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Paki-Chini bhai-bhai is like Chor-Chor bhai-bhai

April 22, 2015

Updated April 25, 2015

A very harsh piece on Paki-Chini bhai-bhai thing. Now I am reminded of the ‘Lion King’ yet again. The old wicked conspiring ugly lion and the pack of hyenas are the Pakis and Chinese. India is the final winner – the Lion King !!!

No intention of wounding anyone. This is heartfelt and I don’t think I am exaggerating anything about Pakistan, flattering India. Unfortunately I am not adept at sugarcoating my words.

When I wrote this piece I did not know who Sabeen Mahmud was, wish I had known. Only a coward can do this to such a brave woman. Who else would want to silence her other than the ISI & Pakistan army. What moral rights do the Pakistanis have to comment on Kashmir. Its Balochistan that needs to be freed first.

I am a housewife recording here for mere pastime whatever I feel strongly about.Still it runs a shiver down my spine. I am repeatedly warned by my family not to blog on govt/religion/terrorism and such sensitive issues, My husband will kill me if he ever gets to read this post! Politics is dirty word for us. We are scared actually being typical middle-class.

So I can guess what a life risk journalists take. Shudder at the very thought. Hope everyone stays safe. And is it finally worth it. What can come before family.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Xi-Jinping-in-Pakistan-China-to-beat-US-spending-there-with-46-billion-investment/articleshow/46988261.cms

Well I am neither a political analyst nor an expert of any kind but still can’t resist making these observations:

* Its such a perversion that world superpowers like the US and China must be pumping multi billion dollars into a rogue nation like Pakistan that deserves nothing.

* Pakistan must be investigated for war crimes committed in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation war. Some 300,000 fellow muslims were butchered and over 100,000 bangla women gangraped.

* Both Pakistan and China are warmongers with the former having initiated all the 4 wars against India until today from 1947 thro’ 1965, 1971 and the latest Kargil in 1999 whereas the latter’s backstabbing aggression in 1961 on India happened right after their leader’s India visit.

* Both nations hold very poor human rights record. Pakistan as we know has been decimating the minorities aiming for ethnic cleansing – starting with Hindus to Ahmedis to Shias. World cannot forget China’s Tiananmen Square either.

* Pakistan has a history of international crimes committed especially against India. From burning to ashes of a hijacked Indian plane in 1971 to hijacking of Indian Airlines plane in 1999 for release of dreaded terrorists to carrying forth multiple terror activities in Indian soil including the Mumbai 26/11, sabotage is Pakistan’s national ideology. Daniel Pearl to New York 9/11, Pakistani imprint is everywhere.

* Pakistan is popular for other ‘maritime’ activities like hawala trading, smuggling of narcotics and printing and circulation of fake currencies chiefly Indian,  among other deadly crimes.

* Pakistan could be No.1 country when it comes to interpol notices issued against violent terrorists who go scotfree in their territory – from Hafiz Sayed to Dawood Ibrahim to Abdur Rehman Lakhvi.

* Pakistan could be one of a handful countries in the world where govt abets terrorism and the army & intelligence agency ISI go hand in hand with terrorists. Bin Laden never surprised us Indians. This is what Pakistanis are. This is what Pakistan means as a nation, as a people, as an army. A nation’s armed forces must have security and interests of the concerned nation at heart – not sabotage.

* Name the nations in the world that may readily love/trust/respect Pakistan. Including Iran and Arab states and Afghanistan that is. The list records a big zero except for China, why?

* China’s investments in Pakistan are mainly to counter India besides promoting its own business interests. Pakistan comes along somewhere.

* China is exporting/erecting nuclear reactors to Pakistan violating the NSG norms. Devious Pakistan has already signed treaty with another petty and controversial nation like Sri Lanka for building their nuke reactors (for civilian purposes ofcourse). But knowing Sri Lankan history of committing genocide against the nation’s Tamil, there are doubts persisting whether Sri Lanka can be trusted. What is Uncle Sam doing. Dangerous nuclear power is so carelessly and easily proliferated right in front of our noses and our hands are tied. Why is not Pakistan isolated in the world arena. Without acquiring expertise in handling/execution/maintenance, its irresponsible of these trivial nations to even desire for such a sensitive technology. It could prove deadly to the host nations – a very costly blunder if things, god forbid, should go wrong.

