Pakistan Urdu Press: November 24-30, 2009
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  • Azkar, Editorial, November 27,2009

    Balochistan Package: Balochistan issue will reemerge with added vigour: Azkar

    Commenting on the Balochistan package, the Azkar Urdu daily in its editorial says that the “Federal government thinks that it will puncture the Balochistan movement by striking a deal with a few Baloch nationalist leaders. But it does not seem realistic in the present situation. If it happens so, it will only be a temporary jolt to the movement. It may stagnate for the time being but the movement will emerge stronger again with the agenda to abolish class based exploitation.” The editorial suggests the PPP understand the issue and prepare before hand to deal with the challenges ahead. It says that “the PPP should know that the Balochistan issue can not be resolved on the basis of capitalism but it can be solved on the basis of its manifesto which is agrarian reform, industrialization, infrastructure development and empowering Baloch people.”
    (http://www.dailyazkaar.com.pk/new/detail.php?category=17010&category_id=27&page=)

    Ausaf, editorial, November 25, 2009

    India’s attitude encourages possibilities of traditional war in the region, says Ausaf

    Commenting on the Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor’s statement that “limited nuclear war in the region is still a possibility”, the Ausaf Urdu daily in its editorial makes a supportive observation: “it seems he favours dialogue between Pakistan and India and understands that if the two countries do not come together on diplomatically and politically it may result in a limited nuclear war in the region”. However the daily also differs with his statement and opines “it is unclear whether a limited nuclear war occurs, but the threat of a traditional war will continue to loom large because India’s present attitude encourages these possibilities.”

    The editorial argues that Pakistan has been reiterating the importance of a dialogue time and again but India has been evading the issue citing Mumbai attacks. The paper says: “We condemn India’s attitude, appeal to all major powers including the US, that it take notice of India’s attitude towards a dialogue and play their influential role in resolving all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan. The paper emphasizes that “resolution of the Kashmir dispute can only bring the two countries closer and with the resolution of this issue, chances of war between the countries will diminish significantly.”
    (http://www.dailyausaf.com/news/id/20980/)

    Mashriq, editorial, November 26, 2009

    Balochistan issue can not be resolved through parliamentary discussions: Mashriq

    Against the backdrop of the Balochistan package which was deliberated in a joint session of the Pakistani National Assembly, the Mashriq daily in its editorial reminds President Zardari that soon after assuming office he stated that “political leaders instead of declaring a clemency for Baloch militant should apologise to the people about their past oppression.” But even after the passage of 20 months he has done nothing and that has created an atmosphere of distrust which has generated feelings of revulsion and rebellion among the Baloch.

    The editorial in this context quotes Baloch nationalist Hasil Bazanjo as saying that if the government wanted to provide relief to the people why did it concoct a drama of presenting the budget in the parliament? The paper says by presenting the package the federal government is not satisfying the Baloch but it trying to consolidate its power. The paper says that the Baloch issue by November 2009 has become so complex that it can not be resolved through parliamentary discussions and suggests the need for “quiet diplomacy” and the necessity for pressuring the angry Baloch leaders into the mainstream.
    http://www.dailymashriq.com.pk/editoral/edit%2011%2026.html

    Nawa-e-Waqt, Editorial, November 26

    Balochistan package will prove “unfruitful exercise” without taking Balochs into confidence, says Nawae Waqt

    Following the presentation of the Balochistan package in parliament, Nawa-e- Waqt Urdu daily in its editorial opines that the demand for provincial autonomy and other rights have not been presented by Baloch nationalist leaders for the first time, this continues since the implementation of 1973 constitution in which a time frame was given to abolish the concurrent list to ensure autonomy of the provinces. It is unfortunate that the Constitution was distorted during the military dictatorship of general Zia and General Musharraf. In both the periods, the Constitution remained suspended as a result of which the Concurrent list could not be abolished and this provided an opportunity to Baloch nationalists to highlight the plight and deprivation of Balochistan and to play politics on the issue of provincial autonomy.

    The editorial says that if the package was introduced by taking all the Baloch leaders into confidence, it could have produced results, but the government on its own has presented a package which is “wrapped with good promises”. That is why the governor of the ruling party has declined to comment on the package while all the Baloch leaders including Shahzeen Bugti, Hasil Bazanju, Khudae Noor, Hai Baloch, Habeeb Jalib and Jameel Bugti have rejected the proposal terming it “useless”.

