The Urdu Press: After Pathankot

The Urdu Press: After Pathankot

“Now that the BJP is in power, the Jaish-e-Muhammad has once again raised its head (after the Kandahar episode). Now this terrorist organisation is not only out of the ISI’s control, but also international groups like al-Qaeda and the ISIS."

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Saturday’s terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Force Base has left readers demanding better security in place for such critical establishments. (PTI Photo)

After Pathankot

Sahafat, in its editorial on January 4, writes: “The attack on the air force base in Pathankot is so serious that it cannot be taken lightly. It’s also being thought that the Pakistan army’s headquarters is involved in its planning. Is it a fact?… It’s necessary to mention that the Pakistan army was ignored in the Modi-Nawaz talks (in Lahore) and this attack may be a result of that. But this seems unlikely because Modi could not have received the great welcome at Lahore without the army’s consent… It’s well that the BJP is in power at the Centre. In case it was the Congress rule, the BJP would have demonstrated and asked for not having any talks with Pakistan.”

Roznama Khabrain, in its January 5 editorial, writes: “Now that the BJP is in power, the Jaish-e-Muhammad has once again raised its head (after the Kandahar episode). Now this terrorist organisation is not only out of the ISI’s control, it has now been linked to international terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. It’s also going to be a headache for the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan… Now it’s being said that the forthcoming meeting in Islamabad between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan may be cancelled… But actually, now it’s necessary that the two countries sincerely sit down together to destroy the terrorist network and not discontinue talks.”

Inquilab, in its January 5 editorial, writes: “The Central government’s stand that the forthcoming talks this month should be held, even postponed to give the Pakistani government some time to act against the perpetrators of the attack, is laudable… But the question whether the Pathankot attack could have been averted is very important, and the government would have to reveal clearly why, despite advance information, the attack couldn’t be prevented and all terrorists not killed within a few hours…”

Ayodhya Returns


Rehnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on December 27, writes: “It has always been the BJP’s stand that a Ram Mandir should be built where the Babri Masjid stood… The party has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha… But now it’s saying that since this matter is pending before the Supreme Court, we should wait for the court’s verdict… The statement from a mahant of Ayodhya, speaking of indications of the Centre’s plans for constructing the Ram Mandir has not been officially contradicted. Such statements can amount to contempt of court… Following the BJP’s crushing defeats in Delhi and Bihar, the RSS and BJP have clearly understood that the magic of Narendra Modi’s oratory has died along with the government’s poor functioning during the last 18 months. Therefore, the BJP once again needs the crutches of the Ram Mandir…”

Jadeed Khabar, in a commentary on January 3, writes: “Looking at the ongoing activities relating to construction work in Ayodhya, the apprehension gets strengthened that the BJP government can take any step to stop its vote bank from slipping out of its hands, in spite of the fact that the Ayodhya issue is pending before the apex court… But, according to BJP leaders, the construction of the Ram Mandir can be cleared through dialogue outside court or through an enactment by Parliament…”

Akhand Bharat

Siasat, in its editorial on December 29, writes: “The statements of RSS leader Ram Madhav and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan regarding ‘Akhand Bharat’ and a confederation would create tensions in the region. It would be unwise to move the wheel of time backwards. It should be avoided. The statement of Ram Madhav, who is also BJP general secretary… has hurt the cordiality (following Modi’s Lahore visit) between India and Pakistan… BJP spokesman M.J. Akbar has clarified that ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had, on the controversy about his desired visit to Minar-e-Pakistan, said that Pakistan didn’t need his stamp to establish its identity. The stamp of Pakistan’s existence already exists… Persons like Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan and Ram Madhav in India would never want the neighbours to live cordially…”

Compiled by Seema Chishti