Pakistani media hails India's green signal to talks

Islamabad, Sep 28 (IANS) The Pakistani media Saturday praised the Indian government for its decision to go ahead with the talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif despite the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir Sep 26.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet Sunday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In an editorial, the Dawn newspaper said that the terror strike in Jammu failed to achieve its purpose of derailing the peace talks while The News International welcomed India's firm stand to hold the talks.

The Daily Times hailed India's leadership for going ahead with the composite talks despite facing the wrath of the country's main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"The attack by unidentified militants on a police station and an army base in India-held Kashmir Thursday failed to achieve its purpose, and the meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh is still on," said Dawn.

"As on previous occasions, so now, the prime ministers of India and Pakistan getting together is in itself something to be grateful for. That the Indian prime minister confirmed the meeting with Sharif in spite of Thursday's provocation shows his resolve not to surrender to the hawks in India.

"With a general election due (in India), some politicians in India have adopted a hawkish line; Mr Singh's refusal to steer away from a conciliatory course, thus, deserves to be appreciated," it added.

The report also hailed India's reaction of not blaming Pakistan directly for the attack, calling it a positive move.

"So far, the Indian side has not blamed Pakistan for the raid - they have blamed infiltrators 'from Pakistan'. This is a welcome departure from past practice when, soon after an act of terror, as for instance in the case of the Samjhota Express carnage, Indian authorities would be quick to blame Pakistan. This time we can detect a more restrained reaction," it said.

The Dawn editorial also said that Pakistan should now consider granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India as a positive gesture.

"New Delhi has for long been pressing Pakistan on the MFN issue. It is time Islamabad considered clinching the issue as a confidence-building measure."

While breathing a sigh of relief over the continuation of peace talks, The News International said it would have been imprudent for India to cancel the talks.

"We can breathe a sigh of relief for now that the two sides are going to keep talking to each other but we should not lose sight of the significant hurdles in the way of better relations between the two countries," it said.

The Daily Times, in its editorial said, despite the growing opposition to the peace talks in India, saner voices were found in the ruling Congress party and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

"They (the opposition in India) demanded that the scheduled meeting between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh Sep 29 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session be cancelled.

"However, saner voices were to be found in the ranks of the ruling Congress Party and Indian-held Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah," it said.

"In India, ironically, the BJP presents a different face in government from what it is these days displaying in opposition. Who can forget the historic visit of former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to Pakistan in 1999 when the Lahore Agreement was signed with then Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif?

"That historic breakthrough of course was sabotaged by Pervez Musharraf with his Kargil adventure," the newspaper added.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order… More »

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srinivasan, says Manohar

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Pietersen ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »