NEW DELHI: 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.
“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.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in September in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.
Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a 'terrorist state' and accused Pakistan of involvement.
In October, the White House shut down a petition mostly signed by US citizens of Indian origin seeking to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. Days after the news made headlines, the US assured Pakistan that it does not want to declare it a state sponsor of terrorism and desires to work with Islamabad “as cooperatively as we can” to eliminate terrorist safe havens from the South Asian region.
The election of Donald Trump as US president, however, has Pakistanis wary that he may accelerate what they see as a shift in American policy to favour India.