Zardari Meets Nawaz: What Should They Say To Each Other?

Posted on October 25, 2009
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Adil Najam

The media is abuzz with petty pontifications about the likely meeting later today between Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Mr. Nawaz Sharif.

By the time many readers read this, the talks may already have transpired and, then, the media will be abuzz about what they talked about. Here is hoping that what these two will talk about and whatever we will be talking about after their talks will not trivialize the historic existential threat that we are living through today.

There is much that these two have to talk about – the fate of the NRO, the fate of the Kerry-Lugar Bill, the fate of the 17th Amendment, the fate of Messers Zardari and Sharif, the fate of democracy in Pakistan. But more than all of this, what hangs in the balance today is the fate of a Pakistan at war.

Some 9000 Pakistanis have been killed by violent extremists this year alone. And the year is far from done. Pakistani territory has been snatched out of Pakistan’s control. Pakistani military is being attacked. If this is not a threat to Pakistan’s sovereignty, an attack on Pakistan itself, then what is?

Here is hoping that our leaders our getting together to speak with one voice and with great force on this existential threat to our sovereignty, to our future, and indeed to our present.

But to do so, they will both have to become as big as the moment. That, if that were to happen, would truly be news. All else remains, and will remain, mere chatter… not even worth hearing in the din of the war we cannot and must not ignore.

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28 responses to “Zardari Meets Nawaz: What Should They Say To Each Other?”

  1. Umar Shah says:

    Zardari: Hehehe…Khao piyo aeysh karo…hehe hehehe.
    Sharif: O mein kiya Zrdaari bai, President haus di Nihari to khalau…

  2. AHR says:

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s charm offensive rolled into a wall of suspicion at one of Pakistan’s top universities on Thursday as students grilled her on whether America was truly ready to be a steadfast partner in a time of crisis.Mrs Clinton, on the second day of a three-day visit aimed at turning around a US-Pakistan relationship under serious strain, was presented with stark evidence of the ‘trust deficit’ that yawns between the two countries, now bound together in the struggle against religious extremism

    http://ahraza.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/university- students-in-lahore-confront-hillary/

  3. checker47 says:

    Asad,

    What you have said is exactly as I would put it. One has no brains and the other has no guts, while both are currupt to the core. Pakistanis, please wake up.Ethnicity has done enough harm to this country. This time please, please elect only people on merit only.

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