Pakistan calls US a declining power; to look at Russia-China way
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s envoys on Thursday said 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.
After the conclusion of an interaction at the Atlantic Council, one of the top American think-tanks in Washington, Special Kashmir envoy of Sharif, Mushahid Hussain Syed said: “(The) US is no longer a world power. It is a declining power. Forget about it.”
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.
According to a report in a news agency, Syed has gone to the extent to warn the US that Pakistan would move towards China and Russia, if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered.
Syed 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.
The report added that the remarks of Syed were not recorded on camera, but was heard prominently by those inside the room. Following it, 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.
Referring to the joint military exercise between Pakistan and Russia, he said, “There has been slow and steady building of relationship between Moscow and Islamabad.”
The Putin government had for the first time agreed to sell arms to Pakistan and the US should take note of this changing regional alignment, he said.