From the Urdu press; Iran deal

IRAN DEAL

Commenting on the recent nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the US, Aziz-ul-Hind, edited by Aziz Burney, writes in an editorial on November 26: "On the one hand, the United States is describing this agreement as a victory, with President Obama claiming that after many decades, Iran's nuclear programme has been halted. On the other hand, Iran is saying that its right to have a nuclear programme has been accepted. Actually, the agreement is ambiguous... Who lost and who gained will become clear only when there is a movement towards a comprehensive agreement." It adds: "One discerns that Israel wants to reserve the right to attack Iran. There are apprehensions with regard to the agreement in the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. Even though the leaders of those countries have not openly expressed their sentiments, newspaper reports and comments from the region suggest they are not happy with the agreement."

Siasat, in its editorial on November 25, writes: "The apprehensions (of other connected parties) that there might be differences (of interpretation) in critical times are not unfounded. It can be definitely said that the parties involved have found a way to buy some time for themselves... It is necessary for Iran to be alert to the aspirations of the US and its allies, particularly Israel."

The 'Tehelka' Case

Nai Duniya, edited by former Samajwadi Party leader Shahid Siddiqui, writes (Dec 2-8): "People are surprised at the manner in which the Tehelka editor, Tarun Tejpal, has behaved like a judge, even though he is an accused. People like Tejpal deserve a harsher punishment than the common man... Through his actions he has broken the faith of not only a colleague but of everyone who has confidence in secular journalism."

Inquilab, in its editorial on November 29, writes: "The media is trying to show that Tehelka intended to paint the BJP in a bad light and serve the interests of the Congress. This theory is bogus. Because if so, are all those newspapers, publications and justice- loving social activists who have been protesting consistently against the misdeeds of the Gujarat government and its hollow claims since 2002 are stooges of the Congress?" Hamara Samaj, in its editorial on November 27, writes: "The media is denying its responsibilities and traditional duty. It has started issuing certificates of who is a culprit and who is innocent. There is a need for the media to try to get to the bottom of the news. If Tarun Tejpal is actually guilty, he should be given the harshest punishment on the basis of law. But the media should not blindly declare anyone a criminal before the verdict of the court".

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