That is the question on the minds of many. Those who find everything wrong in Donald Trump were quick to point out that he has now waded into the most controversial territory in South Asia with his telephonic conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Late on November 30, the Pakistani government claimed that Sharif had telephoned Trump in which the latter showered heaps of praises on Sharif and Pakistan.
That same press release was shared by the Facebook page of the ruling party, PML-N.
According to the press release, Trump told Sharif, “You have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way.”
The media in the West found flaw in the wordings. But that was not all. The press release quotes Trump saying this:
“Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it. Feel free to call me any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office.”
The use of words such as “fantastic” and “terrific guy” in the telephonic conversation have been flagged by the media in the West who think that the quotes could have been paraphrased by an overly enthusiastic Pakistani official.
“Feel free to call me any time”? Does Pakistan think that Trump is a childhood friend of Sharif. Fact: They have NEVER met.
But if the words used in the conversation are indeed true then Pakistanis have every reason to dance wildly on the streets. And this is where
India has successfully convinced the international community that Pakistan harbours terrorists on its soil who are trained by the country’s intelligence agency, the ISI, for attacks on India. New Delhi has also strongly blamed Pakistan of supporting the separatists in Kashmir and instigating them against India.
But if the transcript of the conversation is to be believed, Trump is fond of Sharif like one brother fond of his long lost brother.
“I am looking forward to seeing you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long,” Trump was quoted as telling Sharif.
Now this is quite unbelievable. It is not that Trump is not aware of Pakistan or Sharif. This is what his views on Pakistan has been even before he started his bid for Presidency.
“Get it straight: Pakistan is not our friend. We’ve given them billions and billions of dollars, and what (cont) http://t.co/O5S4cQV3
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 17 January 2012
When will Pakistan apologize to us for providing safe sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden for 6 years?! Some “ally.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 5 July 2012
At the same time, Trump has avowedly supported India, Indian Americans and Hindus during his campaign.
He even did a Modi to woo Indian American voters. Indian Americans were in major positions in Trump’s campaign staff. And two Indian American women have been assigned top posts in his administration.
It should be noted that just after Trump became the President-elect, a section of the Pakistani media went into a hysteria. A TV channel even outrageously tried to claim that Trump was of Pakistani origin and was adopted by an American family.
But Trump’s transition team said that the two leaders spoke on developing “a strong working relationship” and that’s it.
Now that is more believable. Pakistan’s “relationship” with the US is at a low like never before and the need to maintain a “working relationship” is all what Islamabad can pray for from Washington.
That the Pakistani PM took so long to call Trump proves that the rosy relationship the two once enjoyed has entered a thorny bush.
And for the record, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Trump immediately after his election victory. It was so significant to the world media that some of them highlighted the fact that Trump spoke with the Indian PM even before he spoke with the PM of UK.