Trump asks Imran to 'moderate rhetoric' with India over Kashmir

U.S President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to 'moderate rhetoric' with India over Kashmir, as he underlined the need of exercising "restraint" by both sides and avoid escalation of the "tough" situation in the region.

Trump spoke separately to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran in his bid to ease fresh Indo-Pak tensions after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Trump's suggestion to Imran came as Prime Minister Modi during his telephonic conversation with the U.S president conveyed that "extreme rhetoric and incitement" to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace.

After his 30-minute conversation with Modi, Trump held a telephonic conversation with Imran, the second in less than a week.

Trump spoke with Imran to discuss "the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," the White House said in a readout of the call.

Continuing with his tirade against India over the Kashmir issue, Imran on Sunday had called the Indian government "fascist" and "supremacist", alleging that it poses a threat to Pakistan as well as to the minorities in India.