A casual glance at this picture above taken a few weeks back one would generally not have seen the anomaly but a careful look reveals the problem, a high level meeting in Washington between the respective Presidents of The United States of American, Afghanistan and Pakistan, seems ordinary enough. Generally such a meeting is attended by the official representatives of each country, Afghanistan being represented by President Hamid Karzai, the American delegation by President Obama and you can even see Vice-President Joe Biden, but the problem lies when you take a look at the Pakistani side of the delegation President Zardari, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Hussain Haqqani and Rehman Malik, but what-the-heck is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari doing sitting right next to Mr. Asif Zardari.
There is no rational reason why Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should be sitting in on an extremely important meeting with extremely important leaders. Could this be the “Divine Right Of The Kings” doctrine being implemented? You don’t see Hamid Karzai bringing his kids to such meetings, you don’t see Obama bringing his two girls for a round of official meetings, but ironically you DO SEE our President tagging along his 20-year old son for an adrenaline rushing tour of the White House. Lets also not forget the fact that during this official visit to Washington with a begging bowl for the IDP’s in Pakistan our President Zardari stayed in a $4200 Presidential Suite at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington while Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was given a $2200 suite all covered and sponsored by the Government of Pakistan. All this lavish spending continued while a national disaster brewed up in the Frontier Province due to the displacement of 2.5 Million people
Though I must also admit that looking at this picture does bring another priceless moment for the critics. With Bilawal Zardari in attendance, squeezing a last-minute jump seat between his father and the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi it does seem that Rehman Malik was quite literally been pushed onto a ‘stool‘ at the end of the table. The expression with which he strains to hear the sermon of his [Mai Bap] President Obama is priceless. We know these Pakistani clowns care little about international customs and traditions and our screaming here will make no difference, but on hindsight I think we must thank Bilawal Zardari for squeezing into this meeting and have served us with an image of a constipated Rehman Malik getting the boot leg position ‘ova there
Addendum – It seems that a sentence in this post appears exactly the same as in a blog post called the Five Rupees Blog, it was entirely unintentional and I have not copied the specific text but in good faith I provide this addendum just to set the facts straight