Putting more pressure on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was buoyed by US President Donald Trump's offer of mediation on Kashmir, said on Tuesday that Kashmir issue cannot be resolved between Indian and Pakistan alone.
Imran Khan's controversial statement came hours after Donald Trump offered to be the "mediator" between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue as the two leaders met at the White House.The Indian government has denied Donald Trump's astonishing claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate.
“The contentious issue between the two South Asian neighbours can never be resolved bilaterally,” Imran Khan said. "Bilaterally there will never be (a resolution of the Kashmir dispute)," Imran Khan told Fox News.
"There was one point when there was General (Pervez) Musharraf and Prime Minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee of India when we did get close to the resolution of the Kashmiri issue. But since then we are poles apart and I really feel that India should come on the table; US could play a big part. President Trump certainly can play a big part," Imran Khan said.
Imran Khan welcomed Donald Trump's remarks, saying "President, I can tell you that, right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue."But Imran Khan’s opinion was opposite to India’s position on Kashmir which is that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally.