Are China and Pakistan Siamese Terror Twins

  • This article covers the Communist approach to revolution, China’s relationship with Pakistan from the 1950-70’s, insight into Chinese thinking, how the Chinese helped Pakistan and why the world hardly responds to China’s actions.

A 2008 article in Australia’s Sydney Herald was titled ‘Is Dalai Lama a Terrorist’ was in the news recently when a Pakistani journalist recently compared Dalai Lama to Masood Azhar post China blocking, for the fourth time, a bid to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.


One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship” – George Orwell




The father of Communism Karl Marx once famously said “We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror”. This statement just summarises, how terrorism and Communism go hand in hand.


The basic tenets of Marxism, formulated by Marx and Engels were presented to the world in 1848, what is probably the most powerfully written political pamphlet in history – the Communist Manifesto, followed by Das Kapital in 1867. The Marxist programme achieved its first success in Russia, in 1905-6. Russian revolution came to a culmination in October 1917, followed by the formation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1921. Mao Zedong took control of CPC in 1927, led a bloody revolution, and the communist party obtained control and won the Chinese civil war in 1949.



There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.” – Karl Marx


Genocide, Politicide, Red Holocaust, Democide and Classicide, are numerous ways in which thinkers of their time have tried to explain the red terrorism. The hypothetical necessity to move from Capitalism to Communism are achieved by following eugenics on this long march:


1) Revolution, 2) Dictatorship of the Proletariat, 3) Destruction of the Capitalist State, 4) Liquidation of the Bourgeoisie, 5) Creation of Socialism, 6) Creation of the New Socialist Man, 7) Withering Away of the State, and 8) Emergence of Communism.


The end result of these murderous steps was expressed by R J Rummel in his book ‘Death by Government’. He states 110 million people, foreign and domestic, were killed by Communist democide from 1900 to 1987. Maoist China alone destroyed around 44.5 to 72 million lives. And let’s not forget the “killing fields” of Cambodia in the 1970s. During those times communism was on a rampage and China was learning the terror techniques very fast. It was looking to partner like-minded rogue nations around the globe, and it soon found one – Pakistan.




Pakistan is China’s Israel” – General Xiong Guangkai, Deputy Chief-of-Staff, PLA.


When the first Pakistani ambassador, Major General Nawabzada Agha Mohammad Raza, presented his credentials to Mao in 1951, Mao snubbed him by stating “I have great pleasure in receiving the letter of credentials of the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominion”. Pakistan in its zeal and desire to be called a great power broker kept taking the insults at the hands of Chinese leadership, in a servile manner, on a regular basis. 


However, the uprising of Lhasa in 1959 and the Indo-China war of 1962 gave chance to Pakistan to seal the deal and become an all-weather friend of China. 


Pakistani ambassador to Beijing’s sycophantically declared that the relationship between the two countries is “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, sweeter than honey.” 


China very well knew the weaknesses of the Pakistani leader. It recognized that Paki Generals and Leadership suffer from DSM-5 syndrome, and exploited that condition well. In the 80’s, it psyched Pakistan about impending take over by USSR. In the 90’s they created same fear about the USA. And throughout the history of independent Pakistan, India was made the arch-rival. Pakistan had its own style and modules of terror and initially found it difficult to absorb red terror to its inventory.




We are prepared to sacrifice 300 million Chinese for the victory of the world revolution.” – Mao Zedong


Pakistani Generals and President Ayub Khan, who were used to British style short duration of wars were advised in a meeting in Beijing, by Zhou Enlai to use Guerrilla attacks on its enemies like USSR, Afghanistan, Iran, USA, and India. Zhou Enlai told them that the war is a continuous process and should be on at all times.


Pakistan kept learning and improvising terror tactics. East Pakistan was the first testing ground of Paki terror factories. In 1970-71 the genocidal atrocities reached its pinnacle resulting in the birth of Bangladesh. The year 1978 saw the coup in Pakistan and entry of dictator Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Zia-ul-Haq adopted Wahhabism and imposed Sharia law in the country. Despite the fact that Islam is vehemently against non-believers, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan after implementing the Sharia law got even closer to a non-believer country.


