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Pak Urdu Media Digest - July 29

 
Saudis are most likely to negotiate reconciliation between Kabul and the Taliban. So, Pakistan is cozying up to Riyadh more than ever before, says a report. Madrassas in the Malakand division, which covers Swat and Dir, have been forcibly shut down, in an apparent bid to check the influence of the Taliban and the TTP in the area. Interior Minister Rahman Malik says Raiwind Tableeghi Centre is brainwashing people towards extremism. Most of the arrested extremists have confessed that they had visited Raiwind and studied at the Madrassas, according to him. Pakistan has 25,000 madrassas. ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- July 28

 
Pakistan mosques and madrassa are back to preaching Jihad and indoctrinating the youth in a big way, according to a report. There is also a big spurt in building mosques as well, and the ostensible purpose is to have shelters for jihadis returning from the front line. The dailies are carrying reports and commentaries on the American economy’s woes and China’s bright economy in what is certainly an effort to slowly prepare the public mood to jettison one day the American aid ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – July 27

 
Recent operations by the US forces in Afghanistan have brought to light that the ‘Punjabi Taliban’ (sectarian groups and banned organizations that have ideological coherence with the Taliban) are re-entering Afghanistan from their stronghold in the KP region. The arrest in Lahore of an American national Qazi indicates continued mistrust with the US. Independence of Judiciary remains the war cry in Pakistan and unless PPP regime buys with the Supreme Court, the armed forces may intervene for a bigger role on the political arena. And thus gain legitimacy for their overbearing presence in Pakistan....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – July 22

 
Pak Urdu dailies continue pour scorn over the United States. The latest ire is a result of perceived Washington tilt towards Delhi and the arrest of a Kashsmiri lobbyist who has been acting as ISI front in the United States. There is a heightened activity amongst the Jihadi organizations in Pakistan. It seems directly proportional to the pressure on the army to act against terrorists in North Waziristan. ...
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Aid to Pak to be cut off ‘unless US gets access to Osama’s wives'

 
The legislation in the works is not Pakistan centric. It seeks to block US aid to Egypt, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority also,unless the White House can reassure Congress that they are co-operating in fighting terrorism. It is going to pose a direct challenge to President Barrack Obama and his authority over foreign policy. ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – July 21

 
Maulana Masood Azhar has built huge hall adjacent to his Jamia Noor Daska mosque in Punjab, says Al Qalam Weekly. The hall, to be used for hosting large Mujahideen gatherings and meetings has been built at a cost of over Pakistani Rupees One crore and bears testimony to the fact that the Maulana is flush with funds. US arrest of Gulam Nabi Fai, the ISI front for lobbying with American law makers on Kashmir issue, is a tit- for- tat action to corner ISI, says Nawa-i-Waqt. The arrest came soon after the ISI refused to release Dr. Shakeel Afridi who was involved in the DNA sampling after Operation Geronimo at Abbottabad. ...
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Action Against Haqqanis -Key to Success in Afghanistan

 
The Haqqanis belong to Zadran tribe, which are mostly based in Paktia and Khost provinces of Eastern Afghanistan. However, their support base has always been in the FATA's Northern Waziristan, where they run a number of Madrassas and training camps but operate mainly in South-Eastern Afghanistan, and provinces further North towards Kabul. The dreaded network is reportedly preparing for alternative safe haven for itself in Kurram Agency. Pakistan army holds the Haqqani Network, like the Taliban, as its reserve asset for the endgame in Afghanistan....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- July 20

 
ISI funding for lobbying mostly with the Republicans through the Kashmir American Council (KAC) is one of the many eye catching headlines today. It doesn’t come as a surprise though since there were reports earlier of ‘funding’ British lawmakers. Another story that demands attention is ‘fresh bid’ by American officials to enter Peshawar for the second time ‘illegally’. It indicates that ISI-CIA have not ironed out their differences fully. Jasarat reports that JuD has conducted a 10-day Summer Camp for indoctrinating women. This indicates a trend towards using women in ‘attacks’. ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – July 19

 
While pump priming the Haqqani network as the true harbingers of peace in Afghanistan, Pakistan is establishing links with all groups with the spokesman of the sidelined Tajik Community, Younus Qanuni playing a key role. Qanuni has already cobbled together an alliance styled as the National Understanding Front (NUF), according to the Jasarat. Lack of development and high level of corruption in Gilgit –Baltistan is also front page news in Ausaf and other dailies. So is the report that US is installing Blue Force Technology at its embassy in Islamabad to monitor special people and vehicles across Pakistan. Taliban including!...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – July 18

 
Cheer and despair are in equal measure in the front page headlines. Tribal leaders of North Waziristan have assured the KP governor that there are no militants belonging to the Haqqani group holed up in their area. Corruption has become an epidemic, says Jang and puts the loss to the exchequer at around Pakistan Rupees 2000 billion. ( Includes July 16 and 17)...
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