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Forget About US: Pak Envoy Says Will Move Towards China and Russia

Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered, says Pak Envoy

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping. (Photo: Reuters)

America is "no longer a world power" and Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's envoys have said in Washington.

The envoy was speaking after the conclusion of an interaction at the Atlantic Council, one of the top American think-tanks. He said:

US is no longer a world power. It is a declining power. Forget about it.
Mushahid Hussain Syed, Special Kashmir Envoy of Sharif
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Syed and Shazra Mansab, another Kashmir envoy, are in the US as part of the Pakistani effort to apprise the global community of the current situation in Kashmir and allegations of human rights violations in the Valley.

Syed has gone to the extent to warn US that Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered.

He was apparently responding to a question from a member in the audience after the conclusion of the 90-minute interaction, during which he expressed his frustration over the lack of response to his point of view on Kashmir and India.

China an Important Factor In South Asia: Pak Envoy

The remarks of Syed were not recorded on camera, but was heard prominently by those inside the room.

Thereafter, he was quick to point out China and newly-perceived relationship with Russia, which he had mentioned during his interaction at the Atlantic Council.

Syed submitted a dossier of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir to Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson.

With no takers for Pakistan's Kashmir policy, Syed said China is now an important factor in South Asia and described Beijing as part of what he termed as Greater South Asia.

There has been slow and steady building of relationship between Moscow and Islamabad
Mushahid Hussain Syed
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US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting at  Blair House in Washington. (Photo: PTI)
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting at Blair House in Washington. (Photo: PTI)

Obama’s Flip Flops Caused Damage To US-Pak Relationship

Syed said the Putin government has for the first time agreed to sell arms to Pakistan and the US should take note of this changing regional alignment.

"Unfortunately, under the Obama administration, there was a drift in American foreign policy towards our region, towards Afghanistan. There was confusion and there was a lot of flip-flops. I think, the Obama administration could not figure out this region Afghanistan and Pakistan and as a consequence this region suffered.

Syed further ranted that with America’s confused policies, have not helped the US-Pak relationship in anyway. It tells Pakistan that we want to talk to the Taliban and take on them. On one hand the nation says that it’s opposed to troops in Afghanistan but eventually end up sending 8,500 troops to the country. Now it depends on the next administration to act on the policies.

(With inputs from PTI)

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