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The Gwadar Terrorist Attack Exposed The International Media’s Double Standards

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  1. RangeMaster

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    Written by Andrew Korybko on 2019-05-11
    Most of the international media is referring to Saturday’s attack on the Pearl Continental hotel in Gwadar as being committed by either “gunmen” or “militants” instead of the actual terrorists that the perpetrators are after the BBC reported that they chose their target in order to kill Chinese and other foreign investors, therefore exposing a common double standard whereby “politically convenient” terrorist attacks are simply reframed as “shootings” or “militancy” while “politically inconvenient” acts of resistance are smeared as “terrorism”.

    Several terrorists tried storming into the Pearl Continental hotel in CPEC’s terminal port of Gwadar Saturday afternoon, but a large-scale tragedy was thankfully averted after the security services managed to evacuate most of the guests. The BBC reported that the “Balochistan Liberation Army” (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack and quoted the terrorist organization as “saying it had targeted Chinese and other foreign investors”. This incident is a blatant act of terrorism just like the much more devastating ones that were carried out against several hotels and churches in Sri Lanka last month, but the international media is resorting to its tried-and-tested double standards after most of them described the perpetrators as “gunmen” or “militants” instead of the actual terrorists that they are.







    This is because the terrorist attacks are “politically convenient” for the US and India, with these two allies collectively commanding impressive influence across the world’s media space, because it targeted Chinese civilians and infrastructure as part of the ongoing Hybrid War on CPEC. The evident purpose was to deter further investments and visits by foreign businessmen to this strategically significant port in the global pivot state of Pakistan, as well as to trigger an overreaction by the security services against local Baloch which could then be basis upon upon which a Xinjiang-like fake news campaign alleging “concentration camps” and “cultural cleansing” can be carried out prior to the possible imposition of sanctions for “humanitarian reasons”. Of course, this would also be executed in parallel with the Hybrid War on Hybrid War in Pakistan pretending that the country has no terrorist threats whatsoever and that all forms of opposition to the state — including taking up arms and targeting civilians — are “legitimate”, especially if they’re being led by minority Pashtuns or Baloch.





    On the opposite side of the coin, “politically inconvenient” acts of resistance such as what the Kashmiris and Palestinians are doing against their Indian and “Israeli” occupiers (who not coincidentally have recently become military-strategic partners and are both allied with the US) are smeared as “terrorism” even if they only target soldiers and paramilitary units. Another double standard is that international media is usually pleading for the world’s leading economies to invest in underdeveloped “Global South” regions, yet these same information outlets are now lending “legitimacy” to the BLA’s terrorist crusade against China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) investments in Pakistani Balochistan because it serves the US’ grand strategic purposes. Having said that, even the most casual information consumer must sense that they’re being manipulated after the world condemned last month’s terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan hotels but is now silent about the latest one Pakistan’s PC Gwadar.

    DISCLAIMER: The author writes for this publication in a private capacity which is unrepresentative of anyone or any organization except for his own personal views. Nothing written by the author should ever be conflated with the editorial views or official positions of any other media outlet or institution.
     
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    Western Media talks talks talks. Pakistan and China need to guard their interests and their people.

    Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/dip...or-attack-highlights-risks-chinese-firms-face

    Pakistan and China need to work together with all their resources in surveillance and espionage to detect these terrorists. Pakistan can then peruse these forces. Israel learned from its security situation, and is now a world leader in this field. Pakistan needs to do the same, because is surrounded by enemies that plan to undermine it everyday and in every which way.

    China knows the viability of CPEC and other BRI projects depend on keeping costs lower, and investing in security will help lower costs. CPEC is venture capital funding for Pakistan Inc. the initial investors get their money back when other investors come in and maximize FDI in Pakistan Inc.

    Also, this quote is the BLA's declaration of war against China. I hope China pursues getting them and their associated groups listed as terrorists organizations internationally.
     
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  3. RIWWIR

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    That is natural, because we are currently not on the RIGHT side of the global game. Why to complain?
     
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    So true we complaining it for many years if they really want to change it better start some English based channel on convey our side of story why wasting 20 billion ruppes per year on PTV better spent it to make something focusing international audience
     
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    You have missed my point. It doesn't depend on our capability to propagate or conves. It depends on our global positioning. India is now an arch ally of US. Our relationship with US are far from desirable. You cannot much change this framework now. What is happening to Pakistan in UN, UNSC, IMF, FATF etc etc are the consequence of this positioning.
     
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    No sir i did not missed your point i was saying presenting our side will help in changing our position too.As we suffered a lot against so called war on terror over 127 billion dollars plus over 50,000 lifes but does that figure known by ordinary man in western world?we need to present our side of story too public opinion help even change the policies in western countries
     
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  7. American Pakistani

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    Our own ppl are gullible and are among the first ones to fall for the propaganda that is placed to trap the country.

    The recent propaganda garbage against China is one of them, just check how quickly our awaam fell for that crap, hitting their own selves on the foot. Sometimes it's too frustrating that our awaam had failed to understand what 5th gen warfare is. Media has failed to raise this awareness too, and instead have a heavy influence of those propagandists.
     
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    Yes. I agree with you that in any case we should present our point of view to world at large. But it would have a limited effect, owing to our position, which by and large doesn't correspond to US.
     
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    Kashmiris and Palestinians are terrorists.
    White School and mosque shooter are gunmen???
     
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    Sir we are talking step wise u know that without becoming economically,socially and military wise strong we have to face this after every few years.Hamary roohani peer o murshid tu yeh baat arsa pehly kitna khobsurat samjhaa gayee hamain
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    Our own government doesn't do anything diplomatically to get these groups banned or to put pressure on its leadership residing in Europe

    Then why would the west or anyone else would care?
     
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    The Awwam is not PDF tho the whole propaganda blitz against the PRC is still faltering I don't see mass protests in major cities against CPEC or the PRC the fourm is mostly filled with self hating diaspora crap heads mostly who have very little connections to Pakistan
     
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    No one will speak for your own interests as strong as yourself.

    Pakistan and Pakistanis need to stop being on the defensive and start actively lobbying and, if necessary, taking action against states which support BLA in any way, even just morally. Many Western nations would fall into this category.

    We should be tougher on terrorist supporters.
     
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    The problem is self doubt syndrome in Pakistani diaspora and butt kissing other foreign Muslims over "brotherhood" hence why most 2nd gen don't care about Pakistan these days or view it as negative
     
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