Pakistan Urdu Press: September 29 - October 2, 2009
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  • Azkar, editorial, September 29, 2009
    Do not give concession to elements sabotaging Indo-Pak peace process: Azkar
    Against the backdrop of the India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary meeting in New York, the Azkar daily in its editorial writes “it is a fact that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi was in India during the 26/11 Mumbai attack and a major breakthrough was expected when the terrorist attack sabotaged the composite dialogue process”. The newspaper opines that “the agenda of a scheduled talk between Indian and Pakistani Foreign Ministers on November 27, 2008 is not yet known... it may be concluded that the terrorists knew much earlier that the bilateral talks are going to reach its logical conclusion.” Therefore non-state terrorist elements executed this attack before an “acceptable solution of outstanding issues” could be reached between the two countries.
    The newspaper says that the result of 26/11 is known to all as after the passage of 11 months there is no headway in Indo- Pak talks and Mumbai dominates the agenda of their meetings. The paper suggests the government of Pakistan not give concessions to elements which prevent resolution of outstanding disputes and pose a threat to peace and security in the region. The paper reminds everyone that after the 26/11 attacks there were various incidents which could have led to atomic war between the two countries and if these elements are let loose, they may provoke confrontation.
    The paper urges the leadership of both the countries to understand that unnecessary delay of talks provides an opportunity to non-state terrorist elements to intervene and sabotage the composite dialogue process. The paper however says that “while curbing non-state terrorist elements we should not forget other real issues especially the Kashmir problem, because the seed of terrorism is found in the Kashmir dispute and until Kashmir issue is unresolved terrorism will continue to pose challenges to both the countries.”

    Al-Akhbar, editorial, September 29, 2009
    Indo-Pak talks should be held on an equal footing: Al-Akhbar
    Commenting on the recently concluded Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers meeting in New York the Al-Akhbar daily in its editorial says that the talks between Foreign Secretaries and the Foreign Ministers between the two countries could not achieve any result. The daily opines that the deadlock in the peace process between the two countries has left a negative impact on the common people on the one hand and has created an impression at the international level on the other hand that the two countries are “irresponsible states”. The intelligentsia in India also accepts this fact that it has to develop better relations with Pakistan for the kind of regional and international status India wants to achieve and the resolution of the Kashmir issue is the key for betterment of relations, says the paper. The paper, however, suggests that the talks between India and Pakistan should be held on an equal footing and Pakistan should not beg for talks and should only agree for that when India agrees for negotiations.

    Ummat, editorial, September 29, 2009
    Kashmiri leadership’s renunciation of struggle would be irreparable loss for Pakistan: Ummat
    Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of All Party Hurriyat Conference, who spent his young age and all his capabilities for the liberation of Kashmir has said that a formula to convert Line of Control to a permanent boundary has been mapped and the US, India, Pakistan and Mir Waiz group has agreed on that, says Ummat daily in its editorial. The paper also quotes Syed Salahuddin as saying that the Kashmiris are fighting a war for Pakistan’s survival. The paper opines that if the Kashmiri leadership shuns its struggle and accepts India’s servitude they can gain many things materially but it would be an irreparable loss for Pakistan. So it could be said that if a solution of Kashmir is found by prostrating before the US and India, it would amount to treachery with the Kashmiri people and treasonous for Pakistan.    