Over the years, the Paki military learned the art of mixing radical Islam (read Wahhabism) with red terror tactics and created its own Frankensteins. Some of the terrorist organizations working under Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) with the blessings of Paki Army are Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Jamaat ud Dawa, Al Badr, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Commando Force and International Sikh Youth Federation. In Northeast India China has been actively supporting ULFA, NSCN and Naxalite outfits.


Amongst some of the most wanted terrorists in the world are Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim, Resham Singh, Gurdial Singh Lalli, Harmeet Singh, Paresh Baruah, and Yung Aung. They live and move around freely in Pakistan and China under the protection of respective armies and security agencies, mocking all international norms.


IC814 at Kandahar Airport 1999


Masood Azhar is the world’s most wanted terrorist. He was released by Indian authorities in exchange for 176 passengers, after his brother along with other terrorists had hijacked IC814 in 1999. Presently he lives in Pakistan. The hatred of Masood Azhar and his patrons for other religious beliefs is very evident from Masood Azhar’s book ‘Yehud Ki Chalees Bimariyan (‘Forty Diseases Of  The Jews) – considered to be the most anti-Semitic book of its time in the Urdu language. Masood Azhar calls Judaism “the cancer seeping into all of humanity” and provokes “real” Muslims “to challenge all non-Muslims in the battlefield of jihad.”


Notwithstanding his extremism, Masood Azhar was warmly welcomed by Britain’s leading Islamic scholars in ’90s, where he gave hateful speeches and incited Muslims to undertake jihad and kill for the sake of Islam. Masood Azhar’s efforts paid off soon, a 24-year-old Briton from Birmingham on Christmas Day 2000 drove a car packed with explosives into an Indian army outpost, killing nine soldiers. Masood Azhar’s supporters and graduates have been involved in numerous acts of terror: the kidnap and beheading of the American journalist Daniel Pearl; the 2005 London underground bombings; an attempt to blow up a transatlantic airline through liquid bombs; the bombing of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly; an attack on the Indian Parliament; an attack on the Indian embassy in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan; an attack on the Pathankot airbase and on the Uri army camp, and last but most ghastly suicide attack and killing of 44 paramilitary forces in Pulwama. 


The civilized world has been trying to bring the terror perpetrator to justice but the whole process has been vetoed by China every time. March 2019 was the fourth time, and the third successive year, that China has blocked a motion to blacklist Azhar at the UN. Beijing also vetoed the move in 2009, a year after the Mumbai terror attack was carried out by militants affiliated with the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.


China has a long history of hobnobbing with terrorist organizations. In the year 2000, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan held a meeting with Mullah Omar of the Taliban. Did the ambassador meet up with the dreaded extremist to assign him some task or he was there asking for a favor?

However, China hereafter abstained from voting on UN sanctions against the Taliban.


In 2009-10 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) invited leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI), both Deobandi fundamentalist organizations working under the umbrella of the Taliban, to China. JI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that JI would not use its activities against China. However, what JI got in return, for this favor is anyone’s guess.


Pakistan and China reward terror perpetrators on a regular basis. A recent addition to that is Pakistan’s former Intelligence Bureau chief Ijaz Shah, who helped Osama bin Laden in all his terror endeavours has been sworn in as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on 02 April 2019, by the Paki President Arif Alvi in Islamabad.




Communism threatens your way of life, terrorism threatens your life itself ”– Joerg Colberg


Nexus of Proliferation China-Pakistan-North Korea


Joseph Heller’s book ‘Catch22’ has many interesting characters, but First Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder has all the attributes of China. He is the mess officer at the U.S. Army Air Corps base and he becomes obsessed with expanding mess operations and trading goods for the profits of the syndicate (in which he and everyone else “has a share”). 


Milo is a satire of the modern businessman, and beyond that is the living representation of Chinese Capitalism, as he has no allegiance to any country, person or principle unless it pays him and profit is generated. Milo even begins contracting missions for the enemy state, fighting on both sides in the battlefield and bombing his own squadron. He is capable of extreme self-justification by means of his own personal virtues or morals; in a way, his personality is almost sociopathic.


