THE image of President Trump speaking to the media inWashington in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, about Modi'spurported request to him to mediate on Kashmir has had a shattering effect. Theissue is not whether Modi actually asked Trump to mediate or not, but how thisepisode has revealed the fiasco that Modi's foreign policy has turned out tobe.
Imran Khan's visit to the United States was an affirmationof how the Trump administration has changed its approach to Pakistan. WithTrump intent on withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan's rolein getting Taliban to talk became crucial. The Imran Khan's visit is a recognition of the progress that has beenregistered in the peace talks with the Taliban, for which Pakistan is beinggiven due credit. The only problem isthat India has been left out of this whole process.
The Modi government, which had put all its eggs in the USbasket, now suddenly finds itself in an unenviable position. For Trump, getting out of Afghanistan and theKashmir problem have got linked up – just the way Pakistan would want it.