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Trump's Kashmir Remark: Seize Opportunity To Forge Peace Through Dialogue, Says Mehbooba

US President Donald Trump's remark that he was asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a 'mediator' in the long-standing Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has created a massive controversy

Trump's Kashmir Remark: Seize Opportunity To Forge Peace Through Dialogue, Says Mehbooba
NC's Omar Abdullah and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti | File Photo
Trump's Kashmir Remark: Seize Opportunity To Forge Peace Through Dialogue, Says Mehbooba
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2019-07-23T17:04:39+05:30

— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 22, 2019

On the contrary, Peoples Democratic Party leader and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, however, said that the occasion is a huge "opportunity" to forge "peace" in the state. She said that even though the US does not have any precedent of solving critical issues, the statement from Trump is a "huge policy shift".

Despite GOI refuting the idea of third party mediation on J&K, the disclosure made by Trump marks a huge policy shift. Even though the USA doesn’t hold a great record in resolving protracted conflicts, hope both countries seize this opportunity to forge peace through dialogue.

— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) July 23, 2019

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah commented that "it is good if PM Modi talked to Trump" and also lauded him for "doing everything to solve the issue."

"It is a matter of happiness that when PM Modi talked to Trump he had told him that Kashmir issue is complex & if there can be some help it would be good. I congratulate Modi ji, he too wants to use everything to solve this issue that is creating tensions between India & Pakistan," ANI quoted him as saying.

Also Read: Kashmir Bilateral Issue Between India, Pakistan; We Are Ready To Assist: US On Trump's Comment

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has also openly welcomed Trump's idea of mediation.

Opposition in India mainly the Congress, however, has demanded that the controversy is huge and the PM Modi should deliver a statement to clear the air. Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that asking a "foreign power" to mediate in Jammu and Kashmir is a "sacrilegious betrayal of country’s interests."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote: "President Trump says PM Modi asked him to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir!

"If true, PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests & 1972 Shimla Agreement," he said.

"A weak Foreign Ministry denial won’t do. The PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him &  @POTUS," he added.

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