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Pakistan’s ‘sevadar’: DAG of Pakhtun tribe polishes shoes in India

An action, sometimes, can be so powerful and loud, that all you can do is watch with your mouth agape.

Khan performed a deed which only a handful of politicians would contemplate doing. PHOTO: FILE

What is the meaning of this?

Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General during a visit to India polished shoes at the Golden Temple, Birla Mandir and Jamia Masjid (Chandigarh) – to expiate the sins that he had committed in his life.

On the online edition of Express-Tribune, this story attracted 37 comments. Of the 37 comments at 21:13 IST, only 5 negative comments. 2 by Indians. 32 comments from Indians and Pakistanis commended this action. Were some comments moderated’ – and not published.

One commenter complained of his comment not getting cleared? That complaint was approved. But not the comment?

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The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Saturday issued a show cause notice to Deputy Attorney General (DAG) of Pakistan Khurshid Khan at the Peshawar High Court, for ‘defaming’ the country during a recent visit to India.

DAG Khurshid Khan performed a deed which only a handful of politicians would contemplate doing: Polishing shoes, sweeping floors and washing dishes to promote interfaith harmony at the Jamia Masjid in Chandigarh, the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the Birla Temple in New Delhi.

A delegation of 200 members of the SCBA, including President Yasin Azad, Muneer A Malik, Tariq Mahmood, Ali Ahmed Kurd and Asma Jahangir, along with present and former office bearers of bar associations and DAG Khan visited India in March to interact with lawyers from across the border. The visit was meant to enable interaction with the legal fraternity of India and to establish contacts amongst the legal communities of the neighbouring countries.

SCBA President Azad made it clear that Khurshid ‘defamed’ Pakistan by polishing shoes outside the places of worship.

“Khurshid told us that he did this to be pardoned for all the sins he has committed in his life,” Azad claimed.

When contacted, Khurshid told The Express Tribune that he was waiting to receive the show cause notice and was prepared to reply to it, adding that since he is the DAG, the attorney general was supposed to issue the notice. He questioned the basis on which the show cause notice was issued. “Have I been charged for violating an Indian law? There was no code of conduct we were told to follow.”

Khurshid stated that he was bestowed the status of a State Guest by Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and that his mission was to convey a better image of Pakistanis in general and Pakhtuns in particular.

“What is constituted as defaming the country, Ajmal Kasab’s alleged killing of Indians or a Pakistani polishing the shoes of Hindus, Sikhs and Christians outside their places of worship,” he questioned.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2012.

via Pakistan’s ‘sevadar’: DAG issued notice for polishing shoes in India – The Express Tribune.

What can you say to something like this?

  1. July 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  2. July 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    There is also a Pakistani chat forum, where Khurshid Khan’s spray-painting of Kasuri’s face was discussed. Interesting conversation.

  3. July 16, 2012 at 7:10 am

  4. July 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

    You will probably be right.

    Most probably very few things.will change because of this.

  5. July 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

    You will probably be right.

    Most probably very few things.will change because of this.

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