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National Media

  • Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has decided to dispense with condition of 3-years mandatory service for civil servants in BS-20 for promotion in BS-21. (Majority of papers)
  • Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar while reiterating Pakistan’s support to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process said, Pakistan was extending all possible assistance to intra-Afghan reconciliation process; called for just, peaceful settlement to Kashmir dispute. (Majority of papers)
  •  India, UK armies to hold joint exercise in April: (The Times of India)
  •  US in contact with Taliban representatives in Qatar:  (Press TV)
  • Law Minister Farooq H. Naek said, PPP-led government will present the bill on creation of new province in Punjab in the NA on February 18. (Nation)
  • Defence Minister Syed Naveed Qamar said, government is endeavoring to strengthen Naval defence of the country by equipping Pakistan Navy with state of the art technology. (Pak. Observer)
  • CEC Justice (Rtd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim asks all political parties and their leaders to assist the commission in ensuring a smooth transition from one democratic government to the next; says, his appointment as well as appointment of other 4 members of the commission has been made in complete compliance with all the constitutional provisions
  • Senior lawyer Wasim Sajjad counsel for federation representing President Asif Ali Zardari in the dual office case said, he did not tell the LHC that the President would soon quit his political office. (Majority of papers)
  • NAB will adopt lengthy process for extradition of former OGRA Chief Tauqir Sadiq which can take more than a year. (Nation)
  • PTI Chief Imran Khan said, PTI’s intra-party polls would be completed by March 15 and 80000 elected office-bearers of the party would gather at Minar-e-Pakistan on March 23 to take oath. (Business Recorder)
  • TMQ Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri files a constitutional petition in the SC for reconstitution of ECP; prays for declaring the appointment of ECP Chief and 4 members null and void; saying their appointments are in violation of constitution. (Majority of papers)
  • SHC has issued notices to Home Secretary, DG MI, DG Rangers, IGP and other respondents in a petition seeking whereabouts of a missing person. (Daily Times)
  • FC expresses dissatisfaction over a report submitted by the Sindh government on implementation of the court’s orders in the Karachi law and order case; notes that the government is not taking the matter seriously. (Daily Times)
  • Human Rights Watch launches campaign against media, report by Ahmad Noorani. (News, Jang)
  • Kamran Faisal death probe turns into controversy, report by Usman Manzoor. (News)
  • PPP government is set to open a new pandora’s box by tabling on Friday a bill in the NA, which seeks to replace the name of Quaid-e-Azam with Z.A. Bhutto for the post-graduate medical college being turned into a university. (News, Jang)
  • NAB moves against Babar Ghauri in KPT affairs to tame MQM, report by Tayyab Hussain. (Pakistan Today)
  • Already in hot waters because of Kamran Faisal’s case, NAB DG HR Kausar Malik is now facing the serious charge of hampering the fair investigation in the OGRA scam, report by Ansar Abbasi. (News)
  • European parliament through a resolution has asked the government of Pakistan to provide security to polio vaccination teams. (Express)
  • Swiss government has formally informed the Government of Pakistan that they are withdrawing the letter of former Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Abdul Qayyum for ending Swiss cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. (Ausaf, Khabrain)
  • US Embassy spokesperson Rian Harris said, Taliban’s rejection of the outcome of 3rd Trilateral UK-Afghanistan-Pakistan Summit by Afghan Taliban is unfortunate. (Nation)
  • Protestors denouncing US drone attacks disrupted the US Senate hearing on the nomination for next CIA Director. (News)
  • Expressing serious concern over the security situation and no access to the ongoing developmental projects in FATA, the international donor agencies have urged FATA Secretariat to resolve issues related to No Objection Certificate. (Daily Times)
  • Government of Japan has decided to extend financial support of $ 107959 to Al-Mustafa Trust for the construction of a physical therapy centre in Gujrat. (Daily Times)
  • US President Barrack Obama hands over guidelines for US drone strikes to lawmakers. (Majority of papers)
  • PILDAT in its monthly report says, ECP has achieved 76 percent of its strategic plan to ensure free and fair elections. (Dawn)
  • ISAF Commander Gen. John R. Allen met COAS Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani; discussed bolstering the military-to-military relationship between ISAF and Pakistan as well as improving security in the region; Gen. Kayani said, there was more to do in the fight against terrorism. (Majority of papers)
  • 17 people killed in Karachi violence; man injured in Quetta blast; body found in Quetta; 15 militants killed in Orakzai PAF air strikes; 3 militants killed in a retaliatory fire of police in Swabi. (Majority of papers)
  • Making a mockery of the ban imposed by the ECP, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has approved issuance of 288 arms licenses to PPP workers in Rawalpindi city. (News, Jang)
  • Dawn: “Gwadar port” Turning Gwadar into a modern port must become one of Pakistan’s planning priorities, Indian objections being irrelevant and of no consequence.
  • Daily Times: “Why now?” Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has joined Dr Tahirul Qadri in his demand to reconstitute the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Why at this point of time, when the entire energies of the political parties should have been devoted to preparations for the upcoming elections, a sudden foray has been made into the composition and worth of the ECP?
  • Nation, Nawa-e-Waqt: “Indian concern over Gwadar” A matter of serious concern to New Delhi saying that Gwadar port is situated at a strategic location on the Arabian Sea and the mouth of the Persian Gulf and is only about 400kms away from the Strait of Hormuz, a key global oil supply route. The Chinese Foreign Office has issued a statement defending Beijing’s decision to take over the port operation as part of the continued cooperation between the two countries
  • Dr. Muhammad Yaqub (News): “The debt trap” In other words, the present government borrowed more in its first four years than the combined borrowing of all the previous governments over a period of sixty-one years.

