Fake News Alert: There’s No Credible Chance Of Pakistan Joining BRICS Anytime Soon
Express Tribune’s false description of BRICS as a “Russian-led political bloc” and reference to Pakistan’s recent purchase of oil from Moscow strongly suggest that this fake news was published mostly for the purpose of changing the Kremlin’s perception of that country.
The Express Tribune headlined a piece on Wednesday declaring that “Speculation rife over Pakistan joining BRICS”. This outlet is regarded as one of its country’s most reputable, which is why it was so surprising to see it pushing such a false narrative, not to mention the related one of Pakistan potentially adopting BRICS’ planned currency. Despite the Express Tribune declaring that “one cannot rule out” these scenarios, there’s no credible chance of them unfolding anytime soon for the following reasons.
First, Pakistan’s post-modern coup regime sabotaged their country’s geopolitical breakout potential over the past year at the behest of their US patrons, thus relegating it to the periphery of regional affairs at this pivotal moment in the global systemic transition to multipolarity. Its economy has also crashed due to what can arguably be described as criminal mismanagement, which means that Pakistan would actually be a liability for BRICS were it to join, ergo why it won’t be admitted even if it officially asked.
Second, policymakers in that country are keenly aware of the preceding point, but perhaps think they can dupe BRICS into providing them a bailout since Pakistan has thus far struggled to secure its envisaged one from the IMF. That’s unrealistic to expect since this organization’s New Development Bank (NDB) doesn’t do that, but the post-modern coup regime might think that it could make an exception for Pakistan if financiers were misled into thinking that this could restore its multipolar foreign policy.
Third, India isn’t going to spend a single rupee bailing out Pakistan through the NDB, while neither Brazil, Russia, nor South Africa have the excess capital to spare. China is therefore the only member that might possibly be interested in this, but even Beijing hasn’t shown any willingness to save Islamabad from its financial crisis over the past year. Even if that stance changes, China couldn’t bail Pakistan out through the NDB for the abovementioned reasons.
Fourth, the US would be expected to swiftly approve an IMF loan in the event that it was tipped off about China’s impending plans to extend its own to Pakistan, thus beating Beijing to the chase in order for Washington to retain its influence over Islamabad. This means that any talk of a so-called “multipolar bailout” for Pakistan is nothing but a pipe dream since the US would either intervene to stop it or do whatever’s needed to prevent that development from reshaping its proxy’s foreign policy if it’s too late.
And finally, the article’s false description of BRICS as a “Russian-led political bloc” and reference to Pakistan’s recent purchase of oil from Moscow strongly suggest that this fake news was published mostly for the purpose of changing the Kremlin’s perception of that country. Extrapolating from that likely motive, it would therefore mean that someone in the post-modern coup regime coordinated this information operation with Express Tribune, thus making it a puppet in this respect.
In any case and regardless of why the decision was made to push this fake news, Express Tribune tarnished its reputation as one of Pakistan’s most reputable outlets by doing so, especially if it turns out that this was indeed state coordinated. There’s no credible chance that Pakistan will join BRICS anytime soon nor adopt its planned currency whenever the latter is ultimately unveiled, and those who claim otherwise are either delusional wishful thinkers at best or deliberate disinformation agents at worst.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Voice of East.
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