Asif Ali Zardari has described militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir as terrorists. Our reports are talking about how this statement has “warmed the cockles of Indian hearts”. The mush-mush goes on:
“This is the first time a top Pakistani leader has dared to state this in public and vindicate the stand of the Indian establishment.”
We are even more stupid than I thought. He was giving an interview to the Wall Street Journal sitting in New York. He has to use the word terrorism to save his skin. And we need a novice to vindicate our stand? Look at this Zardarism:
“India has never been a threat to Pakistan. I, for one, and our democratic government are not scared of Indian influence abroad.’’
And the Indians are going gaga over this? If they are not scared then why is he asking to be treated “at par” with us by the US? How does it matter? Then comes this sweet one:
“Why would we begrudge the largest democracy in the world getting friendly with one of the oldest democracy?’’
As usual South Block came up with its kneejerk reaction:
“Whatever the situation in Pakistan, Zardari is the leader of his country and it is important for us that he makes the right noises. He seemed very positive in New York too when he met PM Manmohan Singh and promised to eliminate terror. This statement actually signals a shift in Pakistan’s stand.’’
What shift? Every leader talks of eliminating terror, as though terror is its baap ki jaaydaad. He did take a swipe at his predecessor by noting that former President Pervez Musharraf would more likely have called them “freedom fighters”.
Sure. As he too will in good time when he gets over this euphoria of the American autumn.
I am surprised that Indian authorities are letting a Pakistani leader speak on behalf of what we have been shouting is a part of our country.
Now you tell me what’s going on…