India takes dig at Nawaz-Trump phone call

Published: December 2, 2016
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The Indian government, in a rather sarcastic tone, expressed that it is looking forward to US President-elect Donald Trump addressing what it referred to as Pakistan’s ‘most outstanding of outstanding problems’ – terrorism.

The comments come in response to the Trump-Nawaz phone call which left media abuzz. From what it seems, India had a tough time believing that the call actually took place.

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“We have seen the reports of the conversation (between Trump and PM Nawaz) that were one-sided and claimed the President-elect promised to help Pakistan with all outstanding issues,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said, when asked to comment on Pakistan’s statement pertaining to Trump’s offer to help resolve ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan on Thursday said, “Pakistan welcomes Trump’s willingness to play a role in resolving the outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, including the core issue of Indian-held Kashmir.”

United States President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would love to visit Pakistan.

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“Trump said he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people,” a statement issued by the PM House said. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif phoned Trump to felicitate him for becoming the 46th president of the United States after the November elections.

Hinting at playing a mediator in resolving the longstanding dispute between Islamabad and New Delhi, the US president-elect said he was ready to play any role to find solutions to the outstanding problems. “It will be an honour and I will personally do it.”

This article originally appeared in The Times of India.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Khan
    Dec 2, 2016 - 12:09PM

    American media have suggested the Pakistani version is probably true. But Indians don’t. What a surprise!Recommend

  • Nasir
    Dec 2, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Pre election rhetorics have no bearing once faced with ground realities after becoming an INSIDER. I am an Indian but common sense says that Pakistan is too important a country to be simply treated the way Trump had ranted about.Recommend

  • Adil
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:27PM

    Pakistanis welcome friendly Pak-US relations and welcome all positive initiatives from USRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:30PM

    It is coming from a government who claimed and made a lot of noise of a ‘surgical strike’ but forgot to do it actually!! This region will be a much better place if only Indians can mind their own business but then again you can not ask for something impossible.Recommend

  • Hmm
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Yes, we not only mock at Pakistan, also at USA. Now no country on earth has guts to speak against India .Recommend

  • Samir
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Its amusing to see India behaving like a kid. Recommend

  • Amit
    Dec 2, 2016 - 3:51PM

    @Khan:
    Na India is quite OK with that conversation being true, happy friendship between DT and NS and let’s see how he can help Pakistan resolve Kashmir problem as per Pakistani wishes. As far as swarups comments is concerned, nice one sir.Recommend

  • Huzur
    Dec 2, 2016 - 4:10PM

    @Samir:

    If this is the hype for a phone call imagine if he were to actually visit the nation Even mention of it will send it into ruptures and maybe even ditch China.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 2, 2016 - 5:08PM

    It’s nice to see Indians so jealous and disturbed. Recommend

  • Maqsood
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:05PM

    It was nothing but a courtesy cal and was blown out of proportion. We get excited with small gestures and add some mirch massalah to make it to serve. There are things that Pakistan’s Foreign Office can handle better and should be handling. Diplomacy is not everyone’s piece of cake. Next time PM makes a call to anyone, make sure the contents of discussion have been cleared by the foreign office and someone with a diplomatic experience is sitting next to him.Recommend

  • J.Niaz
    Dec 2, 2016 - 10:17PM

    @Hmm:

    HmmRecommend

  • Maqsood
    Dec 3, 2016 - 3:56AM

    @Hmm:
    So now you are moving towards fascism? Good for you but remember what happened to Germany and Italy.Recommend

  • Pandit
    Dec 3, 2016 - 4:47AM

    haha next thing you know trump will ask dismantle nuke and terror infrastructure. Iran done, Pakistan is nextRecommend

  • auginpk
    Dec 3, 2016 - 5:16AM

    Well spoken by Indian diplomat.Recommend

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