Pakistan and US strategic shift frustratingly forced Indian PM Modi's August 5 action against Occupied Kashmir: Report

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Pakistan and US strategic shift frustratingly forced Indian PM Modi's August 5 action against Occupied Kashmir: Report

*New Delhi: **Pakistan and US strategic shift frustratingly forced Indian PM Modi's August 5 action against Occupied Kashmir.*

US President Donald Trump’s warm welcome to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on his July 2019 visit and his subsequent offer to mediate on Kashmir might have triggered the Modi government’s 5 August 2019 decision to scrap articles 370 and 35A link .

This is an assessment made in a report link by a research agency attached with the US Congress.

“Trump’s Kashmir mediation claims were especially jarring for many Indian observers, some of whom began questioning the wisdom of Modi’s confidence in the United States as a partner,” said the report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), released last month.

“The episode may have contributed to India’s August moves,” the 24-page report added.

The CRS is tasked with providing non-partisan analysis to US Congress members on matters that may come up before the American parliament. CRS reports are not considered to be views of the US Congress.

In July 2019, Khan made his first US trip as prime minister.

According to the report, the manner in which President Trump welcomed Khan in Washington had “elicited disquiet among many Indian analysts”. The interaction, the report said, was seen by these analysts as yet another attempt by the US to link India and Pakistan.

It also referred to “disquiet” in India on account of the US’ support for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout for Pakistan last year — the country’s 13th since the late 1980s link, the Print has reported.