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Indo-Pak Tensions

The importance of the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani PMs cannot be denied.

October 11, 2013 5:13:33 am

Taking a positive view of the Manmohan Singh-Nawaz Sharif meeting in New York,Qaumi Salamati (October 1) writes: “The importance of the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani PMs cannot be denied. It is another matter that no major announcements were made. But some important matters were indeed discussed at the meeting. The Indian PM raised the issue of terrorism originating from Pakistan…” Inquilab,in an editorial on September 28,writes: “If Nawaz Sharif considers the improvement of relations with India to be a priority,he should try to give shape to his desire and resolve… So long as the Pakistani government does not dismantle its terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,it has no right to hold peace talks.”

Nai Duniya,edited by former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui,in a commentary (Oct 7-13) writes: “Through infiltration and attacks on Indian soil,the Pakistani army is targeting India on the one hand,and is trying to create a Kargil-like situation so that the Pakistani government is weakened and the army may capture power,on the other.” Siasat writes in an editorial (Oct 1): “Pakistan’s intentions are in doubt given its violation of the ceasefire on the border,and Nawaz Sharif will have to make addressing this grievance his primary priority.”

Telangana Decision

Welcoming the Central government’s decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana,Jadeed Khabar,in an editorial on October 5,writes: “The tactics adopted by the sections opposing the formation of a separate state,the hurdles put up and the stage-managed protests went in vain,and the Union cabinet has started the process of formation of Telangana by accepting the note to that effect… The government has respected the sentiments and desires of the 4.5 crore people of Telangana… All parties now opposed to Telangana had earlier supported a it,either directly or indirectly. All this is being done because of political vested interests.”

Rashtriya Sahara,in an editorial on October 8,points out that the formation of Telangana is being opposed by many Congress leaders,the TDP,the YSR Congress,SP and even the MIM,whose leader,Asaduddin Owaisi,feels that such a step would help communalists and hurt the state’s development. “We will learn with time to what extent a separate Telangana will benefit the Congress. But any decision without taking into consideration the wishes of the people of Andhra Pradesh is not in the state’s or country’s interest. The government should review this decision.”

Hamara Samaj disagreed in an editorial on October 5: “Development and prosperity will follow the division of the state. Right now,it is becoming difficult to control big states at the governmental level. Therefore,some chopping off and cutting is imperative.”

Judicial independence

Rashtriya Sahara,in an editorial on Oct 3,writes: “The most encouraging aspect of such judgments [like that barring convicted politicians from contesting elections is that they prove the independence and autonomy of the judiciary,an important pillar of our democracy. They send the message that all are equal in the eyes of law — and not only on paper.” Aziz-ul-Hind,on October 5,points out: “Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has been convicted in two cases for two and three years respectively. She has filed appeals against these judgments and remains the chief minister on this basis. But now,this will not be possible. For the time being the SC has said that the new law will not apply to the leaders who have filed appeals against their convictions. But this would be applicable to old cases.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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