Imran returns home exulting after US trip

Saturday, 27 Jul, 2019

"After his trade war with India, his blundering into the Kashmir conflict further alienates an important country whose friendship the United States needs to counter the rise of China", it said.

Speaking on Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to the United States, the spokesperson told reporters that relations with Washington had started afresh. The MEA immediately issued a statement rejecting Trump's claim, saying PM Modi had made no such request and that "it has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally".

Describing Khan's meeting with Trump and Pompeo earlier this week as an "initial" one, she said this gave the chance to the President and the Secretary of State to meet the Pakistan Prime Minister and build a personal connection and rapport. Trump said Modi asked for this during their meeting last month in Japan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.

What's more, Trump also made Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan feel as if "he had won the World Cup" with his comment about being asked to mediate on Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, creating somewhat of a storm in the teacup of Indo-US relations that had turned the corner under his two predecessors in the White House.

India has been making diplomatic efforts to corner Pakistan on the issue of terrorism. Primarily, the focus of Khan's meeting with President Trump remained on Afghanistan.

Asked by a reporter if there has been any change in USA policy on Kashmir, Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in Washington on Thursday, "I don't have anything to say beyond the President's statement".

"I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject [Kashmir]".

"I thought we moved on and frankly I think we should move on".

Trump also caused outrage in Kabul with an apparently throwaway remark that Afghanistan could be "wiped off the face of the earth". State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters that the U.S. is committed to peace in Afghanistan.

Mr Khan said: "I call upon to never forget that we are to become a great nation". He also stated that there are a lot of non-Muslims "who have always stood behind Muslims and have supported them", and majority of Hindus and Muslims believe in the Constitution.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi said that Pakistan can not progress until the elimination of corruption from the country, ARY News reported.

The Pakistan Prime Minister, hardly able to contain himself, gushed: "President, I can tell you that, right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue". At one point during President Trump's meeting with Khan, the former mentioned that the security assistance for Pakistan can come back depending on what both countries achieve concerning Afghanistan.