Political Oops!

Nov 30, 2010

Don't you just love it when our politicians show their sense of humour?

This past week saw British Prime Minister David Cameron on a state visit to India. According to the Financial Times, it was the “biggest delegation to India since the Raj”.

That isn't much of an Oops! moment, but what happened the previous weekend was.

From another earlier report by the FT,

“Speaking at the Hindustan Leadership summit at the weekend, 78-year old [Indian prime minister Manmohan] Singh failed to recall Cameron’s name.

When listing the leaders of the permanent five United Nations Security Council members, Singh started with US President Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, but stumbled when he came to the UK.

After a couple of goes at remembering the name of its leader, Singh simply opted for the “UK’s prime minister” and moved on to China and Russia.”

Now, there's an Oops! moment, though it's probably more of an embarrassment to erm, the UK's prime minister.

Singh failed to recall Cameron’s name.

Across the border in Pakistan, blogger Tanzeel came up with an ingenious collection of the “Ultimate Politically-Incorrect Quotes”

Here's the first of two parts. Enjoy!


“Ultimate Politically-Incorrect Quotes” by Tanzeel

They are supposed to be good orators but something which our politicians cannot avoid is Bloopers!!!!!

It’s only after they have said something in front of the media the politicians realise that how blundering it was.

Living in an entertainment starved country like Pakistan – media gives maximum projection to their crazy statements and leaves nation hassled in serious or sometimes lighter vein until a new statement pops up.

In the light of Pakistan’s political history, I have tried to pen down few “notable” quotes that have incited controversy in political arena and made Pakistanis stunned.

1. National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) is a medal and I regret over not to be listed in NRO.

-- Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer

2. Everyone whether he is a Baloch, Sindhi, Seraiki, Pashtun or Punjabi should be given an equal right to do corruption.

-- Minister of State for Defence Production, Abdul Qayyum Jatoi, in response to accusations that former president Pervez Musharraf ordered a military killing

3. The other issues are all domestic and could be discussed later on … I can co-exist with a pig but not with a Punjabi.

-- Nawab Kher Bakhsh Marri, Baloch Nationalist Leader, on peace talks

I am not among those who offer sacrifice but I am among those who take sacrifices.

4. I am not among those who offer sacrifice but I am among those who take sacrifices.

-- Chief of PML (F), Pir Pagara, when asked about unifying political alliances.

5. Let’s persuade people to consume less sugar and then we will see where these hoarders sell their sugar.

-- Information Minister, Qamar Zaman Kaira, on controlling surging sugar prices.

6. I’m a badmash and know well how to deal with this lot.

-- Sindh Home Minister, Zulfiqar Mirza, about local officials at a relief camp for flood victims

131 General Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan (Photo by Remy Steinegger for World Economic Forum)

7. You must understand the environment in Pakistan. This has become a moneymaking concern. A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped.

-- Former President General Pervez Musharraf, on the case of Mukhtar Mai, who was gang-raped on orders from a tribal council and who became an internationally celebrated spokesman for woman's rights.

8. Degree is a degree whether original or fake.

-- Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab, Muhammad Aslam Raisani

9. I don’t say that there is no corruption in my ministry, but the question is where it is not.

-- Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Federal Minister Railways