US government officials and think tanks told Islamabad’s special envoys to Kashmir who visited Washington last week to “end cross-border attacks if Pakistan wants its stance on Kashmir to be heard”, Dawn reported today.
After five days of getting no love from Washington on the Kashmir issue, the envoys, who started their Washington trip with bluster, ended it with a whimper. At the start of their 5-day trip, the Pakistani envoys warned that their country would join the “China-Russia-Iran” axis+ if the US didn’t intervene in the Kashmir issue. They even sent a message to India that they would invoke the Maoists and small rebellions in northeast India+ , if India continued to talk about Balochistan, TOI reported yesterday.
At the end of their trip yesterday, though, the envoys struck a more conciliatory note saying “there’s no role for militancy in policy-making and non-state actors cannot be allowed to operate from the Pakistani territory,” the Pakistani newspaper wrote. Mushahid Hussain Syed, one of the two envoys sent to the US to present Pakistan’s case on Kashmir, said that there was complete consensus on this issue in parliament, where all parties jointly drafted a 22-point resolution asking the government to end militancy. Syed’s comments came a few days after Dawn reported that the civilian government recently sent a blunt message to the country’s military leadership, saying Pakistan will be completely isolated if it didn’t stop cross-border militant attacks.
Dawn further wrote today that diplomatic sources in Washington said the Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s envoys “noticed the damage the militancy has done to Pakistan’s image in general, and to the Kashmir cause in particular, and it is likely to figure prominently in their assessment of the current mood in Washington.”
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