Pakistan Urdu Press: July 20-26, 2009
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  • Nawae Waqt, editorial, July 21, 2009
    Don’t issue statements sitting in India, present evidence through diplomatic channel, Nawa-e-Waqt advises Clinton
    Commenting on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remark in a TV interview in which she said that the perpetrators of the 9/11 and Mumbai terrorist attacks are in Pakistan, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial says that this kind of remark by the US Secretary of State hints at a new strategy to entrap Pakistan. The newspaper says that though the Spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has termed this allegation baseless, the issue should be taken seriously. A response on this issue must come from the President, Prime Minister or at least from the Foreign Minister. The paper suggests that the Pakistani government should lodge a protest against the US. The paper adds there could be “a new strategy to besiege the country by the US-India-Israel ‘Satanic Trilateral’.” The paper says that if the US has any evidence of those involved in 9/11 are hiding in Pakistan, then it should present evidence through diplomatic channels. The paper adds that instead she is making these statements sitting in India to please its ruling class.

    Nawa-e-Waqt, editorial, July 22, 2009
    US prefers India over Pakistan for its strategy in the region: Nawa-e-Waqt
    Commenting on the agreement between the US and India during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent visit to New Delhi, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial says that the US has agreed to provide 126 fighter aircraft, satellites and two atomic reactors. The newspaper says that the Pakistani government has always ignored the US-India strategic partnership noting that the US is Pakistan’s ally though it wants to maintain cordial relations with India. The paper opines that non-inclusion of Pakistan in the itinerary of US Secretary of State’s South Asia visit is enough to draw a conclusion that the kind of balance the US has maintained in its relations with India and Pakistan, no longer exists and it prefers India over Pakistan for its regional priorities. The newspaper opines that the defense agreement is totally against Pakistan and is reflective of US’s anti-Pakistan strategy and our Generals and leadership should take this development seriously.

    Jang, Opinion, July 22, 2009
    Pakistan can overcome its linguistic and ethnic challenges by creating new states: Nazeer Laghari
    Arguing for the creation of new states in Pakistan, Columnist Nazeer Laghari in Jang Urdu Daily opines that Pakistan has been an undefined federation since its inception. When India was creating new states to resolve its ethnic and linguistic disputes, Pakistan was trying to create “one Unit” and ethnic languages were termed as extinct. By announcing that Pashtu, Potuhari, Bengali, Seraiki, Hindku, Sheena, Broshiski have become extinct, our non-visionary leaders were hollowing our roots. Laghari suggests that the present challenges to the country can be addressed by creating provinces of Sareki, Potuhar, Hindku and Northern Areas. The columnist argues that if in India, a state such as Goa with a territory of 363 Square Kilometers can be made a state why cannot Pakistan create a few more provinces.

    Daily Pakistan, editorial, July 22, 2009
    By empowering India, US generating security concerns for Pakistan: Daily Pakistan
    Commenting upon recently concluded Indo-US defence agreement during the US Secretary of States visit to India, Daily Pakistan in its editorial writes that the agreement is aimed at creating a power balance in favour of India especially against China and Pakistan. The newspaper says that the US should not forget that by empowering India with weapons and defence equipment, it is generating security concerns for Pakistan and other countries in the region. This may generate resentment against the US among the countries in the region.

    Aidatal, Opinion, July 22, 2009
    Clinton’s remarks on perpetrators of 9/11 being in Pakistan, should be taken seriously, opines Nazeer Naji
    Criticizing the comments made by the US secretary of States in New Delhi in which she said that the perpetrators of 9/11 are in Pakistan, columnist Nazir Naji in an opinion column in Aitadal Urdu daily, says that her comments has some meaning. Naji opines that the US Congress and the UN has given nod for an aggression on Afghanistan considering that the perpetrators of 9/11 were hiding in that country. The columnist asks that whether that authorization is still effective?

