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Pak Urdu Media Digest-Aug 17

 
China’s pearl, the Gwadar port, in its present state is testimony to what is wrong with Pakistan. Secretary, Ports says the port is ready but not the road network. As a result no commercial shipping activity is taking place there with only government using it. Floods in Sindh are an occasion for India bashing with the religious brigade in the forefront as usual and facts become a casualty. Because the Weather department DG Arif, says excess water flow in Sindh is rain water and India has given advance warning before excess water flowed into Pak river system....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- Aug 16

 
Pakistan Railway is planning take on loan locomotives from Indian Railways. This report should gladden all those who champion ties with India. But for the die-hard nationalists, the report is a grim reminder of the mess the economy in general and the backbone of transport sector in particular are pushed into with no accountability anywhere in the system. Pakistan was to buy rail engines from China last year but that deal got stuck in a court case with allegations of bribes and favoritism flying in all directions. This failure is not discouraging China from taking railway works. Marking President Zardari's visit to Beijing next month, the two countries will sign a deal on building a railway line along the Karakoram highway. ( this despatch includes reports for Aug 13, 14 and 15)...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – Aug 12

 
The US and China appear to be locked in a new war of influence in Pakistan. While Americans want to spread their footprint to Baluchistan, where China has built the Gwadar port, China is keen to set up a military base in the tribal belt, which is the target of US drones, ostensibly to keep a watch on ETIM activists creating trouble in Xinjiang. Jamaat-ud-dawa (JuD) has built 34 mosques in flood-hit areas for two purposes. One to expand its influence to Baluchistan, FATA and Sindh. Two to target ‘water refugees’ (flood affected) for indoctrination and recruitment. Gilgit- Baltistan is witnessing a wave of public protests. ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – Aug 11

 
JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed finds himself in the dock in a manner of speaking with embezzlement and misappropriation of crores of rupees detected at the University of Technology and Engineering, Lahore where he worked till six years back as the Professor of Islamic Studies. A due diligence check may make him squirm. For American diplomat Cameron Munter his meetings with Pakistani officials have given no room for smile on issues like travel restrictions on and visas for US diplomats. AJK has its own scam – a Rs. 30 crore scandal in water supply programme....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – Aug 10

 
What will be the Kayani’s army upto vis-à-vis Karachi – is the subject of absorbing interest and comment in editorials and op-ed pages after the Corps Commanders discussed the Karachi situation. Speculation is also ripe as to what would be the course of talks with the Taliban groups in Afghanistan. Reports speak of an influential Muslim country, a euphemism for Saudi Arabia, telling the US that it will not mediate with the Taliban if the US goal is sidelining Pakistan on the Afghan scene. G-B is all set to see its first public protest rallies over corruption in the education department....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- Aug 9

 
Budgets of Pakistan’s secret agencies have not been subjected to audit for the past 65 years. This was revealed at a meeting of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is Parliament’s watchdog on government spending. Now the issue is expected to figure on floor of National Assembly. Whether the discussion could lead to statutory audits of secret agencies is difficult to say but transparency in their expenditure will help curb corruption. It will expose ISI funding of terrorist groups. Sales of national flag is sluggish on account of high inflation, says Ummat ...
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Pak Urdu Media Digest – Aug 8

 
President Asif Ali Zardari peace deal with MQM is seen by his own PPP and ally ANP in the Sindh as ‘the unannounced deal for a Mohajir province. Speculation is that MQM may soon up the ante with a new demand and that ANP may walk out of the ruling alliance, say most dailies. Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Saleem Hashmi has warned Indian authorities that the Kashmir liberation movement is in its final phase, according to Daily Dharti. ( This dispatch includes reports for Aug 6 and 7)...
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Poverty Bomb Ticks In Pakistan

 
It is a sign of insanity to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, expecting different results. It is high time for Pakistan to redefine its spending priorities in favour of ordinary citizens. If that is done, the Holy month of Ramadan will bring up a different face of Pakistan; at present the month of fasting associated with charity sees people from the low strata flock to the cities and towns looking for alms....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- Aug 3

 
Karachi is like a battle field, says a commentator. With targeted killing continuing unabated, the government has come up cash rewards for informants. MQM chief Altaf Hussain is not impressed. He asked people to store rations that could last for long time saying that the present strife is not going to end soon. In other words, there is still no rapprochement between MQM and PPP. As it is time for Ramadan, Punjab government has banned ‘JuD’-LeT and other blacklisted outfits from collecting alms. Like in the past, this season also, this ban will remain on paper....
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Pak Urdu Media Digest- Aug 2

 
The attack on NATO oil tankers in Khairpur shows that the interior Sindh particularly small towns have become vulnerable to extremist activities after the security forces shifted attention to Karachi. Army appears ken to taste the political pie once again by cashing in on the stand off between the judiciary and the PPP government but the apex court is still highly suspicious of the army and hence the CJP is merely saying that the government is delaying implementation of court orders. ISI Chief Shujaa Pasha is on a secret mission to China. What is unclear is what he is upto....
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