India takes tongue-in-cheek dig at Pakistan claims over Donald Trump call


NEW DELHI: The Indian government has said 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 tongue-in-cheek comment came in response to questions over Pakistan’s claims that made it appear that Trump had offered to side with Pakistan in its unsolved issues.

“We have seen the reports of the conversation (between Trump and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif) that were one-sided and claimed the President-elect promised to help Pakistan with all outstanding issues,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup+ , when asked about the statement that was issued by the Pakistan government that hinted that Trump would be willing to intervene on Pakistan’s behalf.

“We look forward to the President-elect helping Pakistan address the most outstanding of its outstanding issues – terrorism,” Swarup added in deadpan.The Pakistani statement had claimed that Trump had heaped praise on Sharif during a telephone conversation. Trump purportedly told Sharif that he feels like he’s “talking to a person I have known for long” and that Pakistanis “are one of the most intelligent people.”

┬áThe US President-elect+ also apparently urged Sharif to “feel free” to call him at “any time, even before 20th January, that is before I assume my office.”Further, “On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people,” the press release by Pakistan’s Press Information Department said.
“Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people”, said Trump according to the Pakistan government press release.times of India