Wednesday September 24, 2008
This meeting, and what he might have thought as his rakish charm, may cost Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari dear.
First Pakistan's information minister, Sherry Rehman, decided to flatter Sarah
Palin, the US vice-presidential candidate: “And how does one keep looking that good when one is that busy?” Rehman asked rhetorically. “Oh, thank you,” Palin said. Not to be outdone, Zardari, the widowed husband of the assassinated Benazir Bhutto, called Palin
“even more gorgeous” than he thought, and then remarked: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.” “You are so nice,” Palin replied, smiling. “Thank you.” That was not all. When Zardari’s aide told the two politicians to keep shaking hands for the cameras, Zardari remarked: “If he’s insisting, I might hug.” For the record, no hug took
place but Maulana Abdul Ghafar, the prayer leader of Islamabad's Lal Masjid, has
taken umbrage and said the act was un-Islamic and unbecoming of a head of state of a Muslim country.
The Maulana also said that Zardari shamed the entire Pakistani by publicly making indecent gestures towards Palin in Washington.
Clearly, while the Alaska governor was making even the most rabid Republicans
cringe with her incoherent responses in various TV appearances, the new
Pakistani Prez had at least come up with a way to make people sympathise with