Most con­demnable at­tack on a Chi­nese engi­neer

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IN an ab­hor­ring at­tack in Karachi on Mon­day, a Chi­nese engi­neer and his driver were wounded when a road­side bomb ex­ploded as their minibus passed through one of Karachi’s in­dus­trial quar­ters. A piece of pa­per left at the scene was signed by the so-called Sind­hudesh Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Army claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the das­tardly act.

It is sat­is­fy­ing that both the Chi­nese engi­neer and his driver re­ceived mi­nor in­juries but the in­ci­dent high­lighted the po­ten­tial threat to thou­sands of Chi­nese per­son­nel en­gaged in de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties across Pak­istan. This is not for the first time that such a ne­far­i­ous at­tack has been car­ried out against Chi­nese na­tion­als as in the past as well sev­eral in­ci­dents of the na­ture took place. It is quite ob­vi­ous that some for­eign forces with the ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion of some lo­cal el­e­ments are ac­tive to dis­tract Chi­nese at­ten­tion from Pak­istan, who are con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. Their machi­na­tions have in­creased fol­low­ing launch­ing of the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), which is rightly called as the game changer project. Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties are aware of these threats and con­spir­a­cies and that is why Pak­istan Army has cre­ated a sep­a­rate Divi­sion for pro­tec­tion of Chi­nese per­son­nel and projects in the coun­try. How­ever, in view of multi-di­men­sional na­ture of the prob­lem, it is in­cum­bent upon all con­cerned to pre­pare a com­pre­hen­sive re­sponse as well. There are re­ports that an in­tel­li­gence agency of a neigh­bour­ing coun­try is busy in brain­wash­ing some seg­ments of the so­ci­ety in Pak­istan by iden­ti­fy­ing the Chi­nese in­vest­ment in Pak­istan as to that of East In­dia Com­pany. No doubt, peo­ple of Pak­istan have rightly wel­comed and ap­pre­ci­ated Chi­nese as­sis­tance in de­vel­op­ing dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the econ­omy but counter move is needed to re­but mis­lead­ing pro­pa­ganda cam­paign by vested in­ter­ests. Sindh Govern­ment should launch an in­quiry and ex­pose those be­hind the sin­is­ter at­tack against Chi­nese engi­neer. We also ap­pre­ci­ate Chi­nese peo­ple and the Govern­ment for their un­der­stand­ing of the prob­lem and ex­press­ing their firm re­solve to con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with Pak­istan.

IHAVE no tears to shed over the re­verses of the Con­gress in most of five assem­bly elec­tions— As­sam, Ker­ala, Tamil Nadu, West Ben­gal and Puducherry. The party must be feel­ing ut­terly shocked and should have been search­ing for rea­sons. But it has not yet come out from the il­lu­sion that its main strength is the dy­nasty. So ob­sessed is it with this self-be­lief idea that the posters the party had put up for the polls car­ried the pic­ture of Robert Vadra, Con­gress pres­i­dent So­nia Gadhi’s son-in-law, who has been found mixed up with the land deals go­ing back to the time when the Con­gress ruled Haryana.

The as­pect which dis­turbs me the most is the suc­cess of the Bhar­tiya Janata Party (BJP). It is gain­ing ground. In­deed, in all the fives where it has not won the ma­jor­ity, the BJP has in­creased its vote share. This means that its cred­i­bil­ity is in­creas­ing, not de­creas­ing. This should give alarm­ing sig­nals be­cause it con­veys that Hin­dutva, the death knell for sec­u­lar­ism, is gain­ing strength. Had the BJP been on its own it would have sooner or later fallen into the pat­tern other po­lit­i­cal par­ties fol­low. But the BJP is su­per­vised by the Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) which wants to con­vert the plu­ral­is­tic In­dia into a Hindu Rash­tra. De­spite this

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