Pakistan Urdu Press: January 4-11, 2010
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  • Nawa-e-Waqt, editorial, January 2, 2009

    Do not desire for “Amn ki Asha” without resolving basic disputes: Nawa-e-Waqt

    The Times of India and Jang media groups’ joint campaign, Amn Ki Asha, to create a favourable atmosphere for the restoration of peace between the two countries has elicited a reaction from other media groups as well. Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily commenting on the Amn Ki Asha campaign says that “who denies the importance of peace for the stability of the region, but it can not be established without resolving the basic dispute between the two countries.” The editorial further says that without respecting each others sovereignty Amn Ki Asha cannot be realized.

    The paper suggests that “first of all the Kashmiris should be given the right of self determination based on the formula of Hyderabad and Junagarh.” Criticising the declaration of peace by both the media groups which emphasizes their common culture the two countries, the Nawa-e-Waqt editorial says “they should not forget that it was on the issue of culture and economy, the two nation theory was the basis of division of India.”

    “Therefore the need is that we accept the reality first and then think of dissolving the boundary. Raising slogans merely helps economic and trade interests. The media groups can not achieve their goals,” says the daily. You cannot “sow the seed of peace” by preserving the “crop of hatred”, the rightwing daily says in its conclusion.

    Ausaf, editorial, January 2, 2009

    How can we “desire peace” in an atmosphere of war: Ausaf

    Yet another right wing media group, Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial writes that the “two media groups from Pakistan and India have conducted opinion surveys in different cities and their reports reveal that 72% of Pakistanis and 66% of Indians want peaceful relations between the two countries.” The paper in this context asks “isn’t it strange that on the one hand India is preparing a military doctrine but on the other hand the two media groups are hoping for “Amn ki Asha” and trying to assess how many people want peace between the two countries. The paper also questions whether “the masses can influence policy decisions of the two countries” adding that “in view of India’s efforts destablising Pakistan especially in Balochistan whether peace can be realized? The editorial says that achieving peace lies with the leaders of the two countries.

    The Ausaf daily opines that “no effort for peace can be realized without resolving the Kashmir issue” adding that “during the Musharraf regime the government of Pakistan took many initiatives for the promotion of peace but India did not agree to resolve outstanding issues”. India is trying to destroy peace and security of Pakistan via Balochistan and Afghanistan and at the same time contemplating a military doctrine to occupy Pakistan, accuses the daily.

    The daily opines that peace can be achieved only if India throws away its guns which it points towards Kashmiris and states that “in our opinion all roads to peace goes through Kashmir so Pakistan wants to know how many Indians want an immediate and respectful resolution of Kashmir issue?”

    Jang, opinion, January 5, 2009

    Amn ki Asha; Better late than never: Syed Noor Qidwai

    Amid the criticism by some right wing Pakistani media groups, the initiative found some appreciation from one columnist-Anwar Kidwai. Lauding the move by The Times of India and the Jang group, Kidwai writes that the, “Media groups from India and Pakistan should be commended for their effort to launch a movement to ease tensions between the two countries.” In an atmosphere of tension, it is the people of the two countries who can influence the policy decisions of their government, writes Kidwai in an opinion column in the Jang Urdu daily. However, he suggests the media groups be cautious about “extremist” elements and religious fanatics who could create hurdles in realizing their goals.

    The columnist says that “since the public platform has been chosen for restoration of peace and negotiation, the need is to identify the stumbling blocks because of which past negotiations could not materialize despite progress.” He suggests that responsible citizens of Pakistan support the peace campaign by the Jang group and opines that the effort should have been taken much earlier but this is a good step which enjoys support of a majority of Pakistanis. But it is “Better Late than Never.”

    Pakistan Pulse: Online opinion Poll by Asas Urdu Daily

    A large majority of Pakistani citizens believe that the PPP led government is not sincere in tackling peoples’ day to day problems, reveals an online opinion poll conducted by Asas Urdu daily. A whopping majority of 6985 respondents believe that the government is not sincere in tackling their basic issues while 3210 thought that it is not so.

    Q Is the present government sincere to tackle peoples’ basic problems? (Poll conducted on January 5, 2010)

    Amid the political debate on the 17th Constitutional amendment in Pakistan, a majority of Pakistanis think that Nawaz Sharif should launch yet another long march as he did for the restoration of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudary. To a question whether Nawaz Sharif should launch a Long March to abolish the 17th Constitutional amendment, a whopping majority of 8451 respondents said “Yes” while only 2184 respondents said “ No”.

    Q Should Nawaz Sharif launch a Long March to abolish 17th amendment? (Poll conducted on January 6, 2010)

    On the issue of the ongoing debate to acquire “drone technology” from the US, majority of Pakistanis believe that the government should acquire this technology from the US. To a question whether Pakistan should acquire “drone technology”, from the US, a majority of 6754 respondents responded in “Yes” while 3461 respondents said “ No”.

    Q Should Pakistan acquire “drone technology” from the US? (Poll conducted on January 8, 2010)