KARACHI: News of corpses found in Mastung district of Quetta allegedly being of Chinese citizens is quite appalling. Pakistan is trying to progress and develop through its partnership with China through the project of CPEC, but external factors, some internal too, are trying their best to fail this venture by posing a threat to Chinese citizens staying in the country.
A few months ago, Chinese citizens were also abducted in broad daylight in Quetta leading to public outrage in China, and rightly so. When we can point fingers at Afghan refugees and stigmatise them as terrorists and a potential threat for Pakistan, almost forcing them out of the country, then any public outrage by Chinese nationals is also, unfortunately, understandable.
Although the government and the law-enforcement agencies have promised the protection of Chinese nationals, more needs to be done to ensure similar acts are not repeated. A practical plan must be devised before such racism and bigotry become more rampant.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2017.