Zardari-Palin encounter creates a flutter in Pakistan

Zardari-Palin encounter creates a flutter in Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent offhand compliment to US vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has created quite a flutter in the real and the virtual world.

During his meeting with Palin in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Zardari called her “gorgeous" and said “now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you".

And when Zardari was asked to keep shaking hands with Palin for the cameras, he said, “If he’s (the aide) insisting, I might hug."

In the virtual world blogs have been dedicated to the “meeting". One such blog is titled “Zardari flirts with Sarah Palin - calling her gorgeous and offers to hug" and gives details of the Zardari-Palin encounter.

“I do not mean to suggest that this is in anyway a crime, but being the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan there are some protocols that should be adhered to in an effort to uplift the respect and dignity of Pakistan and to the office he has been assigned," wrote a blogger called “teethmaestro".

He also claimed to have warned about such a faux pas in an earlier post. “As suspected from my earlier post where I shuddered at the thought of what Asif Ali Zardari might serve up to Washington during his trip to attend the UN General Assembly, well the games have begun...".

Several jokes are doing the rounds on the meeting and Facebook has dedicated two groups to the encounter. A group called “Zardari should marry Sarah Palin for the sake of world peace!" has enrolled 13 members so far.

“Well critics can go on and on but I feel His Excellency Honourable President of Pakistan should marry Sarah Palin for the greater good of humanity and ... this matrimony will stop the incursion of US forces in Pakistan," wrote the creator of the group.