Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that Pakistan is in the middle of a very dynamic region at a highly critical time and the country has a key role to play in the regional situation.
In the context of army chief’s upcoming visit, Mushahid said that the US wanted to move forward on the nuclear issue with Pakistan. However, Pakistan had clearly stated that it would not compromise on its nuclear capability. He said that Pakistan did not feel the need to rely on the US as the country was getting cooperation in the civilian nuclear field from China. But the stalemate doesn’t work for US as it wants India to be part of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
“However, US knows that any attempt to add India to the NSG would be blocked by China if a similar deal is not offered to Pakistan. This is why US is putting pressure on Pakistan to reach a bargain on the issue,” the senator said while talking to Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami in his talk show DNA on Channel 24.
Mushahid said that the recent meetings of top military and civilian officials including the prime minister, chief of army staff and the corps commanders were centered around NAP.
“The corps commanders think a lot of work needs to be done on NAP,” he said.
Referring to COAS’ recent trip to the Saudi Arabia where he also met the king, he said that the army chief discussed the terror financing from Saudi Arabia and thanked the Kingdom for clamping down on such funding. KSA also acknowledged the threats that Pakistan faced due to terror financing.
Mushahid said that Modi and Karzai had sabotaged the talks with Taliban, which Pakistan had expended a lot of effort on, for their own narrow interests. He said that all the stakeholders were part of the talks at the time including Afghanistan, Taliban and Pakistan while delegations from the US and China were also going to participate.
Mushahid said that the army chief will tell the US that the two greatest hindrances to peace in the region were in Kabul and New Delhi and that the US should use the considerable influence it wields in both these countries to rectify the situation.
Mushahid said that Pakistan held most of the cards in the geopolitical game as US had lost some of its clout in the Muslim world, with its traditional allies Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia not on good terms with the US at the moment. He said that this means that the US needs Pakistan more than Pakistan needs the US.
He said that CPEC had been a game changer in terms of Pakistan’s economic and political fortunes; Russia was also ready to sell weapons to Pakistan for the first time in history; Iran, after the end of western imposed sanctions, was also keen to play its role in the region. All of this means that Pakistan has more options and is in a stronger position. India, on the other hand, has been isolated on the world stage to some extent. The recent elections in Bihar also proved that the Modi government is not having the best of times in power.