China convinced Pak to crackdown on Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Editorial

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Lahore, Dec.13 (ANI): The Chinese Government seems to have played a behind the scenes significant role in convincing the Pakistani establishment to launch a "convincing" crackdown on suspect militant organizations operating from Pakistan, an editorial has claimed.

According to the editorial, which appears in the Daily Times, the Chinese had conveyed to Islamabad long before that it needed to be seen as acting against militants operating from its soil, and ban organizations supporting them.

"It is the Chinese "message" that has changed our mind. The Chinese did not veto the banning of Dawa on Wednesday, and they had reportedly told Islamabad as much beforehand, compelling our permanent representative at the UN to assert that Pakistan would accept the ban if it came," says the editorial.

"One subliminal message was also given to Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, during his recent visit to China, and the message was that Pakistan had to seek peace with India or face change of policy in Beijing," it adds.

"Once again, it is our friend China whose advice has been well taken," it says.

It also says that a majority of Pakistanis would be shocked at the outreach of Jama'at-ud Dawa in the country after its "education" and charity institutions were raided on Thursday.

It concludes by saying that Pakistan will need to cooperate with the international community in the coming days.

The editorial says that Pakistan should act not because an "unfair international system" compels it to act; it should act out of conviction. (ANI)

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