Pakistan Urdu Press: July 13-19, 2009
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  • Editorial, Ausaf Urdu Daily July 14, 2009
    China may teach a lesson to India if it’s provoked: Ausaf
    Commenting on a report tabled in the Indian Parliament, the Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial says that the “Indian Defence Ministry has tabled a report in parliament which expresses concern that China because of its internal problems and financial crisis may attack India in 2012”
    The editorial opines that the US wants to entrap China, and India is its ally. But America’s sinister design cannot succeed until Pakistan allows it to besiege China which it can not do because it is China’s best friend. China also knows about this conspiracy which is being hatched to stop it from becoming a world superpower but it is in no mood to ruffle any one. The paper however, opines that if “China is provoked further it may take action to teach India a lesson so that it forgets 1962.”

    Editorial, Jang Urdu Daily, July 16, 2009
    Tell India, Kashmir problem is not about sovereignty over a piece of land: Jang
    Ahead of Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers meeting on the sidelines of the NAM summit in Sharm el Sheikh, the Jang Urdu daily in its editorial opined that the world community should play its role to make the dialogue result oriented so that a durable peace in the region can be achieved. The newspaper further opines that a deadlock in the dialogue process encourages anti-peace elements and advises Prime Minister Geelani that he should try to bring this fact to the notice of not only Indian Prime Minister but also to other heads of states at Sharm el Sheikh. The newspaper says that Pakistan should ask for political, diplomatic and financial support from leaders in its war on terrorism
    In regard to the Kashmir issue, the newspaper opines that “Indian leadership should be told that the Kashmir problem is not about sovereignty over a piece of land, it belongs to millions of people who have been deprived of their right to self determination and other basic necessities”. The newspaper says that “India can not hide its eight lakh troops in occupied Kashmir from world and oppress them from raising their voice against discrimination”.
    The newspaper opines that by resolving the Kashmir issue, a lasting peace can be achieved in the region and a delay in the process could make other issues captive to security issues and will cause the wastage of resources that could other wise can be allocated for the progress and development of the people.
    The newspaper says that the “Indian leadership should also understand this fact that the situation now is different form 1971 armed rebellion under Indian leadership in Eastern Pakistan. Those who had challenged the writ of the government in Swat have been quelled by Pakistani forces and other areas will be brought under control soon.” The paper adds that India should know that any instability in Pakistan will also affect India’s stability.

    Express Urdu daily, Editorial, July 16, 2009
    Rocket attacks on Peshawar aimed at generating fear consciousness among people: Express
    Condemning recent rocket attacks on Peshawar, the Express Urdu daily in its editorial says that media reports suggest these attacks were executed by “unknown persons” but it in reality these are those people who had kept people captive in Swat and other places. The paper opines that these attacks are aimed at creating pressure on the government and generating fear among the displaced people who want to return home. The paper adds that the government says the “destructionists” have become weak but we should not be complacent. The government should strengthen the security so that the miscreants can be wiped out.

    Jinnah Urdu Daily, editorial, July 16, 2009.
    Talks with India at the cost of leaving aside Kashmir and water problem will yield no result: Jinnah Urdu daily
    Commenting on the non-inclusion of the Kashmir issue in the NAM declaration, the Jinnah Urdu daily in its editorial says that there is no problem of having talks with India but not at the cost of putting aside the Kashmir issue and water related problems. The newspaper opines that even if the Kashmir issue is not included in NAM’s declaration, no one stops Pakistani Prime Minister raising the issue at the Sharm el Sheikh so that pressure could be created from the international community to resolve these issues. The newspaper opines that having a dialogue with India without discussing these issues can only please America but can not produce a result.

