Here I present the view which have a general tinge of anti-Indian sentiments in them and seem to put forth the point of view held by a decently large section of the Pakistani media. Makhdoom Babar, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mail wrote in an Article entitled "India to taste its own medicine" that Islamabad has prepared a list of some 35 top terrorists, involved in a number of terror activities in Pakistan and is set to hand over the names to Delhi seeking an early arrest and handing over of the accused to Pakistan. It said that "Islamabad is also sending a copy of this list to Washington to bring it to the notice of US authorities". Babbar expresses surprise for L K Advani's name not being there in the list saying that he "is also wanted by Karachi Police for years and Pakistan has been asking India for his extradition to Islamabad." And adds that "many of the accused, included in the list are direct or indirect RAW operatives while a few belong to Hindutva Brotherhood terror network, though Hindutva establishment is also operating with full blessing and connivance of RAW." An editorial in the Daily Times (Mumbai attack: what next?) presented a theory for the Mumbai attacks which said it had been carried by the perpetrators of crime to divert attention from some future planning of more serious nature. It quoted the Pakistan interior adviser, Mr Rehman Malik, as saying that "the Mumbai attacks were designed to force Pakistan to deploy its troops on the country's eastern borders, thereby clearing the western borders for infiltration" into Afghanistan. At the same time, it also criticized "the fear and loathing" spread by "the reckless and xenophobic Indian media". It speculates that "an authority higher than the Taliban may have commissioned a plot to push the Army out of the Tribal Areas on to the border with India." At the same time, it could not resist from remarking that there is "a very pro-India international community" at the moment. In the same way, a "The Jang" Editorial of 3/12/2008 brings in yet another possibility saying that "it is also possible that these people are part of the wave of 'celebrity terrorists' now operating, self-starters who aim to get themselves their fifteen minutes of fame and notoriety" The Dawn 3/12/2008 editorial "go-ahead for India?" begins with the words "No American president has ever encouraged any aggression on India's part towards Pakistan." And expresses great surprise over Obama having "ditched this time-honoured American policy". Dr Qadir Rashid in "The Nation" in an article "Mumbai: attacks and ISI" says that "the blame game has begun by India and the ISI has again been made the scapegoat." He claims that "both Afghanistan and India are now openly alleging the ISI to mask their own failure in tackling their indigenous problems.", drawing concern over the fact that "the forthcoming is a tough time for the ISI from both regional and international directions". Exactly the same thing in reiterated by S M Hali in "Mumbai mayhem - whodunit?" saying that " it is Indian psyche to blame Pakistan and its premier intelligence agency ISI for all its woes" going up to "the preposterous allegation of inflicting the epidemic of plague in some Indian states".
Going through the Pakistani newspapers, we across many saner and less radical voices as well which seem to be reacting in ways much different from the other mindset. It would be interesting to go through some of these writings, which can be categorized as being rational, logical or at least thought provoking. A few of them have been presented here. An article in the Dawn "Media falls in the old trap" by Beena Sarwar, an independent journalist based in Karachi exhorts the media in India and Pakistan for having fallen "into the dangerous, old trap in which nationalism trumps responsible reporting." She did come up with some very fine examples and analysis, saying- " In one recent instance, a retired army general referred to India as Pakistan's dushman mulk (enemy country). They invite more balanced commentators also but give them get far less time and space. Channels play up Mahesh Butt's criticism of the Indian media but, as the analyst Foqia Sadiq Khan asks, would they quote someone from Pakistan criticising the Pakistani media? "They quote Shabana Azmi ad nauseum that she couldn't find a flat in Bombay being a Muslim, but not on her opinion of fundamentalism.". An opinion in the Jang entitled "India's rabid media" by Mahavish Rezvi, an associate producer for Geo News (December 03, 2008) says that "we in Pakistan have gotten used to turning to our troubled regions in the north for blame these days. Not nearly two months ago scores of Pakistanis and foreigners lost their lives in the Marriot blast in Islamabad. So if it is anyone, it is the Pakistanis who understand what the Indian nation is going through, both in anger and grief." He also adds that he is a second generation immigrant but "my roots certainly still lie on the other side of the border" and so "when I hear of natural disasters in regions of the land we left behind decades ago I still feel a pang in my heart." He also says- "I am absolutely sure there are many families across the borders who feel the same way", urging pleadingly- "We cannot change the course of history, but we can certainly change the future." Finally he requests "the Indian media to show restraint before jumping to conclusions and fanning the fire" calling it "irresponsible journalism". Yasser Latif Hamdani, a lawyer based in Islamabad in "An open letter to Indians" writing "as a Pakistani who has always wished for peace and prosperity of the entire subcontinent", says he is "not going to apologize to anyone for being a Pakistani." adding that "I have been watching your news channels, and what they are doing is disgusting. They are accusing Pakistan without any real evidence" He also raises an important issue of the alleged Pakistani ship managing to penetrate through Indian waters amid an on-going naval exercise codenamed "Defence of Gujarat" – aimed at stopping "Al Qaeda and Pakistani ships," which had mobilised a large section of the Indian Navy. He says that "if this is true, perhaps you should first prosecute your naval chief." He speaks very openly that "we in Pakistan have our own problems, and by no means are we a strong state. We've been victims of terrorism even more than India has been." At the same time he also tries to reason that "a war with us – while completely disastrous for Pakistan – will leave you in ruin as well." He exhorts that "let us choose the path of cooperation and acceptance. Ending with the statement "And let us, for once, learn to tell the truth." Nasim Zehra, an Islamabad-based security analyst in an Article "Mumbai terror: the challenge for Pakistan" says that the message from the US and the International community is "uniform: Cooperate with India" adding that "such a message Pakistan does not need to be tutored in." ruing the fact that "India seems to seek concrete steps from Pakistan, without credible evidence being found." It says that "the trajectory of evidence, as it currently exists, is revealing. It is all there in the Indian media, changing, incredible and contradictory" adding that "India still needs to provide credible and convincing evidence on the involvement of any Pakistani group." He expresses his discomfiture over the fact that "a terror-struck Indian government and state institution opted to so crudely "gun for Pakistan" which he feels "can potentially sow fresh seeds of distrust" , rather than weakening the environment of distrust."
