August 18, 2006Foreign AffairsSecurity

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This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Front Cover of Frontline Magazine Vol 23 No 16

Musharraf endorses Frontline

THE first thing that strikes one on meeting the President of Pakistan, General Perverz Musharraf, is his spontaneity and dignified affability…He is cautious but devoid of guile and pettiness. [A G Noorani/Frontline]

A G Noorani, who is so obviously bowled over by Musharraf’s person (he calls him Sir”), so convinced that India must make concessions, does not once use the word terrorism”. He even calls the Mumbai blasts a development” and an unfortunate occurrence”.

But nothing beats the manner in which he ends the article:

Mr. President, I am extremely grateful to you. As always, you have been very forthright, very explicit. It is my assessment that as a result of your clarifications, we are very close to bridging the gap. The matter is now between the two leaders. But you have certainly helped to clarify thinking. As a result of the clarifications we have moved somewhat closer to a deal. [A G Noorani/Frontline]

Noorani grandly suggests that he has achieved what the entire foreign policy establishments of India and Pakistan could not. And now that he’s brought the two sides so close to a deal, it’s simply a matter for Musharraf and Manmohan Singh to sort out. His naïvete is amazing, as are his delusions.

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