Throughout his time as the president of the USA, if there is one thing that Donald Trump has truly aced at, it's making unfortunate remarks.
Just like his latest remark, or rather, 'offer' to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, to 'mediate' on the volatile Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. Something, that Trump claimed, PM Modi asked him for.
Reportedly, ahead of the bilateral meeting between Donald Trump and Imran Khan, the two met at the White House, where Trump passed the contentious remark.
As per the current policies and treaties signed between India and Pakistan, the Kashmir issue can only be solved bilaterally. And while Pakistani PM Imran Khan welcomed Trump's remarks, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs clarified that no such request had been made by Prime Minister Modi.
...that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.2/2— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 22, 2019
The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs also stated that Kashmir would remain a bilateral issue, to be resolved between India and Pakistan.
Though the Indian MEA denied that PM Modi made such a request, the opposition reacted negatively to the news and sought answers from the Prime Minister. The issue escalated to the point that the session was adjourned, as opposition chanted 'PM jawaab do' as a slogan.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM, following an uproar by Opposition MPs where there were raising slogans of "Pradhanmantri jawab do,jawab do,jawab do". They're seeking a reply from PM in Parliament on statement of US President that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue pic.twitter.com/ogTM88hWSW— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
As a result, #KashmirIssue started trending on Twitter, with people especially calling out Trump's unfortunate (but no longer surprising) political gaffe.
#kashmirIssue, @realDonaldTrump sir please first try to solve the "Border" issue with Mexico and Nuclear "Fiasco" with North Korea, and of course Iran then if, we agree "Venture" in to "Mediate" or arbitrate in Kashmir issue! thank you.— Sadanand (@sadanandpatil) July 23, 2019
Also what is the problem with Modi. It will take few minutes for him to clear the matter. For nation's sake, he should do this at list. Desh k khatir do Lafz bol he sakte hain na. Is he afraid of trump? #TrumpKashmirLie #KashmirIssue— Ubaidullah (@imubaidullah) July 23, 2019
-In 1999, Nawaz Sharif begged Bill Clinton for Kashmir.— Mujaid Alam Bakarwal🇮🇳 (@alam_mujaid) July 23, 2019
-In 2016, Nawaz Sharif again did the same thing before John Kerry.
-This time Imran Khan is begging before Donald Trump.
Doesn't Pakistan know dt #KashmirIssue will resolve only BILATERALLY or BEGGING is in their blood?😠
As of now, no official response has been provided by PM Modi.