US moving towards India for ‘political gains’: Pak envoy

The Envoy said "every action has a reaction, and Pakistan felt the need to develop close ties with Russia after President Barack Obama's two visits to India.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 8, 2016 9:51 pm

Pakistan felt the need to develop close ties with Russia after the “U-turn” in US policy towards India, one of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoys has said and alleged that America is strengthening ties with India for “political gains”. In a programme organised by the think tank Atlantic Council in Washington, Mushahid Hussain Syed said, “We (Pakistan) are observing a change in US diplomatic policy”.

Hussain said “every action has a reaction, and Pakistan felt the need to develop close ties with Russia after President Barack Obama’s two visits to India.

“This was the start of a new chapter in Pakistan-Russia ties,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Dawn News.

The senator added that Russia is in favour of building a working relationship with countries of the region and it has also started a dialogue process with Afghan Taliban through back-door channels. He said the US State Department had refused to give visa to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2006, but when Modi was elected as Prime Minister, the US changed its policy for “political gains”.

“This U-turn of US policy can be traced back to the time of Bush administration, when the US-India nuclear deal was signed which was against the law of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” said Hussain.

“Stability of Afghanistan and eradication of terrorism is a top priority of the US, which needs Pakistan to play a role in the peace-process. Pakistan is not only providing its assistance in the peace process but also facing damages,” the senator said.

He also said that violating Indus Waters Treaty will be an “act of war”.

“Apart from Pakistan and India, the World Bank is also a stakeholder in the treaty,” said Hussain.

Commenting on the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir, Husain said, “UN military observer group for India and Pakistan should investigate the Uri attack. Crossing the Line of Control to attack any target in India is not possible for any militant.”

He added that if India has any evidence or intelligence regarding the attack, it should be shared with Pakistan.

A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived in Pakistan earlier in September for the first ever joint Pak-Russian military exercise.

The two-week-long exercise is expected to continue until October 10. Around 200 military personnel of both countries will participate in the drills.

The exercises with Russian ground forces came amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan.

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  1. P
    Oct 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm
    Now they are in Chinese clutch. No getting away. Chinese might throw a few crumbs here and there but they are no fools like the Americans.
    1. H
      Oct 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
      is this buffon is called as a senator? does stan have senators? is there any senate? may be begging and terrorist senate
      1. H
        Oct 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm
        this buffon thought that, Indian military will not do any thing in the presence Russian military. pak politicians are buffons and pak army is the master terrorist
        1. H
          Oct 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm
          till now, stan has helped USA financially; now it wants to support Russia; Putin is so lucky; typica bollywood comedians
          1. R
            ramakrishna k
            Oct 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm
            a country can be formed based language, ethnic, culture... not based on religion... thats the fundamental problem pak had.. India never want to war with pak, Lack of leadership is problem for pak, if pak become like iraq after war with india... somebody should take responsibility bring it into democratic country... in return you get nothing like other countries has some natural resource to pay back pak has nothing....... other problem is if ISIS will take over... issue become more worse.. you need to just enough to solve your problem...
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              ramakrishna k
              Oct 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm
              usa has no answer for prolonged war with al-qaida or iraq... both wars hit usa financially ... so sta away from ISIS , no country is ready to take on ISIS... usa waiting for some country ask for weapon supply... so they can sell instead of direct war... usa war business has its strategy now... even this war of india with pak is bit of relief for usa (obama smiled himself... , if congress is in govt they would not have done anything...) lt;br/gt;but it right to act that wait and lose... , usa a funding to pak is to save usa soldiers.. but cheater pak knowing this doing drama and earning money... since india acting so usa no need to fund pak... we have to wait and see what pak will do... and russia... becoming critical....
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                Murthy S
                Oct 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm
                If today America stops funding stan they will be in streets tomorrow, yet they talk big. America is still giving these traitors huge funds and supplying arms and fighter planes.
                1. B
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                  No more alms in the begging bowl, so try someone new. Papistan why not try Saudi instead Russia?
                  1. S
                    Shafted mohammed
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                    The w world has understood the game of terrorism stan is playing and they would pay heavily for it.soon stan would be declared a terrorist state and only China exploiting it. Soon stan would realize that it is a captive of China.china would squeeze them as it is nobody's friend and would use stan.
                    1. A
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                      stan with aid and political support from US for six decades ended up as failed state, now with support from China and Russia nothing's going to change, its friend's will change but it's basic character of treachery will not change, stan is the black in the comity of Nations, any country which swerves into its orbit will suffer the atrocities of terrorism
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