    Khabrein, Opinion, July 23, 2009
    Without addressing Kashmir issue, relations between India and Pakistan will remain vulnerable: Maleeha Lodhi
    Against the backdrop of Indo-Pakistan joint statement former Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi makes three sets of proposals for a “meaningful and result oriented dialogue.” In an opinion Column in Khabrein Urdu daily she writes that “for a meaningful, result-oriented process the dialogue will eventually have to be pursued in three related but separate tracks. First, sticking on the formal composite dialogue process initiated 12 years ago”. She says creating a new framework, therefore, will have no benefit as there are “risks that we will lose whatever we have achieved through the talks.”
    Lodhi identifies back channel as second track and says that “the second track is the back channel to enable serious negotiations on the Kashmir dispute. There is no getting away from the core issue even as Delhi has used the Mumbai attack to further de-legitimise the Kashmiri resistance. But this approach hasn’t prevented renewed protests across the Valley against India’s rule.” However, she says that “addressing terrorism is important, but to pretend that terrorism is the only source of troubled Pakistan-India relations is to wilfully ignore the reality that violence is a consequence and not the cause of the long festering issue of Kashmir.” She adds that “unless the dialogue between the two countries is able to address the Kashmir issue, relations will remain vulnerable to a relapse into tensions, even confrontation.”
    Regarding the third aspect, she says that “the third aspect of the future negotiations relates to issues that have poisoned relations in recent years. Many of these have strategic implications and did surface during the talks in Egypt. They include Islamabad’s serious concerns about the role of the Indian consulates in Afghanistan, especially in fomenting destabilisation in Balochistan, as well as Delhi’s campaign to malign Pakistan internationally.”
    Welcoming India’s willingness to address Pakistan’s concern on Balochistan, Lodhi says that “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s publicly stated willingness is welcome.” But says that “this needs to be tested in the talks ahead.”

    Jang, editorial, July 24, 2009
    Case against Musharraf may become a landmark event for Pakistan and its democracy: Jang
    Against the backdrop of the Pakistani Supreme Court issuing a notice to former Pakistani President General Musharraf for appearing before the apex court to defend his action to impose the emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, the Jang Urdu daily in its editorial commends the Court and terms this step a historic one. The paper opines that this step by the highest judicial body will serve as a check for any ruler and will create a fear among them that any wrong action by them may become a reason for their prosecution. The paper says that this is an important step as the dictator has to defend himself about his past acts.
    The paper adds that the peoples struggle for the restoration of the judiciary proves that they remain always committed for justice. It may be hoped that the case under trial will become a landmark event for Pakistan and its democracy and will instill hope among the masses for a better future ahead.

    Ausaf Urdu Daily, opinion Column, July 24, 2009
    Muslims and Chinese have one future: Professor Mohiuddin
    In an opinion Column on violence in Xinjiang, Professor Mohiuddin in Ausaf Urdu Daily opines that “eruption of anger among the Uighur Muslims which resulted in communal clashes is an unfortunate incident”. He says China has better relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Sino-Pakistan friendly relations guarantee regional security. He says, “seen from this perspective Muslims and Chinese have one future”. Mohiuddin says that “we wonder why Uighur Muslims cannot see this aspect of the Chinese central government’s foreign policy? We appeal to Rabia Qadeer , the leader of Uighur Muslims in America, to review her aggressive policy and should not let the issue of ethnic disputes with the Han become as complex as Tibet.”
    Turning his anger towards India, the Columnist says that the Sino-Pakistan friendship has been always intolerable for India. India has always tried to destroy Pakistan’s better relations with China. He says following the clashes between Uighur Muslims and local Han, Indian media is blowing the issue out of proportion, so that relations between Pakistan and China gets weakened and Sino-Pak strategic and defence cooperation is also worsened in the name of Uighur Muslims.  He says China has a mature policy and will ignore the propaganda of the Indian media to weaken Sino-Pak relations. 
    In conclusion, he says “we assure China that Pakistan’s soil will not be used against it” and adds that “China should be careful about India’s designs which is busy taking all kind of help to besiege it.”