Pakistan Urdu Press: June 22-28, 2009
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  • Nawa-e-Waqt, Editorial (Excerpt), June 22, 2009
    Obama should help implement UN resolution on Kashmir
    Commenting on Barack Obama’s interview to a private TV channel in which he has said that the US will not mediate between India and Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir issue but will help both the countries in solving the problem, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial (June 22, 2009) says that instead of helping the two countries he should insist that India implement UN resolutions on Kashmir. It urges the Pakistani government to press the US administration for supporting Kashmiri people’s right of self determination. The editorial says that the government should inform the US that until the Kashmir issue is resolved, India remains our enemy and there will be no trade and normalization of relations with it. The paper also suggests the US government “abandon its diabolic policy on Kashmir and support Pakistan’s just stand and compel India to withdraw troops from Jammu and Kashmir” so that a plebiscite is conducted under UN supervision. The editorial says that resolution of Kashmir the issue through a referendum is the only solution for the cessation of hostilities in the subcontinent.
    Nawa-e-Waqt , Editorial (Excerpt), June 22, 2009
    Government should address deprivation of Balochistan
    Quoting an unknown report published in Singapore’s Asia Times, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu Daily in its editorial (22 June 23, 2009) says that the report reveals that Balochistan Liberation Army was created by Russian and Indian Intelligence Agencies. The editorial says “according to the report the defense strategy by Pakistan and its allies stunned the super power -- the USSR—which had invaded Afghanistan. As a counter strategy the USSR created BLA to weaken Pakistan internally.” The editorial quotes the report as saying that RAW has taken responsibility for providing training and ammunition for destructive activities in Pakistan.
    The newspaper says that after the mysterious death of Nawab Akbar Bugti, India--our traditional enemy is using his grandson Brahmdar Bugti to achieve its goals. The paper suggests the Pakistani government to develop a political vision for Balochistan and address the issue of their deprivation so that they do not get influenced by BLA’s negative propaganda.  

    Khabrein, report, June 23, 2009
    Militants have again started patrolling in Swat
    The militants have again started patrolling in Swat, reported Khabrein Urdu Daily. The militants started their patrolling in Kalil Kundao and Gokund areas of Swat and kidnapped one sub inspector and his son. It may be noted that the government has declared 95 % of Swat cleared from insurgents and claimed it killed more than 400 militants. 

    Nawa-e-Waqt, report, June 23, 2009
    Mujahideen would use Pakistani nuclear bomb against the US: Al Qaeda
    Mustafa Abu Al-Yazeed, Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan has said that nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the Mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily, quoting Al Jazeera TV reported. He said that he is hopeful that Pakistani forces would be defeated in Swat. He also said that Osama and Al Zawahiri are alive and are away from the reach of enemies.

    Nawae Waqt ,Report, June 23, 2009
    Suicide forbidden in Islam, can be considered as option against US: Jamat-e Islami
    Chief of Jamat-e-Islami (Punjab Province) Syed Wasim Akhtar has said that suicide attacks are forbidden in Islam but since US forces are responsible for destruction in Pakistan and Afghanistan, suicide attacks against the US military and its installation can be considered an option, reported Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily.

    Nawa-e-Waqt , Report, June 23, 2009
    Punjab should be divided into five smaller provinces: Jamat-e Islami
    Chief of Jamat-e-Islami (Punjab Province) Syed Wasim Akhtar has said that since the country’s population has increased, there is a need for carving out new provinces and Units. He said that Punjab should be divided into five new provinces so that the resources could be spent on five provincial capitals instead of Lahore and that would help utilize distribution of resources in a better way. He, however, said that he is against the formation of Saraeki province as Ahmad Mehmood who raised this demand once wanted to become Chief Minister of Punjab and since it is not possible for him to become the CM in the future, he is demanding a separate Saraeki region from Punjab.

    Express, Report, June 23, 2009
    Pakistan to take necessary step for release of its civilians in foreign jails
    The government has instructed its embassy and missions abroad to collect data about Pakistanis languishing in different jails and take necessary steps for their release. However it has not issued any instruction about those who had been found guilty in cases of terrorism and smuggling, reported Express Urdu Daily. The global foundation- -an organization working for prisoners—has reported that all together 7934 Pakistani are in different jails in 51 countries. Majority of them-- 5237 are in Saudi Arabia while India has 472 Pakistani prisoners in 31 jails.

    Express, Report, June 23, 2009
    Indian and Israeli intelligence services involved in Waziristan: report
    The military and security agencies have provided some irrefutable evidence to the government regarding Indian and Israeli intelligence services involvement in providing arms and financial assistance to insurgents in South Waziristan, Malakand and Balochistan, Urdu daily Express reported. The daily quotes sources as saying that most of the officials in Indian Consulates in Afghanistan are from RAW and they have evidence of their meetings with Maulana Fazlullah and Beitullah Mehsud. The military leadership has provided some evidence to the US Central Command and has been stressing that India should either close down these Consulates or should stop their use against Pakistan. 

