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NOTE: This is an analysis piece that tries to correlate publicly reported and observed events of national and international significance. The author does not have access to any secret, classified, or non-publicly disclosed information. As is the case with all such analysis, there is a margin of error in the conclusions drawn. The reader is advised to take this into consideration and use personal intellect and knowledge to draw individual conclusions.

The recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation to China offers a unique perspective for those interested in understanding what exactly drives the 'Khan Eleven'. Just as the measure of a man or group is obtained from their words and actions, so too the treatment meted by others provides a different perspective into their true nature. Based on publicly available news so far, China has reinforced its brotherly relations with Pakistan, while snubbing 'Team Imran' at a personal level. In this article, we take a look at evidence that reinforces this line of thinking.

But before we talk about 'Team Imran' specifically, it is essential to provide a historical context of China's current geo-political situation, and the challenges it faces. If we look at Western narrative concerning China, we find repeated accusations of a totalitarian, repressive regime that curtails individual freedoms and poses a threat to neighbors and the world at large. In Pakistan, such propaganda is rightfully filtered out to construct a positive image of our friend and ally. Unfortunately, this causes Pakistani audiences to completely lose track of the poisonous campaign against our ally. In turn, this limits our ability to understand the difficulties and problems faced by our friend.

While Western rhetoric unilaterally paints China in a negative image, it cunningly hides the organized Western propaganda that is orchestrated world wide against China. For this author, the realization dawned during the uproar about the Uighur issue. It is to be noted that the Uighur issue is well known for a long time. But during the recent escalation of tensions between the United States and China, an orchestrated fresh campaign of accusations was started with renewed vigor. And this author was amazed and astounded by the breadth and depth of this campaign, when in a tiny Sydney mosque, the prayer leader discussed the issue before the start of congregational prayers. It is to be noted, that in a Western society such as Australia, using the pulpit for political propaganda is highly frowned upon. Most prayer leaders pointedly stay away from issuing political statements. Thus, the behavior observed in this Sydney mosque was bizarre and against the norm. The only way a prayer leader could get away with this, is if he was backed by the establishment. And the summary of what the prayer leader said after recapping the situation in Uighur camps, is that we should pray for our Muslim brothers, and boycott Chinese products. Trump's trade war had reached a Sydney mosque! Of course, it is to be noted that plausible deniability was maintained in this incident, for I am quite sure the prayer leader would assume personal responsibility for his actions upon inquiry.

Needless to say, China is extremely sensitive regarding widely publicized Western narrative. With this understanding in mind, consider what China would perceive when the Minister of Religious Affairs in the PTI government takes up this same Uighur issue during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister, exactly during the height of the Western campaign, and the matter is publicized through various media outlets. This was a diplomatic disaster of epic proportions, and from a Chinese perspective, it raises embarassing questions about the actual intentions of Imran Khan and his PTI government. Once the doorway to this suspicion is opened, a close scrutiny follows. Let us review available evidence.

On October 8, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved its judgement regarding the blashpemy case involving one Asia Bibi. Interestingly, on the very same day, before the actual hearing by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the website of an INGO named 'International Commission of Jurists' published an article on the matter:

https://www.icj.org/asia-bibis-case-a-final-plea-for-justice/

Asia bibi’s case: A final plea for justice
October 8, 2018

An opinion piece by Reema Omer, Legal Adviser, ICJ South Asia Programme

A special bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by the Chief Justice, is scheduled to hear Asia bibi’s appeal against her conviction and death sentence under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) today.

Even if the Supreme Court now goes on to acquit Asia bibi, she has already spent eight years in prison, mostly on death row; Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti have lost their lives advocating for her release; and her family has been subjected to continuous threats and harassment, solely because of their relationship with someone accused of blasphemy.

This is the truth of how the blasphemy law operates in Pakistan – the accused has to suffer prolonged periods of pretrial detention, which in many cases is followed by years on death row before their appeals are decided.

Additionally, lawyers and judges in blasphemy cases live in a climate of fear and face very real threats of violence.

This results in a denial of the accused’s right to an effective defence and to a fair trial before an independent, impartial judiciary – which is now recognized as a fundamental right in Pakistan’s Constitution.

Asia bibi’s trial is particularly illustrative of these flaws.

The allegations against her are that she made three “defamatory and sarcastic” statements about the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on June 14, 2009, during an argument with three Muslim women while the four of them were picking fruit in a field.

The prosecution also claims Asia bibi “admitted” making these statements at a “public gathering” on June 29, 2009, and asked for forgiveness.

