New Delhi, Aug. 20 -- President Donald Trump on Monday dialed Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan after speaking to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, asking Khan to tone down the rhetoric against India and avoid escalation of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"President Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Imran Khan today to discuss the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The President reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint on both sides," a readout from the White House said.

The plainspeak by Trump with Khan is significant after Modi in his 30 minute long telephonic conversation told Trump that "extreme rhetoric" ...