Vol. III Issue. 23
Non-state activists danger to both India and Pakistan: Gilani
12 May 2012
Lahore: Daily Jasarat/Jang, May 8, 2012. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan wants to resolve all the issues with India on equal basis. Both Pakistani and Indian civilians have deep interest in having bilateral and economic cooperation, but non-state activists residing in our country are trying to ruin Indo-Pak relations. Gilani, while addressing the Pak-India Business Conference held under the banner of 'Aman Ki Aasha' in Lahore, said that the initiatives towards betterment of Pak-India economic relation is a bright sign which will propel peace in the region.
He said that the conference will be very fruitful for the investors attending from both countries, and added that the focus should be on resolving regional problems of illiteracy, health care and growing poverty. He said that despite two years of interactions, mutual understandings and friendly attitude, the threat still exists from non-state actors who exist in both sides of the border. The policy stands from last six decades have not benefitted Pakistan and India. Having the same cultural history, we should understand our responsibilities in South Asia, he said. Many of the prominent bankers, industrialists and economists of several countries attended the conference.
Inform us about al-Qaida presence in Pakistan: Hina Rabbani
Islamabad: Daily Ausaf, May 8, 2012. According to the United States, Pakistan is conspiring with banned terrorist organizations who are sheltered in the country. Ausaf said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now speaking with an Indian mindset declaring Hafiz Saeed to be the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani said that al-Qaeda is the enemy of both Pakistan and US. Hillary Clinton stated in New Delhi that the US wants al-Qaeda to be completely handicapped, and that al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri is living in Pakistan, though his exact location is still unknown. Rabbani said that if Clinton can provide information about Zawahiri, then Pakistan will do everything to arrest him. The statements of Defence Secretary Leon Panetta of continuing drone attacks and Clinton's remarks from New Delhi have further disturbed US-Pakistan relations.
Red Cross suspends activities in big cities of Pakistan
Peshawar: Daily Jasarat, May 11, 2012. The Red Cross Society has now suspended its activities in big cities like Karachi and Peshawar, besides Baluchistan. Reports said that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has already closed their two hospitals of 120 beds each in Peshawar due to security concerns. Patients have been transferred to other locations. Four organisations related to ICRC are working on 12 big projects with the staff of 450 people, including 45 foreigners, in Peshawar. ICRC confirmed that all non-Muslim staffers have already been transferred to Islamabad. Senior authorities of ICRC and CRC are closely monitoring the situation. The organisation has been serving humanity through health services since 1945. It was the first time that a Red Cross Official, Khalil Rasjad, working as a Health Programme Manager, was brutally murdered in Baluchistan.
America relates funds to resumption of NATO supply
Islamabad: Daily Ausaf/Jasarat, May 11, 2012. America has suspended its Coalition Support Fund (CSF) of $1.2 trillion for two years now. When Federal Finance Minister Hafeez Sheikh visited Washington for discussion on the issue, the US officials related immediate flow of CS funds on the resumption of NATO supplies from Pakistan. Further, if Pakistan needs revisionary increase in supply charges, then the United States will make no objections as long as supplies are allowed to flow through the country. However, if Pakistan persists with the ban, its concerns in Afghanistan will not be entertained and it will not be allowed to attend the Chicago conference, in which new Afghan policy for 2014 will be unveiled. The Finance Minister has now convinced the parliamentarians to consider the problems.
Pakistan, China working on to counter Indian Ballistic Missile System
Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, May 11, 2012. Pakistan and China are working jointly to enhance their capacity to counter Indian ballistic missile systems. Jasarat informed that Pakistan and China are aware of the intricate details of Indian missiles and are developing missiles with new technologies to detect and destroy incoming Indian missiles.
Jasarat reported that the Indian systems will become operational after two years. And they will depend on Israeli Radar System Green Pine. India is preparing the system from ten years and recently achieved the status of being the fifth country in the world to have this missile capability. Pakistani Ballistic Missile Hatf-3 (Ghaznavi) successfully underwent trials on May 11. This missile can carry both nuclear and conventional weapons.
This is compiled and translated from Urdu by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation