What is with Pakistani politicians and US leaders of the fairer sex? When former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz crooned a seductive bass-baritone to sweep US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice off her feet, little did he know that he was, in fact, setting a precedent. A precedent that would soon be adopted by a President, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, who clasped the hands of one Sarah Palin on three separate occasions in a manner most warm and fuzzy.
Not to be outdone, the makhdoom scion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi locked himself in a celestial embrace with Hillary Clinton of the likes of which this world hasn’t ever seen. Indeed, it was the head-shake that shook the world.
Daily Ausaf columnist Sarfaraz Sayed tells you more in his March 29 piece (اردو). Although not completely necessary, this piece is best enjoyed with a generous dose of The Guess Who’s rendition of “American Woman, ” circa 1970.
These media people are really something! Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi shared a few friendly moments, locked in a cranial embrace with Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C., and the media blew it out of proportion. Now, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has apparently asked, so what if he and Secretary Clinton had shared a few friendly moments? Some issues can only be tackled when two persons are thus anatomically entwined.
It’s been said that British Foreign Secretary David Miliband properly ticked off Mian Nawaz Sharif over the PML-N leader’s alleged U-turn on constitutional reforms. A qari now demands to know who really rules Pakistan — Britain or America?
But this is an important matter — why are Pakistani leaders always being linked to American women? Former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz adopted a overtly romantic demeanor during his interaction with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. And Ms. Rice, instead of being duly enamored by the Prime Minister’s suavity, announced later on that Mr. Aziz had indulged her in unnecessary talk.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari himself, warmly grasped Sarah Palin’s hands on three occasions; although Mrs. Palin said nothing at that time, we are still trying to come to terms with why the Governer of Alaska tendered her resignation, subsequent to that interaction.
And now Hillary Clinton, the world’s most brilliant woman, nuzzling up to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. Khuda taala har aik ko har aik se mehfooz rakhey! (God protect us all!)