Reports in Pakistani media today said the US under President-elect Donald Trump is “prepared” to resolve the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India. “US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has opined that President-elect Donald Trump, with his unparalleled negotiating skills, is prepared to play a pivotal role in the Kashmir issue,” reported The News.
Another report by the Radio Pakistan said, “US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has said that President-elect Donald Trump might serve the role of a mediator in the Kashmir issue by bringing his extraordinary deal-making skills.” According to the reports, Pence shared this information during NBC’s “Meet the Press” programme.
However, Pence’s remarks seem to have been overplayed by the Pakistani media. During the programme, interviewer Chick Todd had asked Pence, if Trump is offering to mediate the border dispute between Pakistan and India? This was implied by Islamabad when the US President-elect talked to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently.
Pence acknowledged the “great tension” in “Kashmir region”. However, he didn’t say in clear terms that the US under Trump would intervene in the dispute. Talking about the Trump’s phone calls to India and Pakistan, Pence said that the President-elect wanted to convey the US’ desire for building the relationship with both the countries.
Pence further said that the soon-to-be-sworn-in Trump administration “intend to be fully engaged in the region and fully engaged with both nations to advance peace and security.”
Praising Trump, the Vice President-elect even said, “you’re also going to see an energetic leadership in the world, prepared to engage and to look for ways that he (Trump) can bring those extraordinary deal-making skills to bear on lessening tensions and solving problems in the world.”
There is nothing new in Pence’s words that show the US would certainly intervene in Kashmir dispute. The country has enjoyed good relations with both the countries. Recent official statements in the US, show the Trump administration would continue with the business as usual. For being friendly to Pakistan and India is good business for the US. Being a businessman himself, Trump certainly knows this better than most.