“Most of the merchandise people are purchasing to celebrate Independence Day is not manufactured in Pakistan, but neighbouring China. Muhammad Aslam, a trader in Urdu Bazaar, told Tribune that
traders have imported huge quantities of decoration products from China. Another trader, Naseem Ahmad, highlighted that the massive influx of inexpensive and attractive Chinese merchandise has left little room for local manufacturing. Earlier,
local craftsmen prepared flags, buntings, badges, caps and other decorative items for Independence Day, but now all vendors are selling Chinese merchandise due to a price war.” – Express Tribune
The above article “Be Pakistani, Buy Chinese” published today in Express
Tribune, says it all ..
The sentiment embedded in this article cannot be overlooked.
The anti-Chinese undercurrent which was seeping from the cracks for long is now seen surfacing slowly. This article ascertains the same and voices out concerns of the majority of the Pakistani’s who have knowingly or unknowingly been swept away by the
Chinese tsunami in Pakistan.
Today the Chinese influence can be seen in every sphere
of Pakistan’s governance and culture. In times to come, this “Chinese-Biryani” may be hard to digest, as predicted by few internal & external analysts carefully watching China taking over Pakistan.
The Chinese debt trap is just one aspect of this tsunami, the bigger issue is the “cross culturization”
which is hitting Pakistan in a big way.
Insecurity Shapes Pakistan
Pakistanis suffer from the effects of an identity crisis. They have their own common experiences, from mass migration to
war. Pakistani population is constantly under strain; there’s a domestic problem in terms of security and there’s an international problem in terms of insecurity.
Religion is the lifeline of Pakistan but it appears that religious patriotism is now under Chinese threat. Earlier it was seen that most of the Pakistanis tried to associate themselves with
the Arab culture and traditions. This caused a lot of damage as people became more and more unaware of own culture, history, language, traditions and got more inclined towards the Arab culture. But with the changing times, it is the “Chinese mania”
which has overtaken the Arab mania and a little China Town is seen mushrooming in all cities of Pakistan.
The following few incidents in the recent past would allow “sinking in” of this Chinese mania in Pakistan.