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Even by standards of an upstart who is catapulted to the highest office in the world without any experience of public life, US president-elect Donald Trump has shown horrendous immaturity in his telephonic talk with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. Trump told Nawaz Sharif that he is a “terrific guy”, that Pakistanis are “one of the most intelligent people” from “a fantastic country, fantastic place”, according to an official release put out by Islamabad. The release, in the aftermath of the phone conversation of Sharif with Trump, said the President-elect told Sharif he is “doing amazing work which is visible in every way”, that the Prime Minister should “feel free to call him anytime” even before he is sworn in on January 20 next year.

Trump also told Sharif that he is “ready and willing to play any role” that the Pakistani leader wants him to play to “address and find solutions to the outstanding problems.” In the same gushing vein Trump was quoted as having said: “As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people,” Donald Trump was quoted as having said. Trump also seemed to accept Sharif’s invitation to visit Pakistan, something that could ruffle feathers in India. George W Bush made the most recent presidential visit to Islamabad in 2006. Considering that India was hoping that Trump, who was critical of Pakistani terror during his election campaign, would take a hard stand on Pakistan and could even agree to declaring that country a terror state, such volte face can hardly be music to the ears of the Indian establishment.

While appearing at a Republican Hindu Coalition fundraiser in Washington in October Trump had said “I am a big fan of Hindu and I am a big fan of India. Big, big fan.”Under a Trump administration we are going to become even better friends,” he said of India at the time. “In fact, I’ll take the word ‘even’ out because we are going to be best friends. There won’t be any relationship more important to us.”  In regard to Pakistan he had said: When will Pakistan apologise to us for providing safe sanctuary to Osama Bin Laden for six years?! Some “ally!” Apparently, either Trump is horribly inconsistent or he does not know what he says.