* Pakistan is the root cause of all troubles in neighbouring Afghanistan and even in the chinese province of Xinjiang Countries directly affected by Pak terrorism include India, USA and UK among others. Why are Pakistanis still given the work visas. Why are not they sent back from world around. Let them work & live in China. Even in middle-east we know what respect Pakistanis command.

* As the quoted report suggests the USA has already pumped in over 31 billion $ into Pakistan since 2002.

* The silk route to be revived will be reportedly passing through parts of POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) against the Shimla Agreement (to my understanding). Why has not the Modi government reacted so far to it. How can China be allowed to build/invest in disputed territory. By the same logic, it may be time to dismantle Article 370 that enables special status to Indian Kashmir and allow outsiders to settle down in the state. Does this mean, the existing line of control between India and Pakistan through Kashmir is our permanent boundary.  POK essentially and legally is Indian. If China is to invest in POK, it raises many serious questions.

* Feasibility of the project: Passing closer to Balochistan near Afghan border may not be easy. And only yesterday the Pak Taliban chose to announce to the world launching of their indigenous missile. On the otherhand, terror aspirants may get distracted and find gainful employment with the project that may benefit India in the long run.

* However knowing China, I would rather trust even Pakistan over the Chinese. In India, China is engaged in very minor role/capacity in our development projects. Our infra-structural investments safeguard Indian labour and allow a very tiny percentage of foreign workers only. Even in Chennai metro, the chinese employed are merely a handful. India is a labour-intensive country and even when Malaysian companies were investing in our Golden Quadrilateral, they were allowed only to bring in their capital and their project head besides 1-2 experts. The consultants were european/american. Rest of the workers of all categories from engineers to supervisors to labourers were Indians only. I learned getting Indian visas was toughest. Malaysians had to return to their home country every 12 months for renewal of Indian visas through Indian embassy there. Stringent employment/residency permits for foreigners in India took me by complete surprise.

I am not certain this could happen with Pakistan. Pakistan will not push for employment of maximum local labour in the project because they don’t hold the leverage. China has been shipping their own manpower 100% completely to most of their undertakings as I am seeing in middle-east. From screw drivers to safety engineers, they get in their own men & material with scant regard for locally available manpower. The gulf has an unlimited source of skilled & semi-skilled working hands supplied from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Africa and India. Its extremely rare for nations to bring in their own manforce totally and not even utilize subcontractors available aplenty. But I am seeing such a scenario about Chinese contracting companies in middle-east. Their labour camps are subhuman I am told, their engineers do not know a word of English, quality is compromised like anything in cutting costs. The chinese companies win bids with lowest quotes that the rest of the world refuses to take. Most chinese companies in the gulf to my knowledge are running behind schedule and incurring heavy losses, yet the chinese govt is sponsoring them with the only intention of securing a toe-hold in the middle-eastern market. Chinese don’t socialize either – its a pathetic nation full of pathetic people. Psychos. Look Pakistan, these are your friends. I advise Pak scribes to visit one such chinese labour camp in Pakistan when the project gets mooted and write down your frank notes.

It will be not surprising if after the completion of the projects, Pakistan may find itself having been used. For example the US has been pumping in billions into Pakistan but what do they have to show.

* RANDI WILL FINISH OFF ALL PAKISTAN INDUSTRY at one go. Knowing Pakistani penchant for cheap mobiles & tv sets, its a win-win situation for China all the way. They need not have to go upto the Gwadar port to seek trade partnerships with Arabs. Pakistan will be a big market for them enroute to dump their substandard and toxic plasticware. Pakistan fabrics have been doing a good business so far. Wait until you see the chinese cotton/synthetic. I am seeing already in Qatar.

* TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY; Transnational highways are common in peaceful parts of the world, agreed like between Singapore and Malaysia and between the European Union. But whether independent nations like Pakistan should allow foreigners to course through their sovereign soil so freely (even after stopping at border check-posts/customs) so routinely on daily basis is debatable. I am asking every Pakistani this million dollar question: WILL CHINA GIVE PAKISTAN ACCESS INTO THEIR HINTERLAND/HEARTLAND THE WAY YOU SO READILY GIVE UP YOUR SOIL TO THEM AFTER ALL FOR A FEW BILLION DOLLARS. I don’t believe in the 2-way silk route. So far as Pakistan is concerned it shall be a one-sided love affair. Pakistan shall let China pass through but the converse will not happen in a million years, mark my words.

Somehow I am not comfortable ever with comprise of India’s territorial integrity. May be because we are too big a nation to allow anyone to pass through us.

