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Pakistani President Zardari and Sarah Palin- favorite subjects for media

Being non-presidential Mr. Asif Ali Zaradri was little flirt to Sarah Palin Alaska Governor and; Republican candidate John McCain’s running mate, has been getting a crash course in diplomacy and international affairs this week, meeting her first foreign heads of state courtesy of the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of international leaders. That is very American praising women; though not very Pakistani to it core.

Whole media has been yelling over this choice since she was plucked by John McCain a potential vice president not only about her obscurity but her ability to be Vice President or even for being nominated as Vice President. John McCain has been criticized for picking her up and as many as insane comments were made about. Since she is in news for long and now Her first meeting with Pakistani president Mr. Asif Zaradri has been discussed widely. Here are the details of their meeting ans exchange of dialogue.

In Inter Continental Hotel on entering the room, Sarah Palin was introduced not only to Zardari but to Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quershi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, and Sherry Rehman, the information minister ; a delegation traveled with Mr. Zaradri.

“So nice to meet you,” Palin said politely.

“Busy on the campaign trail?” Rehman asked.

“Yes, yes,” Palin replied.

“How does one keep looking that good?” Rehman inquired.

“Oh, oh, thank you,” the governor responded.

At that point, Zardari entered and the conversation turned decidedly flirtatious. He told her she was “even more gorgeous” than he thought.

“You are so nice,” Palin said. “Thank you.”

Zardari pressed on: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”

At that point a Zardari handler asked them to shake hands again for the cameras.

“I’m supposed to pose again,” Palin said.

“If he’s insisting,” Zardari said, “I might hug.”

Networking and lobbying is one of the major elements in US politics; thus for Mr. Zaradri; it could have been a undiplomatic “policy” to get the “support” from an obscure but obviously nominated republican Vice Presidential Candidate. Being a widower of slain Prime Minister Ms Bhutto; he has gained out-matched attention as he became co-chairman of her political party and ultimately the president of Pakistan.

Even Mr. Zardari had to have a “hug” an American would not be having any problem; it is very American to praise women even if they are not beautiful. However in Pakistan for general masses it would not be easily digestible that their president hugging an American women and finding “gorgeousness” in Palin. In Pakistan such compliments are not regarded as praise rather against the norms of culture. President Asif Zaradri must not forget that he has strenuously been criticized for his reputation as Mr. 10% in international media and so Sarah Palin has been for being rude and unprofessional, and of course! she still is unacceptable by majority of Americans. Thus media does not get a chance slip to bring her nonprofessional attitude out or even about Mr. Zaradri.

Somehow both personalities are the favorite subjects for media; it will be echoing about him and Sarah Palin in next few weeks; just to make a non-issue an issue. However i would suggest Mr. Zaradri to at least take care of aspirations of Pakistani people whom he is representing in International community before making such comments.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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  • hello. !

    This is SAD… Being a widower of the slain benazir bhutto, the ongoing crisis in pakistan, n he showing his teeth everywhere. First of all they r eating up poor ppl money by forming delgations n roaming around the world, lookin to hug prety ladies, secondly Mr.zardari should stop showing his teeth n keep a seroius face as he is elected president of pakistan n its not a circus game.
    Un professional – how he picks up his wifes picture everywhere in front of media, n now he wants to hug a pig with lipstick on stays a pig AS OBAMA says..

    May Allah protect our Pakistan

  • Rubab Saleem, thank you for this heart-felt and mindful analysis of a very complex issue. I completely agree with your position. Zardari acted inappropriately. And he probably knows better. Palin, imo, doesn’t really know how to act at all.

  • Aftab actually he was little flirt towards her.. and i have seen such comments saying womanizer, horny etc etc.. whole media is talking about this.. even i had comments like “Zardari behaved was sleazy, cheap and perverted. It can’t get worse than this, but cynically speaking, there’s more to come!” i agree he should not have behaved like this.. he brought bad name to Pakistanis..

