It is worth mentioning the $50 billion Pakistan component of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative — has not progressed well under the Imran Khan government. And, China believes if Imran Khan’s government again came into power, it would be tough to negotiate with the cricketer-turned-politician.
Pakistan has been on the toil for more than a year now. The trail of doom started way back in April last year when then-Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted from the Parliament through a no-confidence motion. The matter escalated further in November last year when the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief circumvented an assassination attempt during a public rally.
This triggered massive protests where his supporters torched public properties worth millions of dollars. All the mess erupted at a time when the country has already been facing its worst financial turbulence. However, the crisis went normal in a few days.
The situation was not similar this time. Earlier this week, when paramilitary Rangers dragged the former Prime Minister from Islamabad High Court premises, multiple videos of the incident swiftly went viral on social media platforms, prompting his staunch supporters to rally for the release of their ousted and now “denigrated” leader.
Notably, ever since Khan was dethroned from his chair, he accused the West and top Pakistani military officials behind the strategy– a rhetoric that the former PM ranted even a day before he was arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). This escalated anti-military sentiments among Khan’s supporters whose patience had already reached a zenith during a failed assassination attempt.