Kashmir matters: Trump's statement echoed in Parliament, opposition demands explanations from PM

Jul 23 2019 01:26 PM
Kashmir matters: Trump's statement echoed in Parliament, opposition demands explanations from PM

NEW DELHI: During Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to America, US President Donald Trump had said that PM Modi had urged him to meditate on the Kashmir issue. Following his remarks, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said in Parliament that PM Modi has never spoken to President Trump. However, even after the External Affairs Minister's statement, the matter does not seem to be calming down.

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According to sources, the opposition has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come to Parliament and give a citament on the issue. No other minister's statement will be accepted in his place. Earlier, the External Affairs Minister made it clear in the House that India has consistently been in favour of having bilateral talks with Pak on all issues. The condition of any dialogue with Pakistan is to stop cross-border terrorism. He has said that if Pakistan wants to talk about the Kashmir issue, it will have to curb terrorism first.

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After Donald Trump's statement surfaced, opposition parties had given notice in both Houses of Parliament for a discussion. This was followed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's position on the matter in the Rajya Sabha. After Jaishankar's remarks, the opposition members started uproar, after which Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till 12 noon.

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