Why Pakistanis Are Hopping Mad
- Gen Kayani wanted to depose Zardari. Has provided bases for US drones and allowed the special forces to operate in the tribal areas.
- Nearly allowed the US to take out spent fuelcontaining uranium from Pakistan’s nuclear facility
- ISI maintains links with Israel
- Zardari said he wouldn’t make any political move without consulting the US, promised to grant Musharraf immunity from prosecution
- Gilani says he would protest the US drone attacks in Pakistan but later forgets about it
From the time WikiLeaks began to out the diplomatic cables, watching TV news has become akin to viewing Bollywood political satires. The anchor’s announcement of every WikiLeaks cable pertaining to Pakistan is accompanied by old footage of former US ambassador Anne Patterson meeting President Asif Ali Zardari or Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani or army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani or ISI boss Shuja Pasha or Pakistan Muslim League leader Nawaz Sharif. In the background plays the raunchy number from Dabaangg, Munni badnaam hui, darling tere liye.
The splicing of the song with the WikiLeaks cables provides a subtext every Pakistani has grasped—Patterson may be blamed for reporting to Washington her private conversations with Pakistani leaders, but she wouldn’t have cabled headquarters had they not whispered to her their secret desires and deep fears, unmindful of shaming their country, at times even guilty of compromising state secrets. Indeed, Pakistan’s who’s who, courtesy WikiLeaks, come across as petty, hungry for power, and contemptuous of their people.