There is a hidden agenda behind China’s stance on Kashmir. It is a known fact that what joins China and Pakistan into an all-weather friendship in their common fear and hate of India. Gen. Ayub Khan started the 1965 war with the objective to grab Kashmir. China supported Ayub Khan. Since then Pakistan has, in pursuance of this objective, promoted a state of insurgency in Kashmir a number of times with its own agents and local conduits…writes Samuel Baid
China’s Foreign Ministry recently issued a statement on the current situation in Kashmir to express concern “about the casualties in the clash, and hope that relevant incident will be handled properly”.
These “rare comments on the unrest in Kashmir” as an Indian news agency called them, can be seen from three angles: (a) China’s brutal suppression of human rights in its own country’s; (b) China’s role in subverting prospects of peace in Kashmir in league with Pakistan; and (c) China’s attempt to boost the sinking morale of Pakistan.
In the light of the above–mentioned three angles, it looks very brave (rather) frankly speaking foolhardy of China to jump into an arena where it will attract ridicules for its own disregard of human rights and its own role in making peace near impossible in Kashmir.
Who can call his soul his own in China? It is a Communist country but workers are most oppressed class. They work under inhuman conditions on meagre wages like machines to produce goods for export. Dissenters can only survive if they flee the country. Critics from Tibet to Taiwan are trended as “radical separatists” who want to divide china.
The people of Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang do not want to stay in china. But China uses brutal force to kill or oppress them. The world has not yet forgot that in 1989 the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) shot dead, reportedly, more than 2000 and wounded about 3000 young men who were demonstrating at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing. China has killed unspecified number of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. It has paid huge amounts of money to Pakistan under the cover of anti-terrorism aid to kill “rebel” Uighur Muslims.
In September last year, Pakistani President Mamnun Hussain went to Beijing to assure the Chinese leaders that all Muslim “extremists”, who had moved to Pakistan’s tribal areas from Xinjiang, had been eliminated by Pakistan’s Army. Pakistan not only killed Uighur Muslims, it also sold some of them captured alive to the United States. On February 1, 2007, The Daily Times of Pakistan reported that Pakistan had sold 18 of them in 2002.
It is an irony is that it is only the non-Muslims world that expresses concern about the Muslims in Xinjiang while the Muslim world keeps its eyes closed. Christians do not react as do the Muslims in Xinjiang, but many of their churches have been demolished. Spared churches had their crosses removed. A lawyer, who took up the case of churches, was made to disappear. Buddhism in Tibet is being discouraged by maligning the Dalai Lama. A top Chinese official Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Politbureau said recently that the PLA and the police should always be prepared to fight separatist forces led by the Dalai Lama and his followers in Tibet. He said all Army, police and judicial staff in Tibet should be prepared for a protracted battle with the clique led by the Dalai Lama.
Secondly, the statement of China’s Foreign Office said: “The Kashmir is left over from history”. But does China remember that it itself subverted the Kashmir question by taking a large chunk of territory from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and thus rendering the United Nations resolutions irrelevant? Does China remember that it introduced terrorism in Kashmir by setting up centres in PoK to train guerrillas for sabotage activities in Kashmir? Will China accept that the foundations of what is happening in Kashmir today were laid by it during the initial days of friendship with Pakistan when it was said to be higher than Himalayas and deeper than ocean.
Thirdly, China has always tried to prove a friend in need to Pakistan. During the 1965 India-Pakistan war, the Chine Prime Minister Chau En Lai not only advised Pakistan on the conduct or the war but also moved his troops to India’s northern border to boost Pakistan’s sagging morale. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s settlement of this July 18 is exactly for this purpose. This statement comes at a time when entire Pakistan is in a demoralised state because of failed governance, failed foreign policy and failure to attract the world’s attention to the current happenings in Kashmir.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement is also political: killing of people never bothers China. China itself has killed its nationals without remorse. It closed its eyes when Pakistan bombed Baluchistan five times and also when the Pak military junta gunned down three million Bengalis in East Pakistan; when Pakistan killed thousands of innocent tribals in South and North Waziristan in the name of anti-terrorist operations and when Pakistan rendered millions of its own men, women and children homeless in severe winter, in scorching summer and flooding monsoons.
It is a known fact that what joins China and Pakistan into an all-weather friendship in their common fear and hate of India. Gen. Ayub Khan started the 1965 war with the objective to grab Kashmir. China supported Ayub Khan. Since then Pakistan has, in pursuance of this objective, promoted a state of insurgency in Kashmir a number of times with its own agents and local conduits. The present trouble in Kashmir, in a low degree, though, is an extension of the 1965 war. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif let the cat out of the bag in Muzaffarabad on July 23 when, he said the “liberation war” in Kashmir would continue and Kashmir would become Pakistan. This shows the Sheikh Chilli dream of Ayub Khan did not die with him in 1974. This dream is kept alive with China’s Foreign Ministry is an example.
This statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, in all its totality, only reminds one of the men who has a beam in his eye but he is concerned about the straw in his neighbour’s eye.