Given this grand strategic objective, China invests in the state of Pakistan and expects it to take charge of its internal security forgetting the fact that the state itself is abetting terrorism for decades as a force multiplier.
Vincent Stewart, Director, Defence Intelligence Agency in his disposition to the State Armed Service Committee in May , stated that Pakistan desires peace and stability in Afghanistan, minus any heavy Indian influence given its threat perception regarding India towards the state of Pakistan. India, on the other hand, believes that given the conventional inferiority of Pakistan military vis-a-vis India, the former is forced to adopt a military strategy of employing terrorists to conduct asymmetric warfare against it. Both in the US and in India , lawmakers have initiated private members bills to recognise Pakistan as a state sponsoring terrorism.
Maximising the military potential of Pakistan against terrorism is by itself a counter-productive strategy — a lesson learnt by the US. The case of FP Zulfiquar-class frigate27 PNS Zulfiqar is a case in point where five young naval officers allegedly tried to hijack the warship with the intent to attack the US refueling ship in the Arabian Sea on September 06, Unlike other forms of terrorism, Islamic terrorism is difficult to eliminate by hard power alone as it is sanctioned by religious doctrine and likely to manifest itself in a variety of forms and evolve continuously with time.
Furthermore, it is not limited by a short term political objective, but breeds global ambitions. Apart from its soaring economy, status as an emerging space power and established nuclear weapons state, India has yet another distinction of being most affected by terrorism. By retaliating with massive use of military force, the US policy of dismantling sovereign structures in the Middle East led to the creation of ISIS and further intensification of radical Islamic forces worldwide.
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Even while India is aware of the support provided to the stone pelters from across the border in Pakistan with the tactical intent to disrupt counter-terrorist operations undertaken by the Indian Army and other security agencies in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian security forces have limited their choice of weapons and tactics to be employed. India too has committed mistakes in the past by way of providing moral support to insurgents in Sri Lanka and has paid a price in return.
Supporting terrorism is a double-edged sword as it changes the direction of assault with time. As a long term ally of Pakistan, the US learned it the hard way the relationship between terrorism in Pakistan and the state of Pakistan.
For both the US and China, the importance of Pakistan in their respective schema stems from the strategic requirement of the road that goes through Pakistan to Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean respectively. Pakistan has previously been explicit about its geo-strategic relevance to world powers and considers itself to be providing strategic service. It is this logistical requirement of transportation for the US that ended in a strategic nightmare for its planners.
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In any case, the geo-strategic attributes of Pakistan are likely to be exploited fully by the state of Pakistan as it was the case with the US. Pakistan can regulate the intensity of the instability all along the road from Gwadar to Xinjiang while extracting strategic mileage by playing the victim of terrorism to China. China does have the option to expand the benefits of CPEC to other stakeholders in Pakistan; but such a policy will not be easy to execute.
Which countries are worse affected?
Bent towards a strategy of using excessive firepower against terrorism, Pakistan is likely to further alienate minority ethnic groups in Baluchistan, Sindh and NWFP and end up in a situation where the state of Pakistan will require extensive military support from other nations as it is the case with Syria. However, can China commit its advanced military hardware and personnel in Pakistan as Russia is doing with the deployment of the S air defence system and the SU in defence of Pakistani state which is likely to be targeted by its neighbourhood for supporting and exporting terrorism as a state policy?
A joint venture between Pakistan and China to extract gold, copper and silver from an area close to the Iranian border in Dalbandin region, around km miles from Quetta, the capital of Southwestern Balochistan province. This included nine children and injuring more than at a campaign rally in Mastung, in south-western province of Balochistan.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility and intended to target Balochistan provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani.
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