    Jang Urdu Daily, Editorial, July 18, 2009
    In reality, there is no change in Indian stand: Jang
    Commenting on the recently held talks between Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers on the sidelines of the NAM summit, the Jang daily in its editorial says that “the statements by both the Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers at NAM summit in Sherm El Sheikh is reflective of the fact that both the countries are firm on their stated positions and if they continued on their positions, it will not be possible to resume the dialogue process snapped after the Mumbai attack.”
    The paper further says that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was insisting on linking Pakistan’s credible action against terrorism as a prerequisite for the resumption of the dialogue process so firmly that there seems to be no chance of making headway in their relationship. Breaking the deadlock both Prime Ministers had a closed door meeting, as a result of which they agreed to resume the dialogue process on all outstanding issues and said that the action against terrorism will be not be held “hostage” to the dialogue process. Political analysts were stunned to notice the change as the same Prime Minister who had told Zardari (at Yakhterinburg) that his mandate was limited to telling him that Pakistan should not let terrorists use its territory against India. Rather analysts maintain that “it is his obligation to talk with Pakistan”.
    The newspaper however, opines that the change in Indian statements has come at a time when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting the country and “the Indian leadership felt that it could avoid a possible humiliation in front of a responsible leadership from Washington”.
    The paper noted “in reality there has been no change in the Indian stand which is evident from the fact that the declaration adopted after three hours of marathon meetings has not mentioned a time frame for the dialogue process and the two sides have not evolved any mechanism.” The paper further opines that no mention of the Kashmir issue in the statement suggests that India continues with its delaying tactics and pays lip service to convince international leaders that it is resuming talks but as time passes, New Delhi goes back to its earlier position and looks for an excuse to snap the dialogue process.
    The paper says Kashmir is the key issue in Indo-Pak relations as it is an incomplete agenda of the division of India and needs resolution urgently because both countries are now part of an atomic club and in any military clash in the future and the use of atomic weapons then no body would be left to celebrate the victory. Drawing comparison between East Timor and Kashmir the newspaper says that if the world community can swing into action to liberate East Timor, why is it not pressuring India to resolve Kashmir problem.
    Lavishing praise on Yousuf Raza Geelani the paper says that “the way Prime Minister has showed the picture to India of its interventions in Balochistan and other border areas is commendable”. But at the same time warns that they should not take the statement at its face value and should try to understand Indian intentions since the Indian Prime Minister also made a statement that India will not talk with Pakistan until it takes action against those involved in the Mumbai attacks. The paper concludes with a suggestion that sooner the people in the Pakistani establishment understand India’s delaying tactics the better.

    Jang Urdu Daily, Opinion Column, July 18, 2009
    PAF was prepared for a retaliatory strike after Mumbai attacks: Nazeer Naji
    Chances seem bleak for an immediate improvement in Indo-Pak relations which is full of distrust, doubts and uncertainty, opines Columnist Nazeer Naji in an opinion column in the Jang Urdu Daily. He says that because of the size and importance of India, the international community has forgotten the central issue of Kashmir which has endured for over 60 years. He says that because of the incapability and ineptness of Pakistani leaders, any negative incident takes place Pakistan is forced to cop the blame. He says that the benefit of prolonging a disputed issue works in favour of the occupant party and opines that this is the reason why India does not want a meaningful dialogue on Kashmir and wants to delay a resolution of the issue. Naji says that India tries to deceive the international community by announcing a resumption of the dialogue and searches for an excuse and suspends talks and thus gains respite for four to five years. He says that we are paying the price of Pakistani Generals’ political immaturity and India’s seasoned politicians have benefited from the situation.
    In a startling revelation he says that Pakistan was ready to use nuclear weapon against India after a possible surgical strike by the IAF. He reiterates that “whatever I am writing is not speculation but a fact”. He writes:
    “Following the terrorist attack in Mumbai, the Indian Air Force was told to come into action, a plan for a surgical strike was approved and was sent to Operation HQ. But before the IAF could swing into action, Pakistan knew about the plans. Barely four hours after receiving the information the PAF was also prepared for a retaliatory attack. Almost all Pakistani defence experts agree with the fact that if a war takes place this time it would be an open war… In this war Pakistan’s destruction is sure. However, Pakistan’s retaliation will be based on the fact that we are going to be destroyed but we should destroy our enemy as much as we can”.
    On the issue of tackling Pakistani terrorists, Naji says that India and the world should realize the fact that the terrorists no longer remain in Pakistan’s control. They are now Pakistan’s enemy as well, as some of the militants believe that Pakistan is not sincere in its commitment to Kashmir and adopts a dithering approach. Pakistan has conceded the issue to India. Naji says the recent attacks in Pakistani cities are a result of its recent policy on Kashmir.
    Naji further opines that no government in Pakistan is in a position to assure India of its demand to tackle terrorists. He says that no government in Pakistan has the capability to eliminate the terrorists and says that those executing terrorism in the name of Kashmir inside and outside Pakistan can only be satisfied when an acceptable solution to the Kashmir is reached. He says that by delaying the composite dialogue process India is encouraging terrorist forces which are already working against it.
    He reiterates that they (terrorist organizations) are neither under the control of Pakistan’s military nor the ISI. They have established links with Taliban and Al-qaeda. They have become so strong that they do not need Pakistan’s support and Pakistan can not stop them. The only way to stop them is the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Until the Kashmir issue is not resolved, terrorism will grow and whenever terrorist attacks (against India) take place, India may be forced to trigger the nuclear button.