes they committed last year. They should remember that their leadership can exist only when the country exists and gets prosperous”, the Daily advises the politicians in its concluding remarks.

    2011 would bring more strategic challenges for Pakistan: Saleem Yazdani, Opinion Column, Jang Urdu daily, January 03, 2011

    Columnist, Saleem Yazdani, in his New Year’s reflection has predicted that the New Year will bring “new strategic challenges” for Pakistan. In a column in Jang Urdu Daily, he opines that the war in Afghanistan will become more severe and Taliban will increase their activities in northern and Southern Afghanistan. “If they succeed in their strategy, then the second supply line, which the ISAF and the US has opened with the help of Russia, would fall under their influence.” The columnist predicts that this situation will create more pressure on the US government and there would be an intense pressure at home on the US president to end the war but the US would wish to win the war by deploying more troops. The columnist also predicts that the US would also try that India increases its presence in Afghanistan and plays the same role Pakistan has played for the US so far. He suggests that the Pakistani leadership should sense that the US is trying to change the geo-strategic importance of Pakistan by weakening it, economically. Against this backdrop, he suggests that “Pakistan has only one option to change its Foreign Policy and align its defence and foreign policy with China. If Pakistan does not take an immediate step in this direction, it will face many daunting challenges ahead.” In his concluding remarks, he says that Pakistan became a reason for USSR’s downfall and the time will show that “an ideological unison” between Pakistan and China will lead to an end to the American world order.