Pakistan Urdu Press: January 11-17, 2011
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  • The Pakistani Urdu dailies have written editorial on diverse issues this week. The Jang editorial, commenting on Joe Biden’s remarks, has expressed satisfaction that there would be no US led military operation in Pakistan’s tribal area but at the same time has warned that the US should not impose Indian ‘imperialism’ on Afghans. The Ausaf Urdu daily assesses Talal Bugti’s remarks in its editorial and sees an unfolding turmoil in Balochistan. The Nawa-e-Waqt and the Jang have written editorials on developments in Samjhauta express blast probe. While the former suggests Pakistani leadership to step up pressure on India to share the details of the probe, the later suggests the Indian leadership to show sincerity over the issue and weigh their response before alleging Pakistan in the future.

    Handing a new role to India in Afghanistan would be construed as beginning of a new imperial period for Afghans: Jang, Editorial, January 14, 2011

    Commenting on the statement read out by Joe Biden in Islamabad following a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister and President, the Jang Urdu Daily, in its editorial writes that “the statement indicates changes in US policies on various issues. For example, for the first time, it has been accepted that there is no military solution to the Afghanistan issue. It was made clear in the statement that the US “boots” would not be on Pakistani ground, quite contrary to reports that the US is considering a ground operation in northern Pakistan, notes the daily. The daily opines that the explanation regarding non-intervention in Pakistan’s sovereignty, the concern about which was prevailing in Pakistan, is a good sign. But close on the heels of Biden’s statement, Mike Mullen’s statement, that the terrorist threat to international community emanates from Pakistan, suggest that the pressure on Pakistan has not eased rather it has increased.

    The daily notes that the US wants to withdraw from Afghanistan. It states that “if Washington realizes that for a respectful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan Pakistan’s support is essential, it should also understand that leaving anti-Pakistan element in Afghanistan after its withdrawal will also not help bring peace in the region.” The daily says that Pakistan has strong cultural and social ties and thus Pakistan can play a key role in Afghanistan. On the other hand, it opines that “efforts of imposing India on Afghan’s would be construed as a beginning of a new imperial period, which would not fulfill US’s dream to safeguard its interest in Afghanistan”. This would be the case, since India has no geographical and emotional connectivity with Afghanistan, according to the daily.

    Balochs despair may unfold another turmoil? : Ausaf , editorial, January 11, 2011

    The Ausaf has written an editorial on Talal Akbar Bugti’s interview to a TV channel in which he remarked that the Pakistani rulers have ignored Balochistan and hoped that it should not push the province towards yet another turmoil. The editorial notes that he seemed very upset during the interview. It says the Balochistan package which was launched with big fervour has lost its zeal. The government is focusing its effort to resolve small political issues and neither the government nor media is taking up Balochistan issue seriously.

    The daily further opines that it was expected that Pakistan’s economy will improve but instead it is deteriorating further and the money which could have been spent on Balochistan is not there with the government.

    The editorial concludes on a poetic note: The biggest and resource rich province is trying to attract the rulers’ attention towards it but they seem to be deaf. And when Talal’s voice will scatter in the atmosphere after hitting the Margala hills, it will bring more despair among the Balochs and we do not know how it would unfold in the future.

    Samjhauta blast: Pakistan should insist for details of probe: Nawa-e-Waqt, January 13, 2011

    The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu daily has written editorial on Swami Aseemanand’s confession. The daily in its opening paragraph notes that India has turned down Pakistan’s request to share the revelation regarding Samjahuta Express blast citing that the probe is incomplete. The daily also quotes Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson as saying that the relatives of 42 Pakistanis killed in Samjhauta blast await the result of the probe. If not the whole findings, they should be provided information on the development in the case.

    The daily observes that in his confession statement, Aseemanand has admitted that in various terrorist incidents, serving officers of the Indian army are involved. It further opines that if the confessions continue, it would soon be revealed that in Mumbai attacks, some Hindu separatist elements were involved and that is why “the Indian leadership is trying to hide the details of the probe”.

    In this context, the daily states that “this is the golden chance for us to unveil India’s tainted face before the international community and Pakistan should not fall prey to the ploy of ‘Aman Ki Asha’. It should not let the probe report be swept under the carpet.”

    Samjhauta blast: Indian leadership should show sincerity: Jang, Editorial, January 10, 2011

    In an editorial on the same issue, the Jang Urdu daily says that “it is interesting to note that for every destructive activity in India, the Indian leadership blames Pakistan. But after the confessional statement of the RSS leader, they should rethink why they unnecessary level allegations on Pakistan for every act on its soil and when the fact comes to the fore, they feel ashamed.” The daily however, stopped short of requesting Pakistani government to step up the pressure on India to share the details of the probe, but suggests the “Indian leadership to show sincerity” on this issue.