Pakistan Urdu Press: November 3-16, 2009
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  • Ummat, Editorial, November 10, 2009

    The New Yorker’s propaganda against Pakistan’s unsafe nuclear weapon is aimed at preparing ground to control the country’s nukes: Ummat

    Revelations by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker that Pakistan has provided information to the US about the whereabouts of its nuclear weapons and command and control system has generated a debate in the Pakistani media. Commenting on the report an Ummat editorial says that “there is no doubt in the fact that the US’ presence in the region apart from other reasons is aimed at keeping an eye on Pakistan’s nuclear programme.” The editorial identifies various reasons for the “recent propaganda by the US press and intelligence.” The paper says that this propaganda is aimed at creating fissures between the government and people by spreading false rumours among the people that their nuclear arsenal is unsafe, thereby allowing the US to claim that they have secured Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

    Khabrein, Editorial, November 10, 2009

    New Yorker’s report aimed at creating misperception about Pakistan military: Khabrein

    The Khabrein Urdu daily quotes the New Yorker as saying that the Obama administration is negotiating with the Pakistan military to secure its nuclear assets. The US will provide specially trained units in the event of an imminent threat. The daily also quotes the report as saying that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons face no threat from the Taliban, but from extremists within the Pakistan military. In this context, the editorial says that if this report is part of a propaganda campaign to sow misperception among the people about the Pakistan military, the country’s authorities should dismiss the report and clear their stand so that no schism is created between the Pakistani people and the army.

    Ausaf, Editorial, November 11, 2009

    Delhi has provided basis for warmer Beijing-Islamabad relations: Ausaf

    The Ausaf Urdu daily in an editorial quotes India’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) Brajesh Mishra as saying that China wants to play a bigger role in the region and Beijing and Islamabad will jointly work in the future to minimize India’s influence. Commenting on his remarks, the daily wrote that “the Chinese government and people have offered lots of sacrifices to become an economic tiger and if the US and India try to harm it, they will be punished.” The paper further says that “China’s substantial progress has become a cause for concern for India as it is a big hurdle for its ambition to become a South Asian economic and military super power and the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement needs to be seen in that context.” The editorial opines that “we understand the concerns of the former Indian NSA are not baseless…but if the Indians feel that in the future there would be closer relations between Islamabad and Beijing then there is a solid basis for that and that basis was provided none other than by New Delhi.” The editorial cautions New Delhi that “if India wants to save itself from a bigger shock, it should desist from conspiracies.”

    Millat, Editorial, November 12, 2009

    Military leadership should take initiative to provide security in cities: Millat

    Against the backdrop of a suicide attack at Charsadda in NWFP in which 34 people were killed and 70 others wounded, the Ummat Urdu daily in an editorial writes that “according to some figures during the recent wave of terrorist attacks, 2,500 innocent people have been killed. No one can predict when this killing and destruction of national resources would end. The government which is responsible for controlling these atrocities has paid little attention and their effort has been to satisfy the US to get aid.”

    Criticizing Prime Minister Geelani’s statement in the National assembly in this regard, the daily says that “the people do not see courage in their leaders in dealing with the menace and there is a general perception among the public that their leaders issue these remarks sitting in their castles.”

    The editorial further notes that the Pakistan military is committed to work under the leadership of the civilian government and asks why the public should repose confidence in the political leadership to protect their lives and property. The daily in this context requests the military leadership to take decisions using its expertise on operational issues in the tribal areas and security in Pakistan’s biggest cities.