I don’t think India will allow such a project be undertaken in Indian soil where an overwhelming 90% participation will be by the investor and where a good extent of our sovereign territory will be accessed by foreigners day in and day out. Pakistanis have to remember, there will be gains only so long as the project is on in the form of utility of cheap labour and some sub-contractors to pacify the local (Pakistani) government & public. Even these sub-contractors, knowing Sharif Mian, will be mostly from Punjab! (We are seeing them in the gulf) Other than this token representation, it shall be an all-chinese affair. The silk-route may help develop Pakistan but will not belong to Pakistan. It will become public international property, primarily owned by the chinese. Pakistanis can rest assured about collecting the toll 🙂

* Land acquisition: In the Indian subcontinent, this can never be easy. Pakistan will have to deal with an iron hand with farmers and landowners and I pity the soon-to-be-displaced. This single point can push masses to riot. Pakistan may not be a fine or mature democracy like India or the US still it is not a communist China or brutish Saudi either.

* Power projects: Longdrawn affair – too early to comment. Capacity utilization will be the key – not the reactor themselves. What about the availability of nuclear fuel. You have to feed your reactors to expect them to cough up power. China I don’t think will share precious raw material with Pakistan. India as such is not finding it easy to procure uranium from NSG the legal way.

* Will Pakistan be able to use the highway to export Pakistani goods into China???!!! An entry to the gulf coast is guaranteed though that Pakistan already has by other means. How much volume of business will Pakistan transact in its own capacity through the Gwadar port?

* Gwadar port is tactically owned by Chinese. Its on long term lease with marginal participation by way of cheap labour by Pakistanis. So what is there to be proud of. Chinese do not do charity and Pakistan could be getting itself embroiled into a debt trap drawn over long term. China holds Pakistan by the hook and Gwadar will continue to be held by the Chinese to eternity.

* Silk Route: Don’t lets start the 2000 year old story yet again. Who will be ultimate beneficiary.

* The chinese president is asking for security which lends credibility to my contention, China intends to supply not only material but also manpower for the intended projects as its been their way with complying nations. It may not work with India, but Pakistanis have allowed USA to use their terrain earlier.

* Somehow I don’t like what I see by way of human resources in Pakistan.  I don’t have kind words for their working professionals sorry. Which is why these guys can assemble an atom bomb but cannot put together a satellite into orbit. So chinese expertise and execution it shall be upto over 90%. Shame. Cheap labour is though available in form of Pathans. As middle-east is tightening grips, illegal workers from Af-Pak may be forced to return to the country who may find employment with the project. Pakistan needs to invest in schools/universities first not in Madarasas. Without securing steadfast the basics, they always dream of building castles in the air.

* Radical islamic nation Pakistan, the epicenter of world terrorism and a communist, autocratic China are indeed strange bedfellows. What will happen now to Xinjiang chinese province with its Uyghur islamic unrest is something we have to wait and watch.

* Wait and watch the entire development project. As I said, as a byproduct the population of Pakistan could be transformed enmasse for the better. And once they get exposed to material welfare, they could be shirking terrorism which is anyday the best bet for India. The only way our troubling neigbhour can reform is by getting ‘educated.’ There is no short-cut for everlasting peace.

* On the otherhand the chinese will be hovering closer to India, having surrounded India from all sides once they start arriving at Gwadar seaport. I don’t think India or China will ever opt for a fullscale warfare. Both know the costs and repercussions. None of us can afford a war in modern times. But China may use this as a trump card against us outbidding us for future energy resources like as its happening already in Africa, Middle East and South China Sea for instance. Chinese may flex their military might and there is no way we Indians can cover them the way they will surround us shortly. India will lose rather in economic front. On territorial terms, we may lose Arunachal Pradesh owing to a surprise aggression, something akin to that of 1961 (a repeat) (slim chance).

* Nobody who has sunk capital into Pakistan has made good as history has revealed: from the US of A to Saudi Arabia. Whether China will break the jinx will remain to be seen. Or will China become progressively disenchanted?

* As for China, flow of islamic terrorism from Pakistan to Xinjiang will be inevitable, something that will test the chinese authority and leadership and even Chini-Paki friendship.

* Is Modi’s aggressive foreign policy pushing nations to Pakistan’s arms? From Putin to Xi Jinping, everyone seems to want to do business with Pakistan suddenly, risks not withstanding. We need a clear analysis here. Are we scaring away willing partners and friendly neighbours – is something we have to do soulsearching about as a nation.

