Afghan media tone is reconciliatory towards Pakistan


By Farman Nawaz

Editorial Border Times Pakistan

Unlike Indian media, print media of Afghanistan especially English newspapers are very cautious while reporting or commenting about Pakistan.

The Afghan politicians might issue statements in anger but its media report the same statements with a mild tone. Its possible reason might be the fact that the mistrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan is different from the one which is always found between India and Pakistan. Comparing the recent skirmishes on Torkhum border with the situation on Pak-India border shows that these skirmishes do not represent the same type of mistrust between the opposing sides.

Any terrorist activity in India leads to a standstill situation between Pakistan and India but on the other hand it does not happen after a terrorist activity in Kabul despite the fact that Afghanistan blame Pakistan for supporting Afghan Taliban.

Afghan media raises voice when their national interest is at stake but its tone is reconciliatory. Afghan media is successful in this respect that it is able to adjust the expectations of India and Pakistan. However Afghan representative statement in UN that Pakistan violates sovereignty of other nations, and that Pakistan does not need F 16 and nuclear technology to fight terrorism might take Afghanistan and Pakistan to the period when Afghanistan opposed Pakistan inclusion in the UN in the late 1940’s.

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