Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION -

NEW DELHI : A 38-year-old woman was killed and her 13-year-old daugh­ter crit­i­cally in­jured af­ter a car jumped the di­vider on a Pun­jabi Bagh fly­over and rammed their car late on Fri­day night. Po­lice said the car that jumped the di­vider was be­ing driven by a 22-year-old woman who was drunk. Po­lice ar­rested the woman. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the in­ci­dent took place around 11pm when two broth­ers Sud­hir Sar­dana and Vi­mal Sar­dana, along with their wives and chil­dren, were re­turn­ing home af­ter vis­it­ing a tem­ple in Ch­hatarpur.

Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers said that the mo­ment the two fam­i­lies, who were trav­el­ling in a Mahin­dra Quanto car, reached a fly­over ad­ja­cent to Pun­jabi Bagh fly­over, a car speed­ing on the op­po­site side rammed the di­vider NEW DELHI: The joint state­ment is­sued af­ter Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan’s four-day visit to meet his “Iron Broth­ers” in Bei­jing is most in­struc­tive as it in­ad­ver­tently ac­knowl­edges the rise of In­dia as a global power and willy-nilly re­duces Is­lam­abad to, at best, a client state.

The line — “both sides dis­missed the grow­ing neg­a­tive pro­pa­ganda against China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) and ex­pressed de­ter­mi­na­tion to safe­guard the CPEC pro­jects from all threats” — is di­rectly pointed at In­dia and so is big brother’s sup­port for “Pak­istan’s ef­forts for im­prove­ment of Pak­istan-in­dia re­la­tions and for set­tle­ment of out­stand­ing dis­putes — read Kash­mir — be­tween two coun­tries”.

On its part, Pak­istan, which is self-pro­claimed leader of Mus­lims, in the state­ment has up­held “one-china pol­icy and sup­ports all ef­forts made by Chi­nese govern­ment to re­alise na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion”, a eu­phemism for turn­ing a blind eye to­wards Bei­jing’s decades­long repression in Xinjiang and Ti­bet.

All this leads us to ex­am­ine the re­la­tion­ship be­tween th­ese two all weather iron broth­ers, where Bei­jing goes to the ex­tent of ve­to­ing UN des­ig­na­tion of a global ji­hadist like Jaish-e-mo­hammed (JEM) chief Ma­sood Azhar and blocks In­dia’s le­git­i­mate en­try into Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group with a Pak­istan en­try con­di­tion.

Fact is that Is­lam­abad’s sup­ping with Is­lamists tar­get­ing In­dia and Afghanistan is not hid­den from Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence but the Peo­ples Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) sees Pak­istan as a low-cost weapon to check­mate In­dia with Afghanistan as a bonus.

Bei­jing watch­ers be­lieve there is a split be­tween Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence and PLA over Pak­istan’s role in ex­port­ing ter­ror to In­dia but that the gen­er­als pre­vail when it comes to Is­lam­abad’s use for con­tain­ment of In­dia.

Time and again Chi­nese of­fi­cials have pri­vately shared with their In­dian counterparts, their knowl­edge about the ex­is­tence of ter­ror train­ing camps in Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (POK).

But this fact is glossed over by Bei­jing as its gets re­lief in Xinjiang with Pak­istan block­ing ji­hadist move­ment across the Wakhan cor­ri­dor and pre­vent­ing them from join­ing hands with their mil­i­tant Uighur broth­ers fight­ing against Chi­nese repression.

Repression in Xinjiang vir­tu­ally coincides with the rise of militancy in Kash­mir in 1991 but finds lit­tle global at­ten­tion as ram­pag­ing Com­mu­nist party cadre backed by PLA sub­sume lo­cal cul­ture and re­li­gion in both Xinjiang and Ti­bet through what is eu­phemisti­cally called re-ed­u­ca­tion of the masses.

Militancy in Xinjiang, how­ever, can­not be swept un­der the car­pet as a few hun­dreds to a few thou­sands from there joined the so called Islamic State in Syria in sup­port of ultra con­ser­va­tive Wa­habbi Islam.

The rea­son why China al­lows Pak­istan to take the lead in Afghanistan af­fairs de­spite know­ing all the bru­tal facts of Is­lam­abad nur­tur­ing Tal­iban, is to buf­fer the militancy in Xinjiang.

While Pak­istan may think its re­la­tion­ship with China is all milk and honey, Bei­jing clearly sees Is­lam­abad as a weapon to de­grade In­dia and a mere por­tal to ac­cess the Ara­bian Sea

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