Pakistan may have decided to ‘warn’ America on the former’s growing closeness to Russia and China, but at the end of its Kashmir envoys’ US visit, the country struck a conciliatory note.
This shift in stance could either be attributed to the US turning a deaf ear to Pakistan’s constant rant on Kashmir, or to the fact that despite aggressive words by its envoys, Pakistan realised that the US was not willing to budge on its stand with regards to terrorism.
Indeed, according to a report in Dawn, US officials and think tank experts have pressed on the need for Pakistan to end cross-border terrorism if it wants its stance on the Kashmir issue to be heard.
The report said that Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir, Mushahid Hussain Syed, has said that the US is doing “positive pushing and prodding” to reduce the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan.
Syed even said that he would not be surprised if Indian PM Narendra Modi decides to come to Islamabad for the SAARC Summit. Syed added that there is a consensus in Pakistan Parliament on the issue of ending militancy.
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Syed’s words are a complete reversal from the stand that he took on behalf of Pakistan earlier this week. Failing to sell Pakistan’s Kashmir pitch in America, Syed had warned that his country may seek closer ties with Russia and China. He had even mocked at the US, calling the country a ‘declining power’.
Not only that, Syed had for the first time linked peace in Kabul to that in Kashmir. Pakistan told America that if the latter wants to find a definite solution for peace in war-torn Afghanistan, then an answer to the Kashmir issue has to be found as well. He even observed that there is a shift in US’s diplomatic policy towards Pakistan, indicating the growing Indo-US ties.
Post the Uri terror attack there has been a marked shift in the international approach towards Pakistan. Most countries have condemned the attack and supported India, calling for Pakistan to stop terrorists from using its territory as a safe haven.
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s bid to raise the Kashmir issue in UN has also been snubbed and India’s aggressive stand and Indian Army’s surgical strikes across LoC have visibly rattled the neighbouring country.
Fearing complete isolation on the international front, Pakistan is now attempting to show that it is serious about dealing with terrorists. Reports suggest that Nawaz Sharif has asked ISI to crack down on terrorists.