The USG Open Source Center translates or paraphrases Urdu editorials on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial visit to Pakistan
Pakistan: Urdu Press Roundup Discusses Hillary Clinton’s Visit to Country
The following is a roundup of excerpts from editorials and articles on the visit of the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to Pakistan, with particular reference to Washington’s policy towards Islamabad, war on terror, and the Taliban, published in the 30 October editions of seven Urdu dailies.
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Ausaf Editorial Sees Shift in USPolicy Regarding Taliban
Maintaining that the United States wants to hold talks with the moderate Taliban for resolving the Afghan imbroglio, the 30 October editorial says: ” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that those who were forced to become Taliban members would have to be separated from the militants.
She said that every gun-wielding individual was not a terrorist,but there were those, who were supporting the extremists out of compulsion.
The policy that the United States is deliberating these days concerning the Talibanis that the Taliban should be divided into two groups, good and bad, then the good members of Taliban should be isolated from the bad ones, and talks should beheld with them.”
Jinnah Editorial Holds US Responsible for Talibanization
Recalling that it was the United States that had organized and provided resources to these people (Taliban) in its war against the Soviet Union; the 30 October editorial states: “The United States itself is the motivator for the apprehensions that the US secretary of state hasbeen expressing during her visit to Pakistan.
The United States used to provide weapons and other paraphernalia to the Taliban to fight against the Soviet Union and declared them as jihadists.
It used the shoulder of the Taliban jihadists to shatter the Soviet Union. Later, when the shattered Soviet Union retreated from Afghanistan, the United States left the Taliban unmonitored.”
Mashriq Editorial Claims US Mulling Change in Policies
Referring to the joint press conference of Hillary Clinton with Foreign Minister Qureshi, the 30 October editorial states: “Anyhow, it can be guessed from the news conference of the US secretary of state that her country wants to bring change in its policies.
She has acknowledged to the extent that the United States had not benefited with direct contact with the rulers, rather they have suffered losses. Therefore, it now intends to establish direct contact with people.”
Express Article by Tanvir Qaisar Shahid Discusses Impact of Visit
Talking about the statement of the Indian prime minister about holding talks with Pakistan on the eve of Hillary Clinton’s Pakistan visit; the 30 October article comments: “The visit of the US secretary of state proved hard for Pakistan.
As soon as she reached Pakistan, a bomb blast occurred in Peshawar. Over 100 hundred people were killed, and 200 otherswere critically injured.
One benefit of her visit was that on the very first day of her visit, the Indian prime minister announced that his country was willing to hold unconditional talks with Pakistan.”
Islam Editorial Urges US To Review Policies
Advising the United States to bring about changes in its policy for peace and security in the region, the 30 October editorial says: “Ignoring the international norms and diplomatic demands, the US secretary of state talked about, with full comfort, the appointment of the chief of the most sensitive agency of the Pakistan Army.
If the United States wants to improve its image, it should pull out of the Afghan war.
At the same time, it should also abandon its conspiracy to bog down the Pakistan Army into this war.”
Islam Article by Khawar Chaudhry Links Operation With Visit
Emphasizing that stepping up of operation was imperative to pave the way for the visit of the US secretary of state; the 30October article states: “Preparations had been ongoing since the start of October for getting a glimpse of the white goddess (Hillary Clinton).
The series of offering sacrifices was also underway to appease her.
It is obvious that the visit of the goddess was necessary for a glimpse and a particular environment was also required for her arrival.”
Khabrain Editorial Criticizes US Approach Toward Pakistan
Highlighting the recent US measures that prove contrary to Pakistan’s sovereignty and independence; the 30 October editorial says: “The way in which people have suffered hardships because of Hillary Clinton’s visit it says that if the US secretary was facing grave threats, whywas this visit to Pakistan organized?
Talking to the media, the US secretary of state said that her country would always support Pakistan.
However, when asked about the illegal measures of the United States, she evaded to answer. Pakistanis are questioning Pakistan’s sovereignty and independence after the US drone attacks and armed patrolling by the US soldiers in Islamabad.”
Nawa-e Waqt Editorial Exhorts Leaders To Reject US Aid, Presence of Soldiers
Goading the rulers to show national honor and dignity and rise to the occasion; the 30 October editorial comments: “Keeping in view the national sovereignty the US secretary of state should be asked to withdraw the US aid and troops.
At the same time, she should be told that we cannot sell away our independence and sovereignty for the sake of the US aid, and that weare capable of defending our independence and integrity in our capacity as anuclear power.”
Nawa-e Waqt Article by Dr Hussein Ahmed Piracha Questions Double Standards of US
Deploring that the United States has been conniving at the Indian intrusion into Pakistan and its backing of the terrorists, the 30 October article says: “It should have been asked from Hillary Clinton that on one hand you have been praising the Pakistan Government and Army for launching effective operation against the terrorists in Swat and Malakand, and on the other, India has been providing weapons and dollars to the same terrorists by setting up consulates in border areas under the US patronage. India continues to cater to these elements.”
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