  • Rubab you should change your point of view towards Zaradri and this issue.. This is very serious issue.. remember Ms. Rice has quoted Mr. Shaukat Aziz in her book.. Pakistani men are leaving an impression as they are big fans of women in America.. I am sure Ms. Rice has not been more attractive than any maid working in our homes.. Zaradri is very notorious accross the world and he should at least have taken care of what was his reputation.. rather to make it good he added something..

  • This is pathetic and painful to see a president who’s country is burning out and public is being thrown out of their homes on streets due to poverty and inflation, flirting with american woman when his own women died recently! it show zero seriousness and lust for pleasure only! Thank you Aftab, tommyschmitz and Ayesha i strongly agree with your point of view and that being on position like president(Islamic Republic of Pakistan) of country in turmoil, he should be health weakening with worry and dying trying to battle it out of problems…while here we see a shameful act of going all out against Pakistani norms and customs.
    Although its norm if it had been any other westerner doing that..!

    Amir

  • Rightly said Amir bhai, its not that a Pakistani cannot flirt like American do or praise a woman’s beauty, but its a representative of country, rather a head of country, a country that has gone through so much trauma, esp recent bombing at Marriott! killing so many and yet, god knows how many more to come? not postponing his visits to foreign countries and condole the affected and investigate the issue to find the culprits behind it, rather going out with the team of similar characters fully paid by tax payers money, a tax payer who gets no benefits!! and yet daring to… YES daring to, show his teeth every where like its a joyace moment for country that he has gone out with team as president of Pakistan to represent sophisticated mood of Admiring Pakistanis!

    I am deeply sorrowed that we…yes, no one else but us! we all voted for a person like him to become our president, formerly known as Mr. 10% bravo to Fakhir and Haroon for their song! “Mr. Fraudiae” tried to show public the truth..and eventually a replacement president to Musharraf! i would say here…”musharraf jaisa bhi tha, itna kharab nahin tha..at least sacha aur khara to tha…”

    Dearest Benazir Bhutto died recently, a last hope for pakistan, whom he cashed to get all the sympathy and votes of pakistani people to get into power and yet showing no respect to her and pakistani public weaning and weeping with rising prices killing poor man on street and sending more…

    You know, no matter how much more i condemn right now is not enough to what disgrace he has brought to us as a nation!

  • I am a kashmiri muslim and looking towards how pakistan is run and who are running it, i thank god that we are with india. India has at least never had such a foolish man as president.

  • Hy Rubab how are you hope you are fine i Agree with Ayesha Ahsan,,,Abbove !
    Zaradri and this issue.. This is very serious issue.. This is western Maners, and its Hard for AmericaN ppl ??who show the sexy Bomb To Preisdent Zardari, i am with him the side of Asif Ali Zardari he play the best card in U.N
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  • I do not blame Zardari for his act with Sara Palin, but I blame the people of Pakistan who voted him to take the position of President of Pakistan.

  • That is so true and remember he in so called MOURNING as he himself said after BB’s death that for me its “mourning for lifetime”. If I loose someone that close I dont know if I will ever smile again but te smile on his face is there forever!
    Shame on him and more shame on us for having him as a president. I dont know why our people are such big fools. I am so crossed at Imran Khan for not participating in the elections as I am sure many people would have given him votes this time. If not all atleast he speaks the TRUTH. The option we were given was to choose between Nawaz Sharif and Zardari. I for one chose Nawaz because he was better that Zardari but our nation and media alike were so much affected by the BB’s loss that all their doings seem right so what are we crying about now!

  • Iam back!

    We are back to the same old 90s. Mushharaf,s government was taking us into a new era of development. He also had a website on which u could express your opinion onto him, n my personal expeirence he office use to check it n answer some. Palin was probably thinking what a fag this person is , however Zardari thinking was —- probably tryin to be sweet.
    I was once again sad… to hear what Mushtaq Dar had to say. Its not that he said something wrong, Khasmiries would not want to come along Pakistan as of the Acts of our leaders.
    I think of it as a seroius issue and why isnt it brough up on Geo or n e other pakistani channel. or has it been ???
    We shuold atlest condemn and let Zardari n others kno
    so its not repeated again n again.

