New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- The abrogation of Article 370, and the security blanket smothering Kashmir, has, not surprisingly, sparked off yet another diplomatic contest between India and Pakistan. India has resisted Pakistan's efforts to internationalise the situation, but in doing so, has the Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the door to international mediation? That question is raised by United States President Donald Trump's intervention in the contest.

Pakistan won the first round in the contest when China called for a Security Council (SC) meeting to hold consultations on Kashmir. This event was given added significance by its rarity. The SC has not discussed Kashmir since 1971. In the end, however, the SC provided no comfort to Pakistan...