JF17 Myanmar and Rohingyas

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

APP51-13Italy

So which mystery Asian country has placed the order for Pakistani JF-17 fighter jets.  Here is what Defense News has to say:

The customer in question is believed to be Myanmar, and the head of the country’s Air Force, Gen. Khin Aung Myint, was in Pakistan at the end of May for a four-day visit at the invitation of the Pakistan Air Force. He met senior defense officials and toured various bases and installations, though little more was said about the trip at the time.

If true, for a dispassionate analyst of international relations,  this is hardly an issue. Myanmar and Pakistan share several strategic defense considerations vis a vis the aspiring regional hegemon India (all the more apparent after recent incursion by Indian troops in Myanmar though the exact facts of that are presently unknown) and both countries are close to China. JF-17 is a capable aircraft and it should find a market in Asian countries as a highly effective low cost jet fighter. Therefore selling to Myanmar is a pragmatic move and is in keeping with national interest.

However, there have been voices in Pakistan who have been calling for breaking off of ties with Myanmar over the terrible humanitarian situation confronting the Rohingyas of Burma. Many of the right wing are using a humanitarian tragedy to create a false religious frenzy in Pakistan. Ironically the same group also was exceedingly overjoyed at the news that Pakistan had won its first order for the JF-17.  What they need to understand is that this is the business that nation state is in.  As the father of the nation state Cardinal Richelieu of France is said to have remarked – the state is mortal. Its salvation lies in this world.

Does that mean we give up speaking for Rohingyas? No.  Collective international pressure must be built from a humanitarian angle. Let us however not burden the nation state with the business of morality however.

  • PMA

    There are “terrible humanitarian situations” all over the world all the time. It is a moral duty of an honorable people to speak against tyranny and injustice whenever and where ever it takes place. As human beings we must speak whenever a terrible humanitarian situation develops. As Muslims we must speak when those persecuted are our fellow Muslims. However as a nation-state we must act only when it is in our best interest to do so. We are Pakistanis first and Muslims second.

  • PMA

    Lahori Lawyers
    .
    LAHORE: A group of lawyers on Wednesday gave a sound thrashing to a youth for seeking some space to drive his car on Court Street, backside of Aiwan-i-Adl.
    The youngster was driving the car along with his mother when he got stuck in traffic on the street.
    An eyewitness said some lawyers were standing in the middle of the street and gossiping. The boy ask them to give way when they ignored repeated horn signals.
    The lawyers did not like the ‘style’ of the youth and went into an argument with him and started slapping his face hard. The boy’s mother tried unsuccessfully to rescue him from the clutches of lawyers.
    However, some passersby and policemen calmed the angry black coats and managed to rescue them.
    Published in Dawn, June 18th, 2015

  • Rex Minor

    PMA says, We are Pakistanis first and Muslims second.e Pakistan

    You sir are a Pakistani first with hindu ancestory and have not yet learnet what the muslimness means. The fact that Pakistan is not and cannot become an industrial joint in the region because its military commercial enterprise and that of the Prime Minister decides and restricts the educational institutions to turn out technicaly skilled workers which are needed for innovation in the competitive world. The Government of Pakistan has no credibility when its military salesmen are peddling chinese constructs to the pariahas of this world.

    Rex Minor

  • PMA

    And Rex, you are a first class rambling idiot with simian ancestry.

  • timely

    to PMA, rex etc.



    A truly religious person cares for others and for those who do not belong to his own religion/sect BEFORE he cares for himself or for those of his group.
    That is true faith in a true good-natured god.
    Thus PMA reveals to be a fake faithist and as having a fake god.

    If islam is genuine religion then a muslim will care more about the rights of a non-muslim. The rights of a muslim he will leave to the will of his god – if he is a genuine supreme god.

    The moment a muslim tries to be great and tries to say something great, he reveals his foolishness and basic fascism.
    PMA, rex, tajender etc. are “experts” in such self-shot-goals.

  • Kamath

    The Chinese built JF17 is a high performance fighter plane. I wonder how that plane be put to any use for fighting Kachin rebels.?

    Once you buy any modern day military products such as planes, helicopters, frigates or say submarines , one is forced to develop maintenance infrastructures like maintenance facilities, engineering training and series of infrastructures. To maintain weon systems. Well, It costs lots and lots of money. Otherwise these combat planes crash or used only in displays. Nothing else. Does Mynamar have $$$$$$. .?

    But then Burma is run by generals. They all have bizarre ideas anyway!

  • timely

    PMA preaches:
    “As Muslims we must speak when those persecuted are our fellow Muslims.”

    This proves that your allah is no rabb ul alamin.
    It proves that your allah is a fake god or a fascistic god.

    With just a bit of intelligence one can easily realize/recognize that islam is an evil religion, full of lies and briberies, violence and idiocies.

  • Rex Minor

    It matters not how good or bad the perpormance of the plane is, or who the paymaster is , Obama or the Siri Lancans next door? The key point in the article is that while the leadership of Pakistani muslim first is announcing the release of funds in aid for the muslims in Burma who are being persecuted by the so called Buddhist leadership, and at the same time its army commercial enterprise is negotiating to flog the lethal equipment to the Burmese Junta. Shame on the army which has the nerve to claim martyrdom for killing civilian muslim citizens? The Talibans have rightly labelled them as the Kaffirs of the region.

    Rex Minor

  • vish

    timelt yesterday bangladesh fkd u today allah exposed u in mumbai.one day rain is converting our financial capital into new haridwar.apni dhapli apna raag.

  • vish

    The Talibans have rightly labelled them as the Kaffirs of the region.

    Rex Minor

    rex u are always right.these punjabis are recent convert.for money they can sell their mother.it will take time for them to become proper muslim.talibans are the creation of pakistan.

  • Rex Minor

    Vish,
    The Punjabis who claim to be a Pakistani first and muslims afterwards are the militarised poops who qualify for none but still see Pakistan as the promised paradise for their folks. Little do they know that the circumsizing and growing beard does not make them superior to others until they improve upon their deeds to be regarded in the homo sapien category.

    Rex Minor

  • Kamath.

    PMA says: “…It is a moral duty of an honorable people to speak against tyranny and injustice whenever and where ever it takes place. As human beings we must speak whenever a terrible humanitarian situation develops. As Muslims we must speak when those persecuted are our fellow Muslims. ….”

    Why special treatment for Muslims only. , are they Chosen specially by Allah? Did Muslims raise a single voice of protest when Tibetans were persecuted by Chinese? Perhaps even Allah is helpless against Commies