Most condemnable attack on a Chinese engineer
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