Mushahid for making regional decisions in Islamabad, Kabul instead of Washington

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has said that a new cold war in the region has started as the United States of America lost the battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was speaking to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs here on Tuesday.

Mushahid Hussain said that Egypt and Syria have also slipped away from the grip of USA due to wrong policy, whereas her interest in Saudi Arabia is also on the stake.

He said that in these circumstances Pentagon has announced a new intelligence force to spy in Iran and China.

He said that a new thought is being developed in Pakistan and Afghanistan that the decision regarding regional interests should be made in Islamabad and Kabul instead of Washington.

He said that USA has made it clear that it would not leave Afghanistan. About 100,000 American contractors would remain present there after withdrawal, which would assist Afghanistan in 18 different sectors.

“Whereas on the other hand it is going to sign a deal with Afghanistan to grant eight billion dollars per annum on account of development , military and civil aid.

The agreement would be signed within two months. Same kind of accords would be inked with Germany, Britain and other countries”, Mushahid added.

He informed the committee that a 16 member Afghan parliamentarian delegation would visit Pakistan on 23 September to take part in two days talks on parliament level.

The first Awami Festival would be held on 26 to 18 October in Kabul under the auspices of Pakistan-Afghanistan Peoples Friends Association. NNI