  • PERVEZ MUSHARAF, ZARDARI, ALTAF, MOULANA FAZLU, ASFAND YAR WALI, REHMAN MALIK, SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI, CH. AHMAD MUKHTAR, YOUSAF RAZA GILLANI, CH. PERVEZ ELAHI, CH, SHUJAT, SHEIH RASHEED, FAROOQ LEGHARI, ZAFAR-ULLAH-JAMALI, WASEEM SAJJAD, ABDUL HAMEED DOGAR, ISHRAT-UL-IBAD, SALMAN TASEER,REHMAN MALIK, IJAZ-UL-HAQ, HAMAYOUN AKHTAR KHAN, FAISAL SALEH HAYAT, BEGUM ABIDA HUSSAIN, SHEREEN REHMAN, FEHMIDA MIRZA. KEEP THEM ALL IN A BIG SHIP & LET IT BE SUNK INTO THE DEEP DARK SEA. ONLY THEN PAKISTAN CAN GROW & SURVIVE. YOU BELIEVE ME ONLY THEN, OTHER WISE THERE’S NO HOPE EVEN THERE;S NT A SINGLE DAWN OF HOPE.
    THEY ALL SHOULD BE HANGED 100 100 TIMES TILL DEATH. OH YES OFFCOURSE THE ZIA-UL HAQ, THE YAHYA KHAN THE AYUB KHAN THE SIKANDAR MIRZA THERE FAMILIES & ALL THEIR MEMEBERS SHOULD BE HANGED. INSHALLAH INSHALLAH INSHALLAH

  • hello, rubab! i enjoy your pak-times a great deal. keep up the great work, all of you!
    i agree that zardari’s comments to palin were not made using the best of judgment. nor was john mccain’s choice of sarah palin! i cannot help but believe she was chosen for the same reasons zardari reacted to. a) she looks good on camera. b)she is perfect for political speaking. she can verbalize for extended periods of time and not say anything worthwhile.

    the “meetings” palin had with foreign dignitaries was nothing more than a photo op, as time magazine called it. a see me look pretty, appealing, etc for the shutter. all illusion, just like her credibility as a decent politician. in other words, it was done for the physical appeal.

  • He is the president of ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN brought to you exclusively with Sarah Palin… Shame on you Zardari, you are a widower of a great leader and your flirting acts means you are a playboy. So awe watching the act of mr 10 percent…

  • HE NEVER DESERVED TO BE THE HUSBAND OF BENAZIR BHUTTO AND SON IN LAQ OF GREAT ZAB………………………………………………………….
    BENAZIR WAS VICTIMISED BY GEN.ZIA,GEN,MUSHARRAF AND LANCE NAIK ASIF ALI ZARDARI

  • well rubab wat can we say now , before everybody was against musharraf, before that they were against PPP, before that against PML, then PPP, then PML, then Zia-ul-haq, the reason for this is that our peoples dont have decision power, they just chose 2 parties from the begining since democracy started in pakistan. and these parties dont have capability of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, when we experienced both the parties then y dont we giv chance to Imran khan, or Qazi sahab, or anyone else. and since mr. 10% the biggest criminal of all is now our president. how did our people elected PPP when benazir was not there? well the thing is we made a mistake and we hav to suffer till its over.

  • well rubab i totally agree with Faisal,s comments and i have same opinion im bit surprised or u can say shocked that why peoples gave him votes he got sympathetics vote he wasn,t deserve to be President of Pakistan..What the HELL he is doing there coz Pakistan has created in the name of Allah and he doesnt know what is Islam.All of Pakistani,s did the mistake and they deserve for that they should know what is rite and what is wrong coz if they wont think about it they cant beat this World. and also these are sign of Qiyamat..