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How Trump triggered the Kashmir turmoil

US president's possible intent to stabilize South Asia had opposite effect

Some analysts said that U.S. President Donald Trump's intervention has been used by both India and Pakistan to cement their positions. (Source photos by Reuters)

BANGKOK -- As Pakistan prepares to file a complaint about India to The Hague over Kashmir, analysts are debating the role that U.S. President Donald Trump played in stoking tensions between the two and the implications of his intervention on regional stability.

The Indian parliament enacted a bill that allowed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to strip the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir of autonomy on Aug. 6, a day after the law's proposal. Under India's new rules, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two and placed under direct control of the central government.

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