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After offering mediatory role, says India, Pakistan can handle it on their own as their internal matter

“All issues between India & Pakistan bilateral

that is why we don’t bother any other country

for them,” Modi tells in presence of US president

Situation disappointing for Islamabad, Kashmiris,

no country coming forward for Kashmir solution

Nation special report

PARIS: Taking absolutely U-turn that makes Pakistan and Kashmiris more frustrated, US President Donald Trump said on Monday that India and Pakistan could handle their dispute over occupied Kashmir on their own, but he was there should they need him.

Trump has previously offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the contested Himalayan region. New Delhi rejected the offer while Islamabad welcomed it.

He discussed the issue on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who withdrew special autonomy for occupied Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Trump said Modi told him that he had Kashmir under control. “We spoke last night about Kashmir, prime minister really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good,” the US president told reporters.

Modi, speaking alongside Trump, said that all issues between New Delhi and Islamabad were “bilateral in nature”. “All issues between India & Pakistan are bilateral in nature, that is why we don’t bother any other country regarding them,” Modi said, according to ANI.

He said India and Pakistan were together before 1947 and that he was “confident that we can discuss our problems and solve them, together”.

The Indian premier also said he has told Prime Minister Imran Khan that they should work together for the welfare of their two countries.

Since India’s decision to strip Kashmiris of their seven-decade-long special autonomy through a rushed presidential order earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly said that the Indian government’s policy in the Himalayan region is in line with the “ideology” of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party — said to be a parent organisation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — that believes in “Hindu supremacy”.

According to observers, since overall situation is disappointing for Islamabad and Kashmiris as no country is coming forward to act for solution of this imbroglio which is being regarded as victory of New Delhi.

Imran Khan has alerted the international community to a possible “false flag operation” by the Indian leadership to “divert attention from massive human rights violations” in occupied Kashmir.

Several countries including the US, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh among others have dubbed the decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status as India’s internal matter.

Pak Saudi  talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday night briefed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman about Kashmir issue over a phone call, reported ARY News.

It was the third time the two leaders talked to discuss the regional developments since India abrogated special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Previously, Khan had called MBS and discussed the issue last week.”During the call, they discussed the development of the situation in the region and efforts exerted towards it,” the official Saudi Press Agency(SPA), the agency had reported.

Russian envoy

Reiterating that Kashmir issue is to be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan, Russia on Wednesday said that it has “no role” to play in the matter unless both the South Asian countries ask for the mediation.

Moscow said that during a meeting in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it reiterated that revocation of Article 370 was India’s internal matter.

“This is the sovereign decision of the Indian government, it’s an internal matter of India. All issues existing between India & Pakistan should be resolved through dialogue on the basis of Shimla agreement & Lahore declaration,” said Russian Envoy to India, Nikolay Kudashev, during an event in the capital.

Indian envoy to China

India’s internal step to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have “zero international ramifications” and has “no impact on China”, said Indian envoy to Beijing Vikram Misri.

Misri’s remarks on Tuesday came after China expressed its ‘deep concern’ over the abrogation of Article 370 from Kashmir. The Indian envoy said that New Delhi and Beijing relations are growing despite China’s reaction over Kashmir.

US spokesman

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump, the United States has said abrogation of Article 370 is an internal matter of New Delhi. The US also called on Pakistan to prevent the infiltration of terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) and to crack down on terrorist groups operating on its territory.

A senior US administration official who briefed reporters on Friday regarding Trump’s agenda for the upcoming G7 Summit in Paris said the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan is expected to come up during the meeting.

“India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications. And President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move,” said the official.

Last month too, following Trump’s initial offer to mediate on Kashmir, New Delhi had categorically denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ever requested the US president to meditate on the issue.

Maldives’stand

The Maldives on Friday said that the Indian government’s move to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an “internal matter”.

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, in a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, stressed that New Delhi and Islamabad should resolve differences amicably through peaceful means.

“Minister Shahid thanked Minister Qureshi for the telephone call and stated that both Pakistan and India are close friends and bilateral partners of the Maldives and stressed the importance of resolving differences between countries amicably through peaceful means. Minister Shahid also stated that the Maldives viewed the decision taken by India regarding Article 370 of the Indian Constitution as an internal matter,” a statement by Maldives Foreign Ministry read.