Trump on Kashmir: RS adjourned after Opp adamant on PM’s remarks

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New Delhi, Jul 23: The Rajya Sabha was on Tuesday adjourned till 12 noon after the opposition member created ruckus over US President Donald Trump claim that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged him to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

As soon as House assembled for the Zero Hour, Congress lawmaker Anand Sharma and CPI leader D Raja sought the Prime Minister's statement on the issue. Refuting the charge, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by PM Modi to US President. I reiterate that 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," he added.

After his statement, the Opposition members started shouting for clarification from the Prime Minister. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu tried to bring the House in order for Zero Hour but the members were adamant on their demand, which led him to adjourn the House till 12noon. (UNI)