Pakistan Urdu Press: February 2-8, 2010
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  • Editorial comments on revival of Indo-Pak talks

    Ausaf, Editorial, February 6, 2010

    Pakistan’s aggressive policy on Kashmir made India agree for talks: Ausaf

    India has submitted a formal proposal for talks to Pakistan. Pakistan has accepted the invitation and has welcomed the Indian proposal, writes Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial. The daily however, opines that “it is difficult to understand India’s Foreign Policy”, as it has been ignoring the need for talks and “suddenly offered a proposal to revive the dialogue process” and has accepted “the involvement of Indians in the Mumbai attacks”.

    In an effort to understand the reason behind the Indian proposal for talks, the daily writes that “if some one asks us what made India to agree for talks, our answer would be Pakistan’s changing Kashmir policy.” The daily says that it is a fact that “Jihadi culture” is “reviving among the Pakistani youths and they are ready to fight with Indian forces in Kashmir. Faith of political leaders from ‘Occupied Kashmir’ on Pakistani establishment is also on the revival. A blind man can also read the writings on the walls that liberation movement for Kashmir is reviving once again and India is also keeping a close eye on these developments. It is in India’s interest that Pakistan’s Kashmir policy should not revive once again and we should understand India’s “political ploy” behind offering talks at this point of time.”

    The daily further opines that India would want that the dialogue should revolve around issues which Musharraf has formulated. It will also want Kashmir to be the last item on the bilateral agenda and constructive talks on the issue should not take place. India’s track record indicates that the talks will not be result oriented. The only time of a result oriented talk was when Pervez Mushharaf was at the helm of affairs in Pakistan and the BJP was in power in India. If the present Indian government shows flexibility on Kashmir all extremist parties including BJP will make hue and cry and if the Zardari government shows flexibility, a storm will be generated here.

    The daily further says that “India’s insistence on talks would be on cross border terrorism because India faces the danger of a coordinated Jihad in Kashmir.”

    The daily lauding Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani’s policy on Kashmir says that “his views on the Kashmir issue are similar to all Pakistanis. He does not seem in to favour any decision on Kashmir which dilutes Pakistan’s principled position. His view on Kashmir seems different with that of Musharraf and since Kayani is not “chained with power”, as was Musharraf, there is no US pressure on him. So Kayani will not become weak on Kashmir and it is not possible that the present government ignores the military leadership’s stand and imposes an unwanted decision in this regard.

    “In our view the talks once again will not yield any result and would be a wastage of time,” the daily says in conclusion.

    Nawa-e-Waqt, editorial, February 6, 2010

    Nation wants to know reason behind Pakistan’s excitement for talks with India: Nawa-e-Waqt

    The Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily commenting on the issue writes that “the fact that India which has been skirting the need for talks and had ignored the international pressure has suddenly holding Foreign Secretary talks puzzles all.” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister has welcomed the proposal and has indicated that he would send the Foreign Secretary to Delhi on Sunday, writes the daily in its editorial.

    “The nation wants to know the context of the excitement for sitting at the negotiation table with India… Two days before, India was not agreeing for talks, was busy engaging in military planning to paralyse us within 96 hours… This could necessarily be a trap by our lifelong enemy against our national integration. So we sit with them before making them ‘poisonless’, it would be tantamount to inviting our death,” says that daily.

    The daily in this context suggests that a unanimous decision be taken by calling a parliament session, round table conference with all political parties and by taking people into confidence before reviving talks with India.

    The daily further suggests that “Pakistan should make the international community aware of the fact that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved by granting the right of self determination to Kashmiris as per UN resolutions. Without resolving the Kashmir issue the talks will achieve no results.” The daily also urges its readers “not to accept any negotiation which pushes the Kashmir issue on the back burner.”

    Jang, editorial, February 6, 2010

    Agenda of Indo-Pak talks should include all the long pending issues: Jang

    The Jang Urdu daily in its editorial says that “the people in diplomatic circles in Pakistan believe that India’s focus would be on anti-terrorism while Pakistan would wish that the talks should be revived from the point from where it was snapped after 26/11 Mumbai attacks.”

    The daily welcoming the developments says that “nothing could be said with certainty, but the offer of talks from India is a welcome step and indicates that the deadlocked situation in diplomatic relations between the two countries that persisted since 26/11 is ending and there are signs that the ice has started melting.”

    The daily however suggests that “since India has offered proposal for talks, the agenda of talks should not be limited only to anti-terrorism, exchange of prisoners, but it should also include all the long pending issues between India and Pakistan and if it does not happen so, the result of this round of talks will not be different with that of previous ones.”

    Azkar, Editorial, February 6, 2010

    Include China in talks on Kashmir: Azkar

    The Azkar Urdu daily in its editorial welcomes the revival of Indo- Pak talks terming it “better late than never”. However the daily notes that “much water has flowed under the bridge” during the last one year, ever since the dialogue process between the two countries reached a deadlock. The situation in Pakistan, Kashmir and India is different as compared to last year. If the talks this time also remained limited to “sitting, gossiping, listening and leaving” then it would be a big failure of the ruling class of the two countries, which would force the people of the region to decide its own course, says the left leaning daily.

    The daily says that the need of the hour is to analyze how far India budges from its “Kashmir is an integral part of India stand” and whether it agrees to grant the right of self determination to Kashmiris.

    The daily says that “unfortunately, India has not agreed for a tripartite talk on Kashmir but insists on having separate dialogue with Kashmiri leadership. Until representative of India, Pakistan and Kashmir do not sit on a table, result oriented dialogue is impossible.” Going a step ahead, the daily suggests inclusion of “other countries in the region such as China,” so that an acceptable solution of all disputed issues could be achieved. The daily also suggests that “instead of seeking an administrative solution of Kashmir, a democratic solution should be achieved” by implementing on UN resolutions of Kashmir which grants them the right of plebiscite on the issue.

    Pakistan should fully defend its position on Kashmir and Indus water Treaty: Jinnah daily

    Commenting on the possibility of revival of Indo-Pak dialogues, the Jinnah Urdu Daily in its editorial writes that “this round of talks should not be limited to anti-terrorism”. It suggests that Pakistan should not compromise with its national strategic interests in the dialogue process. It should fully defend its position on Kashmir and Indus water Treaty. The daily opines that India would try not to give concessions on Kashmir and on the issue of water but Pakistan should not fall into India’s trap and should present a concrete strategy to make the dialogue process result oriented.

    India is not sincere in resolving disputes with Pakistan: Opinion Poll

    Amid the possibility of revival of Indo-Pak talks, an Opinion poll conducted by a Pakistani Urdu daily reveals that majority of Pakistanis’ believe that India is not sincere in resolving disputes with Pakistan. When Asas Urdu daily tried to assess opinion from its readers by asking whether India is sincere in resolving its disputes with Pakistan, a majority of 7969 respondents responded “No” while 3524 respondents did not doubt India’s sincerity in this regard.

    Q. Is India sincere in resolving disputes with Pakistan? ( Poll Conducted on February 8, 2010)