Pakistani Urdu Press has paid special attention to Iranian leader Ayotullah Khamnei’s recent remarks on Kashmir. The Ausaf and Nawae-Waqt Urdu Dailies have termed it as a positive development and have written editorials on the issue.
The Nawa-e-Waqt Urdu Daily, in its editorial, writes that “Iranian spiritual leader Ayotullah Khamnei has called upon Muslims to help Kashmiri people and their brethren besieged in Gaza. He has called for Muslims to help Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kashmir who are resisting the US aggression as well as Zionist oppressions.” The Daily opines, “By equating situation in Kashmir with Zionist Occupation of Palestine, the Iranian leader has represented views of the silent Muslim majority and have guided them on the right path.” In this context, it suggests to “…revitalize the 57 member Islamic Organization Conference” for the Kashmir cause as well as “…forming an Islamic bloc consisting of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey and Iran”, which the Daily says will compel India to agree for the resolution of Kashmir issue and will also compel the US to leave the region.
In its editorial, the Ausaf Urdu Daily writes that “India has registered its protest with Iran’s caretaker ambassador to New Delhi for Iranian spiritual leader Ayotullah Khamnei’s remarks in which he equated India with Israel’s Zionist regime.” The Daily writes that after the Chinese support, Iranian support to Kashmir struggle indicates that Kashmiri peoples’ sacrifice is bearing fruit and the world is taking cognizance of their struggle. Norway is also considering ways to stop human right’s violation in Kashmir.”
The Azkar Urdu Daily has viewed President Zardari’s China visit (close on the heels of Obama’s India visit) as an act aimed at balancing Obama’s visit. The Daily opines that China gave almost everything to Pakistan which the US gave to India. The Daily opines that “President Zardari undertook China visit following Obama’s India visit. It has always a strategy of Pakistan (to take China’s help for balancing India’s growing relations with superpowers). During the cold war, when USSR was close to India and now when the US is close to India, Pakistan is taking China’s help in balancing the power shift in the region. The time has proved that China is our friend and plays a key role in balancing the power in the region.” Commenting on the commitment made during Zardari’s China visit, the editorial states that Pakistan achieved “more or less the same” which India received from Obama’s visit. “The US and India signed an agreement for $10 billion trade while Pakistan and China made commitment to increase the trade volume between the two countries up to $15 billion, which is currently at $7 billion”, says the Daily. As regards the commitment made between the two countries to set up Energy Corporation, the Daily opines, “With the establishment of Energy Corporation, Pakistan will benefit the same way as India has benefited from civilian nuclear cooperation with the US.” In its concluding remarks, the editorial opines that “President Zardari’s China visit has not only helped maintain power balance in the region but also given a message to the US and India that Pakistan also has friends which give it an alternative option. Thus, Zardari’s China visit was a befitting reply to both the US and India.