A pretty face can launch a thousand ships and a hundred banalities.
The flattering attention lavished this week on Hina Rabbani Khar, the young and articulate Pakistani foreign minister, is not at all surprising. Something similar happened many years ago with Oxford girl Benazir Bhutto, and the love affair continued well after it was known how the Pakistani military pushed jihadis into Kashmir after the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, when Benazir was in charge in Islamabad.
There is undoubtedly much to admire about Khar, besides sartorial elegance and her hand bag. But foreign policy is a serious business. The wake-up call came on Wednesday, when Khar met Kashmiri separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, ahead of her meetings with the Indian government.
She was doing her job. But what in the world were her local admirers thinking?