Author: Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Editor, Analyst, Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. (E-mail: email@example.com).
Since the launch of Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) in 2013, few countries have opposed it and trying to undermine it. The biased and impartial media is over-engaged in promoting anti-China, anti-BRI narrative. However, few countries are actively involved in damaging BRI by force and even used terrorism to derail the BRI.
Anti-China countries are using the family of BRI countries as their battlefields and harming Chinese nationals or their assets and interests globally. Execution of a Chinese national in November 2015 by ISIS, Killing of three Chinese nationals at Radisson Blu Hotel, Mali, - A compilation of open-source data shows a total of 18 attacks causing 40 deaths of Chinese nationals overseas in the past decade.
Among the six planned economic corridors under BRI, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the flagship project and one of the most advanced stage corridors. The fruits of these projects are visible, and the people of Pakistan are grateful to the Chinese government and people for such a mega initiative.
Enemies of China are also active in Pakistan to harm Chinese nationals, Chinese projects, Chinese interests, and assets. In the past few years, many attempts were made to target Chinese citizens, projects, assets, and interests, but the brave security forces have made all such attempts in the past failure. Many personnel of security forces was offered their lives to save our Chinese brothers and sisters.
Pakistan has anticipated such threats and raised two divisions of qualified, well-trained, well-equipped forces within the Pakistan Army to protect Chinese nationals and their assets or interest. The dedicated workforce has been specially trained to look after the Chinese and provide them total security.
Generally speaking, the common citizen in Pakistan loves China and respects the Chinese and, by all means, wanted to protect the Chinese. Still, the dedicated force is tuned and charged with a special spirit of "Pure friendship" with China. In Pakistani culture, the worth of friendship is part of our traditions. The dedicated force is prepared to sacrifice their own lives to protect the valued friendship.
However, the unpleasant incident at the Dasu hydropower project happened on 14 July 2021. The whole nation is saddened and condoles with the victims of the incident. A joint investigation team comprising Pakistani experts and Chinese experts has reached the conclusion that it was a terrorist act, and both governments are determined to trace down the actors and reach them wherever they hide and punish them.
In the past, several attacks targeting Chinese nationals or their interests were failed by the security forces of Pakistan. Upon investigations, the evidence led that such attacks were planned, designed by the Indians, used Afghanistan soil to launched. Pakistan has compiled the undeniable evidence and provided the dossier to the United Nations and relevant quarters already.
India is in direct confrontation with China at Ladakh and Line of Actual Control (LAC). India is also part of the "Quad" – an alliance of the US, Japan, India, and Australia to counter China, contain China, and resist China's rise.
India is also the worst adversary of Pakistan and has fought four wars and disputes over the border in the Kashmir region. So India finds it convenient to attack Chinese nationals and assets in Pakistan to harm both China and Pakistan.
India uses the instability, lawlessness, and war-like situation in Afghanistan and operating its terrorism from Afghan soil. That is why India is one of the countries that oppose peace and stability in Afghanistan and acts as a spoiler in the Afghan peace process.
Although India wanted to spoil the relationship based on pure friendship and love between China and Pakistan, but would never succeed. The roots of our friendships are so deep that India may not be able to shake them.
Contrarily, China and Pakistan have come even closer, and the project is continued without any disruption. China and Pakistan may cooperate in tracking down the actual actors and conduct joint operations to reach the terrorists, planners, financiers, and facilitators. And may set an example to punish them.
The strong and deep-rooted relationship between the two "Iron Brothers" can not be challenged!
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)