It is obvious that India has never reconciled with all weather friendship between Pakistan and China. For its South Central and West Asia specific strategic interests, while India is constantly struggling to isolate Pakistan in South Asia it is also making efforts to disturb China's relations with Pakistan. India's objective is to establish its primacy in South Asia by weakening Pakistan economically and eroding South Asia strategic balance.
This large scale malicious campaign being run by India against Pakistan
becomes evident by surveying statements of its leaders, its print and
electronic media presentations and think tanks writings during last ten
years war on terror.
Through such a propaganda whereas India is trying to exploit
sensitivities of the US and other western countries on Pakistan’s role
in war on terror it is also trying to prove to China that Pakistan’s
alleged support to Afghan Taliban and other terrorists is also hurting
China’s commercial interests in Afghanistan and creating instability in
its Xinjiang Province.
Having been influenced by Indian propaganda the US and western policy
makers, media persons and think tanks have also started reflecting
negatively on Pakistan on the issues of fighting war on terror and its
alleged double role in Afghanistan.
In this context since the US wants to give primacy to India under its
obligations of having signed the agreement of strategic partnership with
it, the US and its western friends are also undermining Pakistan’s role
in Afghanistan’s peace process, are creating apprehensions about safety
of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, are showing no concern on resolution of
Kashmir dispute and are even closing their eyes on wide scale violation
of human rights in Indian held Kashmir.
Instead of acknowledging Pakistan’s spectacular achievements in fighting
war on terror and immense human and financial losses suffered in the
process, it is being propagated that due to terrorist attacks happening
in Pakistan it is going to be internally destabilized and ultimately its
nuclear weapons will not be safe from terrorist attacks.
In this context Indian and some western policy makers and scholars are
trying to negatively influence China regarding Pakistan’s capacity of
keeping its nuclear assets safe from terrorist attacks. In this context
there is a strong perception prevailing in Pakistan that to make their
argument logical some foreign intelligence agencies based in Afghanistan
might be tacitly facilitating terrorist attacks inside Pakistan by
financing some terrorist groups in FATA. Also, instead of economically
assisting Pakistan in making up its colossal war losses it is being
widely commented that Pakistan’s economy is going to collapse ultimately
which might put its existence in danger. By propagating such theories,
while foreign investments in Pakistan are being discouraged, efforts are
also underway to mislead China that its efforts to assist its close
friend Pakistan financially and its investments in this country will go
By influencing China on safety of its investments in Pakistan India has
recently attracted large Chinese investments in its infrastructure and
real estate projects. Regarding provision of Chinese economic support to
Pakistan, Liza Curtis has said in her article titled,”The reorientation
of Pakistan’s foreign policy towards its region” that China’s fears
about future stability of Pakistan, may limit the extent to which it
will bail Pakistan out of its current economic difficulties. It is also
being suggested to China that Pakistan will continue to support Taliban
in Afghanistan which is against Chinese interests in Afghanistan and
stability of its Xinjiang province.
Under the discussed scenario, to neutralize strains being brought in
Pakistan-China relations and to further advance this partnership it is
necessary for Pakistan to take appropriate foreign policy measures with
respect to China.
While Pakistan should continuously remain in tough with Chinese
leadership for making them aware about these engineered strains, it
should also make special efforts for wider engagement of Chinese media
persons, scholars community, business community, civil society segments
and enhance people to people contacts to apprise them of the negative
Pakistan should offer special incentives to Chinese investors to attract
their investments in major developmental projects like management of
Gawader port, energy projects and building of communication
For this purpose Pakistan Government should make special security
arrangements for Chinese investors, engineers and entrepreneurs who come
to Pakistan for business.
These measures are necessary for creating stakes for Chinese businessmen
in Pakistan. Pakistan should also make concerted efforts for peace in
Afghanistan in coordination with China so that its commercial interests
in Afghanistan are made safe. Pakistan should also evolve a policy of
extending a solid and consistent cooperation to China in addressing its
concerns of terrorist threats in Xinjiang.
With a view to ensuring its peaceful rise since China does not want
tensions with the US and even India, Pakistan should also shape its
domestic, economic and foreign policy strategies in a manner that its
internal house remains in order, its economy is made self sustaining and
progressive, its disputes with the neighbours are resolved through
negotiations and tensions are avoided so that while supporting Pakistan
Chinese relations with India and major powers are not brought under
strain. Likewise Pakistan should also keep its relations with the US,
India and EU cordial so that it can address its economic, trade related
and development issues in the long term perspective.
By Colonel Muhammad Hanif (retd)
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