In her defence, Asia bibi stated she had a “quarrel” with Mafia and Asma in 2009, following their refusal to drink water brought for them by Asia bibi because she was Christian.

She claimed “some hot words were exchanged” during the argument, after which Mafia and Asma, alongside Qari Muhammad Salaam and his wife (who taught Asma and Mafia the Quran), fabricated the blasphemy case against her.
Asia bibi also stated that she had “great respect and honour for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Holy Quran” and never made the alleged blasphemous remarks.

A trial court convicted Asia bibi for blasphemy in November 2010 and sentenced her to death. The Lahore High Court upheld her conviction and confirmed her death sentence in October 2014. The Supreme Court admitted her appeal in July 2015.

The first hearing of the appeal before the Supreme Court was scheduled to take place on October 13, 2016, but one of the judges recused himself from the bench on the day of the hearing, citing “conflict of interest”.

The trial court’s, as well as Lahore High Court’s judgments, contain a number of flaws.

For example, in its judgment on Asia bibi’s appeal, the LHC conceded that “the defence has not defended its case with the required seriousness…” Yet, despite acknowledging possible violations of the right of a fair trial, particularly the right to an adequate defence, the Court went on to uphold Asia bibi’s conviction and death sentence.

Further, the trial court used Asia bibi’s statement against her as an admission of guilt, finding that the “hot words” exchanged between her and “the Muslim ladies” were “switched into a religious matter”, and concluding that the “hot words” must have been “nothing other than the blasphemy”.

Curiously, however, the trial court rejected the possibility that the altercation over water could be a motive for the prosecution eyewitnesses to falsely implicate Asia bibi for blasphemy, which was Asia bibi’s defence.

The Lahore High Court too did not probe further into Asia bibi’s statement and held that there was no possible “ill will” between the eyewitnesses and the accused for them to fabricate the blasphemy allegations.

Both courts also disregarded discrepancies in the accounts of the witnesses regarding the “public gathering” where Asia bibi allegedly “admitted” her guilt.

These discrepancies included significant differences in the number of people allegedly present at the “public gathering” (ranging from 100 to 2,000 in the different testimonies); how Asia bibi was brought to the “public hearing”, and how long the “hearing” lasted.

The courts also failed to apply “tazkia-tul-shahood” (inquiry undertaken by the court to establish the credibility of witnesses), without which defendants cannot be convicted or punished in hadh (capital punishment) cases for certain offences under Pakistani law.

During the entire course of the proceedings, neither court considered which of the three statements attributed to Asia bibi were “blasphemous” and why, or what was the “reasonable person” standard in the interpretation of section 295-C to meet the threshold of blasphemy.

Additionally, both courts did not consider whether Asia bibi possessed the requisite criminal intent to commit the crime of blasphemy, despite the Federal Shariat Court’s ruling that blasphemy is an “intentional or reckless wrong”.

The prosecution’s failure to prove all elements of the offence, including the requisite intent to defame the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), calls into question the convictions by the trial court and the Lahore High Court.

In another case, the Supreme Court held that individuals accused of blasphemy “suffer beyond proportion or repair” in the absence of adequate safeguards against misapplication or misuse of such blasphemy laws.

This includes the long periods of time the accused spend in detention, in some cases with the threat of execution hanging over their heads, and the impact this has on their lives, their families, their professions, and their mental and physical well-being.

Confirming the Supreme Court’s findings, a 2015 study by the ICJ on the implementation of blasphemy laws in Pakistan found that more than 80 per cent of convictions by trial courts are overturned on appeal, very often because appellate courts find evidence and complaints fabricated based on “personal or political vendettas.”

A number of proposals to check against the misuse of blasphemy laws have been pending before Parliament, but given the sensitivities around the issue, they have not come to fruition.

Blasphemy laws have remained a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan.

Today, all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see if it will decide Asia bibi’s appeal expeditiously, fairly and impartially and whether it will try to clean up some of the manifest injustices of the blasphemy law and how it’s being applied today.
Amazingly, the Supreme Court's decision reads like a further elucidation of the judgement passed in the ICJ article

http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/user_files/File/Crl.A._39_L_2015.pdf

One may question why China should be concerned about something that is essentially an internal matter of Pakistan? Because this same ICJ has a long history of publications condemning human rights in China, including the issue of Uighurs. It doesn't inspire much trust if China sees the Supreme Court of its ally, where it has made billions of dollars of investments, parroting the views of an anti-China INGO.

