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Pakistan's New President Finds Himself in Awkward Trouble

Pakistan's New President Finds Himself in Awkward Trouble

When American politicians do something awkward they have to answer to YouTube, but Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, has to answer to religious leaders and feminists. A religious leader issued a fatwa, a nonbinding opinion on Islamic law, condemning Zardari for flirting with Sarah Palin at the UN. The radical prayer leader said Zardari disgraced the whole nation with "indecent gestures, filthy remarks, and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt." He also added: "we are fighting the American war in our country and thousands of our people have been killed just to please Uncle Sam." And as for Pakistan's feminists, some say by calling Palin "gorgeous" Zardari looked at her merely as a woman and not a politician.

But that's not where the embarrassment ends. In an interview with Fox News, President Zardari repeated the debunked Internet hoax that Colonel Oliver North installed a home security system in the 1980s because he was scared of Osama bin Laden. To find out how Zardari has done damage control,

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North's actual testimony during the Iran-Contra hearings states that the security system was installed because threats were made on his life by terrorist Abu Nidal. Zaradari's spokeswoman explained the mix up to the New York Times saying: "The point President Zardari sought to make was more about how the US ignored the threat posed by al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden and less about the Oliver North comment or hoax." Let's hope a few awkward situations don't cause Pakistan to become more unstable.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well i have to agree with the comment above that it shows that not all leaders are perfect - although we know that they aren't since so many have stepped down recently due to being 'unpopular' in their country. i think that he should have been a bit more respectful of her seeing as how she's in a position to potentially have power in the US...but i can understand how he wouldn't know how to be couth about responding to her. it's like helen of troy right? where there's one woman that can bring a nation to it's knees. maybe that's one of palin's super powers!
zeze zeze 7 years
lol, I think the praise of something indecent (a non-muslim woman in inappropriate clothing by Muslim standards) is the problem. The cleric would have preferred he praised something seen as praiseworthy in Islam (the same thing feminists would prefer, I believe). Adding insult to injury the man's wife was recently assassinated!!!! And seeing as she is a huge political and feminist figure he should know a thing or two about powerful women known for more then their looks...........that being said, maybe he judged Sarah Palin as he should have, maybe seeing she lacked all the qualities in his wife and women like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice showed her exactly as she is - a farce, a political toy, an insult to feminism.
zeze zeze 7 years
lol, I think the praise of something indecent (a non-muslim woman in inappropriate clothing by Muslim standards) is the problem. The cleric would have preferred he praised something seen as praiseworthy in Islam (the same thing feminists would prefer, I believe).Adding insult to injury the man's wife was recently assassinated!!!! And seeing as she is a huge political and feminist figure he should know a thing or two about powerful women known for more then their looks...........that being said, maybe he judged Sarah Palin as he should have, maybe seeing she lacked all the qualities in his wife and women like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice showed her exactly as she is - a farce, a political toy, an insult to feminism.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
"ha, that kind of happened to me at a job interview--the interviewer said "I can see you are attractive...(awkward pause) um, an attractive candidate based on your resume and writing sample." Yeah, I didn't get that job." That was a nice save!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
"ha, that kind of happened to me at a job interview--the interviewer said "I can see you are attractive...(awkward pause) um, an attractive candidate based on your resume and writing sample." Yeah, I didn't get that job."That was a nice save!
javsmav javsmav 7 years
ha, that kind of happened to me at a job interview--the interviewer said "I can see you are attractive...(awkward pause) um, an attractive candidate based on your resume and writing sample." Yeah, I didn't get that job."and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt."so, is it OK to praise a Muslim lady wearing a short skirt?
javsmav javsmav 7 years
ha, that kind of happened to me at a job interview--the interviewer said "I can see you are attractive...(awkward pause) um, an attractive candidate based on your resume and writing sample." Yeah, I didn't get that job. "and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt." so, is it OK to praise a Muslim lady wearing a short skirt?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I did think it was a little weird and completely unprofessional to call her gorgeous. That's like her going into a job interview and the Boss calls her gorgeous. Umm..... AWKWARD!!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
fatwa is such a fun word to say.
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 7 years
Is it bad to be thankful that at least other politicians from other countries make mistakes too?But seriously people in these positions need to think 3 times before speaking!
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 7 years
Is it bad to be thankful that at least other politicians from other countries make mistakes too? But seriously people in these positions need to think 3 times before speaking!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
WOAH -- I see the point because that's how they live -- that's their culture.
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