Pakistan Urdu Press: June 15-21, 2009
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  • Nawae Waqt, June 15/06/09, Editorial (Excerpts)
    Troops withdrawal announcement an eyewash
    Commenting on Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s assurance that troops would be gradually withdrawn from inhabited areas of Kashmir, the Urdu Daily Nawae Waqt in its editorial (June 14, 2009) says that this statement is aimed at calming down the resentment among the people over the rape and death of two Muslim women by one Indian soldier. The newspaper says that the Indian authorities have also made such assurances in the past but have never acted.
    The newspaper opines that until India announces implementation of UN resolution on Kashmir and allows a referendum to be conducted there, the limited withdrawal of forces would not help. It added that this announcement is just an eyewash to the international community.

    Nawae Waqt, June 15/06/09, Editorial (Excerpts)
    Accepting Kerry-Loggard Bills conditions would amount to losing sovereignty
    Commenting on the adoption of Karry-Loggard Bill by the US House of Representatives with the caveat that continuance of financial assistance would depend on Pakistan’s result oriented performance in the war against terrorism, the Nawae Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial (14 June 2009) opines that accepting these conditions is similar to making Pakistan “a US colony”. The editorial suggests throwing the amount back on “US face” to maintain Pakistan’s sovereignty.

    Jang Urdu Daily, Opinion Column, June 15, 2009
    Brailvi-Deobandi clashes can push Pakistan towards Iraq like situation
    Commenting on the issue of killing of spiritual leader Mufti Sarfaraz Ahmad Naimi, an outspoken critic of the Taliban, Columnist Ansar Abbasi opines in Jang Urdu Daily ( June 15, 2009) that this is not only an assassination of a religious leader but a conspiracy to push Pakistan to another communal clash. Abbasi says that Dr. Mufti Naimi’s killing is an effort to sow the seed of hatred among the people and could create an Iraq like situation pushing the country into a civil war so that it becomes easy to divide Pakistan and control its nuclear weapons. He says that before Shia- Sunny clashes could have been controlled, efforts are being made to create a situation where Deobandi and Brailvi clash with each other.

    Jung Urdu Daily, Editorial, 16 June 2009
    Think before opening up new fronts
    The Jung Urdu daily in its editorial (June 16, 2009) has advised the government not to open a new front and try to gain the complete writ over the areas where military operation continues. The newspaper opines that a decision made in a hurry will help the extremists regroup themselves and thus the broadening of the operation will add to other problems and challenges to the government, which is already finding it difficult to rehabilitate the people. The paper says if opening up a new front is necessary, the government should deliberate on the issue in parliament and try to take the political parties into confidence.
    The paper has some suggestions for Beitullah Mehsud too. It says that the government has launched the operation against him following the killing of Jamia Naimia’s cleric Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, for which Mehsud has owned the responsibility. The paper says that in the supreme national interest Mehsud should desist from such actions and advises his followers to pressurize him to review his policies and actions.

    Jang Urdu daily, report, June 16, 2009
    Taliban may spread towards India and Gulf nations: Qureishi
    Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi has said that Taliban may spread towards India and Gulf nations, if assistance is not provided to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, the Jang Urdu daily quoting British newspaper Financial Times reported. Qureishi said that the agenda of the extremists is not limited to Pakistan only but they have a regional and an international agenda and they may go to Gulf and India or anywhere else in the world.

    Jang Urdu Daily, report, June 18, 2009
    Beitullah has contacts with India and Israel: Zainuddin Mehsud
    The rival of Beitullah Mehsud, Qari Zainuddin Mehsud has said that Beitullah has contacts with India and Israel and if he is not eliminated the situation in the country may deteriorate further, the Urdu Daily Jang reported today (June 18, 2009). Zainuddin said that after the martyrdom of Abdullah Mehsud, Beitullah formed Tehrike Taliban Pakistan and started waging war inside the country which became a matter of difference between them. However, refuting these comments the Taliban commander in Aurakzai, Hafiz, said that Zainuddin is working on behest of the government and he is not the successor of Abdullah Mehsud and neither has he any relation with the Tehrike Taliban.

    Jang Urdu Daily, Editorial, June 18, 2009
    Parliament should evolve agenda of Indo-Pak talks
    Commenting on the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zardari on the sidelines of the SCO conference in Russia, the Jang daily in its editorial (on June 18, 2009) says that the meeting has created hope of resumption of the suspended peace talks but comments from Indian diplomatic conclaves indicate that it wants to maintain a policy of continuous pressure on Pakistan.
    Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi has said that Manmohan Singh and Asif Ali Zardari will again have one-on-one talk during the Non-Alignment Movement’s summit Conference in Egypt. However, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon in a briefing has outrightly rejected the possibility of resumption of Composite dialogue process between the two countries.
    The newspaper opines that from the statements it seems that India wants to maintain ambiguity over resumption of peace process and at the same time continue the policy of mounting pressure on Pakistan citing Mumbai incident. The sources said that Indian Prime Minister expressed unhappiness over Pakistan’s response to Mumbai incident and release of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed.
    The newspaper says the scenario demands that the government should take Pakistani people into confidence over its foreign policy vis-à-vis India. An entire session of the parliament should be dedicated for a deliberation on this issue and it should review the fact as to why the involvement of Indian Consulates in Afghanistan in destructive activities in Pakistan has not been presented to the international community? Moreover it should also discuss what kind of talks has taken place with New Delhi about the arrest of Indian terrorists inside the country? The newspaper further says that after a threadbare discussion on the Foreign policy issues, parliament should adopt some basic points and the government should take steps and decision in the light of these agreed points.

    Nawae Waqt Urdu daily, Editorial, June 18, 2009
    There was no need for an unscheduled talk with India
    Commenting on the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zardari on the sidelines of the SCO, the Nawae Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial (June 18, 2009) says that there was no need for President Zardari to have held the unscheduled talk since the presence of the two leaders was coincidental. The newspaper says that the meeting was nothing more than a directive (from India) to behave in a good manner. The newspaper says that the people in the country have the right to ask Mr Zardari as to what compelled him to have a talk with an aggressive Prime Minister of an enemy nation.

    Express Urdu daily , Editorial June 18, 2009
    Manmohan –Zardari meeting a welcome Step
    Welcoming the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zardari, the Express Urdu daily in its editorial (June 18, 2009) says that the talk between the two is a positive step to resume the suspended dialogue and hopes that when the two leaders meet next during NAM conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt next month, they will take more steps to bring the relations back on track.
    The editorial further adds that there is no doubt that the Mumbai attack was a heinous crime aimed at sabotaging the efforts to normalize relations in the region. The terrorists not only harmed the composite dialogue process but also efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region and the possibility for a just resolution of Kashmir issue. The newspaper also suggests that the SCO should play its role in resolving problems and restoring peace in the region.
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