International pressure is building up after the recent rise of the sit-in in the capital. All eyes have been on Pakistan after the ousting of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, because it gives rise to the suspicion that political instability is rising in Pakistan and the government is not able to control the situation. With the recent blackout in Pakistan and the government trying to disperse the protestors, the United States of America (USA) and China have been voicing their concerns.
USA declared that the protests in the country give rise to doubts about political stability of the polity and the ability of the government to take control of the situation. However, as emphasised last time, we would like to reiterate the fact that the matter is not as simple as the USA paints it to be. There are a lot of factors at play in the current scenario and the civilian leadership has been trying its best to manage it in a humane manner. Protests in a country are a part of the political setup and the government machinery is equipped to deal with such scenarios. Trying to paint it as the weakness of the civilian government is a naive assumption and an attempt to make Pakistan look not competent enough to deal with matters at home.
The Chinese concern in the matter is the threat to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While they have a valid concern, the initiative was chalked out keeping in mind the fluctuations in the polity. Pakistan is well aware of the mega investment by China in the process and also of the benefits that it brings to the Pakistani economy. The government will not overlook their concern.
At the same, with these concerns rising, the Pakistani diplomats need to focus towards devising a strategy to deal with the doubts of the international actors.