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08 July 2013

Egyptian Crisis and Emerging Pakistan-China Relations

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By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Pakistan is one of the worst affected Muslim nations on account of NATO terror war on Islam in Afghanistan upon engineering the Sept-11 hoax. Islamabad under a military ruler Gen Musharraf foolishly aided the Americans to attack neighboring Islamic Afghanistan to gain some military goods and money for leaders.

While in Egypt an elected government of Mohammad Morsi was being removed by the military guys, another elected Nawaz Sharif regime in Pakistan which has been the stage for such military takeovers in the past, must have felt somewhat disturbed and Sharif himself felt his blood pressure mounting high.

In it Is not only in Pakistan but in most countries the regime felt nervous about demonstrations and uprisings. Only in countries like India where demonstrations and youth unrest are being regulated by the regime itself, nothing untoward happens that ends in regime change. But it is not the case elsewhere. President Mohammad Morsi had no control over the demonstrations and hence military could swiftly act to dislodge him.

Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif visited China recently. China-Pakistan ties have been growing very fast, deepening and widening their economic and military relations.

Sharif's visit follows one by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Pakistan in May, during which the sides alluded to their friendship in typically effusive terms.

Pakistan hopes to expand economic exchanges, especially in developing basic infrastructure, and welcomes Chinese businesses to invest there. Dring an official visit to Beijing, Nawaz Sharif met this week with China's President Xi Jinping focused on courting Chinese investment in his country's ailing transport and electricity generating sectors.

The visit is Sharif's first to his country's close ally since he returned to power last month. The nations cooperate closely in diplomatic and military affairs, and share a common rival in mutual neighbor India. Sharif said he chose China for his first overseas visit to strengthen and develop friendly neighborly ties between the two countries, according to Chinese state television., Sharif said. Xi told him China hoped to move ahead with plans for a "China-Pakistan economic corridor. All-weather strategic cooperation is the precious wealth our two countries share," Xi said.

Sharif is hoping to attract greater Chinese investment to revive Pakistan's moribund economy. That includes building rail and road links linking the Chinese border to the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar, control of which was transferred to a state-owned Chinese company in February.

China provides Pakistan with aid and foreign investment, while Islamabad offers Beijing important diplomatic backing in the face of Muslim-majority nations who might otherwise criticize China's handling of its Muslim population.

Pakistan has viewed China as an important counterweight to the United States, which provides valuable aid but often pressures Islamabad to do more to target Muslims, by “cracking down on Islamic militants”. Pakistan and China have also been close because of their mutual distrust of India, which borders both countries.

Both want to speed up economic ties. Despite the close ties, trade between the two countries exceeded $12 billion for the first time last year.

Pakistan is also seeking Chinese help in overcoming a chronic energy shortage, while China wants Pakistan to crack down on insurgents from China's Muslim Uighur minority who have taken refuge in Pakistan's lawless northwest alongside al-Qaida-linked extremists. Pakistan says it has killed or extradited several of those militants over the past few years, but acknowledges that some remain at large in the area.

Pakistan is a failed Islamic nation and most Pakistanis have no commitment to Islam or Islamic values or Islamic faith and they seem to be satisfied with living as US stooges and killing fellow Muslims. In no field has Pakistan made any mark to be known as an intentional power. Youth has no interest even in sports except in promoting fake cricketers.

China help can help Islamabad even by rapidly increasing trade volumes, only if the leaders decide to serve the nation and people- not just capitalists. Without serving the cause of Islam, they cannot be Muslims in true spirits.

[Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal is Specialist on State Terrorism; Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA); Independent Analyst; Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.). He is also former university Teacher. He can be contacted at abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com]

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