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Stuck In The Craw

Stuck In The Craw

Pakistanis are enraged by Obama’s nod for an India UNSC seat

Stuck In The Craw AP

It’s rare to have a political event that packs enough punch to attract as many eyeballs as an Indo-Pak cricket match. Last week, though, as American President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle winged their way to Mumbai and then New Delhi, Pakistanis remained glued to TV, watching animatedly an event that should have ideally been titled ‘2010: A Love Story’. People gasped in disbelief, their eyes rolling, as they saw the world’s most powerful man and his wife shake their legs and hips, in good ol’ Bollywood style, amidst cheering children. Fetching the scene sure was, even touching—and it didn’t seem to matter that they were foot-tapping away next door in India.

But their endearing dance must have seemed like gyrations from netherworld to officials in the foreign office, for around the same time on November 6, the new American ambassador, Cameron Munter, informed foreign secretary Salman Bashir what the world was to hear 48 hours later—America would support India’s quest to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC). Official Pakistan was shattered.

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