Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pakistani British MPs slam Zardari visit

British MPs of Pakistani origin hit out at President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday, saying he should be back home sorting out the flooding disaster rather than launching his son's career.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the 21-year-old is the son of Zardari and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He is co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party alongside his father and has been studying at Britain's Oxford University.

"I'm not going to meet with the president because I believe that a head of state needs to be in his country of origin when there's a state of emergency," Lord Nazir Ahmed said.

Fellow Labour MP Khalid Mahmood said  "The issue is the huge environmental catastrophe that's going on -- a lot of people are dying there."

Of course the two "moat and duckpond" MPs will attend. Will anyone ever vote Libdem again, in the UK they sure do not understand coalition politics.

IMO:  Zardari warned today that the international community was "losing the war against the Taliban". No, the international community needs to use more robots and drones, which will still be going well after the Taliban are destroyed. The UK can help there - as I pointed out in the earlier blog entry they are at the forefront of the technology - but presumably should not waste decent materiel on doubtful countries like Pakistan or their friends the Taliban. One of the reasons the US nominally lost the Vietnam war was by allowing advanced weapons into enemy hands. Pakistan should not  be helped in a way that will affect genuine operations. If I were a Pakistani I would sooner put up with floods than with their own wretched government, that is for sure.

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