 

International Media

  • An important article, “A Former US Ambassador’s Advice on How to Work With Pakistan “Pub in Asia Society, by Cameron Munter on February 7th, 2013

Pakistan and America have had some tough years. When President Obama first took office, Pakistan had just returned to democracy after years of military rule, and many were optimistic that the two countries could build a new and healthy relationship…..

First, the common task of fighting militancy and terrorism remains a priority for both countries. I believe it is a mistake for America to view Pakistan exclusively through the optic of our efforts in Afghanistan, as we’ve too frequently done in recent years. And yet as the situation changes in Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond, we need to marry realistic timelines and policy decisions with the priorities of Pakistani officials. This means continuing with the successful formula of high-level meetings that combine military and civilian leaders from both countries (“three-on-three”), talking together about military and civilian topics, so that joint decisions on security issues are not hampered, or even crippled, by institutional barriers in either government.

Second, …There is plenty of blame to go around, but it is crucial that the Pakistani leadership step up and admit its failings rather than simply accuse the Americans of inefficiency or bad faith. Pakistan’s institutions, from federal ministries to provincial educational to health providers, need drastic reform — and so does the fiscal structure, which through anti-democratic favoring of feudal interests, cripples public faith in Pakistani democracy. Any American assistance from now on should require Pakistani leadership to reform; and it may be that Pakistani calls for an end to the dependency trap of traditional assistance are right.

 

If we agree on these two ideas — that we must continue a reasonable, clear-eyed cooperation on counterterrorism informed by (but not defined by) what happens in Afghanistan, and that we must reassess civilian assistance to encourage reform of Pakistani institutions that allow for truly democratic Pakistani leadership — then we have a strong start. The next step would be to break away from the tyranny of negative narratives that limit bilateral ties and reinforce the idea that we have a bad marriage or codependent relationship. If we can detach ourselves from these comfortable but lazy assumptions, we can open the door to new approaches.  I suggest two.

First, wherever possible, we should not limit ourselves to bilateral solutions. Second, wherever possible, we should not limit ourselves to government-to-government initiatives. Difficult as it may sound, there can be no solution to our long-term security needs in the region without paying attention to neighboring countries. Former Secretary Clinton began the process of looking at post-2014 security arrangements in a regional setting; she also emphasized that these arrangements are not sustainable without stronger regional economic relationships.

This regional approach should continue. We cannot discuss Pakistan without thinking about India, China, and Turkey, their interests, and the roles they may play in the future. Sure, it is more complicated, but it is also more realistic, and helps bury the “viceroy obsession” so prevalent in Pakistan today …. American businesses can bring global practices to Pakistan. American universities have traditional links to Pakistani counterparts that need to be rebuilt. … Finally, a little patience and generosity — on both sides — will certainly be required to heal the cuts and abrasions we have both suffered in recent years.

http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/former-us-ambassadors-advice-how-work-pakistan

Articles on Drones

  • Confirmation hearing for a new CIA dir comes as Obama approves drone report for lawmakers: The CIA’s drone strikes primarily focus on ALQ and Tbn tgts in the tribal regions of Pak, while the mil has launched strikes against ALQ tgts in Yemen and Somalia.  (WP)
  • Obama will allow lawmakers to see secret memo on targeted killings, by Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller: Brennan’s tenure as Obama’s chief ctr-terrorism adviser over the past four years. He played a critical role in overseeing a drone campaign that has carried out hundreds of strikes in Pak and Yemen, killing more than 3,000 militants and civilians. (WP)
  • A time to explain the drone campaign: Though it has ordered hundreds of drone strikes that have killed thousands, the Obama adm has never disclosed the methodology in the playbook. It has not provided pub reports on the tgts and results of drone strikes and, in the case of Pak, still officially refuses to ack them. (WP)
  • The Questions Brennan Can’t Dodge, by MARY ELLEN O’CONNELL: Today, the United States is involved in a true armed conflict only in Afghanistan. Yet drone attacks have been carried out in Yemen, Somalia and Pak and may soon begin in Libya, Mali and Nigeria.  (NYT)
  • White House silent over CIA drone reports as pressure builds on Brennan, by Chris McGreal and Ian Black: he confirmation hearing is also expected to throw some light on the future use of drones, which Obama has rapidly expanded in Pak, Afgn, Yemen and Somalia. (Guardian)

On Others Topics

  •  Allen, Dunford Visit Pak Mil Chief: The current and next comds of the Intl Security Assistance Force in Afgn visited Pak today in the latest in a regular series of engagements aimed at bolstering the ISAF-Pak mil relationship. (Defense Gov)
  • Qadri approaches SC, seeks restructuring of EC: (Hindustan times)
  • Karzai presses for fatwa on suicide attacks, by Lisa Lundquist: Addressing the Org of Islamic Coop in Cairo yesterday, Afghan President Karzai renewed his govt’s push for prominent Islamic scholars to issue a fatwa condemning suicide attks.  (LWJ)
  • India Approves Set Up of Company for Trans-Afghan Gas Pipeline, by Saurabh Chaturvedi: India’s fed cabinet approved the formation of a company that will build a multibillion-dollar trans-Afgn pipeline project to bring in natural gas from Turkmenistan.  (Wall Street Journal)

Topics Discussed in Electronic Media on 7Feb

 Demand and Petition of Tahir Ul Qadri to Reconstitute EC… surge  in Politics… ECP and its Reconstitution… Accountability first than Elections… Major Problems of Pakistan, Corruption, Inflation, Education or Terrorism… Karachi Situation… Issue of ECP… Taliban Offer…  Constituency of PML-N Member Anjum Aqeel Khan… IRI Survey,  PTI’s Popularity…  Interview with Pervez Musharraf…

 

 

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