10 developments on 'mediation' issue: Trump drops Kashmir bomb, India denies, Pak smiles

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New Delhi, July 23: This is what happens if a responsible man in a responsible position utters something irresponsible. A bot of accusations, counter-accusations, denials, apologies, foot-in-mouth moments follow. here are the 10 major developments following US President Donald Trump's statement that Indian PM Narendra Modi has asked him to mediate on the Kashmir issue and he is all ready for this if the two countries are ready:

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1. The PM must tell India of meeting with Trump says, Rahul Gandhi:

Rahul Gandhi reacts to the ongoing debate on whether PM Modi did in fact ask US President Donald Trump to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.  "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.  "A weak Foreign Ministry denial won't do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him & @POTUS."Rahul tweeted the statement since he was not present in Parliament today.

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2. No 3rd party can intervene in Kashmir: Azad

 Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress, in the Rajya Sabha: "No matter which govt was in power at the Centre in the past, our foreign policy has been that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no 3rd party can intervene and President Trump knows it. I don't think President Trump would tell Pakistan's PM that India's PM has asked the US to mediate.

3. PM Modi did not ask Trump to mediate in Kashmir: EAM 

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's statement in the Rajya Sabha clarifying US President Donald Trump's claim that PM Narendra Modi had asked the US to mediate between India and Pakistan.Jaishankar said, "I categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President. It has been India's consistent position 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 and the Lahore declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally," Jaishankar said.

4. Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till noon following an uproar by the Opposition

RS has been adjourned over the statement of US President Donald Trump that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue.The Congress and the CPI-M had asked the PM to break his silence over US President Donald Trump's remarks.  

 5. Congress notice in LS over Trump's mediation claim:

 Congress MP K Suresh has given an Adjournment Motion Notice in the Lok Sabha over US President Donald Trump's claim that PM Narendra Modi asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir.Hours after President Donald Trump claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him for third-party mediation on Kashmir issue, US State Department on Monday said that the matter is a bilateral issue concerning Islamabad and New Delhi, however, Washington is "ready to assist".

6. Trump is laughing stock in US also:Calling US President Donald Trump remarks on Kashmir issue "amateurish" and "delusional", Congressman Brad Sherman on Monday said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would never ask Trump to act as a mediator."Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump's statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing," tweeted Sherman.

 7. US lawmaker apologises for Trump remark on Kashmir:  

An influential Democratic Congressman on Tuesday apologised to India's US envoy for Donald Trump's "embarrassing" remarks on Kashmir, while several others came out in support of New Delhi's established stand against any third-party role on the issue."I just apologised to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla for Trump's amateurish and embarrassing mistake," Congressman Brad Sherman tweeted hours after Trump's stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his mediation or arbitration efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue.

8. India quickly rejects Trump's claims:For the past 70 years, India has consistently resisted any third-party mediation proposal, and for over a decade now, the US has been reiterating that Kashmir is a bilateral issue."Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation on Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing (sic)," tweeted Sherman, who has been closely following the development in South Asia for past few decades."Trump's statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing, said Sherman who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Asia, the Pacific and Non-Proliferation.

9. This is yet another foot-in-mouth moment for Trump:

Later in the evening, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells in a tweet said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. "While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist," she tweeted.Congressman Eliot L Engel, the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs, spoke with Shringla after Trump's remarks."Engel reiterated his support for the longstanding US position on the Kashmir dispute, saying he supported dialogue between India and Pakistan, but reaffirmed that the dialogue's pace and scope can only be determined by India and Pakistan," said a statement issued by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

10. Jawab do! Opposition demands PM's reply on Trump : 

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm, following uproars by Opposition MPs who have been raising slogans of "Pradhanmantri jawab do, jawab do, jawab do". They're seeking a reply from the PM in Parliament on the statement of US President that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue.This morning, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told the Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no request to US President Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue with Pakistan.