11.09.2019

Indian newspapers have said that Pakistan talking about human rights & pushing narcotics don’t go together. Dailies have also commented on US President Donald Trump’s abrupt calling-off of tense negotiations with the Taliban. For sustaining the sugar sector, the Centre should push ethanol production, opines the Indian print media.

THE TRIBUNE in an editorial THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY writes Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has sought ‘international investigation into human rights violations by India in Jammu and Kashmir’ on Tuesday at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ever since India scrapped a temporary provision in its Constitution, Pakistan has been desperately trying to use all international forums to attack India and to claim to speak for the people of J&K. Yet, all this while, there has been no let-up in Pakistan’s terror tricks that have forced the Indian government to suspend Internet and mobile connections in the Kashmir valley. In the past two weeks, the Border Security Force (BSF) has caught three consignments of heroin being pushed by agents of the Pakistan deep state. A government that winks at these drug peddlers should not talk about human rights. Along with drugs, the BSF has also seized arms and ammunition, proving beyond doubt the neighbour’s narco-terror designs.

THE INDIAN EXPRESS in an editorial DEATH OF A DEAL says President Donald Trump has finally arrived at the conclusion that most Afghans had come to many months ago, when his special representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, began talks with the Taliban. “If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway,” he tweeted. His discovery of this foundational problem came when Khalilzad and the Taliban had all but stitched up an agreement to facilitate fulfilment of Trump’s election promise — withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Trump said he was cancelling a “secret” meeting at Camp David between him and the Taliban leaders, and a separate one with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

But Mr. Trump’s reason for calling-off the talks was an attack in Kabul on September 5, claimed by the Taliban, in which an American soldier was killed. This is bewildering — the Taliban has carried out equally or more fierce attacks through the talks. The real explanation may lie elsewhere. Perhaps it was because the US President baulked at the optics of having the Taliban over on the 9/11 anniversary, or had second thoughts about giving the go-ahead to an agreement which his Secretary of State had reportedly refused to put his signature on.

BUSINESS LINE in an editorial SUSTAINABLE SUGARCANE observes, in order to help sugar mills deal with the 145 lakh tonnes of sugar inventory — 95 lakh tonnes more than the normal requirement of 50 lakh tonnes — the Centre has announced export subsidies as well as compensation for the carrying cost of sugar mills. With the new crop arrivals expected to pick up next month, the problem of excess will only worsen. With domestic consumption estimated at 260 lakh tonnes, the surplus is here to stay, threatening to depress prices. In order to hold up cane prices and clear farmers’ dues, buffer stocks have become an inexorable necessity. Meanwhile, a global glut in sugar makes it difficult to export viably. The government should find ways to clear the buffer sugar stock.