Trump offers to mediate Kashmir dispute between Pakistan, India

Thursday, 26 Sep, 2019

In line with the Prime Minister Imran Khan's commitment to the Kashmiri people, the Foreign Minister's letter is part of Pakistan's ongoing diplomatic efforts to sensitise the worldwide community to the plight of innocent Kashmiris, the FO said.

"I am meeting with President Trump later on and I will tell that, look, there's not going to be a military solution", he told the Council on Foreign Relations before the two leaders' meeting later Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Only US President Donald Trump ranked above Imran Khan. "When they come, and at some point India may come, I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi". But Modi also drew Trump into offering tacit support for the Indian leader's moves to expand his country's authority over the parts of Kashmir it controls.

Qureshi claimed that India's motive in scrapping special status for Jammu and Kashmir was to turn the Muslim majority of the state into a minority, and preempt a United Nations-administered plebiscite in the region.

"Border security is vital to the United States".

"Those people went insane", Trump said as he and Modi met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

"Then comes 9/11, and Pakistan again joins the U.S. in the war on terror and now we are required to go after these groups as terrorists". He provided no other details but said he had spoken to Rouhani on Monday after Trump asked Khan to "deescalate the situation". "I said we had first trained these guys to fight jihad and it was a great idea, and now we are telling the same groups it's terrorism". The Egyptian President expressed his keen interest in benefiting from Pakistan's experience of dealing with security issues.

He rhetorically asked who was responsible for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai and the 2001 attacks in the U.S. "You know who they are". But Pakistan's attacks will not go unanswered.

The India-administered region has been facing a clampdown since August 5, when the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which conferred a special status on it. "We fear with 900,000 soldiers there, there will be a massacre", Khan said. "People before me did not know what they were doing", he said.

"The most powerful country in the world has a responsibility", the Pakistani prime minister said, warning that the "crisis is going to get much bigger".

The U.S. has a responsibility to help defuse it, he said.

He termed climate change as one of the defining issues of our time, a statement issued by the PM Office here Tuesday said.