    Jang, report, June 24, 2009
    Pak Supreme Court rejects Sarabjeet’s review petition
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court has rejected the review appeal filed by Sarabjeet Singh against his death sentence, Jang Urdu daily reported. The report says that Sarabjeet’s lawyer did not turn up in the Court for the second time in a row and the Court after a short hearing rejected all the three appeals filed in the apex court.

    Jang Urdu Daily, report, June 24, 2009
    MLAs from Southern Punjab demand creation of a new state
    A pandemonium was witnessed in Punjab legislative assembly when MLAs from Punjab’s Southern region irrespective of their political affiliations demanded creation of a new state, reported Jang Urdu Daily. The situation was created when Akhtar Hussain Gorchani MLA from Rajanpur, protested in the assembly over discrimination with South Punjab in budget allocation. A senior MLA, Syed Nazim Hussain Shah narrating the history of Multan said that it had been a province and had never been a district.  However the government outrightly rejected the demand.

    Jang Urdu Daily, report, June 24, 2009
    Zainuddin Mehsud killed, Misbahuddin appointed successor
     Qari Zainuddin Mehsud—the arch rival of Beitullah Mehsud-- was killed (on June 23, 2009) in an indiscriminate firing by Gulbuddin Mehsud while one of Zainudin’s associate was injured, Jang Daily reported. According to the reports, Zainuddin has announced a general clemency for those who defect from Beitullah Mehsud and join his group. In the guise of meeting Zainuddin for joining the group, Gulbuddin an associate visited his residence on Tuesday morning and opened fire on Zainuddin and one of his colleagues. Meanwhile a Shoura met after the death of Zainuddin and appointed his brother Misbahuddin alias Toofan Mehsud his successor and leader of Taliban’s Abdullah Mehsud group which supports the Pakistani government’s operation against Beitullah Mehsud.

    Jang, Column, June 24, 2009
    Obama’s proposal for better relations with Muslim world ‘a soother coated with honey’: AQ Khan
    Commenting upon Obama’s address to Muslims from Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan in his opinion column in Jang Urdu daily equates his speech with “Sweet pills and Sour lemon”.
     Regarding the proposal by President Obama for better relations with Muslim nations, he terms it as nothing more than “a soother coated with honey”. He says the US and its journalists would continue spitting venom against Iran and Pakistan’s nuclear programme.
    Equating Obama’s position with two Muslim Presidents and two Muslim Vice Presidents in India, Khan says that Obama will not achieve any thing despite his speeches and intentions as the establishment in the US is very strong and controlled by the Jewish lobby. The lobby will not allow him to work on his agenda and pursue his slogan “Change-we believe in”.

    Nawae Waqt , editorial, June 24, 2009
    Crush your begging bowl
    Commenting on President Zardari’s recent opinion column in the Washington Post in which he says Pakistan has lost more soldiers than all the countries of NATO in the fight against the Taliban, the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial (June 24, 2009) says that when he realizes that Pakistan has lost more lives then what compels it to remain an ally in the war? And since the US is not satisfied with Pakistan’s efforts and asks more in return for a small amount, it would be better that “we crush our begging bowl” and throw their money on their face that comes to us at the cost of our sovereignty and national integrity. The editorial suggests the government make the US aware of the fact that without withdrawal of its forces from the region, peace can not be achieved.

    Express, Opinion column, June 24, 2009
    We should learn from Mullah Umar’s mistakes
    Columnist Chaudhry Latif in his opinion article in the Express Urdu daily (June 24, 2009) says that the present problem in Pakistan started on the day when Mulla Umar sent back a Pakistani delegation led by ISI director General Mehmood Ahmad. The Columnist makes a startling revelation about the delegation which met Umar in the back drop of 9/11. Quoting an unnamed person from the delegation he says that the delegation when asked to hand over Osama bin Laden to the US, Umar replied that “We did not see any non-Sharia act in Osama and the crime of 9/11 has not been proved against him. He is our guest and it is against the tradition of Afghanistan to hand over a guest.” The columnist also quotes Mullah Umar for giving two options to the delegation. He should either be handed over to the Saudi government or Pakistan should take him in its protection. The delegation did not agree to these proposals and the talks failed.
    The columnist says that what happened to Afghanistan after that is known to every one. Now Pakistan is also at the cross roads. We have to choose which path we should opt for and learn from Mullah Umar’s mistakes.
    As regards to the ongoing operation he says, some time states take some cruel action to maintain its unity and sovereignty and the present operation is not unique. India has crushed the Sikh rebellion, Turkey did it with Kurds, Sri Lanka did it against LTTE. He says some disease can not be tackled through herbs, it needs surgery. The same kind of surgery is needed to root out the insurgency.

    Jang Urdu Daily, report, June 25, 2009
    57 PAF officials found involved in crimes, 5 gets capital punishment

    57 officials of Pak Air Force have been arrested over the last two years for their contacts with terrorists and extremists and many of them have been court martialed while one of the PAF’s senior official is still absconding, reported Jang Urdu Daily. The report says during an interrogation with an arrested person Mushtaq, officials arrested 57 PAF officials from Kamru, Lahore, Sargodha, Miyanwali and Karachi air bases. Among the 57 almost 26 has been court marshaled and have been awarded imprisonment for 3 to 17 years.
      Among the 26, six were found guilty for serious crimes and have been awarded death sentence. Those awaiting gallows are Karamdin, Khalid (Senior technicians). Nawazish, (Car pool technician), Neyaz, Nasrullah and Adnan (junior technicians). Sources say, Car Pool engineer Amir Nasrullah is still at large. PAF spokesperson Waqar Zafeer told Geo-News that two years ago these arrests were made and now action has been taken as per the law.

