In a shocking revelation, a leaked conversation between Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has exposed the country’s dilemma in balancing its relations with the United States and China. The conversation was leaked as part of the “Discord Leaks” documents.
According to the Washington Post, the conversation revolved around the UN voting on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the potential consequences of Pakistan’s stance on the matter. Supporting the resolution would give the impression of a change in Pakistan’s position, which could impact its strategic relationships with both the US and China.
In the leaked conversation, Hina Rabbani Khar expressed her concerns about appeasing the West and sacrificing the full benefits of Pakistan’s strategic partnership with China. She urged Pakistan to prioritize its relationship with China and avoid being swayed by the US.
The leaked documents come at a time when the US is struggling to maintain international support for its war in Ukraine. The declining international support for the US war in Ukraine has put Pakistan in a difficult position, as it tries to balance its relationships with both the US and China.
Pakistan has traditionally maintained a close relationship with China, with both countries sharing economic, military, and strategic interests. However, the US has also been an important ally for Pakistan, providing military and economic aid to the country.
The leaked conversation has sparked a heated debate in Pakistan, with many questioning the country’s foreign policy priorities. Some have criticized Pakistan for not taking a more assertive stance on the Ukraine conflict, while others have expressed concern about the country’s overreliance on China.
The Pakistani government has not yet commented on the leaked documents, and it remains to be seen how the country will navigate its relationships with the US and China moving forward.
The leaked conversation has shed light on the complex geopolitical challenges that Pakistan faces in balancing its relationships with the US and China. The country will need to carefully consider its foreign policy priorities and navigate its relationships with both superpowers in the coming years.