Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s envoys have warned America that it is a “declining” world power and said that Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered by the U.S.Special Kashmir Envoy of Sharif, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Shazra Mansab, another Kashmir Envoy, are in the U.S. as part of the Pakistan’s effort to apprise the global community of the current situation in Kashmir and allegations of human rights violations in the Valley. The remarks of Syed were not recorded on camera, but was heard prominently by those inside the room. He was speaking to audience after a 90-minute interaction during which he expressed his frustration over the lack of response to his point of view on Kashmir and India. Thereafter, he was quick to mention China and newly perceived relationship with Russia.
Syed has also submitted a dossier of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir to Special U.S. Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Olson.
Annoyed over no response by the US to Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, Syed called Beijing as part of what he termed as Greater South Asia.
Syed said the Russian government has for the first time agreed to sell arms to Pakistan and the U.S. 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,” he said.