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Donald Trump's 'ignorant' talks with Nawaz Sharif may send unwelcome message to India: Report

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India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:02 Dec 2016, 15:16:43]

An article in leading American magazine 'Forbes' has said that the US President-elect Donald Trump's "ignorant" conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may send India an unwelcome message.


 

The article authored by Charles Tiefer further says that Trump's "flattering" conversation sends a message that he has no awareness of the issues between the US, Pakistan and India.

"His bluster is more likely to be taken as the initial signal of his Administration’s position. When he goes on and on about how wonderful Pakistan is, and how strong is his friendship, it matters. It matters that he uses words like: very good reputation, amazing work...fantastic country, fantastic place, fantastic people," it said.

"One of the main messages it sends, is that he shows no awareness of the issues between the United States, Pakistan, and India. He may very well not know much," it added.

 

The article points out that Trump seems to be completely ignorant about the nature of American military’s engagement  with Pakistan in Afghanistan  and the condemnation of Islamist terrorists based in Pakistan by both President Obama and Prime Minister Modi.

“What doesn’t Trump know? I will save the top item for last.  Starting with others, he shows no awareness that the American military is enraged with Pakistan for how it props up forces in Afghanistan — the Haqqani network – that kill American soldiers. He probably doesn’t know,” the article said.

“Nor does he show awareness that President Obama and Prime Minister Modi of India had reached agreement on the important point of joint condemnation of Islamist terrorists based in Pakistan,” it added.

Stating that Donald Trump is not aware about the ground realities in South Asia, it said, his "ignorant" conversation with Sharif may send India an "unwelcome message".

Meanwhile, a prominent Hindu American group urged Trump to carefully look at the records of Pakistan in particular its fight against terrorism and human rights. 

"Diplomacy is necessary in dealing with Pakistan, but President-elect Trump and his Administration will need to proceed with caution and full awareness of the country's double-dealing track record," Suhag Shukla, executive director of Hindu American Foundation (HAF) said in a statement expressing concern over the readout issued by Pakistan after a telephonic conversation between Trump and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"If the transcript of the conversation is indeed accurate, we’d urge President-elect Trump to look more carefully at Pakistan’s record within its own borders and with its neighbours before offering praise to a state that according to most observers is failing," Shukla said.

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