The last hope for Pakistan
Prime Minister Imran Khan was on a two-day visit to China to win backing for his country’s stance on Kashmir. Both Imran and General Bajwa were on a mission to reinvigorate business and defence ties. While Imran Khan and his delegate met
businessmen and Chinese officials, Pakistan’s army chief General Bajwa met the top military officials to discuss the security situation in the region and the tension between India and Pakistan over Kashmir issue.
Once again both Prime Minister Imran Khan and General Bajwa set out to muster support from their supposed best friend and ally China to stand by Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as it
has badly hit the security and financial situation in the country. They are again falling back on China to handle the Kashmir issue after the US and other countries refrained from openly supporting Pakistan and putting pressure on India. The disaster at UNGA
left them red faced and once again they found themselves knocking the doors of China to beg for help.
Khan’s visit comes just
days before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering watchdog, is due to decide whether Pakistan’s efforts to clamp down on terror financing are sufficient for it to avoid being put on a “blacklist.” Obviously, Khan
is counting on China’s support in the FATF Paris consultation that begins on October 13.
It is a well-known fact that China and
Pakistan are all weather strategic cooperation partners. That is the reason when article 370 was revoked in Jammu and Kashmir, China’s first reaction was to support Pakistan. In one statement, China also expressed its opposition to India’s move
to create a separate Union Territory of Ladakh highlighting Beijing’s territorial claims in the area. However, China was not much effected by this abrogation.
Although it is well known that Beijing had vowed to support Pakistan in safeguarding its independent sovereignty and territorial integrity, it later came as a news to the world when it changed its statement. China said
that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between New Delhi and Islamabad, significantly omitting its earlier references to the UN and UN Security Council resolutions.
From opposing the Kashmir move by the Modi government and invoking UN resolution in the matter, China has now realigned itself with India’s position that Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan to
be settled through talks. This change in stance makes Pakistan’s isolation over Kashmir complete. Now, no country buys Pakistan’s narrative on Article 370.