James M Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and commentator on foreign affairs who has covered ethnic and religious conflict and terrorism across the globe for more than three decades.
Military support for the participation of militants in elections was “a combination of keeping control over important national matters like security, defense and foreign policy."
Chinese concern about Uyghur sentiment is compounded by the revival in post-Soviet Central Asian nations of pan-Turkism, a movement that emerged in the late 1900s that aims to unite Asia’s Turkic people.
Recent history is littered with Chinese, US and Middle Eastern examples of the backfiring of government support of Islamists and/or militants.
Prince Mohammed has indeed in word and deed indicated that his reforms may not entail a clean break-up with Wahhabism and has been ambiguous about the degree of social change that he envisions.
A draft CPEC plan envisioned a dominant Chinese role in Pakistan’s economy as well as the creation of a Chinese style surveillance state and significant Chinese influence in Pakistani influence.
The agreement between Milli Muslim League and Allah-O-Akbar Tehreek came after Pakistan’s election commission rejected the League’s application to be registered as a political party.