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Urdunama: Raymond Davis

It has surfaced that Raymond Davis, the U.S. citizen arrested in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis, is actually a CIA contractor who provided security to agency stations in Pakistan.  This will further complicate matters between the U.S. and Pakistan on the status of Mr. Davis.

The shrillness and rhetoric in Pakistan’s Urdu press, which has led a campaign for capital punishment for Mr. Davis since his capture, will only grow.  As an example, Roznama Ausaf’s February 22 editorial challenges the U.S. to make good on threats from some quarters in D.C. to withhold military and non-military aid to Pakistan if Mr. Davis is not released.  An excerpt of the editorial follows:

America will continue its “carrot and stick” policy with Pakistan.  It will try to bribe its way out of its current predicament.  But does it not realize that a country of 170 million people with one the finest armed forces in the world cannot be bought?  The U.S. will probably increase the amount of money it is willing to pay to seek the release of Raymond Davis.  Mr. Davis’ importance to the U.S is apparent given the lengths to which they are prepared to go to secure his release.  No doubt, he was part of a larger U.S. conspiracy against Pakistan.

The U.S. may also threaten to withdraw military and non-military aid to Pakistan.  However, if they do follow through on this threat, what do they think will happen to Pakistan’s military operations in FATA?  Does the U.S. realize what impact a Pakistani withdrawal from FATA will have on its war in Afghanistan?

This isn’t the first time that Pakistan would have had to face sanctions from the U.S.  Each time the U.S. has punished us with economic and military sanctions, Pakistan has responded — by becoming a nuclear power, by upgrading our missile technology, and by strengthening our armed forces.   Let the U.S. be under no illusions that once that “safety valve” that Pakistan has kept secure in the tribal regions is open, the U.S. will not be able to deal with the repercussions, even after spending another trillion dollars.

It is therefore advisable that the U.S. come clean about all its activities in Pakistan, ask for forgiveness, and allow Raymond Davis to suffer the consequences of his actions.   Times have changed. [روزنامہ اوصاف]

An approximate Hindi translation of Ausaf’s editorial can be accessed here (thanks @SundeepDougal).  Also follow my monthly review of Urdu and Arabic news media in Pragati.

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Link Digest: July 18, 2010

l’affaire Lahore.

Your weekly news digest:

  • The ISI…controlled and coordinated [26/11] from beginning to end“:  G.K. Pillai’s interview with Indian Express on J&K, Naxalism and 26/11.
  • It was the Pakistanis who deviated from the summit’s agenda: Vir Sanghvi stands up for G.K. Pillai after some journalists pilloried the Home Secretary for his statements on the eve of the S.M. Krishna — S.M. Qureshi talks.
  • Pakistan’s Urdu press reacts.  “No India-Pakistan talks can produce a result without Kashmir being resolved” (Ausaf); “One more India-Pakistan dialog drama — May God  not compell us to use our atomic bomb” (Nawa-i-Waqt); “Sensitivity from the Indian side is the need of the hour” (Jang); “Why did India agree to the agenda and send S.M. Krishna if he had no mandate?” (Express).
  • Ignore. With Contempt: Sound advice from B. Raman on how New Delhi should react to S.M. Qureshi’s jibes.
  • Can we talk?: Thomas Friedman says CNN was wrong to fire Octavia Nasr for condoling the death of Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah (who many consider the spiritual leader of the Hizballah).
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Syed Salahuddin’s ultimatum

With or without you.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen’s ameer Syed Salahuddin issued an ultimatum to the Pakistani establishment: support us in Kashmir, or pursue peace talks with India. One or the other — not both. Roznama Ausaf’s editorial advices the Pakistani government:

Syed Salahuddin asks of our government where its loyalties lie –  “if Pakistan intends to pursue friendship with India, then let it stop advocating on behalf of Kashmiris.” Our leaders must understand that rekindling talks with India will not result in peace with that nation, but with it renouncing its support for Kashmir’s independence. [روزنامہ اوصاف]

The ultimatum itself is meaningless, given that the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is a fully owned and operated entity of the ISI and that Mr. Salahuddin has lived in Pakistan for well over ten years. The group’s role in the on-going security situation in J&K is an act of direct provocation from Pakistan’s military-jihadi complex. The Indian government would do well to consider to what extent it can afford to “insulate dialog from terror,” given the structure of the ongoing India-Pakistan talks and the probability of further state-sponsored attacks in J&K, and perhaps even in major Indian cities.

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Urdunama: American Woman

What is with Pakistani politicians and US leaders of the fairer sex?  When former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz crooned a seductive bass-baritone to sweep US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice off her feet, little did he know that he was, in fact, setting a precedent.  A precedent that would soon be adopted by a President, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, who clasped the hands of one Sarah Palin on three separate occasions in a manner most warm and fuzzy.

Not to be outdone, the makhdoom scion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi locked himself in a  celestial embrace with Hillary Clinton of the likes of which this world hasn’t ever seen.  Indeed, it was the head-shake that shook the world.

Daily Ausaf columnist Sarfaraz Sayed tells you more in his March 29 piece (اردو).  Although not completely necessary, this piece is best enjoyed with a generous dose of The Guess Who’s rendition of “American Woman, ” circa 1970.

These media people are really something!  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi shared a few friendly moments, locked in a cranial embrace with Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C., and the media blew it out of proportion.  Now, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has apparently asked, so what if he and Secretary Clinton had shared a few friendly moments?  Some issues can only be tackled when two persons are thus anatomically entwined.

It’s been said that British Foreign Secretary David Miliband properly ticked off Mian Nawaz Sharif over the PML-N leader’s alleged U-turn on constitutional reforms.  A qari now demands to know who really rules Pakistan –  Britain or America?

But this is an important matter — why are Pakistani leaders always being linked to American women? Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz adopted a overtly romantic demeanor during his interaction with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  And Ms. Rice, instead of being duly enamored by the Prime Minister’s suavity, announced later on that Mr. Aziz had indulged her in unnecessary talk.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari himself, warmly grasped Sarah Palin’s hands on three occasions; although Mrs. Palin said nothing at that time, we are still trying to come to terms with why the Governer of Alaska tendered her resignation, subsequent to that interaction.

And now Hillary Clinton, the world’s most brilliant woman, nuzzling up to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. Khuda taala har aik ko har aik se mehfooz rakhey! (God protect us all!)

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