Criticism of Pakistan intelligence is unfair – Article in Chinese newspaper

Global Times

Since the death of Osama bin Laden, the US media has been asking how the world’s most wanted man could live for years in a hideout in Pakistani. Friction between the US and Pakistan has focused on the role of the latter’s intelligence sector, triggering a backlash from Islamabad, which has described the raid that killed Bin Laden as a violation of sovereignty by the US. Some in the Indian media went a step further, calling for attacks on anti-Indian terrorists in Pakistan.

Such critiques are not only unfair, but also dangerous.

Standing at the beachhead of the war on terror, the Pakistani government has taken risks beyond the imagination of the West in recent years. Pakistan has suffered huge losses from the war, making it a victim of social disruption and numerous violent incidents as well as the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, who was one of the most outstanding leaders of the nation.

US media criticism indicates that it does not see Pakistan as a real ally that deserves respect, but only a performer of the US interest. In the eyes of many Americans, Pakistan is nothing but a country that has been bought and maneuvered by US dollars.

As to the reactions in India, the media seems to lack restraint. Indian society’s geopolitical observations about this region are worrisome. Extremism in India may stunt its efforts to become a more responsible power in South Asia.

In an era of the Internet, the West’s arrogance toward Third World countries creates uneasiness in the political forum. Without restraint, the functions of the Western media have been exaggerated and have set a bad example for India, which boasts of being a fully opened nation in terms of media coverage. Hard-won compromises between India and other governments are often distorted.

Pakistan is one of the most complex countries of the Muslim world, with a mix of modern democracy and tribe-based autonomy. Being a populous country with nuclear weapons, Pakistan’s stability is vital for the whole region. It would be ridiculous and wrong to force Pakistan to bend before external pressures: Respect rather than oppression from the West is what would help the nation realize modernization.

China, a heart-felt friend to Pakistan, has also suffered from terrorism in recent years. Its frontier provinces are occasionally disturbed by extremists from within Pakistan. But this has not caused any deterioration in bilateral ties between the two countries. The mutual respect between China and Pakistan has surpassed the imagination of some Western countries.

In this way, China has set an example for the West on how to treat Pakistan as a sincere and cooperative partner.

Criticism of Pakistan intelligence is unfair – GlobalTimes


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