Gwadar Can be a Dubai/Hong Kong Style Supercity But The Government Must Crack Down on Agitators First

By Adam Garrie

Pakistan’s Army and Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) are among the most professional in the world. Their experience of saving Pakistan from being totally destroyed by terrorism in the wake of the Musharraf era ought to earn them a place in world history as valiant forces of a legitimate state that worked to eliminate a multi-front, foreign funded scourge of terror. Although Pakistan’s toughest battles against terrorism have been won, the war is not over.

The recent attack by BLA terrorists on a luxury Gwadar hotel proved yet again both the danger of foreign backed terror groups and also the professionalism of Pakistan’s security services who rapidly neutralised the heavily armed terrorists. Pakistan’s leadership is well aware of who funds and aids the BLA and why. Yesterday, Eurasia Future published a piece exploring the best way to deal a final blow to the terrorists while using legal means to put their foreign backers on notice.

But beyond this lies an overriding reality in which domestic political forces are not only endangering Pakistan’s security through their obstructionist provocations but are actively retarding the economic progress of the country.

There are only two things standing between the shores of Gwadar and a Dubai or Hong Kong style super-city. The first thing is time itself. In time, according to present plans, Gwadar will indeed rise to become a supercity due to the sustained efforts by Pakistan, China and other partners. There is however a caveat to this. If Pakistan’s agitating liberal trouble makers prohibit the security services from busting the scum and clearing the terrorist debris from Balochistan and neighbouring KP province, the progress of Gwadar’s modern development will be hindered and all of Pakistan will suffer both economically and in terms of its global image as a result. Such obstructionists ought also to keep quiet about their perverse love for the enemies of Pakistan that rule Afghanistan. Instead, such people ought to promote the fact that the security rampart being built on the Durand Line will save thousands of lives in the future.

Although Pakistan’s liberals are treated well when they make provocative and salacious speeches in western capitals, they are but pawns in the hands of those who want to keep Pakistan dependent on bodies like the IMF as opposed to those who wish Pakistan to develop an independent economic position of strength alongside all weather partners like China and others.

But for those in the wider world who are either ordinary investors in the private sector or even just ordinary tourists, one tends to favour countries with the most economic potential and not countries with the most annoying agitation groups whether loudmouth opposition parties or devious cutthroat foreign backed “NGOs” intent on destroying Pakistan’s state institutions. This is why Singapore is a popular investment and tourist destination. One knows that in Singapore, one’s money will be safe, one’s life will be safe and that the infrastructure is both modern and inviting.

Gwadar has every potential to attract the same kinds of positive investment and tourism from abroad as do places like Singapore. Ensuring sustainable security is the key to achieving this. Pakistan’s Army and ISI have every ability to do so but they must first be unleashed by a venal, greedy and at times wicked political class who are willing to see places like Gwadar suffer through underdevelopment from the confines of their heavily secured mansions in Islamabad or Lahore. Such people in any society are the enemies of progress. They are a small group of political/business oligarchs who themselves stand to lose their power over society if clean money from abroad pours in as it does on a daily basis in cities like Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Clean money will ensure that the oligarchs in their mansions no longer rule Pakistan but instead, the people having been subject to heavy inflows of foreign direct investment will be able to take the future into their own hands as leaders of a new anti-dynastic middle class.

Therefore, the oligarchs have made a direct pact with liberals and separatist agitators to tie the hands of the country’s protectors so that Pakistan must be forced to fight terrorism by inflicting a thousand little blows rather than by allowing the Army and ISI to wage total and uncompromising war against the last remaining packs of terrorist rats who threaten Pakistan.

Pakistan has external enemies, but the liberal elite are doing their job better than the foreign enemies of Pakistan ever could do. Such agitators are both openly and privately conspiring against those who will make Pakistan safe and prosperous and they are conspiring against the protectors of Pakistan in a more cunning way than any foreign enemy ever could do.

Pakistan’s ordinary people must open their eyes. If the Army killed every last terrorist and if as a result ever more foreign investment would pour in, people would visit and continue to invest in Gwadar in the same way that they have for years done in the UAE, China, Singapore and beyond.

Gwadar must be cradled by two powerful arms. One is that of the heroic Pakistani Army and the other is that of Chinese economic might. Together, Gwadar can be made great and serve as a model of the future development of Pakistan. But in order for this to happen, PTI must realise who its friends are and who its enemies are. The political enemy within is far more dangerous than anything or anyone in Kabul or New Delhi. Imran Khan proved that he understood thus during decades of campaigning. Now he must transform this knowledge into action.

Pakistan Must Take Swift Action Against the Foreign Backers of BLA Terrorism

By Adam Garrie

Yesterday, four heavily armed BLA terrorists dressed in uniforms of security service personnel broke into a five-star hotel in Gwadar with the intent of slaughtering civilian gusts including foreigners – Chinese guests in particular. After a heroic security guard was martyred in his valiant attempted to prevent the terrorists from entering the building, a firefight took place between the terrorists and the authorities. Ultimately, all four of the terrorists were destroyed.

This was the second major BLA attack in recent months. In April, between 15-20 BLA terrorists boarded a bus in Ormara whilst also wearing uniforms of the security services. The terrorists then proceeded to shoot 14 civilians at point blank range in one of the most vile attacks of the year.

In each instance, the BLA has attempted to sow both bloodshed and fear among locals and visitors to Gwadar. As Gwadar is set to become a future megacity of international trade, regional commerce, energy production and tourism, the forces of wickedness are doing everything they can to retard this progress. This de facto makes the BLA an enemy of CPEC and of the prosperity Pakistan shall derive from its Belt and Road connectivity. This itself explains why Chinese civilians were targeted in yesterday’s hotel siege.

It must be made clear by Pakistani officials in the highest of public places that the BLA’s creation and existence was facilitated by an Indian state and RAW which after 1971 sought to do to Balochistan what was done to East Pakistan. In spite of the fact that Balochistan is the least populace province of Pakistan, its strategic location has always been a source of envy for those in India whose goal is to eliminate the existence of the Pakistani state.

Balochistan, like KP province is also vulnerable due to its misfortune of sharing a border with Afghanistan. For decades, countries like India and others have used friendly Afghan regimes to set up base in the country with the aim of conducting cross-border terror attacks on Pakistan. It is almost certain that Afghan supply lines were used in both last month’s and this month’s attacks in Balochistan.

It is therefore imperative for Pakistan to hold India and Afghanistan to account. In respect of India, Pakistan should make an official complaint to the UN about the matter and enter decades worth of evidence onto the record at the world’s highest international forum.

In respect of Afghanistan, the Caroline Test in international law allows for Pakistan to conduct legal airstrikes on terrorist elements in Afghanistan that pose a clear and present danger to Pakistani security. As the BLA have multiple assets in Afghanistan, it is therefore perfectly legal and ethically legitimate for Pakistan to conduct such strikes.

While black propagandists blame Pakistan’s problems with terror on internal situations, the fact of the matter is that for decades, the country has been squeezed like an accordion by Indian provocations to the east and Afghan provocations to the west. The fact that many have asked whether India is housing anti-Pakistan assets at the Indian managed port at Iran’s Chabahar, means that it is likewise imperative for Tehran to cooperate with Pakistan over such enquiries.

Unless Pakistan takes into account all of the dastardly deeds of its neighbours and corrects these injustices at the UN and if necessary through legal military actions, the situation will not change. The time for the rhetoric of idiocy has long since passed. Human life has been put at risk due to Islamabad’s traditional willingness to bow before foreign agitators.

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