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Assorted trolls from politics and media spread falsehood despite official clarification by India over Trump’s Kashmir comments

It has been India’s longstanding position that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no third party intervention is welcome.

Last night the United States President Donald Trump stirred up a controversy by saying that Prime Minister Modi has asked him to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue. However, the Ministry of External Affairs promptly issued clarification that India has not sought any such help.

However, people who would not let facts get in the way of narrative continued to spread the falsehood on the same. A journalist with The News Minute was waiting for the official response, over eight hours after an official response.

Because, why would India not give an official response to something as serious as this.

Ramanathan’s tweet was also retweeted by The Wire’s journalist Rohini Singh. Singh had spread this falsehood despite having retweeting MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar’s tweet rejecting Trump’s claims earlier. Singh knew India’s official response. However, instead of informing her colleague Ramanathan, who ‘wasn’t following’ the updates, she chose to spread the falsehood.

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Guess this is why they put up the disclaimer, “RTs aren’t endorsements”. Former NDTV journalist, who generally gets excited when a BJP leader falls ill, was so taken by Trump’s statement that she watched it on loop.

Riding on the same bandwagon is also Congress communication in-charge, Randeep Surjewala.

At the stroke of midnight, when Surjewala slept, MEA was awake and calling the bluff of POTUS.

Last night, President of USA Donald Trump had claimed that PM Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate on the long-standing Kashmir dispute. He had made this comment while addressing a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington DC. Within an hour, the MEA spokesperson said that no such request thas been made by PM Narendra Modi to the US President.

It has been India’s longstanding position that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no third party intervention is welcome. Pakistan has been trying to bring the issue to the international level, have tried to bring various countries and UN as mediators, but India has been successfully resisting that attempt.

It may be noted that although president Trump claimed about Modi requesting him to mediate on Kashmir, in the official statement issued by White House on Imran Khan’s visit, it was not mentioned. The statement does not even mention Kashmir. Therefore it can be presumed PM Modi has not made any such request with the president, and he may have misunderstood something Modi said during their meeting at the G-20 summit in Japan last month.

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