Most of the leading Pakistani Urdu Dailies have editorials written on the recently held Foreign Minister level talks in Islamabad. Commenting on the inconclusive talks, the Ausaf Urdu Daily writes that “India was not sincere for talks but was serious in fulfilling its interests through talks, in which it failed. But this time it was successful in one thing that it succeeded in terming Kashmiri Mujahideens intruders and thus tried to link the Kashmiri liberation movement with terrorism.” The Daily also notes that “the Pakistani Foreign Ministers supported his counterpart’s statement by saying that we will forget our past for the promotion of peace and security of the region. But he forgot that the history is that India has occupied Kashmir and Indian Hindus have not accepted Pakistan from their hearts.”
The Daily opines that “India’s history is witness to the fact that it has never gone for sincere and serious talks with Pakistan but participates in it just for time-pass and plays its card very smartly. This time also by terming Kashmiri Mujahideen intruders and interventionist it has achieved a success.” The Daily states that “the talks are a waste of time” and suggests to take “practical steps for the liberation of Kashmir.”
The Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu Daily also takes a similar line and states that “Pakistani Foreign Minister has accepted allegations regarding infiltrations in Kashmir by saying that Pakistan will look into matters if India provides credible evidence in this regard.” The Daily opines that it is “regrettable that instead of responding to his allegations, Pakistani Foreign Minister has supported the Indian Foreign Minister’s stand.”
In yet another editorial, written a day later, the Daily says that “the recently held talk was the repeat of 2001. In 2001, when Musharraf was in Agra, everything was decided but India leadership turned down the joint declaration which was to be signed. It was the same this time.” The Daily further writes that the Pakistani Foreign Ministry has much hope from the talks but because of India’s bad intention no result was achieved. The Daily believes that the talks took place because of US pressure but both the countries had different agenda. Pakistan wanted to prioritise Kashmir and water while India’s focus was on promotion of trade and end of terrorism. The Daily says that “India is firm on its agenda but it is Pakistani government which is flexible on its agenda and it is the reason that India easily turns the negotiating table and leaves the talks.”
The Daily, however, appreciated Qureshi for his remarks that Pakistan cannot detach itself from the developments in Kashmir and states that this is a “united voice of the entire nation” and advises not to take “U-turn from his stand.” The Daily opines that the military and political leadership of Pakistan also agree on the fact that talks with India should not be limited to terrorism but from Krishna’s statement in Delhi, India’ intention is clear that next round of talks (in December) would start from the point it was left on. In this context, the Daily says that it shows India’s intention that it is interested in limiting the talks only to terrorism and trade. It opines that “there could be nothing more important than bilateral talks but it should have some time-frame.”
As regards to Kashmir, the Daily makes its oft-repeated statement and says that resolution of Kashmir issue needs no composite dialogues as UN resolution on Kashmir already talks of a plebiscite in Kashmir and leadership of both the countries should decide for a mechanism. If India does not agree for that, Pakistan should “opt for other means”. The Daily also suggests to use “nuclear weapon as a lost resort’ to resolve the issue.
Commenting on recently held Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers level talks, the Jang Daily editorial writes that “nothing fruitful came out of the Foreign Ministers meeting except that the Pakistani Foreign Minister got an invitation to visit New Delhi and because of India’s attitude common people’s all hope attached with the meeting was washed away.” In this context, it suggests India to “realize the interests of the region” and advises “to give utmost priority to change its attitude” and warns “not to continue on policies of pressurizing Pakistan and using different tactics” as it would cause “despair among the people and it will help the terrorist and extremist elements to play their cards.” The Daily also suggests India that if it wishes to promote lasting peace in the region, it would have to shun its decade old policies of obstinacy.
In its second editorial on the issue, the Jang Urdu Daily writes that “because of the severe differences during the negotiations, the two parties could not reach a joint statement. The statements by Pakistani Foreign Minister suggest that India was not prepared for talks.” The editorial alleges that “India created the drama of talks just to deceive the international community and destroyed the opportunity to resolve bilateral issues.”
However, the editorial also identifies internal political weakness which weakened Pakistan’s stands in the talks. The Daily says that the government avoided political consultations with opposition parties over the internal and external affairs before the talk. “At the end of the talk, the government held a meeting and Foreign Minister briefed the Prime Minister, the President and the Army Chief General Kayani about the talks, writes the Daily. But it should have held prior consultations also with the opposition and should have chalked out a strategy and should have delved on possibilities considering India’s traditional approach towards the disputed issues. It could have strengthened Pakistan’s position on talks with India and could not have led to the war of words following the talks, opines the Daily.
In conclusion, the editorial suggests that Pakistan needs to address all its internal issues and strengthen its economic condition. Only then it could strengthen its position in the talks and be able to withstand the pressure.
The Azkar Urdu Daily writes about the talks that the poverty stricken people of the region have attached much hope to it but the outcome has caused more despair for them.” There are few examples in diplomatic history where two Foreign Ministers have met and their meeting ended without any statement, writes the Daily.
The Daily states that the Prime Minister, President and Army Chief in their meeting have decided to continue with the talks with India but “not at the cost of its foreign policy.” This statement is appreciable but Pakistan needs to adopt aggressive diplomacy instead of defensive diplomacy to achieve results.
The Daily suggests that since the masses of both the countries want peace, the governments should represent their aspirations and should hold constructive talks to achieve a positive result.