Pakistan Urdu Press: January 4-10, 2011
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  • Pakistani Urdu dailies have written editorials on different issues this week. The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu daily has opined that the upcoming India-Pakistan talks will lead to nowhere and Pakistan should utilize its own means to resolve the Kashmir issue instead of focusing on the “futile process” of talks. The Ausaf Urdu Daily has opined that the next two years will be historic in Pakistan-China relations. A leading columnist in Jang, who has analysed the reactions and responses in the wake of the Punjab governor’s assassination, suggests that Pakistan is a divided society and all its ills can be traced to its education system which needs revision and suggests a syllabus that could compliment both the elitist and the religious education systems in Pakistan.

    Pakistan will achieve nothing in upcoming India-Pakistan talks in New Delhi, Nawa-e- Waqt, Editorial, January 9, 2011.

    Commenting on India’s fresh offer of talks to Pakistan, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial states that “Pakistani Foreign Minister has accepted the formal invitation of talks offered by India. The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Abdul Basit has confirmed the formal invitation and said that they are waiting for a final agenda of talks and will decide on next strategy as soon as the agenda is formalised.”

    It observes that “there is no doubt that the issues should be resolved through dialogue instead of gun and force. But there should be a limit to negotiations and it should be a time bound process.” It opines that India has not implemented the UN resolution for the last 63 years and it “continues to fool Pakistan in the name of talks.” Asking what Pakistan will achieve in these talks, it answers that it will be the same that it has achieved during the last 63 years.” And it then goes on to suggest that “the government should sincerely focus on resolving the Kashmir issue.” It opines that talks and back door diplomacy is a “futile practice”.

    In its concluding remarks the Daily suggests to Pakistani leaders that they “use all fora to pressure India to resolve the Kashmir issue” and if it does not agree then Pakistan should make it “clear to the world that if India does not provide right of self determination to Kashmiris we will not desist from using the nuclear bomb to liberate our jugular vein.”

    A bigger agreement on nuclear cooperation between China and Pakistan in the offing, The Ausaf, editorial, January 7, 2011.

    The Ausaf Urdu daily has highlighted the importance of Sino-Pakistan nuclear cooperation in one of its editorials. The daily says that “China has categorically stated that while dealing with India it will not ignore Pakistan and will give priority to Pakistan over India.” The daily says that “day before yesterday, China has issued a report in which it has reiterated its commitment to continue its atomic cooperation with Pakistan and will provide a one gigawatt atomic reactor which will increase Pakistan’s atomic power as compared to India.” The daily hints that “a bigger agreement on atomic cooperation between the two countries is in the offing.” The daily further comments that “whatever is in the mind of the Pakistani leadership and Chinese leadership would be gradually unveiled since the enemies of Pakistan and China will never want that the two important counties of the region should proceed too far in bilateral cooperation which could give Pakistan an upper hand over India.”

    In this context, the Daily opined that “China has done innumerable favours to Pakistan and is a ‘Security Shield’ for the country. In its presence, neither America nor India could dare hurt Pakistani security and if they do that China will consider Pakistan’s security as its own security and will foil their designs.”

    The daily opines that “China’s role will be important in extracting coal resources in the Thar and if we utilize our coal resources we will be able to fulfil our energy needs for over 500 years. This will help us not only fulfil our needs but we would be able to export electricity.”

    In its concluding remarks the daily opines that “it is expected that 2011 and 2012 will be historic years for Sino-Pakistan cooperation and Pakistan will overcome its various crises in these two years.”

    Ideologically divided Pakistan heading towards anarchy: Shafqat Mehmood, opinion, Jang, January 8, 2011

    In an effort to analyse the responses and reactions to the Punjab governor Salman Tasir’s assassination, Columnist Shafqat Mehmood writes in Jang Urdu daily that “people are expressing their grief by burning tiers on the roads of Lahore. The lawyers are showering flowers on his assassin…. Hundreds of Ulemas (religious leaders) have not only welcomed his assassination but has termed participation in his last rites anti-Islamic. The Chief of Jamaet-e-Islami says the killed is himself responsible for his killing.”

    Mehmood says that this kind of thinking will lead to an anarchic situation in Pakistan and asserts that the internal division is attributable to the divide in the country’s educational system. He observes that the syllabus in government schools and the religious Madersas are different from that of elite and private schools. There is no commonality between the two, which leads to the emergence of two different kinds of thinking in Pakistani society as a result of which Pakistan is becoming a “disintegrated society”. He opines that the difference between Salaman Tasir and Mumtaz Qadri is not that of position and wealth but is of two opposing mindsets. This has divided the entire nation and has sowed seeds of doubt and hatred among the different regional and linguistic groups against each other, which often manifests in the form of violence in cities with mixed populations. The columnist suggests that to overcome this “societal divide” Pakistan needs to change its divided educational system and should focus on a syllabus in its schools and Madersas that have a correlation with each other.