Donald Trump Makes Kashmir About 'religion', Pushes Own Agenda

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US President Donald Trump in another blunder calls Kashmir a 'religious' issue and offers to mediate between PM Modi and Pak PM Imran Khan on the issue again.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

US President Donald Trump, in another ludicrous statement, yet again, raised the mediation issue between India and Pakistan, furthermore linked the Kashmir conflict to 'religion.'

In a statement that reeked of ignorance towards the historic issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Donald Trump claimed that heads of both the countries, PM Modi and Pak PM Imran Khan were caught in skirmish due to 'religion' in the Kashmir valley.

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." 

The foot in the mouth US President Donald Trump, in a vacillating stand, again put forth the offer to mediate between the two, saying that they both are 'not exactly friends' at this moment and pushed for his own agenda on terrorism leveraging the Kashmir issue by making the situation about religion. 

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"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," Trump added.  

Donald Trump on Kashmir

Donald Trump urged premier of Pakistan Imran Khan to "moderate rhetoric" with neighbour India, over the delicate situation in Kashmir to ease strains. Trump's conversation with Khan, was followed by a 30- minute long conversation with PM Modi on Monday over the conflicted issue of Kashmir in consequence to the abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent communication blackout in the valley for over two weeks. 

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. 

India-Pakistan bilateral issue

After baseless claims over PM Modi asking for intervention over the Kashmir issue during Imran Khan's visit to Washington which was called out by the MEA, last week, Donald Trump asserted that Kashmir was a 'bilateral' issue between India and Pakistan. 

“The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," US Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

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Article 370

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. 

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