by Shaheryar Azhar
Many journalists in Pakistan are out there saying how this war is not ours but America’s. Other journalists accuse America as a matter of course of following anti-Pakistan policies. Here are few snippets that show a house divided, rather badly.
Ahmad Quraishi in his article “Against Pakistan”, which appeared in The News on Oct 14, 2008 said that Pakistan has no interest in eliminating the Afghan Taliban. America is least concerned about protecting Pakistan’s back in Afghanistan. Why should Pakistan reciprocate?
Editor investigations Ansar Abbasi of The News claimed in his story “Was it an attack on US Marines?” dated September 21, 2008 that there was a top secret and mysterious operation of the US Marines going on inside the Islamabad Marriott when it was attacked on Saturday evening and that was the reason for the attack. In effect, there would have been no attack on the Islamabad Marriott if three marines had not been staying there. He further claimed that circumstantial evidence in this regard was in abundance.
Joint Editor of The News, Shaheen Sehbai in his article “After Marriott” get Bush off your back stressed the need for a thorough revision of Pakistan’s policy on the war on terror and called on President Zardari to stop military operations in FATA, completely halt US drone attacks against Al-Qaeda and keep the war on the other side of the Durand Line.
The News in its editorial of March 18, 2009 “Terrorism: understanding the Pakistani context” stressed that Pakistan needed to realise that our problem involved our own people, and therefore we could not continue to suffer the collateral damage that results from a military approach. In fact, the US was a growing liability. Some of us had always maintained and stated that US interests in this region are not similar to our long-term interests and so we need to create some space between ourselves and the US.
Geo anchor person Hamid Mir wrote a detailed analysis in the backdrop of Mumbai attacks, in his story titled “Army official calls Baitullah Mehsud, Fazlullah ‘patriots’”. All main militant groups fighting in FATA, from South Waziristan to Bajaur and from Mohmand to the Khyber Agency, have contacted the government through different sources after the Mumbai bombings and have offered a ceasefire if the Pakistan Army also stops its operations.
Daily Jang (Urdu) January 26, 2009: Ansar Abbasi wrote: “Obama the murderer. This is not our own war and USA wanted to reach our nuclear assets in the garb of terrorism. War against terror on Pakistan was the result of fake policies of former dictator (Musharraf).”
Daily Jang February 23, 2009: Ansar Abbasi criticized Americans that they wanted to spread war against terrorism throughout the country to take over Pakistan Nuclear assets. He held responsible US authorities for failure of past peace pacts and praised the ANP for trying to develop a new agreement with the Taliban in Swat.