In a major embarrassment to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump, on Monday, praised PM Narendra Modi's aggressive statement against terrorism at Sunday's 'Howdy, Modi!' event, in the presence of Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Khan had met with Trump on the sidelines of the UN Summit in New York. Trump said that PM Modi's statement was very well received in the room and hoped that India and Pakistan would come up with a 'smart' solution. He remained hopeful adding 'There's always a solution.'
"I want everybody to be treated well. You have two big countries and they are warring countries. They have been fighting. I mean I heard a very aggressive statement yesterday from India, from the Prime Minister. It was very well recieved within the room. It was a very big room. There were 59000 people there. But it was a very aggressive statement. And I hope they can come together - India and Pakistan to do something that's really smart. There's always a solution," he said addressing reporters at the meeting with Imran Khan.
Earlier on Sunday, PM Modi hit out at Pakistan for its support to terrorism. He said that India's decision to nullify Article 370 has caused trouble to those who cannot handle their country. Making a strong pitch against terrorism at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in the presence of US President Donald Trump, Modi asked the 50,000-strong crowd of Indian-Americans to give Trump a standing ovation. He did this as he targeted Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan, without directly naming them.
In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Modi said that the people who cannot even manage their own country are harbouring terrorism and supporting terrorism. "The entire world knows about this," he added. "Where do you find conspirators of 9/11 and 26/11 terror attacks," Modi said, referring to terror attacks in the US and Mumbai. "Time has come for a decisive fight against those who promote and support terrorism," he added.
On the other hand, Imran Khan has repeatedly meddled into the Kashmir issue since the Indian Parliament abrogated article 370. He has repeatedly fearmongered and peddled fake news on Kashmir's ground situation. He has also faced defeat on an international scale after he called for global mediation into the bilateral issue. After facing defeat at the UNHRC, UN informal meeting, European Parliament, G7 Summit, Khan is determined to bring up Kashmir at the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. India has all the while maintained its stance that the abrogation of article 370 is an internal matter while any other disputes regarding Kashmir will be solved bilaterally.