Dasu tragedy | Pak-China friendship stands the test of time
In many quarters, the Dasu incident was portrayed as a mark of rift in Pak-China friendship, while the opposite is the case
Friendship is tested on two occasions. One in difficult times and the other in disagreements. There are many forms of difficult times. Many friends give as much as they can to give comfort, but they are reluctant to hold hands and try to pull out of financial, mental or physical confusion.
Similarly, disagreement is a difficult path. A friend is not the one who turns his eyes away when difficult times arrive. This is the nature of Pakistan’s relations with the United States. Pakistan stood by the United States, bowing to its policy and putting its own interests at stake. Then the times changed and the two separated their ways.
Since Pak-US friendship is based on interests, the two countries meet at some point even if they don’t want to. On the contrary, Pak-China friendship is a permanent process. Whatever the complexities, the flow of friendship may slow down but it does not stop.
There were many turning points where Pakistan put a lot at stake in trying to advance the US narrative, which also directly affected China, but the grip of Pak-China friendship did not loosen. Every friendship is a mixture of interests. China has never hesitated to extend a helping hand or sympathy in its hour of need.
Twelve people were killed in a July 14 attack on a staff bus on the Dasu Dam hydropower project in the Kohis-tan region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nine of them were Chinese.
First of all, it was called a road accident. The incident later tur-ned out to be a terrorist incident. No banned organization has claim-ed responsibility for the attack. According to Qian Feng, head of the research department at Tsinghua University’s National Strategy, the attack could be a Balochistan-based terrorist or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) operation. India is also feared to be involved in the matter.
There is no doubt that India is against every development project of Pakistan. India not only expressed hostility towards CPEC but also provoked the United States to sabotage the project.
The United States reorganized the Quad in the face of China’s growing power in the region, created in 2004 for the sake of security dialogue. The organization first held joint exercises in November 2020 with the participation of the US, Indian, Australian and Japanese navies. The Quad is a four-nation organization that seeks to weaken China’s navy. The most active country in this organization is India. The attack on Chinese officials working on the Dasu hydropower project also seems to be a link to the same animosity.
The truth will be known only from the investigation underway now. In many quarters, the Dasu incident was portrayed as a mark of rift in Pak-China friendship, while the opposite is the case. The accident once again highlighted the maturity of relations between Pakistan and China. A letter circulating on social media from Chinese officials has hinted that China is delaying work on the Dasu Dam.
Reports of the withdrawal of the withdrawal of the letter to this end have also been received. According to the indigenous this letter from China is a blunt reply to Pakistan. In a country where nine people have been killed in terrorist attacks abro-ad, can it be expected to continue working on the same project? If the incident had happened in China, the Chinese government would have shut down the project for a while.
Why doesn’t this group that proves Pakistan a terrorist understand so much that China has to heal the wounds of its people? This anti-Pakistan group may not know that China has not only decided to support Pakistan in this difficult time, but also to send a criminal investigation team to to investigate the incident. Sent to support organizations.
According to China’s official newspaper Global Times, China is committed to assisting Pakistan in the investigation of the accident and the uncertainty created by it. The newspaper said that if Pakistan wanted, China would not hesitate to use missiles or any kind of special force to bring the enemy to justice.
Chinese officials say anti-Pakistan forces should know that attackers on Chinese personnel in Pakistan will be counted among China’s enemies. They further said that this attack is not only against Pakistan but also against China and its main purpose is to create a rift in the friendship between the two countries. After this statement, China once again paid homage to Pakistan. Now it is Pakistan’s turn.
Although an entire division of the army has been set up to protect Chinese personnel, we have to rethink the current security model in light of the growing incidence of terrorism, especially in Balochistan, where our young security personnel and officers are killed every day. Second, policy needs to be formulated in line with the new challenges facing Pakistan. The enemy is still ahead of us. If his move is not thwarted in time, problems for Pakistan could escalate.