In the immediate aftermath of Imran Khan's recent visit to Saudi Arabia, we came to know that Pakistan shall play the role of 'arbitrator' in the Yemen conflict. In face, the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry recently went on camera to say we expect some meaningful results from this effort soon. But the reality of the situation was revealed in a recent CNN news article:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/31/politics/us-saudi-yemen-khashoggi/index.html

It turns out that actually the Americans are pushing for peace, using Saudi vulnerability as leverage. Disregarding the concern about what this means for Pak-Saudi relations, we stick to analyzing China's perspective. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has come closer to China, especially with the Saudi King visiting China in 2017. But even more importantly, China sees the Kashoggi debacle as an opportunity for China and Saudi to come closer

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/dip...on-jamal-khashoggi-murder-could-see-china-and

There are two interesting takeaways here. The PTI government has tried to shamelessly take credit of an American led initiative in which Imran Khan's input is minimal. But even more importantly, this is an initiative to arm twist the Saudis on the Kashoggi matter - which is supposed to bring together our two closest allies.

During Imran Khan's China visit, in his address to Central Party School on Nov 4, 2018, he waxed lyrical on the topic of Chinese success in poverty alleviation.


... and second is poverty alleviation. You cannot have a society, where there are only a small number of rich people, and a sea of poor people. You cannot have a society with so much inequality, and expect that you will progress. Now, this is where we admire China so much. My admiration for China is for one reason mainly. No country in human history, has ever taken seven hundred million people out of poverty in thirty years as China has done. This is, in my opinion, the greatest achievement a nation can achieve. Seven hundred million people out of poverty. The steps taken to do that, is what my party, my government is very interested in. What we hope to learn from China, and with close contacts with the government, the Communist Party of China, this is what we hope to learn. All the steps taken, to achieve a feat that no nation in human history has ever achieved.
Strangely enough, on Oct 31, 2018, Bill Gates gave a talk on the topic of 'Living in extreme poverty' where he also mentioned China's success in poverty alleviation

The progress came really in two great waves. The first wave was China. In 1990, 66% of people in China were extrmely poor. So you can see all the dots there, each representing again a million people. But over just a short period of 15 years, their extreme poverty declined by over five hundred million. The improvement in people's lives there, is one of the most astonishing examples of progress in world history.
It is to be noted that people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are considered the benign face of the American deep state. Behind the guise of philantrophic ventures, they are actively forwarding the American agenda. From the Chinese perspective, Imran Khan once again comes forth as a follower of Western thought.

But even more damning are Khan's public elocutions on how Scandanavian countries such as Denmark are the true manifestation of 'Riasat-e-Madina' (State of Medina). It should be noted that Zardari and Nawaz Sharif also have considerable ties with the West. But, they were seen as incompetent, provincial minded, and greedy people leading a poor country. In Imran Khan, China sees an educated, intellectual, man on a mission with very strong leanings towards the West who is leading a poor country. A country that doesn't have much to offer beyond defence cooperation today. As such, Imran Khan is an unknown quantity who shall be watched very closely. It is no wonder then, that the list of MoUs signed during the visit has no mention of mutual steps in dealing with corruption. Would China trust Khan enough to share internal matters that could provide further ammunition to its enemies to be used for levelling accusations of human rights violations? Only time will tell.

For Pakistan, it should be a cause for extreme concern, that our state institutions are seen as an extension of Western policy. In an increasingly multipolar world, being seen as intellectually subjugated to the West will only lessen Pakistan's stature. Could there be any steps that Khan can take to increase Chinese confidence? Given that Khan's powerbase lies in the West through his ties with Jemima Goldsmith and his British upbringing, gaining full trust is highly unlikely. China is accustomed to Western interference in its neighborhood in the form of leaders educated in Britain. The example of Aung San Suu Kyi comes to mind. Given such high company, no one is fooled regarding Imran Khan's real intentions, and the masters he serves.

Khan should know that for over a decade, technology has existed which, given as input a news about a typhoon, can not only predict the possible path, but can automatically reason that due to a large number of houses being destroyed, the demand for cement will rise, hence the price for cement will rise. This technology was in the hands of US military more than a decade ago - although, of course, the US military has other concerns than the price of cement. There is no reason to believe that China doesn't utilize big data technology. Correlations that have been manually found in this article can be queried easily through such software. Thus, Khan can run, but he cannot hide.

But as far as state institutions are concerned, it is their duty to abide by the true spirit of Iman and Islam which is embodied in the constitution of Pakistan.
 

