The situation in Kashmir is complex, historical and different according to each side involved, some framing it as a religious terrorist security issue, some as an issue of independence, and some as a corruptive and oppressive bullying by India, or as blustering between India and Pakistan. However the situation has arguably taken a recent turn as Donald Trump forcibly involved himself in the situation, using a similar heavy handed diplomacy that we have seen with China, Europe and more recently with Turkey. However with his offer to interfere in what India has long seen as a bilateral issue between themselves and Pakistan, Trump's intentions, whether good, bad or just misinformed, may have just stoked tensions further.
While Trump’s offer was welcomed by Pakistan is it also thought to have given extra urgency to India’s plans to revoke article 370 and remove Jammu and Kashmir’s special autonomous status, leading to the reckless timing of the situation. This may be chalked down to Trump's usual uninformed nature and tendency to speak out preemptively, however when you consider the US' relations in the wider region, the Trump effect may not seem so innocent. With China being deeply involved in the Kashmir conflict, both territorially and in its support for Pakistan, and the US being involved in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, a group that the Pakistan government hold considerable influence over, many have speculated that this may actually be just a push to mediate in an effort to drive a wedge between Pakistan and China. Either way Trump's mediation has had a clearly negative effect on the situation on the ground in Kashmir.