There seems to be quite some similarities between the two countries. This goes true for politicians as well as the journalists and the commentators. This was even testified in the wake of what is being written in the Pak media. This can be amply testified from what Mir Jamilur Rahman wrote in a Dawn article. In this article, his remarks about President Zardari are rather interesting and attention grabbing. He says- "President Zardari by nature is a polite and humble person. These are very good traits. But it should not be extended to addressing others, mostly the foreign newsmen, as "Sir." He should know that in Pakistan he is the top "Sir." The others may address him as "Sir," but he should reserve his "Sir" only for his father." Similarly for Pakisatan Prime Minister Gilani, his advise is to "reduce the number of your speeches and press conferences. Also, reduce your appearance on TV. Too much exposure is not gainful politically" quoting the famous saying- "Remember, familiarity breeds contempt" At the same time, he also says that despite being stronger financially, as far as press freedom is concerned, Indian media is far behind the Pak media, a statement which the larger section of the Indian media might not be willing to accept.
Here, I present those news which have today( viz. 03/12/2008) hogged the headlines in Pakistan. To begin with, the Pakistan President President Asif Ali Zardari has been said to have strongly rejected suggestions that Pakistan was in some way involved in last week's deadly attacks on Mumbai, asserting no evidence has been brought forward to substantiate such claims. Appearing in CNN's Larry King Live, Zardari said he believed that the Mumbai attackers were `stateless actors,' and that the state of Pakistan was in no way responsible for the attacks. Though at the same time, he pledged to look into any proof of any Pakistani individual's link to the Mumbai incident, if it was provided to Islamabad. This news was reported by almost all the important newspapers of Pakistan in a rather prominent manner and was given quite emphasis. There Zardari had said that "The gunmen plus the planners, whoever they are, (are) stateless actors who have been holding hostage the whole world", though at the same time adding that "I am sorry for the Indians, and I feel sorry for them." He even offered to have his security advisor and Indian security advisor and in charge of intelligence security of the two nations to have a joint committee for a joint investigation in the Mumbai incident." But interesting, in the same interview, Zardari also said something which no Indian is going to believe- "We have not been given any tangible proof to say that he is definitely a Pakistani. I very much doubt it, Larry, that he is a Pakistani." Another important news is as regards the All Parties Conference on National Security at the PM's House in the evening of 02 December which unanimously agreed to a strong condemnation of the reprehensible terrorist attacks in Mumbai, in their 7-point resolution, sharing the grief of the people of India and extend their sympathy to the families of the victims along wiuth others related matters. Then there is the statement of Defence Secretary Robert Gates as having vowed to strengthen partnership with Pakistan in meeting with challenges of violent extremism along the Afghan border region, where Gates also acknowledged Pakistan's sustained campaign against terrorists in the rugged border region under the elected government. The news of the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee handing over a list of 20 fugitives to arrest and hand over of those persons who are settled in Pakistan also came up in most newspapers, as also his statements that India was not considering military action against Pakistan in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks, which was generally hailed as sane act by the media on the other side. The Associated Press of Pakistan (the official news agency of the country) also reported of the strong exception taken by the various political leaders to the supposedly-baseless allegations of New Delhi upon Pakistan after these attacks. It reported the PMLQ leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain's view of the need to adopt an aggressive and proactive diplomatic onslaught against baseless and hostile Indian offensive against Pakistan. At the same timer, the Daily Times 03/12/2008 quoted US Senator John McCain saying in New Delhi – "No, we don't have any hard evidence of Pakistani government's involvement", and wrote that McCain had made it clear that "The United States will not support any military campaign against Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks".
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