    Khabrein, Editorial, September 30, 2009
    Pakistan’s failure in convincing friends to synchronize their stand on Kashmir is failure of its foreign Policy: Khabrein
    Commenting on the Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi’s remark on Kashmir during his speech in the UN in which he said that “Kashmir is neither part of India nor Pakistan”, the Khabrein Urdu daily in its editorial says that this statement is against Pakistan’s principled position on Kashmir. The paper question capability of Prime Minister Geelani who met Qaddafi a few days back during the Libyan day celebrations and asked that “can’t he convince Qaddafi on Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir?”. The paper says that “it is the failure of our foreign policy that we, despite being on the “right path” cannot convince our friends to support our stance on Kashmir.
    The paper says that there is no country in the world which could become a guarantor to resolve disputes with India. The world powers do not want to put their trade relations with India at stake and they are party to India’s stand on Kashmir.
    The editorial says that “in the past we experimented doing business with India without resolving Kashmir, which yielded no result. Our allies, who had supported our cause on Kashmir at the cost of enmity with India, thought that if Pakistan can do business with India why can’t they”. The paper further says that with our step to soften border for trade relations, international pressure on India to resolved Kashmir also eased. 
    The paper identifies two main issues- Kashmir and sharing of water resources- as matters without which Indo-Pakistan relations could not be normalized. Khabrein Urdu daily says that the founder of Pakistan has termed Kashmir as its central nerve and India today has tightened its hand on that and has “started destroying us with our valuable resources.” The paper suggests that without resolving the Kashmir issue Pakistan should not promote its relations with India and asks Pakistan to include the Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process to achieve a durable peace in the region.

    Nawae Waqt, Editorial, September 30, 2009
    Merely verbal support on Kashmir will not be enough: Nawae Waqt
    Appreciating President Zardari for extending moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmir cause during his meeting with Mir Waiz Umar Farooq, the Nawa-e-Waqt  Urdu daily says that “Zardari’s support to Hurriyat leader reflects the sentiment of Pakistani people” but at the same time warns that “merely verbal support will not be enough”. It suggests that Pakistan should present the case of Kashmir before the international community and impress upon them to play their role in resolving the Kashmir problem as per UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The paper suggests that until India resolves Kashmir issue, Pakistan should suspend all trade relations with her.
    On the issue of water resources, the paper says that long ago the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah has termed Kashmir as Pakistan’s central nerve. For the first time the Pakistani people understood that the statement when they despite having vast fields and a better canal system felt the shortage of flour and sugar as India has unleashed water terrorism by stopping Pakistan’s share of water by constructing dams in Kashmir. The paper says that Pakistan needs to take immediate steps to check India’s water terrorism otherwise it will turn Pakistan into a desert.

    Jasarat, Editorial, October 1, 2009
    Concerns among people growing over reports of US attack on Quetta: Jasarat
    Media reports regarding the US’s plan to attack Quetta has caused concern among the people in Pakistan and the concern has been aggravated after the silence and ineptness of the Pakistani government and military to stop the drone attacks, says Jasrata Urdu daily in its editorial. The paper writes that Pakistani rulers have accepted the US drone attack as their fate and not a single word of protest is being heard from them as if these areas are not part of Pakistani sovereignty. Seen in this context, “there is wariness that our force and the government will not be able to do anything”, opines the newspaper.

    Azkar, editorial, October 1, 2009
    Gilgit-Baltistan, semi-autonomous status is aimed at creating a new ruling class: Azkar
    Commenting upon the recently announced package for Gilgit and Baltistan, the Azkar Urdu daily says that “a study of the Gilgit-Baltistan package reflects the fact that the federal government has given priority to create a ruling class by announcing to constitute the new provincial authority.” It is clear following the devolution of autonomy, the development projects the area will get, “will benefit only one class and will create a new ruling class in Gilgit-Baltistan, while other (majority) class will be forced to live in hell despite being in heaven,” opines the paper. Soon the masses of Gilgit Baltistan will realize that after getting the semi-autonomous status they remained there where they were, but the feudals, land mafias, government officers and new ruling class have prospered. Thus they would be compelled to realize that the semi-autonomous status to the region was given to make the new ruling class the sovereign.
    The paper further writes that the same kind of autonomy was given to Balochistan in 1970, but the result of that is known to all. The paper questions how is it possible that repeating the same process (as was done in Balochistan) in Gilgit-Baltistan will solve all the problems of the people? The paper concludes by opining that the real problem is exploitation and until exploitation continues, one class will prosper while the other would become pauper and suggests that the exploitation should end and that could be done only through systemic change.