Characteristics of Milo Minderbinder are seen in all the leadership of China. After the 9/11 catastrophe, China despite declaring wholehearted support for the coalition forces, maintained a relationship with ‘Quetta Shura’. China assured the world that it wants peace and stability in the region but on the parallel kept supplying weapons, arms and ammunition to the Taliban. These weapons included Surface to Air Missile (SAM), Anti-Aircraft Guns, Land Mines, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and Roadside Bombs. As per a BBC report these weapons were used against coalition forces, killing thousands of soldiers. In the year 2003, China had a trade surplus of $124 billion ( with the US alone. So it was like the USA sponsoring the weapons and attacks on its own soldiers.


On the surface China maintains cordial relationship with India but secretly keeps supplying arms and weapons to Naga and Assamese terrorists in the North-East of India. The whole scam had come to light recently when a mammoth haul of such illicit weapons were caught in Bangladesh.


Similar interference by China is seen on its eastern borders. China openly bullies countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines in the South China Sea. It’s think-tanks have threatened to sink the US aircraft carrier in the region. In an article under the pseudonym “Zhan Lue”, a Chinese strategist argued that if China “takes a little action, the so-called great Indian federation can be broken up”. He further states that Beijing “should work towards the break-up of India into 20-30 independent states with the help of friendly countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. 


To that, an Indian expert advised “Why not sink a few PLA Navy ships in the Indian Ocean and bring the North Arunachal Pradesh (China occupied Tibet) into the Indian fold.




Good artists copy, great artists steal – Pablo Picasso

China, has long been recognized as the covert benefactor of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, providing technical know-how and expertise, breaking all International ‘Non-Proliferation Laws’. In 2018, China had sold Pakistan an advanced tracking system that could boost Islamabad’s efforts to improve ballistic missiles, called multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRVs), a type of missile carrying several nuclear warheads that can be directed toward different targets, according to The South China Morning Post. 

In 2017 Pakistan deployed a Chinese-made low-to-medium altitude air defense system (LOMAD). In the past also China has supplied M-9, M-11 missiles and 5000 ring magnets to the nuclear weapons facility at Kahuta. And wherever it could not do things directly it used North Korea to do the needful.


Look at World War II, at Hitler’s cruelty. The more cruelty, the more enthusiasm for revolution.” – Mao Zedong

Clausewitz in war classic ‘On War’ explains why Xerxes failed in Greece and Napoleon in Russia. He explains how the leaders who show great determination as junior leaders but lose it as they rise. Conscious of the need to be decisive, they also recognize the risk entailed by a wrong decision; since they are unfamiliar with the problem now facing them, their mind loses incisiveness. The more used they had been to instant action, the more their timidity increases as they realize the dangers of the vacillation that ensnares them. And so they stare straight ahead, listening to no one, fearing distractions, clinging to command even as it leads them into disaster. Thereby confirming the high-altitude rarity of common sense (common sense is indeed like oxygen; the higher you go the thinner it gets).

This is the exact state of mind of Pakistani and Chinese leadership today. They are clinging to power, ignoring the requirements of the populace of their respective countries and the region since they got busy in creating monsters and furthering their personal agendas. Their grammar has become their logic and they got blinded in the rage to destroy all else around them, be it countries or people, and reign supreme.vertical-align:baseline'>The American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen once famously stated: “The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law”. That is the exact situation we have in hand when it comes to China, Pakistan and North Korea. 

China is disingenuously using Pakistan and N Korea to blackmail the world. Had it been a smaller country in place of China, and if that country was stealing the intellectual property, nuclear, and missile technology from the West and then proliferating it to Pakistan and North Korea, it would have been cause célèbre, and that country would have been hit with such severe sanctions that it would have shaken to its core. 

However, here we have China doing the exact same thing, and the West is quiet. The reason is simple, business interests are bigger than national interests. The West has made China ‘être plus royaliste que le roi’.



1. Death by Government – RJ Rummel

2. Black Book of Communism – Stéphane Courtoisto

3. Red Holocaust – Steven Rosefielde

4. On Grand Strategy – John Lewis Gaddis

5. The China-Pakistan Axis – Andrew Small

6. On War – Carl Von Clausewitz


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Author worked in a technology company and subsequently as a pilot with the Indian Navy in addition to duties with the Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard. Now he works with a private sector airline.


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