Asaduddin Owaisi questioned PM Modi over Donald Trump's ignorant statement on Kashmir, asking the government to break their silence on the 'Hindu-Muslim' comment by the US President.
AIMIM chief asked PM Modi to react on Trump's statement, raising his doubts over the foreign policy of the country. Furthermore, Owaisi stated that the government's silence on the issue is a 'sign of weakness.'
He said, "I'm surprised, PM Modi government should react immediately on Trump's statement. He is tarnishing the image of India, by saying there is an issue between Hindu-Muslim in India. We want to ask PM Modi, do we really have an issue of Hindu-Muslim in our country? Why is he silent? Why doesn't he break his silence? If there's no problem, let the government speak. If they don't say, that means there is an issue."
"Again he (Donald Trump) is saying that he would meditate, why would he mediate? There is no relation, this is third time in a month he had said it. And in one breath he's saying Modi and Imran are my friends. What is happening? Who is handling the Foreign Policy of this country and why are we so scared of Donald Trump that we are not reacting? The government should get a policy. They should talk about trade, but what is this? The government's silence is a sign of weakness," Asaduddin Owaisi added.
Earlier in the day, in another factually fractured statement, Donald Trump said that the Kashmir conflict was based on 'religion' and yet again offered to mediate despite India's clear stance on the bilateral issue.
He said, "We have been having these talks for hundreds of years, even under a different name, but this is about Kashmir and Kashmir is a very complicated place. We have the Hindus and the Muslims, and I wouldn't say they get along so great and that's what you have right now. You have millions of people that want to be ruled by others, maybe on both sides and you have two countries that haven't gotten along for a long time and frankly its a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan and I spoke with Prime Minister Modi. They are both friends of mine, they are great people. They both love their countries and they're in a very tough situation."
"Kashmir is a very tough situation. This has been going on for decades, shooting, I don't mean shooting, like with a rifle, I mean, the major shooting of like heavy arms. But as you know, I get along with both of them. Prime Minister Khan was here recently, and I'm going to be with Prime Minister Modi over the weekend in France. There are tremendous problems between both the countries and I would do the best I can, to meditate, or do something. I share a great relationship with both of them, but they are not exactly friends at this moment, its complicated situation. A lot too has to do with religion, religion is a complicated subject," Donald Trump added.
On August 5, PM Modi led government abrogated the Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir that provided special status to the state, and bifurcated the state into two union territories of- Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Soon after the diplomatic relations between the two nuclear nations further degraded as Pakistan expelled India's High Commissioner, both sides curbed the Samjhauta Express train, and Pakistan engaged in peddling fake news to irk the peace in Kashmir valley.