US President Donald Trump has urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to "moderate rhetoric" with neighbour India, over the delicate situation in Kashmir to ease strains. Donald Trump's conversation with Khan, came soon after he had a 30-minute conversation with PM Modi on Monday accentuating the need to maintain peace over the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir in consequence to the abrogation of Article 370.
In less than a week, this was the second phone call made by Trump to Khan after PM Modi raised the issue of "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence" by Pakistani leaders. During the conversation, Donald Trump "reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint" on both sides, the White House said.
In his telephonic conversation with Trump, PM Modi emphasised on the need to create a terror-free environment and eschewing cross-border terrorism, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. "In the context of the regional situation, the prime minister stated that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace," the White House statement read.
Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
Donald Trump had conveyed the need to restrain tensions between India and Pakistan, and maintaining peace in the southeast Asian region. In a persistent tirade against India over the integration of Kashmir, the Pakistani Prime Minister on Sunday called the PM Modi-led government 'fascist' and 'supremacist,' compared it to Hitler's Nazi party and alleged that it poses 'threat' to Pakistan and the minority community in India.
Meanwhile, from Pakistan, right from Minister to journalists and the ISI-backed stooges have been brazenly peddling fake news with the motive to push a narrative forward. Pakistan's Prime Minister Arif Alvi called on its citizens to post videos on Kashmir, calling it their 'biggest weapon' while addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at Islamabad on Pakistan's Independence Day. The Pakistani President brazenly called on a propaganda war, in a deliberate attempt to meddle in India's domestic affair, by instigating people to spread fake information.
Earlier this month, India abrogated provisions of Article 370 on the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.
(With PTI inputs)