* If Modi is a baniya, then so is Nawaz Sharif, a very shrewd businessman. Who will be the few favoured subcontractors in Pakistan/Punjab. Pakistanis do you have transparency in your business dealings.

What India can do:

* Not to be side-tracked by Sino-Paki fake diplomacy, India must concentrate on building better schools and institutions of technology and invest heavily in research. It hurts I know when a rogue nation like Pakistan must deserve any investment at all but let that make every Indian strive harder towards a purposeful existence and advancement.

* Pakistan cannot buy brains – from medical amenities to rocket science, we Indians are far ahead of Pakistan that they can never match. There will be no beating India when it comes to human resources. But our race is not with Pakistan and every Indian should remember that. Neither is our race with China but China has set some good benchmarks we can use to measure ourselves up against. We are lagging behind but I don’t blame India alone. Even the west has started lagging for some reasons. But chinese technology again is not 100% foolproof. Neither is chinese standard gold standard. Can give them 50% credit, no more. India should brush aside the concerns of unholy nexus between these 2 criminals China & Pak and push for poverty reduction and more equitable development concentrating on local issues. Key to India’s success lies here.

* I am watching with interest the farmers’ agitation and concerns about the proposed new land acquisition bill. I want no development at the cost of uprooting or upsetting tribals or by shrinking India’s existing forest cover. I am clear on that. Environment is dear and once contaminated might not be easy or simple to restore. We are seeing what damage shipbreaking industry is doing to Gujarat. My heart goes out to the farmer who committed suicide in Delhi in AAP rally. Modiji this should open your eyes. Is this what we voted you to power for.

* Pakistan can utmost make a Malaysia or Turkey model – which is not good enough. Atleast in my eyes. It will mean they will always be a transit trade point working like a commission agent. I am not the one to be bought over by the sights of malls or crisscrossing highways. True emancipation lies in originality and self accomplishments. The potential risk is,once the projects reach a saturation limit of employment and round off, you may not know what to do with employable and trained labour.

*Given Pakistan’s concise geographical extent and ideal small population, any prosperity will easily translate into visible landmarks and show off soon. We saw this spark clearly upto the ’70s. In early ’70s, Pakistanis already had Mercury imported tv sets from Russia whereas India remained adamant about manufacturing the drab black & white sets in our desi factories (government owned EC tv primarily) which is the reason television got introduced to us Indians very late (like in mid ’70s only). India therefore will always look underdeveloped – India is too vast and diverse for development and advancement to show distinctly against our skyline.

I always wonder when we shall have a seaside drive like in Doha but my husband is pragmatic enough to remind me everytime, how wealth in India is not concentrated in a small stretch but is widespread which makes it invisible to outsiders. Whereas in case of Pakistan, given its optimal sizes, growth can very soon reach the grass roots and bring about clear optimism.

* I strictly recommend a thorough revision of our desi school & university syllabus. They are outdated. My first investments for India will always be in favour of human resources development.

* Finally Modiji and BJP, fighting the war in Twitter or Facebook is not the solution. You can win arguments online but real genius is in translating virtual success into realizable actual advancement. I am seeing BJP is distracted a lot with minor/petty scuffles. I am for cow protection but I wonder why my government and my prime minister have to expend so  much of their time & energy on such a trivial issue. I am beginning to lose hope like my fellow citizens. Let Shri Modiji go offline. You need not have to report to public your every move dear prime minister and you have been showing us around the world like NatGeo Traveler from Japan to New Zealand to France to Canada to US to Sri Lanka to Fiji and Bhutan.Now please stay put in New Delhi and look after our national affairs. You are starting to irritate me Narendra Modiji.  I am sick of my govt watching me (or rather all netizens who have taken to Twitter etc) all 24 hours. Take a break, hello!

Its good to see your prime minister interacting with the public, but its too much when he wants to know whatever a billion think about everything he does. I am getting to be wary of this kind of administration sorry. We must let our work speak for us. Criticisms must be welcome with an open mind – or the farmer suicide right in our capital will stand to be justified.

* Its natural to be concerned about Pakistan/China as an Indian, but let us move on. We all have our own battles to fight, our own lives to live. Pakistan or China should never become our obsession. Our destinies, our roads to travel are different and wide apart. India is like an equal partner with China whereas Pakistan is subservient to China and will always remain so. So there can be no comparison ever between us.

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