Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met US President Donald Trump on Monday (September 23) where Trump said that the US would mediate in the Kashmir issue if both countries (India and Pakistan) agree
New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was left embarrassed after a Pakistani reporter decided to raise a question to US President Donald Trump on the Kashmir issue. During his press interaction alongside Khan, Trump repeatedly snubbed Pakistani reporters and on one occasion even asked one of the journalists whether he is part of the Pakistani delegation.
"Where do you find reporters like these?" Trump asked Khan in response to a question posed by a Pakistani journalist on Kashmir.
The moment when a Pakistani Journalist goes into a rhetoric mode on Kashmir, Trump asks Imran Khan: ‘Where do you get reporters like these?’ Then asks the reporter: ‘Are you from his (Imran) team? You are making a statement, not asking a question’. Pak Channel stops broadcast. pic.twitter.com/OaUG8Cio5v— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) September 23, 2019
It is also alleged that the Pakistan media houses stopped the broadcast after Donald Trump's befitting reply to the Pakistani journalist.
Prime Minister Khan, who has declared himself an ambassador of Kashmiris, on Sunday (September 22) briefed US lawmakers, scholars, human rights activists and the media on the repercussions of India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
Trump and Imran previously met in July at the White House. During their first one-on-one interaction, the US president had expressed his willingness to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue - an offer that India rejected.
During Modi's meeting with President Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France last month, the prime minister categorically rejected any scope for third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.
"All the issues between India and Pakistan are of bilateral in nature, and we don't want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally," Modi had said.
On his part, Trump had said he and Modi spoke about Kashmir "at great length" during the G7 Summit and he feels that both India and Pakistan can resolve it on their own.
Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue, but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its "internal matter". New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric.
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Last Updated Sep 24, 2019, 9:07 AM IST