Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Kashmir crisis: India tells Trump to stay out of dispute with Imran Khan – ‘Not needed!’ | World | News

Last week India sent shockwaves through the region after Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked Article 370 of the constitution, meaning Kashmir lost its autonomous special status. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan responded furiously to Mr Modi’s rash decision by comparing his administration to the Nazis. Just last month, it appeared that the US President would be getting involved in peace talks – but this was firmly rejected by New Delhi.

Indian Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that any notion of Trump mediating future talks was now out of the question.

He added: “President Trump has made it very clear that this is not on the table anymore.

“That has been the United States’ longstanding policy.

“He has made it clear that the offer is dependent on both India and Pakistan accepting it.

“This is not an issue to be settled with third parties – President Trump made that very clear.”

Mr Shringla also suggested that the international community keep out of the dispute which is threatening to escalate each day.

He added: “The United Nations secretary-general was also very clear.

“He says this issue will be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan.”

Last Friday Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Asad Khan called on Washington to intervene “to inject some more sanity on the Indian side”.

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He added: “I think the provocation clearly has come from India.

“Prime Minister Imran was here. He spoke to you personally. He also met President Trump at the White House.

“And we’ve been very consistent in making all the overtures for peace to India.

“Unfortunately, all those gestures have not been reciprocated.

“It is for the United Nations, it is for friends like the United States and other international players.

“They need to intervene.”

His words echo Imran Khan’s appeal to Trump last month to help resolve the crisis, which drew ire from Modi’s administration.

The former cricketer wrote on Twitter: “Surprised by the reaction of India to President Trump’s offer of mediation to bring Pakistan and India to the dialogue table for resolving Kashmir conflict which has held subcontinent hostage for 70 years.

“Generations of Kashmiris have suffered and are suffering daily and need conflict resolution.”

Kashmir has been partitioned between Islamabad and New Delhi for years, with clashes along the ‘Line of Control’ commonplace.

Since Mr Modi’s move last Monday, thousands of Indian troops have been cracking down on protestors in the area.

There is a complete lockdown, with internet and mobile coverage fully suspended.

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