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Feeling the heat from a soulmate

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14.09.2017

For decades, Pakistanis of all hues have been nurtured on a familiar slogan: The China-Pakistan friendship is deeper than the ocean and higher than the Himalayas. The shibboleth has been further embellished with a footnote: the friendship between the two neighbours is time-tested and is an all-weather union.

Well, those Pakistanis who took the message of these morale-boosting slogans to heart have recently been made to re-evaluate their commitment to their being immune to the vicissitudes of changing times and circumstances.

Pakistan was still at odds with itself trying to recover from US President Donald Trump’s blunt warning to it to change its course on terrorism. But then came an even bigger shock when China joined the chorus of its BRICS comrades—Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa—to declare some of the Pakistan-based radical and militant groups and armed factions a matter of regional security concern and demanding that their patrons be held accountable for sleeping with the devil.

The 43-page joint declaration issued by the BRICS, on September 4, at the end of their summit in China’s Xiamen, was a timely reminder to those in Pakistan who still have a thinking cap on their heads and can appreciate the timeless validity of that historic aphorism that says there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies in inter-state relations, but only a state’s national interests have permanency.

Thou too,........

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