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Given such high company, no one is fooled regarding Imran Khan's real intentions, and the masters he serves.
I want all you guys to decide once and for all. Is Imran Khan a Yahoodi agent or is he Taliban Khan.
Stop using these terms whenever they suit you. When he talks about Islam he's an extremist and when he talks about Scandinavian countries following social welfare state models you blame him to be a western stooge. While at the same time all you guys want to live in those very countries.
Tell me how many people on this forum want to live in China and how many wish to live in Europe?
 

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I want all you guys to decide once and for all. Is Imran Khan a Yahoodi agent or is he Taliban Khan.
Stop using these terms whenever they suit you. When he talks about Islam he's an extremist and when he talks about Scandinavian countries following social welfare state models you blame him to be a western stooge. While at the same time all you guys want to live in those very countries.
Tell me how many people on this forum want to live in China and how many wish to live in Europe?
This is irrelevant to this thread. The topic is the perception projected to our allies.
 

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I want all you guys to decide once and for all. Is Imran Khan a Yahoodi agent or is he Taliban Khan.
Stop using these terms whenever they suit you. When he talks about Islam he's an extremist and when he talks about Scandinavian countries following social welfare state models you blame him to be a western stooge. While at the same time all you guys want to live in those very countries.
Tell me how many people on this forum want to live in China and how many wish to live in Europe?
OP is a pathetic patwari and you know they all had stunted growth.
 
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This is irrelevant to this thread. The topic is the perception projected to our allies.
Tell me exactly how is it irrelevant?
You called IK a western stooge and I asked you to choose if he's a Taliban or a pro west guy, cause you guys seem to use both of them whenever they suit your narrative.
So now that your mind is incapable of answering such a basic question, I would suggest you go back to "Sher aya Sher aya" slogans instead of predicting the future of Pak-China relations.
 

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I want all you guys to decide once and for all. Is Imran Khan a Yahoodi agent or is he Taliban Khan.
Stop using these terms whenever they suit you. When he talks about Islam he's an extremist and when he talks about Scandinavian countries following social welfare state models you blame him to be a western stooge. While at the same time all you guys want to live in those very countries.
Tell me how many people on this forum want to live in China and how many wish to live in Europe?
I thought Pakistan accuses foreign agencies including yahoodis for funding Taliban to cause insurgency against Pakistan. So isn't yahoodi agent and taliban khan are the two sides of same coin?
 

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OP is a pathetic patwari and you know they all had stunted growth.
Tell me exactly how is it irrelevant?
You called IK a western stooge and I asked you to choose if he's a Taliban or a pro west guy, cause you guys seem to use both of them whenever they suit your narrative.
So now that your mind is incapable of answering such a basic question, I would suggest you go back to "Sher aya Sher aya" slogans instead of predicting the future of Pak-China relations.
You are the ones forcing a political interpretation. In the face of concrete evidence, you are reduced to name calling and subverting the thread.

If someone calls him a Western stooge, then counter that accusation through logic, instead of doing a comparison with Taliban Khan accusations. The person talking about Western influence has no interest in the latter.
 

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You are the ones forcing a political interpretation. In the face of concrete evidence, you are reduced to name calling and subverting the thread.

If someone calls him a Western stooge, then counter that accusation through logic, instead of doing a comparison with Taliban Khan accusations. The person talking about Western influence has no interest in the latter.
Stop lying.
 

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I thought Pakistan accuses foreign agencies including yahoodis for funding Taliban to cause insurgency against Pakistan. So isn't yahoodi agent and taliban khan are the two sides of same coin?
You're referring to TTP which is a foreign funded terrorist organisation.
But that aside all the people who accuse IK of being Taliban don't have that in mind. They call him the Taliban who ruled over Afghanistan. They call him an extremist when he says we should have dialog. But when US does the same thing these same people are no where to be found.
And if you are so naive all the people who say this have never accused India or West of funding terrorism in Pakistan, irony is that they all get their pay checks from some NGO funded by USAID and the likes of it.
 

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You are the ones forcing a political interpretation. In the face of concrete evidence, you are reduced to name calling and subverting the thread.

If someone calls him a Western stooge, then counter that accusation through logic, instead of doing a comparison with Taliban Khan accusations. The person talking about Western influence has no interest in the latter.
This all is something coming from a guy who lives in Australia which for your information is becoming one of the most anti China countries of the world.
If we go by your logic you're a western stooge as well and you're planting a fake news story to disrupt Pak-China relations. Can you explain that now?
 

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Based on publicly available news so far, China has reinforced its brotherly relations with Pakistan, while snubbing 'Team Imran' at a personal level.
IK's problem is that he idolize west where he had been educated and had lived flamboyantly during his youth.

It will take time for him to become a true practising Muslim who frowns upon western culture.
 

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