Thursday, December 27, 2007

China's Take on Pakistan

For some, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto came as a shock; for others it was not a surprise.

The former prime minister of Pakistan was rallying crowds for the upcoming January 8 election when she was shot by a gunman and she died in hospital.

The 54-year-old probably knew the risks she was taking when she returned to the country only two months ago after a self-imposed exile. But she wanted to offer another choice to Pakistanis -- other than military man-turned civilian leader President Pervez Musharraf.

News reports from there are predicting Pakistan will descend into chaos, with riots already erupting in the streets.

But China's English-language newspaper is quoting Chinese experts who believe otherwise:

The experts, however, said Pakistan is not likely to plunge into chaos because Musharraf still enjoys strong support at home, especially from the military, and abroad.
But according to foreign correspondents, many are pointing fingers at al-Qaida for her death, and some blame Musharraf for not giving Bhutto enough protection. Military support will only lead to more bloodshed, and not necessarily calm.

The experts here may be vaguely referring to China when talking about strong support from abroad. But as China claims it doesn't meddle in other country's internal affairs, how will that help Musharraf make Pakistan stable?

The article also quotes Sun Shihai, an expert on South Asian studies with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences who adds, "I think the general election will be held on schedule."

However, many news agencies are quoting people within Pakistan who believe the chances of postponing the January 8 election are very high, as well as the possibility of Musharraf calling a state of emergency.

From the China Daily story, one can figure out which side of the fence China is sitting on.

And not everyone is on that side.

1 comment:

ks said...

what a waste of such a well eduacted highly qualified person. the parkistani people have lost a great leader and the world has lost a great insightful person. she should have been more careful in a dangerous situation she knows so well. with high ideal and political naiivity she has paid for her mistake with her life. it is sad. musharref is partly responsible for not providing the necessary protection she requested.