    The editorial says that the package by promising a fresh judicial enquiry into Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killing has made the issue more complex. The government should have used the FIR against Musharraf to order his prosecution. Similarly, the package talks of recovering missing people by constituting a Commission and provincial autonomy has been tied with the Constitutional amendment. They could have been provided provincial autonomy by implementing the Constitution which talks of abolishing the Concurrent list. The editorial also criticizes the government for not undoing military operations launched during the Musharraf regime. The withdrawal of forces from Sui and deployment of the Frontier Corps will not ease the situation, says the newspaper.

    It suggests that if the government is sincere enough to resolve the issue it should take all the Baloch leaders into confidence. Its shortcomings should be addressed otherwise this package would prove an “unfruitful exercise”.

    http://www.nawaiwaqt.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-urdu-online/Opinions/Editorials/26-Nov-2009/6322


    Pakistan Pulse: Online opinion Poll by Asas Urdu Daily

    Q Whether there continues a Cold War between Prime Minister and President? (Poll conducted on 27 November, 2009)

    A majority of Pakistani citizens believe that there continues to be a Cold War between Prime Mininiter Yousuf Raza Geelani and President Asif Ali Zardari, according to an online opinion poll conducted by Asas Urdu daily. A whopping majority of 8737 respondents believe that a Cold War persists between the two seats of powers while 2471 thought that it not to be the case. 154 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether the present government will complete its term in office? (Poll conducted on 26 November, 2009)

    A majority of Pakistani citizens believe that the present government will not be able to complete its full term. Responding to this question, a majority of 8721 respondents sounded negative while 3256 people were hopeful that it will complete the tenure. 98 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether Balochistan package meets people’s expectations ? (Poll conducted on 25 November, 2009)

    A majority of 7652 respondents sounded negative while 3524 respondents said it meets their expectations. 234 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether Zardari should step down in present circumstances? (Poll conducted on 24 November, 2009)

    A majority of 7987 respondents said Zardari should resign while 2521 respondents said he should not. Only 39 people had no answer.

    http://www.dailyasas.com.pk/poll_answer.html

    Q Whether US will succeed in resolving Indo-Pak disputes? (Poll conducted on 21 November, 2009)

    A majority of Pakistani citizens believe that the US will not succeed in its efforts in resolving Indo-Pak disputes. The results were based on an online opinion poll conducted by Asas Urdu daily. To a question whether the US will succeed in resolving Indo-Pak disputes, a majority of 8201 respondents believe that the US will not achieve the purpose while 3468 people were hopeful that the US will succeed in resolving their problems. 163 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether Ministers benefiting from NRO should resign? ( Poll conducted on 23 November, 2009)

    To a question whether Ministers benefiting from NRO should resign, a majority of 8957 respondents believe that they should resign while 1684 people disagreed. 66 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether NRO will become a reason for government’s fall? ( Poll conducted on 22 November, 2009)

    To a question whether NRO will become a reason for government’s fall, a majority of 8435 respondents agreed that it will lead to the political demise of this government while 3461 respondents disagreed. 132 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Will the provinces benefit from NFC award? ( Poll conducted on 20 November, 2009)

    To a question on whether provinces benefit from the NFC award, a majority of 7684 respondents believe that it will not achieve the purpose while 2985 respondents were still optimistic. 220 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether Zardari-Karzai talks help end terrorism in the region? ( Poll conducted on 19 November, 2009)

    To a question on whether Zardari-Karzai talks help end terrorism in the region; a majority of 8054 respondents believe that it will not achieve the purpose while 3401 people believed that it will end terrorism in the region. 137 respondents had no opinion.

    Q Whether Zardari give up his right under 52 B of the Constitution? ( Poll conducted on 18 November, 2009)

    To a question whether Zardari will give up his right under 52 B; a majority of 7352 respondents believe that he will retain the right while 3461 people believed that he will give up his rights under 52 B. 117 respondents had no opinion.

    http://www.dailyasas.com.pk/poll_answer.html (Accessed on November 24, 2009)

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