    Jang, report, June 25, 2009
    Pakistan will not handover Saeed to India: Rahman Malik
    Reacting to India’s statement that it will approach Interpol for the arrest of 25 people involved in Mumbai attack, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rahman Malik has said that it will not handover Hafiz Saeed and his aides to India, Jang Urdu Daily reported. He said that Pakistan will take an action against those involved if given credible evidence against them.

    The Express Urdu Daily adds
    Malik said we are not handing over any one to India but will consider if a request comes from Interpol.
    (  accessed on June 25, 2009.
    Jang, Editorial, June 25, 2009
    Save Mulla fazlullah and Beitullah Meshsud
    In an opinion Column in Jang Urdu Daily (June 25, 2009), Columnist Nazir Naji opines that Pakistan should try to save the leadership of armed groups including Mulla fazlullah and Beitullah Meshsud. He argues that if their commanders are eliminated one by one then the unguided armed terrorists would be divided into criminal groups which would be more dangerous for the administration and the people. He says the Pakistani government may be trying to secure leadership of armed groups and if it is not doing so it should try to do that. He opines that the leaders are the only influential power who can help enforce peace after an agreement with the government.
    Further , he opines that US may be pushing Pakistan in an entrapment of guerilla war as part of its strategy and says he believes that the armed terrorist groups in Pakistan have not taken its form on its own but have been created and strengthened and organized under a strategic plan. He says India’s involvement in Afghanistan is not hidden with the US and if it is silent on that, it can not be without a reason. Both the US and India are strategic partners and are working on a long term plan and want to create a regional power balance in India’s favour by pushing Pakistan to concentrate its defense force only on its north-west.

    Nawa-e-Waqt, Editorial (excerpt), June 23, 2009
    Zardari should learn from his father in law: Nawa-e-Waqt
    Launching a scathing attack on Zardari regarding his recent remark that Pakistan does not consider India a military threat the Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu Daily in its editorial asks Zardari that if it is not a threat to the country then why did it acquired nuclear capabilities and sophisticated weapons. The daily asks Zardari that if these weapons are not against Pakistan, is it against Bhutan or Nepal?. Reminding Zardari about his father in law Zuklfiqar Ali Bhutto who said he will fight India for thousand years, the newspaper says that he should learn from him whose mission was to make the nation stronger so that no one cast evil eyes on Pakistan.

    Khabrein, Editorial, June 26, 2009
    Take strong stand against drone attacks
    In the backdrop of a drone attack on a funeral prayer in Balochistan in which 75 people were reportedly killed, the Khabrein Urdu daily in its editorial ( June 26, 2009) has advised the government to take strong stand against these attacks. The daily says that few months back the news that Drone attacks are executed from a place in Balochistan stunned the Pakistanis. Later a foreign wire service reported that the US and Pakistan have agreed that the Pakistani government would launch a verbal protest and will not do any thing. The editorial says that the present situation confirm these reports.
    The editorial suggests the government to shoot down the drone and reminds Chief of Air Staff Rao Suleiman Qamar once stated that Pakistan has capability to intercept the drone. The second suggestion it gives is to raise the issue at international fora against this US aggression hoping that the EU which according to the paper has voiced concern about the attack, will support the government. In lieu of the conclusion, the editorial says that the time has come for the government to take a clear stand against drone attacks.

    The Express, Urdu Daily, Editorial, June 26, 2009
    India will turn our land into desert
    The Express Urdu daily in its editorial (June 26, 2009) criticizes India for checking the flow of water into Pakistani territory. It says that if India continued doing so, our land will become barren and we would have to depend on food imports. Quoting media reports the editorial says that Pakistan has confirmed that it has asked for compensation from India for blocking its share of water which the later turned down. However, the Pakistani government has declined to reveal its future strategy, the paper says. It says if the government maintained silence over the issue it would have to bear irreparable damage. It argues that it is obligatory on the part of Pakistan to raise the issue in international forum to pressurize India. If the government of Pakistan does not take a bold stand, India will turn our land into desert.

    Opinion Column, Jang Urdu daily, June 26, 2009
    Recruit Swat migrants into police, administration: Commander (R) Jameel Ahmad
    In an opinion Column in Jang Urdu daily Commander (R) Jameel Ahmad questions governments’ actions which resulted in an exodus of 3 million people from their home. He says instead of an operation, the local people could have been used to control a few thousands terrorists by deploying them in paramilitary forces. Intelligence and police since they were local and knew the situation better. This step could have helped government to regain its writ.
    He suggests the government recruit the migrants of Swat who are in the age group of 18-30 in police and administration who will help them restore peace and will help the government in the rehabilitation process.