Published: Fri, August 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir issue

Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir issue

Pakistan's move to call on Sri Lanka to intervene in the strictly "internal" matter of India comes as a part of its rhetoric, wherein the country has been endlessly trying to involve the global community in the wake of New Delhi's historic decision to change the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

"As the world shows solidarity for victims of violence based on religion & belief, it must also move to prevent an impending genocide of Kashmiris in IOK [Indian occupied Kashmir]", he said on Twitter.

Cash-strapped Pakistan has also alleged that India's decision of revoking the provisions under Article 370 will not only threaten the regional peace but also the world peace and further downgraded its diplomatic ties with its neighbour and suspended bilateral trade in the wake of it.

"President Trump will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir", news agency ANI quoted senior U.S. administration official as saying during a media briefing on the G7 summit in France.

This weekend at the G7 summit in Biarritz, US President Donald Trump is likely to hold talks with Narendra Modi regarding Prime Minister's plans to reduce regional tensions following the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. He also offered Sri Lanka's mediation and facilitation of dialogue between Pakistan and India to re-activate the SAARC forum.

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However, four out of five permanent members in the United Nations did not support Pakistan contentions over India's decision. And Pakistan, he said, will be forced to respond.

Tensions on the Line of Control, dividing Pakistan and India-administered Kashmir, are increasing day by day.

Imran Khan addresses media at an event. You are looking at two nuclear-armed countries eyeball to eyeball, and anything can happen.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Pakistani mission said High Commissioner Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met President Sirisena on August 20 "to apprise him about the current situation" in Jammu & Kashmir. Although he did not take names, he made the remark while answering a question on August 18 on the report of the United Nations Human Rights Commission on alleged human rights violations in the state.

About the ongoing communications blackout, he said "Some restrictions on communication are in the best interests of the safety and security of the citizenry".

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