US President Donald Trump has said that he would meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan soon. He maintained that tension between India and Pakistan had reduced.
While President Trump will address Indian-Americans along with Modi at the “Howdy Modi!” event in Houston on Sunday, the American president did not say when or where he would meet Imran Khan.
“I’ll see Prime Minister Modi and I will - we’ll - be meeting with (prime ministers of) India and Pakistan and I think a lot of progress has been made there...lot of progress,” President Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House, without mentioning Kashmir.
Trump’s schedule suggests that his meeting with Imran Khan may take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York later this month.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International’s chief vowed on Monday that the rights group would not be silenced on raising concerns about Kashmir despite what he called intimidation by Modi’s government.
India’s financial crime investigators recently accused Amnesty’s local branch of violating foreign exchange regulations through taking money from its London-based parent.
That claim came after Amnesty vocally criticized Modi’s Hindu nationalist government on Kashmir, which was India’s only Muslim-majority state until New Delhi stripped its autonomy last month.
“The Modi government has made a very big attempt to crush Amnesty in India,” Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s secretary-general, told AFP on a visit to Washington.
“On the Kashmir question, on various human rights questions in India itself, we are not intimidated,” he said.
Amnesty has faced heated criticism from India’s right wing for its stance on Kashmir, where authorities have largely shut down the internet, mobile service and initially also landlines.